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"I was sitting in Church-Lady Helen’s living room. Someone commented on the illegal immigration problem. I said, “For some strange reason our government doesn’t know that illegal immigration is illegal.” Pious Helen stuck her nose in the air and proudly declared, “I never discuss politics.”
I felt like I’d just been punched in the face.
Is it a sin to watch the news? Maybe it’s okay to watch it, but not to talk about it."
"I felt like I'd just been punched in the face." This line right here is the essence of all forms of chauvinism; racism, sectarianism, sexism, etc. most people agree that it is simple courtesy to avoid talking about controversial subjects in front of neighbors or acquaintances, or even close friends if it makes them uncomfortable, especially if you are they're guest. But Jackson is the sort who believes that her Christianity makes her a cosmic aristocrat. It is the duty of others to be polite to her, not hers to be polite to them. So to suggest that she is subject to the same bonds of common courtesy as everyone else is tantamount to a personal attack, it is like punching her in the face.
"I was sitting in the pew of my old church, sucking on a Coffee Nip, 30 calories, and mentally calculating my caloric intake of the day….so far, I had about 970 calories left for the day if I was to lose 20 pounds by…I focused on the sermon again."
Note the casual association between participating in a ritual of her culture's dominant religion and maintaining what her culture considers to be a proper womanly figure. Moralists of old surely would have scolded Jackson for worrying about her figure in the house of God, but really there is no contradiction here. The submissions to Christ and calorie counting are part of the same overwhelming drive to be normal; to maintain the same aura of normality from which Jackson derives her sense of entitlement.
The trouble here is, with the exception of a few sociopaths, everybody conforms at some level, even self-styled rebels like myself. But at the same time there is no one who conforms perfectly to the imagined norms of their society. And the main reason for this is that it is impossible, because to attempt to do so is the exist at the opposite and equal extreme from a sociopath. One whose every waking thought is focused on maintaining normality and stamping out deviancy will be considered just as freakish by society as any rambling vagrant. It goes without saying that those who are obsessed with being normal can't bear this feeling of being outsiders, so they respond with anger and confoundment, comfort themselves with the notion that society fails to reward them only because it has been polluted by gays or Socialists or Jews, and wait breathlessly for a tyrant who promises to restore a 'natural' unity of belief and thought that never was.
"Now, when I say, “I’m mad at the Christians,” I include myself. I am a Christian. And, I must confess, if I am to be truthful, that…okay, I’ll just put it out there…the first time I ever voted I was forty something. There I said it. I know. It’s embarrassing. But I’m trying to make a point. It was the year Clinton said, “…that depends on the meaning of the word ‘is’.” I snapped. His adultery didn’t shock me so much. I had three preachers already who had done that. It was that haughty look, lack of shame, and zero repentance combined with that asinine sentence…the meaning of the word ‘is’ . That is what led me to the voting booth. I know. I’m sorry. Well, I always thought politics was for the middle age people. But then, one day, I was the middle age people.
So, I voted Clinton out. My vote counted. Bush won.
Back when I was 18 and first got the right to vote, I asked my Dad who I should vote for.
He said, 'Anyone with an R next to their name.'
I said, 'Why?'
He said, 'They’re closest to the Bible.'
This passage follows logically from what came before, blind faith in her perceived social betters, middle aged people and especially 'The Father." The 'victory; of Bush is seen as a victory for her own divinely entitled tribe, and hence a source of personal achievement and pride. And as for Republicans being "closest to the Bible" well there's quite a bit of truth in that, though try as they may they have yet to slaughter the roughly 95% of the human species that the biblical Yahweh demands dead.
"I didn’t vote for anyone. I didn’t know how. I didn’t know where to go. I never saw a sign that said, “Vote Here.” I didn’t know how to “register” or even that I had to register. I didn’t know what the candidates stood for or how to find out. Word of mouth I guess, but no one I hung out with talked about politics, ever."
Okay, so she's an idiot. I suppose we all could have figured this out for ourselves.
