Kevin Roose over at the Daily Intel of New York Magazine pointed me over this column by Red State's Erick Erickson who while believing that Mitt Romney will win on Tuesday with an Electoral College split of 285 to 253 over the President also exposes one of the key tenets of right-wing Christian evangelicalism especially as practiced in the United States. Erickson writes:
My world view is pretty simple. I think this world is destined to go to hell in a hand basket by design (his italics, my bold). I think things are supposed to go to pot. So if Barack Obama wins, I won’t be upset. If Mitt Romney wins, I won’t be running through the streets cheering. I think, either way, it is all part of the design. The world is going down hill. Barack Obama re-elected just gets us down the slippery slope faster in my view. For others, it is Mitt Romney who does.
If your way of thinking is that it is God's plan to have this Earth go to hell because in that said aforementioned deity is your lifeboat then what does it matter if life on this planet goes to "hell in a hand basket." Such thinking is delusional and Mr. Erickson in any other country would be dismissed as a lunatic not to mention as a seriously misguided practioncer of Christian theology. That line of thinking is starkly dangerous and should be universally condemned for what it is, insanity.
Erick Erickson, the editor of Red State and a paid political analyst for CNN, concludes in Human Events, the weekly magazine that has showcased radical right wing inanities since 1944, that the Obama nominated "Elena Kagan is too radical for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court" and that "Senators would be committing a high act of confirmation treason if they allow this nominee to go on the court without attempting to filibuster her nomination."
What does "a high act of confirmation treason" even mean? And how is it that someone who upon the retirement of Justice David Souter back in May 2009 tweeted that the "nation loses the only goat fucking child molester to ever serve on the Supreme Court" is a paid political contributor to CNN?
Have we reached the point where every Supreme Court nomination is a pitched battle so much so that accusations of treason are leveled without so much as a thought? What is Erickson going to do when say Senator Olympia Snowe votes to confirm Elena Kagan? Is he going to take to the airwaves and call for her execution by a firing squad? Temperance has been a civic virtue since the glory that was Athens, but the lack of temperance of the rabid right will tear this country apart if it is not reprimanded for its verbal excesses. CNN needs to hold Erick Erickson accountable for his poisoning of the national discourse.
Now let us dismiss for a second the fact that Erick Erickson is reacting to a nine year old story. Erickson proclaimed our nation's thirty-ninth president, and one of only two Georgians to win the Nobel Peace Prize, "history's greatest monster." Regrettably, the freshman city council member from Macon didn't provide a lick of evidence to support his audacious claim.
I read a few conservative blogs, I like to use them as a balance, make sure I never fall down the rabbit hole. Now i get the whole us vs. them, its a constant fight, we are cynical of them and they are back in return. But isn't there ever a point that these guys have to realize they don't live in mainstream reality? and by that I mean the reality that a majority of American's live in.