Getting Cray-Cray for God in Iowa - or Let’s Party Like It’s 2016
O Come all ye faithful…to Iowa. Yes, America’s religious bigots are all gathering in the Midwest to plot, once again, the downfall of American democracy and its replacement with corporate-sponsored theocracy (or is it theocracy-sponsored corporatism? I think the end result would be about the same).
Yes, Iowa is literally infested with God-thugs. You can’t shake a stick (or anything else) without hitting one. Though we’re three-years-plus out from Election Day 2016, the Iowa clown car is fast filling up with those jockeying to be in position to be in position when the time does finally come.
There’s sweater boy (Rick Santorum) and the guy Maureen Dowd calls “cretinous ” (Ted Cruz), who has been working extra hard to become an accepted part of the white-bread Evangelical base (because it’s okay to be from Cuba and not from Kenya), and Donald Trump, who has about as much chance of convincing Iowans that he is one of them as he does of convincing us that his hair is real.
Trump is a joke, but like John Oliver said on the Daily Show the other day, though we don’t want him to be president, we do want him badly to run.
They will all be at The Family Leader-sponsored Family Leadership Summit on August 10 (youth brainwashing will take place on August 9).
You remember The Family Leader, right? If not, Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch refreshes your memory:
Bob Vander Plaats of The Family Leader, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate who spearheaded the 2010 campaign to boot pro-marriage equality justices off the Iowa Supreme Court, is hosting the event. The Family Leader continues its push to become a conservative power player: Last year, the organization hosted a debate attended by every Republican presidential candidate save Mitt Romney and tried to get candidates to pledge to fight legal pornography and to agree that African-American families were better off under slavery. In 2016, the group might take over the reins of the Iowa Straw Poll.