Republic: noun: a nation or state in which the power rests with the body of citizens who, through votes, elect representatives and leaders. A nation or state with no monarch or hereditary head of state or singular cult of personage.
Seems straightforward, doesn't it? Except when used by republicans themselves. Unlike Michele Bachmann, the Founding Fathers of the United States understood the concept of a republic far better. So much so, that they ensured certain 'restrictions' were in place to prevent what the current crop of republicans are trying to do. At this weekend's Value Voters Summit (VVS), a gaggle of right-wing 'luminaries' is gathering to gin up rhetoric, pander to their base and insist, once again, that America is a Christian nation. It is on this last assertion that the Founding Fathers themselves would have had issue. In fact, they made a point of putting their concern in the very Constitution many republicans claim to respect and admire. To wit, the 1st amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion...." Why is this a concern for the TTM? Well, simply put, the VVS is an organized event who's purpose is, as mentioned above, to foment the notion of a Christian nation.......in direct opposition to what the Founders of the U.S. had envisioned. Thomas Jefferson was so adamant about the idea of religion having any sway that he stated categorically: "A wall of separation between Church and State" must exist for the nation to thrive. Sadly, in today's Tea Party controlled republican party, the ideals that once drove a nation to greatness are now being tossed aside for a new and more dangerous path: that of religious leaders or, as in the case of many faiths, a form of hereditary leadership or cult of personality, in this case being Jesus Christ. Wither the Republic?
Apparently, not so indivisible.
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