The gap widens and millions lose their voice
Where have the moderates gone? What is happening in Congress? Why are so many, from James Dobson to Bill Frist, advocating extreme partisanship and claiming a moral mandate?
The White House feels it owes its existance to Christian Fundamentalists and have exerted extreme pressure on Senators who threaten to buck the party line.
Folks like James Dobson scream in horror at the idea of compromise, casting their bets on the 55 Republicans acting as a majority to ram his pet bills through.
However... even one-party/communist countries have legislatures. Their duty is to simply rubber-stamp the will of the executive. This is America. This is the epitome of democracy. The Republicans may owe their election to the Christian Fundamentalists (although Jim Wallis disputes that and I tend to agree), but that still doesn't make that group a majority or spokesman for the "people's will".
We now have such groups as the Dominionists led by folks like D. James Kennedy, founder of the Coral Ridge Ministries in Florida. Calling themselves "the vice regents of God" (literally, God's deputies or representatives), they feel their role is to:
exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports arenas, our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society.
Richard Land, our favorite SBC fundy, enjoys a weekly telephone call with the President's top advisors, including Karl Rove. This "man of God" who virtually enjoys the President's ear decries the theme of John Lennon's "Imagine" and claims that it looks to a future of "clone plantations, child sacrifice, legalized polygamy and hard-core porn."
Can we say absurdist scare tactics?
Corrupt organizations and persons such as Amway's Rich DeVos and Michigan governor hopeful has given D. James Kennedy $5 million to help sell their Domionist utopia. He and other notables provide the funding while Kennedy and Land lead the ground work.
The ghostwriter of Jerry Falwell's autobiography the Rev. Mel White sums up what is going on the best. He says that:
Most people hear them talk about a 'Christian nation' and think, 'Well, that sounds like a good, moral thing,'...What they don't know -- what even most conservative Christians who voted for Bush don't know -- is that 'Christian nation' means something else entirely to these Dominionist leaders. This movement is no more about following the example of Christ than Bush's Clean Water Act is about clean water.
Commonwealth Commonsense has more on Dominionism