“When the volatile political bedfellows of money and religion discover the honeymoon is over, the break-up will affect all of us.”
I wrote this in my column following George Bush’s, Dick Cheney’s, and Karl Rove’s victory in 2004.
Well, I told you so then and I tell you again now:
God and greed don’t mix.
And we are paying for it dearly.
Because the GOP continued to woo the religious right – complete with the fringe elements that spawned Donald Trump and Steve Bannon — and they had absolutely no intentions of fulfilling the promises they made to them.
The establishment arm of the GOP really believed the crazy relatives of their new bride would not be a problem. When the courting was hot and heavy, I had more than several folks make comments to me such as: “Those people aren’t going to make a difference. We just tolerate them for the vote,” as they plunged their hands into their very deep pockets.
But as we all know, when you marry, you marry the crazy family members, too.
Like it or not.
And now, we have what we have.
Not only have the nutty relatives stuck around, they are living in the big house.
And the GOP can’t do a damn thing with them.
Because their greed got us here.
A hunger for power got us here.
Hypocrisy got us here.
Dishonesty got us here.
And nothing is going to lift us out of it until the people who forged this relationship admit they made a mistake and take action.
Because there’s only one solution for a bad marriage: divorce.
And we sure as hell need one of those right now.