I estimated the crowd at 400 but was told 100 more people, who
couldn’t get in the banquet room, gathered in another room where they
couldn’t even hear the speakers. Yet they refused to go home.
Claris Van Kuiken, 55, of New Lenox, said she joined the movement
because she fears politicians are not only attempting to undermine the
country but Christian institutions as well, with a vision of a
one-world government and occultism.
“I wrote a book about it,” she told me. “Americans really don’t
understand what is happening to our government and our churches.”
Susan Carduff, also of New Lenox, was there with her husband,
Michael, to “get rid of corruption politicians,” to oppose gun control
and battle for lower taxes.
Nancy Mirabelli, of Palos Park, said she’s pro-life, pro-family and “just tired of a lot of stuff going on in Washington.”
I really think we should just form the Tired of A Lot of Stuff party and let everybody who thinks “they’re all just as bad as the others” and “everyone in Washington sucks” and “throw them ALL out” join up, like when I was in college and a party was formed to dissolve the student government. It got itself elected, dissolved the student government, and then everybody stood around for a few years scratching their asses and wondering why nobody listened to students and tuition kept going up and the chancellor wrapped himself around corporate interests like a koala around a tree.
I really don’t blame these nutjobs for their nutjobbery. People do have a really good radar for when things aren’t as they should be, and it’s pretty hard to argue that anyone isn’t screwed these days. I blame the hucksters and liars who glom onto that vague sense of dissatisfaction and turn it into an assault on God or the flag or something not being “pro-family” as if boys kissing is the problem here and not that the manufacturing base has collapsed and middle class debt-free living is nonexistent and Oh God I’d Better Not Get Sick and Vera Bradley’s making handbags and there seems to be absolutely no way that anyone can explain that any of this will get any better.
I mean, if I think about it too hard I’ll go kind of crazy again and start stockpiling dry goods like last spring when I was convinced we’d revert to some kind of agrarian barter economy in which I’d have no useful skills to sell so I bought all the flour that was in the store. BECAUSE.
(Fuck, I need to get out that cookbook my mother in law gave me for Christmas and bake bread with all that stuff. And to stop reading post-apocalyptic lit.)
I understand panic, what I don’t understand is the level of sociopathy that lets you take advantage of panic to sell something. Which is all the national Tea Party leaders are doing, and not any new thing at all. It is the political equivalent of solar ovens and urine-purification water systems for the Y2K apocalypse.
Oh, and that book mentioned above?MAN:
This book reveals the account of several faithful witnesses who stood
gallantly for the truth of God’s Word in the face of persecution from
the members of their own church’s governing body-for a period of four
years! The controversy centered around the writings of a well known
“Christian” auther and the denial of essential doctrinal teachings of
the Christian faith. Yet, the problem was much deeper than these
writings; it rested in the utter refusal of the pastors and elders to
stand for the faith even in the face of numerous denials of Scripture.
“Unity for the price of truth” seems to characterize the political
shenanigans that ensued. But what was most amazing was the spiritual
strength of the ‘appellants’ (including the author) in cutting through
the deception and denials that surrounded the proceedings-. This is a
true story of courageous, martyr-spirited Christians who would not give
up as long as there was still hope that truth would prevail. I urge you
to read ! this riveting book . . . after all, this kind of situation
could happen even in YOUR church. Be ready for it!