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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Rise Up, Ye Oogedy Boogedy Of God

From Creative Minority Report:

Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post ruminates on why the Republicans lost this year's election, and it's all God's fault. Here's an exercpt of her article cited at CMR:

As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D.

I'm bathing in holy water as I type.

To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.

Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth — as long as we're setting ourselves free — is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among the party intelligentsia, one would hear precisely that...

So it has been for the Grand Old Party since the 1980s or so, as it has become increasingly beholden to an element that used to be relegated to wooden crates on street corners.

Which is to say, the GOP has surrendered its high ground to its lowest brows.

Okay, to be more specific, she's blaming the "right-wing oogedy-boogedy branch". Well, Kathleen, being a branch means we're still attached to the vine. And I'm talking about The Vine. Seems to me you've been pruned.

Perhaps she channelled the Spirit of Vatican II while writing her article, and the spirit gave her the term. I'd like to think that oogedy-boogedy has Aramaic roots, and wouldn't be out of place in the Beatitudes: "Blessed are the oogedy-boogedy; they shall inherit the Earth."

So while insulting G-O-D, she also insulted people like me. Like you. People who insist on infusing their faith into their politics. And that's okay; I'd rather be in the oogedy-boogedy section of Heaven (God willing), than in the hoity-toity room of hell, where's there possibly very little elbow room.