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What would you think if you read this:

"Why should G*d bless America?"

"Why should G*d stand beside her?"

"The most that we can hope for is G*d’s mercy on our land."

Who says these things? Osama Bin Laden?  

Yes, a rightwing group in Ohio has altered and debased America the Beautiful to reflect their paranoid and dark tunnel vision of our nation.

This rightwing group has taken the liberty to alter the words to the song America to fit their agenda.  These Republicans say that G*d no longer loves America and has abandoned us.  The most we can hope for is... mercy.  Grace has gone right out the window.

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Why Should God Bless America?
For those who didn’t have the opportunity to watch the Values Voter Debate last evening, you missed quite a display of political pandering, ridiculous rhetoric and all-around right-wing lunacy. You also missed this lovely rendition of "God Bless America" performed by the Church of God Choir, from Springfield, Ohio – reworded to better reflect the Right’s agenda.

TPM noted that it was a big hit among the conservative Republicans in the room.

Instead of a song about "the land that I love," and "home sweet home," this version condemns the country, saying we've all turned against God, and that He won't bless us. It was a big hit among the conservative Republicans in the room.

These Republicans have no shame.  No honor.  They want us to live on our knees, they’ve bent to Osama Bin Laden.  

Well, this proud Democrat pledges allegiance to a land that’s... free.  
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G*d Bless America. Land that I love.  
I’ll stand beside her and guide her...
We’ll go to those mountains... to those prairies... to the oceans fraught with storms...
G*d bless America... She’s my home sweet home.  

From Ray Charles, a democratic version of America the Beautiful


America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

We need to find our brotherhood 'cause brother Ray wants to hear our voices help him sing it.

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Originally posted to bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 12:37 PM PDT.

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  •  Yeah, it's a corny diary (22+ / 0-)

    but I love America.

    We need to bring brotherhood, rule of law and democracy back to our shores.

    <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

    by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 12:32:46 PM PDT

  •  The noted British Leftist blogger Lenin... (2+ / 0-)
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    has an exceptional Sept. 20 post up about a subject we get all dewy eyed about, but seem to mirror exactly...right here

    If we can't suffer the kids how will we be blessed?

    Today, 9/23/07, 3798 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. What are YOU going to do today to help end the Bush/Republican war?

    by boilerman10 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 12:35:37 PM PDT

    •  Your link is bad, but I found the site (3+ / 0-)
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      and the post.

      ...keeps a tentative lid on the feral uprising... For Britain is still a country where the ruling ideology adores youth, but hates the young; idealises childhood, but despises children; and demands respect, but gives none.

      As I'm not a Anglophile, not too up-to-date with the Brits and the intrinsic nature of the culture. But, I can see that mirror here in the US of a culture that chases after eternal youth, yet neglects so many of our children.

      Brotherhood needs a resurrection.  

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 12:53:14 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you for the reply, (4+ / 0-)
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        One more time now

        this should work better

        After the Jena mess, and Bush's saber rattling, and the abject failure in Afghanistan which we are supposed to call successful I thought Lenin's post was prescient.

        Cons, you have to admit that they are silly, hide bound, and bizarre to the last.....and did I mention stupid?

        Reworking Kate Smith's trademark song into an anti-American sludge bucket?  Now THAT is the definition of blasphemy!

        Today, 9/23/07, 3798 Americans, and untold Iraqis are dead, tens of thousands more maimed. What are YOU going to do today to help end the Bush/Republican war?

        by boilerman10 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:02:34 PM PDT

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        •  Try as they may, we won't be sludged (3+ / 0-)
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          by Drudge... and his gang of despair and fear.

          See, Ray Charles thought positive.  New possibilities. Knitting people together.

          "I don't think any of us really KNOWS why we're here. But I think we're suppose to BELIEVE we're here for a purpose."

          "There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities."

          "I hear like you see -- like that hummingbird outside that window for instance."

          I did it to myself. It wasn't society... it wasn't a pusher, it wasn't being blind or being black or being poor. It was all my doing.

          Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine.

          What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
                             --Ray Charles

          You bring the knitting needles, I'll bring the thread.  We can begin to knit the fabric of our nation back together again through brotherhood.

          Children learn from what they live.

          <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

          by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:21:03 PM PDT

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  •  Not corny at all. (4+ / 0-)
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    You said it all very well.
    That horrifying first picture is from a Fred Phelps"protest" and if ever there was a very sick representative of the right wing theocratic GOP agenda, it's Phelps. He has the world's most disgusting site here. In the name of god? More like in the name of the personal demons inside Fred's head.  He takes his revolting family members, including children, all over the country and to troop funerals with signs. He's the reason the Patriot Guard started attending soldier's funerals, to protect grieving family members from right wing insane religious nutcases.

