So apparently Rick Perry has decided that instead of solving Texas’ budgetary woes, his time is better spent organizing a prayer rally to ask God to solve it for him. He has titled his event, which is to be held in an athletic stadium, “The Response.” Forgive me for being cynical, but this seems like a blatant attempt to provide a launchpad for a 2012 presidential run. Nothing gets that evangelical block of voters in the GOP going like a good mix of religion and empire. The explicit attempt to exploit the whole “everything is going down the crapper because people have walked away from faith” line of propaganda, recently the cornerstone of Glenn Beck’s insanity, is readily apparent when perusing the website for the event. On a page titled “Why the Response” it says:
America is in the midst of a historic crisis. We have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. The youth of America are in grave peril economically, socially, and, most of all, morally. There are threats emerging within our nation and beyond our borders beyond our power to solve.
Our nation is at a crossroads. More and more Americans are perceiving the critical juncture we find ourselves in – the future of our nation is determined by the courage of its people: first, in recognizing the magnitude of our common trouble; then, by uniting to seize the unique opportunity this moment offers us. Our response can, in part, determine our future and define for our children – and their children – what kind of nation they will govern, serve, and lead.
Notice the subtle way that loose morality is intertwined with terrorism and fiscal shortfalls. The youth are threatened “most of all, morally.” Yes, Rick Perry, rebellious teenagers are more threatened by their sex drives than by terrorism or poverty. The most disturbing part of the whole lets-blow-up-Muslims-while-saluting-the-flag-and-high-fiving-Jesus shtick is how effective it has been recently (you know, like with the last Texas governor to run for president). I have a prayer for this country:
Dear Lord, please give us leaders who don’t borrow their policies from Carrie Underwood songs. Much Love, Jeremiah.