The United States of No Way Is This Real

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America.” That is an actual quote from Rick Santorum, Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America, and it should frighten you.

The separation of church and state is a fundamental principle, supposedly, in the American lexicon of political truisms. Yeah, right. Run for office as a secular humanist or, God forbid, an atheist, to see how strangely superstitious this country is. There is no way a national-level candidate can be elected without kissing the ass of the religious left, center and right. It is difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that a mythical being, an angel supposedly fallen from god’s grace, has entered the national political debate as any kind of serious influence on policy.

Sarah Palin to Santorum’s defense, offering this nugget: the “lame-stream media [is] all wee-weed up.” Yes. This is the state of our national discourse. Seriously. That is an actual quote. As far removed as I am on the political spectrum from this ignorant imbecile, I can’t escape hearing it and I am still ashamed. This is my country?

How do we fix things? Honestly? I’m not sure they’re fixable in a country where 77% of the population believes in angels.

I admit it. I’m prejudiced. When someone starts talking about Satan or angels their credibility immediately spirals downward in my world view. And I literally and figuratively roll my eyes until all you can see is white. Regardless, I’m of the mind that that kind of debate belongs on a pulpit on Sunday (perhaps Friday or Saturday, depending on your myth of choice). We need to get it out of the national colloquy. The fact that someone with these 14th century viewpoints of anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-anything they are not can get this close to the Presidency indicates a flaw in the matrix.

My only relief is that the other voices are so weak as to be un-electable: a philandering hypocrite (Gingrich), psychotic bigot (Santorum), and fairy tale-believing zealot (Romney) as front runners are welcome because they will be relatively easy to beat. But the fact that so much of the nation is willing to fall in line with one of these candidates is frightening. The anti-intellectual bias of the masses is confounding. When did it become de rigueur to celebrate stupid?