    I was sickened when that GOP crowd cheered halfway through that horrendous song from hell. What utter bullshit. Thanks for Ray's real version to cleanse my palate.

    •  Phelps is not a member of the Republican Party (1+ / 0-)
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      He's run for office several times as a Democrat, always failing to get the nomination.  In fact, his son held a fundraiser for Al Gore's 1988 presidential bid.

      •  Well, Phelps' nuttiness came out in 1992 (1+ / 0-)
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        He attended both of the Clinton inaugurations, picketing the second one. Phelps is an authoritarian bluedog Democrat. My bad for using that picture, but nuts are in both parties. The issue is the use and reversion to authoritarian as a salve for the world.

        As for Al Gore, well, Phelps picketed the funeral of Gore's father in 1998, yelling out that "your dad's in Hell." What horrid behavior.

        It's December 8 in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the day of the funeral for Al Gore Sr., a former senator and the vice president's father. Gore has earned Phelps' ire because, according to Phelps, his son "sold his soul to the fag agenda."

        And Kansas Democrats were not aware of Phelps and his agenda, said he lied and mislead them. They've come around and now express great "distaste" with him.

        Opposition to Al Gore and Bill Clinton

        During the 1992 presidential campaign, Phelps protested Hillary Clinton during a campaign speech in support of the Clinton-Gore ticket at the University of Kansas on October 14, 1992. In Bill Clinton's second presidential campaign, Phelps and the Westboro church also opposed Clinton and Gore because of the administration's support for gay rights. The entire Westboro congregation picketed a 1997 inaugural ball[42], denouncing Gore as a "famous fag pimp."[43] In 1998, Westboro picketed the funeral of Gore's father, screaming vulgarities at Gore and telling him, "your dad's in Hell."[43]

        In the aftermath of the election, in an incident that would be repeated years later when Phelps circulated a petition to outlaw homosexual work protection, many of the Kansas Democrats who had cast votes for Phelps came forward to express their distaste for him. They said that Phelps had lied about his intentions to numerous constituents, using double-talk and fuzzy language to confuse them; neglected to mention his stances on race, religion, and homosexuality, and campaigned mainly on the platform of a "good ol' boy" Southern gentleman and retired lawyer unfairly prosecuted by the system.[44]

        <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

        by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 03:21:51 PM PDT

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      •  In Name Only (2+ / 0-)
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        Sorry to have been unclear...his actions represent winger GOPers, not any real Democrat. His "politics" are akin to the Zell Miller branch of Dem-insanity, the crazy relative in the attic who just likes to make embarrassing noises. One that gets crazier every year until they have to be institutionalized. His motives are suspect and perhaps he was rejected from that huuuuge GOP tent as he hit too many nerves.
        Even Bill O'Really claims him as a right winger. If it walks like a rabid duck...it's not a Democrat. DINO (then) at best.

        •  All I'm saying is... (1+ / 0-)
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          you can't call him a Republican if he isn't a member of the Republican Party.  Phelps is, if anything, proof that there is still something to the right of the modern GOP.

          •  True (1+ / 0-)
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            You are absolutely correct, Fred Phelps is not a member of the Republican Party. But I didn't mention his party affiliation. I said his actions were representative of the far right theocratic wing of the GOP. He's not alone in such rabid insane thoughts on the far right or the far left. There's zealotry within every group. I contend that Fred leans way over to the right and his actions do not represent the platform of the Democratic Party nor the  opinions of the majority of Democrats.
            Again, I was unclear in the first post. Mea culpa.

      •  dallas, FYI, MediaMatters is keeping track of (0+ / 0-)

        this issue. The thugs are circulating this very meme, saying that Phelps and the protesters are liberals who hate America. Someone mentioned it's making the rounds at high schools.

        Regardless of Phelps' voter registration, he is an ultraconservative figure. Authoritarian on a mission. Not a liberal.

        <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

        by bronte17 on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 11:48:07 AM PDT

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        •  That's not what I was saying... (0+ / 0-)

          I'm very aware of Fred Phelps' views.  I was just pointing out that he has run for statewide office in Democratic primaries four times and doesn't associate with the Republican Party (and even says their icon Reagan is in Hell).  Fred Phelps has no home in the American political scene.  The Westboro Church is essentially his extended family.  All I was saying is that he doesn't represent anyone outside of his freakish cult.

          •  You knew the precise group from which (0+ / 0-)

            that picture originated.  It didn't occur to me, my bad, when I grabbed it from Google. Live and learn. I saw the "G-d hates America" and went with it... knowing it was an uberconservative group in there.

            I would pull the pic and change it, but there are comments on it and that would alter the contents of the diary.  Besides, it has brought about this discussion. Thanks for your contribution to the diary.  :^)

            <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

            by bronte17 on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 12:51:00 PM PDT

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  •  Ironically (5+ / 0-)
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    These Republicans say that G*d no longer loves America and has abandoned us.  The most we can hope for is... mercy.  Grace has gone right out the window.

