last night, Santorum swept the 3 state joke fest, winning the Minnesota, Missouri, and Colorado Republican Party Primaries. 

 

now i realize that a lot is going on here.  many Conservatives are concerned that Romney can't beat Obama, that Gingrich's head won't fit into their living rooms, and Paul is barely Conservative to begin with.  additionally, the overall number of 'voters' was very small.  Ricky boy took it to the farms and cowpokes directly, and he won the hick vote by a landslide. 

 

still, whenever something like this happens, it reminds me just how close we truly are to a nation divided.  many who will read this have read the other Discussions and Blog Posts about Santorum and his views.  the guy is borderline psychotic, and not only does he get to run for the Republican nominee, but JUMPING JESUS ON A POGO STICK, the guy just might fucking win their party nod. 

 

this is a man who introduced his family to his stillborn child, then slept with the ooze containing jar nestled comfortably between him and his wife (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/01/05/eugene_robinson_r...) .  this man would have his daughters carry to term a child which was conceived via rape.  this man would like to ban contraception - for everyone! 

 

yet here we are.  Santorum is back in the race, showing once again just how ridiculous the Republican nominee process has been.  in trying to see the silver lining, his continued presence should be a boon for bloggers, late night comedians, and this Atheist for months more to come.  however, the looming possibility that a person like this could take the White House just might get me out to vote, and should frighten us all. 

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Find a copy of "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.  From wikipedia's review:  "

The Handmaid's Tale is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead, a country formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America. It was founded by a racist, male chauvinist, nativist, theocratic-organized military coup as an ideologically driven response to the pervasive ecological, physical and social degradation of the country.

Beginning with a staged terrorist attack (blamed on Islamic extremist terrorists) that kills the President and most of Congress, a movement calling itself the "Sons of Jacob" launched a revolution and suspended the United States Constitution under the pretext of restoring order"....

I think not too far from Santorum's America, except we'll get there via election instead of a coup.

And if you like that, you'll LOVE "If this goes on..." from Robert Heinlein's Revolt in 2100.

Jesus save us. 

You know the old saying, "God helps those who help themselves"? So far as I'm concerned, what that means is: "Help yourself, because god is not part of the equation!

Jesus can suck a root, for all of me.

Zoroaster save us.

He is ridiculous what is wrong with those people!

the god virus is the only diagnosis i can offer.

It's more like the stupid virus.

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.          Frank Zappa

It's the god virus -- which is the stupid virus.

The whole country has gone surreal, with this cast of right wing clowns being taken seriously. It's far from equilibrium, depending on voter suppression and lies, and can't last. Even if Republicorp takes over by buying everyone in politics and controlling the media, it can't last. Eventually Climate Destabilization and financial crises will bring this facade crashing down.

And therein lies the real shame. There was a time when the Republican party deserved a degree of respect. I'm not certain that has been valid since before the time of Nixon. Indeed, the last Republican president who truly deserved any form of serious respect was Eisenhower, and he took the presidency when I was two years old! Nixon was a jerk, Reagan a snake-oil salesman, Bush 41 was competent with Desert Storm, but then there was "Read my lips" ... and the less said about Dubya, the better.

I'm not saying that Democratic presidents have been perfect or anything near it ... but the progression of insanity is too obvious and too disturbing to my eyes to ignore.

I would prefer to be able to RESPECT my opponent ... yet there is no one on the other side of this contest that I can remotely respect ... and therein lies a very, VERY serious problem.

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