To grasp the idolatrous nature of the Republican platform I must quote a portion of the Preamble: "We dedicate this platform with admiration and gratitude to all who stand strong in the face of danger so that the American people may be protected against it —The men and women of our military, of our law enforcement, and the first responders of every community in our land —And to their families....With this platform, we the Republican Party reaffirm the principles that unite us in a common purpose....We believe in American exceptionalism. We believe the United States of America is unlike any other nation on earth. We believe America is exceptional because of our historic role — first as refuge, then as defender, and now as exemplar of liberty for the world to see." Once you have suppressed the urge to vomit, please read on.
All major political parties in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika believe in the moral propriety of the Amerikan Empire, so the Republicans are not unique in their unabashed worship of Amerikan military power. They do, however, take Stateolatry (worship of the State) to a higher level. We need go no further than the first three professions of belief in their religious profession of faith in the Amerikan Empire to find just how idolatrous they truly are. Let's consider those three professions, along with the dedicatory, for a bit today.
The Republicans dedicated their idolatrous platform to a group of career bureaucrats and government employees they deem to be heroes, one and all. They further presuppose that being an Amerikan is an inherently dangerous thing to be since the world is filled with stinkin' foreigners who hate us simply because we are Amerikans. As a result, we need a host of people employed at taxpayer expense to protect us from those who are out to get us because they hate our freedom. Soldiers, cops and some group called "first responders," whoever they are, are singled out as being especially worthy of our worship and tribute.
Being a soldier can be a worthy pursuit depending entirely upon what it is the soldier is called upon to do. If a soldier is fighting a defensive and just war, truly protecting the citizens of the country he is called to serve, then he is worthy of our praise. On the other hand, if the soldier is prosecuting an offensive and unjust war, expanding the empire around the world, he is guilty of murder or accessory to murder and should be harshly condemned for his actions. I have yet to see an argument presented by any of the high priests of the warfare state that proves the current SDA military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq are defensive in nature and, therefore, just wars. It necessary follows that soldiers involved in prosecuting the current wars of empire expansion in Afghanistan and Iraq are guilty of murder or of being an accessory to murder. I, for one, will not be praising them as heroes or thanking them for their service.
Being a cop is similar to being a soldier. If the cops are enforcing the law of God they are engaged in a noble career and can be praised, if one wishes to do so, for their work. On the other hand, if the cops are enforcing laws that are immoral and contrary to the law of God, they should repent of their activity, resign from their posts and pray to God for forgiveness for what they have done. As things are today the cops enforce and swear to uphold myriad God-hating laws that oppress and tyrannize the Amerikan people. I, for one, will not be praising them as heroes or thanking them for their service.
The Republicans have many religiously held beliefs about the government. The first one mentioned in their platform is, "We believe in American exceptionalism." I am not going to recreate the wheel and post another blog article about the wrong-headed doctrine of Amerikan exceptionalism. If you want to read the truth about that doctrine, go here, here and here. When the Republicans declare Amerikans to be exceptional they are really saying that career politicians and military figureheads are exceptional because they have been able to sustain the most vicious, murderous and powerful empire the world has ever seen. The Amerikan empire dominates the world as no other empire ever has, and they are downright proud of that fact. Whether America should do these things is a question that is never asked. Well, I will ask it. Should Americans build and support the empire? Answer: No.
To be fair, there are several things for which the term "exceptional" is a fair term to use when describing Amerikans. Amerikans are exceptionally fat. Amerikans are exceptional ego-centric and believe that only what happens to fellow Amerikans really matters in the world. In addition, Amerikans are exceptionally unaware of world affairs. Amerikans are also exceptionally unaware of economics. Amerikans are exceptionally gullible and prone to believe the claims of junk science such as those proclaimed by the high priests of evolution and global warming. Amerikans are profoundly exceptional in their patriotism when patriotism is properly defined as worship of the military and career politicians. So yes, Amerikans can be considered to be an exceptional people but I do not believe that is what the Republicans mean.
The Republicans also "believe the United States of America is unlike any other nation on earth." That belief is both true and false. The USA is unlike any other nation on earth in that it has the biggest military, is the first and only nation to use a nuclear weapon, incarcerates more of its own people than any other country and creates more capital than any other country in the history of the world. In case you didn't notice, three out of those four items are bad.
On the other hand, Amerika is just like other nations around the world in so many ways. Amerika taxes its people excessively. Amerika murders a significant percentage of its own citizens via abortion. Amerika is filled with career politicians who lie, cheat and steal their way to power, only to tell us that we can't survive without them. Amerika is thoroughly committed to the immoral principles of socialism and forces the unprotected political minority to pay the entire federal income tax bill. Amerika rejects the law of God and glories in its post-Christian status. I could go on and on here but I won't. Amerika and Amerikans are not nearly so unique as they believe themselves to be.
The last belief quoted above is probably the most odious. It says, "We believe America is exceptional because of our historic role — first
as refuge, then as defender, and now as exemplar of liberty for the
world to see." Allow me to translate what is being said. There may have been a time when Amerika was a refuge for foreigners looking for a better life. I don't know. I wasn't there and don't know enough history about those times to have an opinion. For the benefit of a doubt I will grant the Republicans that point.
The belief that Amerika is a "defender" of "liberty" for "the world to see" would be strenuously opposed by those people living in the countries the SDA has defended, liberated and allowed the world to see. Are the Iraqis better off today then they were under Saddam? Are the Libyans better off today than they were under Qaddafi? Are the Afghans better off today than they were under whoever it was they were under before the SDA military came in and blew their country to smithereens? Will the Syrians be better off under the petty dictator installed by the SDA if and when Assad is assassinated? The answers to all of those questions are a definitive NO! The same holds true for the citizens of Nicaragua, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Philippines, El Salvador and a host of other countries that have suffered the deadly consequences of being our "friend." The SDA does not export liberty. It exports a particular brand of SDA-empire hegemony and it is an odious and offensive thing to behold. It harms, hurts, destroys and kills untold millions of foreigners, all of whom deserved to die according to the religious beliefs of true Republican patriots.
Make no mistake and contrary to Republican doctrine, Amerikans are some of the least free people in the world when freedom is measured by the ability to simply do what you want to do with what belongs to you. I have blogged on this topic hundreds of times and will not repeat myself here. The labyrinthine state has taken away the great majority of our personal freedoms and we are all living in a state of vassalage to the omnipotent and beneficent federal government of the SDA. We are not an exemplar of liberty, we are an exemplar of the Leviathan state and the proper way for its subjects to pay it homage. Oh, by the way, if we are such a defender of the downtrodden, why are we not at war with North Korea? I have answered that question but you will have to go here to find the answer.
The Republicans begin the construction of their statement of religious beliefs about the State with several examples of adoration of the State. That is good practice for a religion. To be a good Republican you must adore the empire and those who cause it to function. The problem for Republicans, and the Evangelicals who populate it, is that God is a jealous God and will not tolerate the worship of idols. As with the Democrats I have one word for the Republicans....Repent!