What the Tea Party doesn’t want you to know

For the most part, the Tea Party presents itself as just a bunch of regular people who are sick and tired of big government and taxes. Never mind, of course, that they pay the lowest taxes in the world, practically, and their idea of big government is government doing anything for anybody except them. Because, you know, everybody else is just lazy scumbuckets who ought to be getting off their lazy asses and going back to Africa getting to work.

They’re not Republicans, they say, although their votes and policies give the lie to that, and they’re only interested in the economic state of our nation, not any of that social stuff. Because government has no business in that.

Unless, of course, it has anything to do with things they don’t like, you know, like welfare, or abortion, or those godawful fucking queers.

And therein is the Big Lie of the Tea Party, the thing they don’t want you to know.

Remember the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell’s big religious right drive? That, of course, fueled the whole Christian right thing that created about 75 percent of the political division we’re dealing with now. But then we went and elected a Democrat president, which, of course, blocked those totalitarian wanna-be dictators out of the White House.

The horror! I’m sure they couldn’t quite decide which was worse, that the president was a Democrat or that he was black, but regardless, they had to do something different. And the whole damn country was pretty sick and tired of their pathetic attempts to turn the United States into the Iran of Christianity, so they shifted gears.

You may have noticed there was no Tea Party before Barack Obama became president, which kinda gives lie to their insistence that it’s really all about big government, etc., since big government didn’t bother them when George W. “Do you miss me yet?” Bush was president.

No, it’s not big government at all. It’s just the Moral Majority reconstituted into something they think will be more acceptable. And it’s working pretty good since we haven’t really seemed to notice.

The Tea Republican Party candidate for Senate in Nevada, Sharron Angle — running against Harry Reid — nearly blew their cover before she stopped talking to any media that wouldn’t let her raise money for her campaign during the interview. She even tried to cleanse her website of any tell-tale signs, but she forgot that on the internet, you live forever.

So, when she told a Christian interviewer that “entitlement programs (are) built to make government our God,” she really let the cat out of the bag, almost as much as she did when she said that abortion shouldn’t even be allowed for women who have been raped or are the victims of incest because, well, you just don’t know what god has planned for you and when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade, or some other such nonsense.

Wanna see the whole quote about entitlement programs — you know, the social safety net programs that sane people expect government to provide? Here it is:

And these programs that you mentioned — that Obama has going with Reid and Pelosi pushing them forward — are all entitlement programs built to make government our God. And that’s really what’s happening in this country, is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government.

Oh yeah. If we lose our jobs because of the Republican-caused economic crisis, or if we lose our house because of the Republican-backed bank fraud, or if we can’t afford insurance because Republicans blocked the public option, don’t worry. God will provide.

Reminds me of a story I heard once. This fellow we’ll call Bill, he lived in this little town by the river. And as it so often happens when you live by a river, the damn thing flooded. The town called on everyone to evacuate, because it was gonna be a bad one. But Bill stayed. “God will take care of me,” he said. He said the same thing to the nice police officer who came to door warning him that his house was gonna get hit hard. And when the water started rising up onto his porch, he told the same thing to the neighbor in the canoe who offered to paddle him to safety. He went to the second floor when the water came into the house, and shouted out the window, to the rescue team in the motor boat, that he wasn’t worried because he believed in god and that god would provide. And when the water came up to the second floor, he fled to roof, where a rescue helicopter hovered overhead while he told them to go and help people who needed it because he knew god was gonna take care of him. And when the water topped his roof, Bill drowned.

Because he was a good Christian and all, Bill naturally went to heaven, where he sought out god, because he didn’t understand why the deity would have let him die like that. “God,” he said, “I’ve been a strong believer all my life. My faith never waivered. Why did you forsake me?” God just looked at him like he was completely nuts. After a few seconds, he spoke. “Bill, I sent you a police officer, a canoe, a motor boat and a helicopter. What did you want, an engraved invitation?”

Sharron Angle wouldn’t like the punchline to that story, no doubt. She’d say that god intended for Bill to drown because he had better things in store for him, although what that might be in the act of dying, I’m sure I don’t know. And I doubt she does either.

But the point of all this is what Digby pointed out Friday– that Sharron Angle and many of her Tea Party friends are taking their cues straight from a dangerous religious cult called Christian Reconstructionism, which seeks bring the United States under biblical law — and Old Testament biblical law at that.

The Las Vegas Sun hasn’t been afraid to point that out.

Many of Angle’s religious and political beliefs appear to align with the tenets of Christian Reconstructionism. She’s supported eliminating Social Security and Medicare, is a home schooling champion, sees the separation of church and state as an unconstitutional doctrine that was never meant to protect the state from religious belief, and believes public policy should support the traditional family structure as defined in the Bible.

She also helped resurrect the Nevada affiliate of a national party founded by a prominent Christian Reconstructionist and has raised campaign money from reconstructionists.

Christian Reconstructionists often refer to themselves just as “biblical Christians,” although what other kind of Christians that might differentiate themselves from I can’t imagine. They’re big into home schooling, want to eliminate nearly all the Cabinet positions and shrink the ones they leave behind. Particularly Treasury — the IRS is a particular target, since taxes are unconstitutional, they say, and unbiblical.

That’s where they intersect with libertarians like Ron and Rand Paul. But they also intersect with white supremacist groups, militias and end-timers.

As Digby says, most of the Tea Partiers probably aren’t conscious of any of that, and some of ‘em would probably be appalled. But not all. And “leaders” like Sharron Angle are probably well aware of it.

They’re just hoping you and I don’t catch on, and especially that my colleagues don’t catch on. It’d be a dirty shame if America found out what these people really have in store.

It’s my hope that we do, before it’s too late.

The images accompanying this post originally appeared at Tea Party Jesus.