    I might not be entirely inclined to disagree with this sentiment.  It would, however, be based on exactly those "American" traits and behaviours which those who prepared this piece seem to value and I detest.

    Which may prove nothing more than the constant urge of man to recreate G-d in man's own image.

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:14:11 PM PDT

    •  I gave up on organized religion (4+ / 0-)
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      a while ago, but I have to say the "God" in which I most want to believe would indeed be very unhappy with the "America" this administration has created.

      bronte17: not a silly diary at all. Thank you.

      "When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis

      by MsWings on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:54:39 PM PDT

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  •  I've got a quote (6+ / 0-)

    for the purported believers in God:

    He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
      and what does the Lord require of you
    but to do justice, and to love kindness,
      and to walk humbly with your God?

    -Micah 6:8

    (They seem to be awfully fond of the punishment verses in the Old Testament, so here's one from the "clean pages"...)

    "If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy." -- teacherken

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:15:28 PM PDT

  •  I think that the whole concept (2+ / 0-)
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    of 'God Bless America'
    Is so fundamentally flawed in so many ways it is an issue that I cannot deal with objectively.

    From a religeous perspective doesn't requesting special treatment for one nation over and above other nations go against Christs' teachings.

    Surely scripture dictates that you request blessing for humanity equally not according to accident of birth?

    In a nutshell I agree with the statement:

     

     "Why should G*d bless America?"

       "Why should G*d stand beside her?"

       "The most that we can hope for is G*d’s mercy on our land."

    but for completely different reasons than the wingnuts for my blood boils when Americans request special treatment.

    Impeachment is not an option ........It is a duty.

    by stevej on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:18:16 PM PDT

    •  There is nothing wrong with asking to be blessed (3+ / 0-)
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      This is not a zero sum game, whereby if I ask that my nation be blessed, then your nation should lose your blessing.

      If you read through the lyrics there under Ray Charles, you will see a prayer asking to mend our flaws, to grace us with brotherhood, liberty, to refine our gold so that success is noble, cities with no tears. Isn't that aspiration wonderful?

      All nations are great and all should be blessed.  We should share that hope and aspiration.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:29:20 PM PDT

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      •  Hear hear! (1+ / 0-)
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        Aside: I sometimes click on poster's names to find their diaries and hopefully read more of their thoughts. I did that tonight with you bronte17. (Honest, I'm not a stalker. Hahahaha)
        I don't often think of posters' genders. I assumed though, that Bronte was in reference to Charlotte. Whether or not, it's nice to find this: A broad with a backbone.
        Good.  I like that.

        •  My bronte UID is an Emily reference (1+ / 0-)
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          Actually, I've never read Charlotte's work. When I was a teen and read these novels, my tastes ran to Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, George Sand's pieces. These composed a portion of my psyche.

          Wuthering Heights has a depth and passion and intrinsic meanings that have been difficult to summarize across the centuries. Humanity and its passions cannot be wrapped up in nice, tidy packages. More than the sum of their actions.

          Thanks for your contribution here.  :^)

          <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

          by bronte17 on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 12:26:07 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, Wuthering Heights (1+ / 0-)
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            is a haunting novel. Jane Eyre haunted me too. They're an interesting trio of sisters. Ahead of their time? That's what happens when wimmenz get an edjumaction.
            Oooh, Rebecca...all good stuff. Sand; another woman ahead of her "time" and place. To have separated from her husband at that time was an act of utter bravery. I had a great great grandmother in Ireland who was equally "defiant" towards the church, and her spouse whom she kicked out. And a great grandmother who followed suit. One needed money and support to do such things in those days. Hahaha...one still needs money and support. We've come a long way baby? Not so much. But it's there, it's in our genes. :) Strong women have always existed, I'm partial to the Celts...and matriarchal societies. Heh heh. Nice to make your acquaintance. :)

            (sorry about the hijack)

  •  Here are the full lyrics (3+ / 0-)
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    From People for the American Way:

    Why should God bless America?
    She’s forgotten he exists
    And has turned her back
    On everything that made her what she is

    Why should God stand beside her
    Through the night with the light from his hand?
    God have mercy on America
    Forgive her sin and heal our land

    The courts ruled prayer out of our schools
    In June of ‘62
    Told the children "you are your own God now
    So you can make the rules"
    O say can you see what that choice
    Has cost us to this day
    America, one nation under God, has gone astray

    Why should God bless America?
    Shes’s forgotten he exists
    And has turned her back on everything
    That made her what she is

    Why should God stand beside her
    Through the night with the light from his hand?
    God have mercy on America
    Forgive her sins and heal our land

    In ‘73 the Courts said we
    Could take the unborn lives
    The choice is yours don’t worry now
    It’s not a wrong, it’s your right

