from the always entertaining Nuts & Dolts:
Have you ever talked to a Teabagger?
It’s only a matter of time before a Tea Partier will mention their love of the constitution. The problem is, the constitution they love is a figment of their imaginations. Based on the views expressed by the Tea Party’s rocks stars, corporations and zygotes are people who should enjoy protection under the law.
Unlike the original Tea Party which opposed taxation without representation, there are some factions within the current Tea Party that favor proportionately higher taxes for poor and middle classes through a regressive flat tax while restricting voting to property owners.
Of course if you are too old, too young or too liberal, you would be denied voting rights under the Tea Party constitution. Some Tea Partiers believe that seniors, whether they own property or not should pay taxes, but be denied the vote.
In other words, we are all equal when it comes to paying taxes, but some of us are more equal when it comes to the vote. So much for thinking that a Tea Party constitution would include an equality clause.
The Tea Party’s current flavor of the month, Rick Perry, is on record favoring repeal of the 17th Amendment. Instead of direct electing senators to the U.S. Senate, Perry wants state legislatures to appoint your representatives to the Senate.
Are you feeling the liberty?
There are some in the Tea Party who oppose civil liberties for anyone who isn’t a property owner, white, or can live independently of a placenta. So you will be free to engage in racism, homophobia, sexism, and any other means by which one human being can demean another.
And without question, civil liberties in Tea party world means a million dollar march to cut taxes.
Also the Tea Party’s version of separation of church and state protects the church from the state. In fact, religion plays a dominant role in the Tea Party Constitution. Freedom of religion would mean you get to choose which denomination of their list of approved religions you can belong to.
Agnostics, Athiests, Jews, Muslims, Mormons and anyone else who doesn’t subscribe to the Tea Party approved religions will be forced to convert.
In fact, religion plays a big role in the Tea Party constitution. The constitution is interpreted through a religious prism. In honor of women’s equality day, it’s also worth noting that women’s freedom means being submissive to their husbands.
The full implications of a Tea Party constitution are well stated by RACHEL TABACHNICK when asked during an interview with Terry Gross on NPR what authority dominionists want in government.
They want the authority to align government with what they believe is the kingdom of God, with biblical values in their interpretation.
Let me back up and say something about dominionism. Dominionism is very different than having strong beliefs or even having very strong beliefs about one’s Evangelical values.
Dominionism is very controversial inside of the conservative and Evangelical world.
It’s a specific theology that states that somehow God lost control of the Earth when Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden and that humans must help God regain control of the Earth. And the way that they do this is by taking dominion over society and government.
The apostles and prophets have an interesting twist on this. They’re not the only dominionist movement out there. Some people may be familiar with Rushdoony and Christian Reconstructionism. This is a different brand of dominionism.
And the apostles teach what’s called strategic-level spiritual warfare with the idea being that the reason why there is sin and corruption and poverty on the Earth is because the Earth is controlled by a hierarchy of demons under the authority of Satan.
And so they teach that not just evangelizing souls one by one, as we’re accustomed to hearing about, they teach that they will go into a geographic region or to a people-group and conduct these spiritual-warfare activities in order to remove the demons from the entire population or the demonic control over the entire population.
And this is what they’re doing that’s quite different than other conservative Evangelical or fundamentalist groups of the past.
Under a Tea Party constitution, public education is non-existant. That like every other facet of life would be controlled by “the church” and maybe the occasional coupon.
GROSS: And I think that they also advocate – tell me if I’m wrong here – the privatization of schools – the school system.
Ms. TABACHNICK: Yes. All of the typical, you know, what we’ve come to call Tea Party issues of very small government. And in the case of the apostles, they believe this because they believe that a large government or government that handles the safety net is taking away what is the domain of the church and of Christianity.
Aside from control over education and the social safety net, it comes as no surprise that the Dominionists seek to control all facets of society, within and beyond the United States.
They use this in terms of evangelizing. So whereas we might be accustomed with the idea of saving souls, of missionaries or evangelical work to save individual souls; they believe that they can, through this demon warfare, take control over entire communities, or perhaps nations or people groups, an ethnic group, a religious group and so forth, because they believe that they are doing spiritual warfare at this higher level against these demonic principalities, what they call demonic principalities.
When a Tea Party enthusiast speaks, they will mention liberty.
Try challenging their ideas. It is likely that they will demean you with every ugly political label they have been programmed to utter. Accusations such as the ones in the pictures below will be hurled at you like weapons.
That is because in their reality, they are not merely having a discussion, they are convinced that they are battling demonic ideas. As observed by Rachel Tabachnick.
Yes, what this group believes is that they must re-organize Protestant Christianity under their leadership. So instead of having all of these different denominations in Protestantism, they would unify the church, the Protestant Church, into one body under the leadership of their apostles.
And then the other thing that distinguishes them is this idea that in order to do this, they must take control over society and government and that they will do this in large part through this warfare that they are conducting with demons.
Terry Gross’s interview with Rachel Tabachnick can be heard here.