Al Franken told me once that his family discussed politics at the dinner table every night of his childhood. My family discussed the Bible every night at the dinner table. *Maybe that’s why the Liberals are running the country and not the Christians.
Also, Liberals consider Liberalism their religion. Therefore, they dedicate their souls to the State and we give our souls to Christ. But, I still don’t see why we can’t give our souls to God and our thoughts and energy to Him by being informed and involved in our culture, and keeping our freedoms protected and our country safe. I’m thinking, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 ) So, I’m a U.S. citizen and I should be one with all my might. I should vote with all my might, which to me means be informed, be involved. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” (Mark 16:15) It doesn’t say ‘go into all the world, except the political world.’
This goes a long way towards explaining Franklin's occasional dips into self-righteousness. It's a wonder that he manages to be funny at all after being raised in a stifling environment like that. More to the point we see here a common affliction among single-minded zealots. They tend to think that everyone is a single-minded zealot, that the only true belief is a central belief that ties into every facet of existence. Finally the assertion that liberals run the country is absurd, which reveals another malady of the fanatics. In Jackson's mind the fact that conservative Christians have failed to get their way on everything is equivalent to total defeat in everything, creating an endless cycle of further frustration and radicalization.
"In my 20’s, Reagan was President. I felt secure. I didn’t have to vote. The middle aged people had handled that for me. I did a handstand on the SNL Update desk to celebrate Reagan’s trip to Rejeivich. He went there, ended Communism, and tore down the Berlin Wall with his charm, courage and deployment of Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe. That’s my President. I am safe".
'Big strong Daddy took care of me', nothing more. And unless President Reagan took a 'trip' to a spiritual plane called Rejeivich, there is no such place. I assume Jackson is referring to his summit with Gorbachev in Reykjavik.
During the 2008 election, I asked a preacher relative of mine, “Why aren’t Christians getting involved in keeping this Marxist out of office? Don’t they know that in all Communist countries Christians are persecuted?”
He replied, “The church is supposed to win souls. Then, the people will vote the right way.”
I said, “Ooookaaay…but, I have a couple Christian friends who are voting the wrong way…
… And, you do realize that the Progressives consider your preaching “hate speech” , and there is a new law from Henry Waxman that could be “interpreted” in the liberally dominated courts to send you to jail for preaching the Bible.”
He could get involved. But, no. Just shrug.
More archetypal fanaticism. There is no center but only either the Truth or the perfect opposite of the Truth. There is no possible alternative to conservative Christianism except 'Marxism'. And I think it's safe to say that the preacher shrugged because as a preacher it would have been improper for him to tell the shrieking loon in his office to fuck off.
"Jesus is coming back but He doesn’t want us to sit by the window and wait. He wants us to live in the present. I’m thinking, show up at a Tea Party with Ephesians 6:12 on your poster. Call your Congressman and pray for them on the phone. Teach your children about the founding fathers and basic civics. Read the Constitution with them. Tell your Representative # 202-224-2131 that abortion is murder, and you don’t want your taxes funding it. Tell Reid, Pelosi and Boxer that you don’t want the government deciding whether or not you get chemotherapy when you have cancer. Support Sekulow and ACLJ. Call the FCC Complaint Line # 888-225-5322, press 1-3-0 to speak to someone. Tell them you want to keep your Freedom of Speech, and your Conservative and Christian radio. Call Diversity Czar Mark Lloyd, # 202-418-7390 and tell him that “diversity” means Christians and Conservatives are allowed to speak too. Contact the Media Research Center’s Free Speech Alliance. Watch Glenn Beck and Hannity. Compare them to Joy Behar and CNN. Who is lying? Seek the truth. I know we don’t have time. We are raising families and going to work and soccer games and church. But…
Life is a mission field. Politics is just one small slice of life. Waving the banner of Christ in the political arena is just as important as waving it on a mission trip to Mexico or Haiti, or waving it in a jungle in Africa".
"Life is a mission field." A fitting close indeed. I'd hate to quote Umberto Eco on this blog again but this is pretty much explicitly saying that we are born to fight our enemies, surely a hellish thought to those of us who are able to enjoy the actual business of living. But to each their own.