Elections – November 4, 2014

G.O.P., Though Deeply Split, Has Election Edge, Poll Shows By JONATHAN MARTIN and MEGAN THEE-BRENAN, New York Times FEB. 26, 2014 excerpt – Republicans are in a stronger position than Democrats for this year’s midterm elections, benefiting from the support of self-described independents, even though the party itself is deeply divided and most Americans agree more with Democratic policy positions… Democrats too are held in low regard over all by a public fed up with Washington’s failure to compromise, and they have failed so far to energize a broader segment of the population. …

Dwindling Christian Right Turns Into Cornered Animal, Lashes Out at Civil Rights and Democracy By CJ Werleman, AlterNet, February 26, 2014   - Like a cornered animal, which turns instinctively to confront pursuing predators, the Christian Right, knowing it represents the views of an ever shrinking number of Americans, is engaged in an existential fight to the deathto transform America’s secular democracy into a tyrannical theocracy…These “religious freedom” bills did not arrive here overnight; they are three decades in the making…When Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson established the Christian Right (aka the Moral Majority) in 1979, no serious political commentator believed they could play a significant role in electoral politics…Long story short, the Christian Right swept Ronald Reagan into the White House in 1980. The Sarasota Journal wrote as much on Feb 9, 1981: “The merging of the political right with the religious right has taken the country by surprise.” It’s now 2014, and the most intellectually and morally stunted segment of American society continues to take this nation by surprise.

The Christian Right has not only moved from the fringes to become the main strain of the Republican Party; it is the Republican Partywant the freedom to discriminate against individuals they claim the Bible finds abhorrent….To achieve this, the instrument of choice is nullification. It is nullification of the federal government that weds theocrats together with libertarians and the neo-confederate movement…American history and constitutional jurisprudence has consistently ruled against them.”…The Christian Right’s ideology drives virtually all social policy debate within the Republican Party, whether it’s immigration, women’s reproductive rights, the death penalty, or same-sex marriage…While the Christian Right is becoming the dwindling minority, it remains an existential threat to civil rights, secularism and our democratic values. It’s a threat fueled by a seemingly unlimited supply of campaign finance, and a rabid base that believes it’s fighting for its place in a 21st-century world…

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