    But just because they made it law
    Does not change God’s command
    The most that we can hope for is
    God’s mercy on our land

    Why should God bless America?
    She’s forgotten he exists
    And has turned her back on everything
    That made her what she is

    Why should God stand beside her
    Through the night with the light from his hand?
    God have mercy on America
    Forgive her sins and heal our land

    (Reading from 2nd Chronicles 7:14) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land

    God have mercy on America forgive her sins and heal our land

    If Moveon.org altered the lyrics to "God Bless America" or YearlyKos had a speaker that spoken in such blatantly anti-American ways, don't you think the uproar would make it to every political talk show? The difference comes down to the fact that the right knows how to exploit these kind of things while we try to make political hay about things that truly effect people's lives, such as stopping the Iraq War or providing healthcare.

    Just look at the mileage the right is getting from the Moveon.org Petraeus ad. Every interview with Hillary today brought up this ad. Wolf Blitzer was practically McCarthyesque in demanding that Hillary denounce the ad. Thankfully, Hillary wouldn;t be pulled into this bullshit. Each and everytime she pointed to the Republican hypocrisy of having questioned Kerry's and Cleland's service and reminded the interviewer that this was an attempt on the part of Republicans to change the subject from getting thing real done concerning the war.

    It frustrates the hell out of me that GOoPers are so skilled at exploiting shit like this, but I'm glad our side would rather fight for meaningful issues rather than fight about being offended by silly shit like this.

    Baaa! She's unelectable! Baaa! She's GOP-lite! Baaa! She wears army boots! Baaa!

    by John Campanelli on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:20:41 PM PDT

    •  But, you know John, emotion reaches people (3+ / 0-)
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      The rightwing understands this and they use people's emotions.

      Our logic and "political hay" about truly serious issues that affect people's lives can be perked up with some energy and spark to reach people's emotions.

      Meaningful emotions are good.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:38:04 PM PDT

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  •  In Overton Window terms, this group (4+ / 0-)
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    is not much different from their absurd to the extreme brethren, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church 'choir,' which believes and represents that US fatalities in war zones are due to the fact that this nation coutenances homosexuality. (In their view.)

    There have been some really excellent diaries on dKos (which may be found with a tag search, but the basic idea of the Overton window may be examined by clicking on the link.

    Not a corny diary, bronte. ;) Thank you for doing it.

    "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's CREATION." _ Jonathan Larson, RENT

    by BeninSC on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:26:32 PM PDT

  •  Wow... (3+ / 0-)
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    If the song was changed at a democratic event, it would be the number 1 story on the O'Reilly factor and on Hannity and Colmes for weeks. I personally think the original song is silly to begin with, since I'm an atheist/apatheist, and the re-written version that the republicans heard is even sillier.

    •  Well, that's why I used Ray's version (3+ / 0-)
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      'Cause he can capture in music what we cannot see.

      It really isn't too silly as nations need some mechanisms to hold together.  Music, culture, language.

      We don't need the jingoism and uber-nationalism, nor the despair and fearmongering, but we do need themes that promote brotherhood, democracy and commonalities for us to function as a nation.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 01:50:45 PM PDT

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  •  This land is your land (3+ / 0-)
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    was originally written as a parody of "god bless america." Woody Guthrie mistakenly believed that Irving Berlin was born very rich and wrote it as a capitalist anthem of a rich plutocrat who hated the poor.

    Nothing could be further from the truth, as Berlin came to these shores dirt poor after being kicked out of Imperial Russia by the antisemitic regime.

    the reason the song isn't our national anthem is that racists in congress didn't want our national anthem to have been written by (pardon my French here, please) a kike.

  •  I saw a bumper sticker: "America Bless God." (2+ / 0-)
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    This turns out to have a website, which elaborates on the notion that what America needs is repentance and prayer.  On one level, there is some merit to the idea that the responsibility for our country being good rests on the people more than it does God—but as one might expect, it was a theocratic, anti-gay website.

    •  Democracy itself is under attack (2+ / 0-)
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      In Nordic countries, here in the US, Osama Bin Laden rants against democracy, little articles here and there pop up. It's building... this movement away from democracy and rule of law and reason... back to authoritarian righteousness. Across the globe.

      <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

      by bronte17 on Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 02:43:14 PM PDT

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  •  "God bless Free Enterprise, System divine," (2+ / 0-)
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    " Stand beside It, and guide It,
     Just as long as the Profits are mine.
     Here's to Wall Street, may She prosper,
     Corporations - may They grow
     God bless Free Enterprise, The Status Quo."

    " Here's to Exxon, Halliburton,
     To Blackwater and Bechtel,
     They're connected, They contribute,
     It's the grease that makes the system go."

    The first part is at least forty years old; the second, inferior part, new and original. Feel free to add your bit.

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