Oh, the irony, cont’d: Republicans want government to leave you alone (except when they don’t)

From the AP:

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is telling students at the nation’s largest evangelical university that they should raise their voices to keep Washington politicians from telling them how to live their lives.

This is, I presume, the same Rick Perry who signed a pledge to use the power of the federal government to ban abortion, as well as a pledge to push for a Constitutional amendment that prohibits gay marriage. I know that Emerson said that consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, and that Whitman celebrated contradicting himself and containing multitudes, but this is just ridiculous.

What Perry and his Republican colleagues really mean is this: Government should stay out of your life and allow you to live your values — if your values happen to be conservative and Christian. Then, once conservative Christians take over the government, you have the God-given right to tell everyone else how to live. They don’t truly believe in a democracy; as Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, they believe in protecting rights and privileges for a narrow slice of the American populace — and to hell (perhaps, in their minds, literally) with the rest.

Funny, isn’t it, how those who are most obsessed with labeling people’s choices and ideas as un-American are actually the most un-American of all.

Now that I think about it though, I don’t find it funny at all.

Update: Andrew Sullivan explains how the modern GOP is behaving less as a political party than as a fundamentalist religious movement. Worth reading.

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