Been absent pending time and energy for an engine update...
But just now I've been listening to Boyd Rice vs Bob Larson. Look'em up. I ain't making no links these days. For those who don't know, Boyd Rice was/is a musician, pseudo-fascist, and acerbic atheist not above masquerading as a Wotanist or Satanist; above all, he seemed to enjoy pranking people and tweaking them with outrageous statements just for the sake of it.
All this being said, listening to Boyd go toe-to-toe with Bob Larson, the most striking thing is how closely Boyd Rice's actual statements and apparent beliefs - Social Darwinism in particular - correspond to the actual beliefs of the Republican party in general, and the Bush administration in particular.
The obvious sore thumb here is that the religious right, as a social force, are represented by Bob Larson, and the rest of the Republican Party are represented by the exact opinions espoused by Boyd Rice. The sticky point - and the future of America - depends very much on where the religious right falls out on this wedge, this fulcrum. Do they choose to speak up for their alleged values, or do they follow their authoritarian instincts all the way to hell?
The strong dominate the weak, and the clever dominate the strong. The Bush administration in a nutshell. Republican Christians - do you stand with this, or against it? The world may hang in the balance. The Boyd Rice vs Bob Larson tape plays like an internal debate in the soul of the Republican party. And Bob Larson lost.