Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Trumpanzee Talibangelical News - Planning Voter-Suppression Laws

Talibangelical, Mike Huckabee,
Hon. President My Faith Votes
Religious-Right Group My Faith Votes Backs GOP Voter Suppression Campaign | Right Wing Watch

If you want to see what it would be like living in a Christian theocracy, look no further than Mike Huckabee's My Faith Votes campaigning organization which has thrown itself squarely behind the current GOP voter-suppression measures.

These moves are a direct reaction to the shock of losing both the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 Georgia run-off vote which they felt entitled to win. Clearly, people turning out in large numbers to vote for the 'wrong' candidates is a serious fault that needs urgent correction, so GOP-run states are rushing to amend their election laws to make it more difficult for Democrat supporter to vote. These laws include making it illegal to give food or water to those waiting in line to vote, so that the long delays caused by the interminable identity and citizenship checks before voting will result in a large number of voters giving up and going home.

These checks themselves are intended to intimidate voters and act as a deterrent to voting, but how on earth giving food and/or water to people queueing to vote would endanger 'election integrity' is never explained.

Obviously, to a GOP politician and to a Talibangelical, democracy is not something to be proud of and worth defending, but a problem to be overcome, especially when it doesn't deliver the power to which they feel entitled. Voters voting the 'wrong' way are cheating by not allowing them to win.
In March, in order to bring together these would-be autocratic Repuglicans together, right-wing extremist and Talibangelical loon, former GOP Representative, Michelle Bachmann, hosted an 'election integrity conference' under the umbrella of Talibangelist Pat Robertson's Regent University, at which various right-wing voter suppression advocates and conspiracy theorists spoke about 'the stolen election' and discussed ways to prevent a repeat of the 2020 November election where voter turned up in record numbers to vote Trump out and Biden in. Huckabee has now thrown the weight of his fundamentalist Christian political cult behind those moves.

Mike Huckabee, as a Talibangelical Christian takes his lead from the Bible, where there is not a single word about democracy, voting or government of the people by the people and for the people. Biblical governments are invariably self-appointing totalitarian autocracies. The closest anyone in the Bible comes to defining the relationship between government and the people is St Paul's instruction to Roman Christians to pay their taxes and obey the government because all governments are "ordained by God" and so can do no wrong, with:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Romans 13:1-7
An edict of which any 1950s Stalinist dictator would have been proud, especially the bit about the dire consequences of showing any opposition to the government.

It naturally follows that 'ordained by God' means ordained by those who claim to know what God wants and to be speaking on his behalf - like Huckabee and the other Trump-supporting Talibangelists who prophesied a landslide Trump win last November and were outraged at the audacity of the electorate who didn't dutifully deliver it.

Curiously, tax evaders like Donald Trump, who generally support the GOP, seem to think this passage applies only to other people and not to them.

Also behind these voter-suppression moves, is the right-wing think-tank, the Heritage Foundation, which promotes conspiracy theories about left-wing plots, voter fraud, etc. A leaked video recently obtained by the fact-checking online magazine MotherJones shows the executive director of this Talibangelical front, Jessica Anderson, boasting to big money donors that her organization was behind the voter-suppression legislation in Georgia and other Repuglican states, in some cases drafting it for them, then standing back to disguise it to look like it came from the grass roots, not from a Talibangelical cabal, in hoc to rich, right-wing extremists.

Another leading supporter is professional Talibangelical liar, David Barton who normally campaigns on the lie that the USA is a Christian nation, created by Bible-literalist Christian fundamentalists for Christians, and that sections of the US Constitution are verbatim copies of passages in the Bible.

David Barton epitomises the saying that, if you need to lie for your faith, you know your faith is a lie that requires people to believe falsehood. He can be seen blatantly lying on TV in the video.

So we can see a clear picture emerging here of just what life would be like under a right-wing, Taliban-style Christian theocracy - voter suppression for those who don't support them, and probably no elections at all, with harsh punishments for those who don't love Big Brother and render their dues and tributes to the self-appointed, unaccountable leaders who claim to be doing God's work.

To a Talibangelical, democracy is anathema and has no biblical basis in any of the teachings of any of the prophets, with not a single word in support of egalitarian politics by Jesus, or anyone else.

If you need to lie for your faith, your faith is a lie that requires people to believe falsehoods

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