QUOTE OF THE DAY…. Rep. John Fleming (R) of Louisiana was campaigning alongside Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) this week, speaking to a Republican women’s group near Shreveport. Fleming did his best to frame the midterm elections in a very specific way.
“We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle — one is going to have to win,” said Rep. John Fleming, R-La. […]
“We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like Western Europe and create, I guess really a godless society, an atheist society. Or we’re going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation.
“So we’re going to have to solve that argument before we can once again reach across and work together on things.”
There’s all kinds of fascinating angles to this remarkable nonsense, but let’s note some of the highlights.
First, for all the talk from pundits that Democrats need to do much more to reach out and compromise with congressional Republicans, Fleming’s wildly foolish comments are a reminder that there’s just not much Dems can do with the modern-day GOP.
Second, there’s nothing in the Democratic agenda that calls for an “atheist society”; Western Europe is filled with countries that have official state churches; and it doesn’t make any sense to simultaneously claim to protect “individual liberties” and a “Christian nation.” The United States separates church from state. Fleming may want a Christian-style theocracy — maybe an Iran for the West — but that’s just not how Americans do things.
And finally, Fleming was campaigning with David Vitter. Voters are supposed to chose righteousness by backing the right-wing politician who hires prostitutes?
Postscript: Brian Beutler notes that the godless Democratic heathens have nominated David Melville to run against Fleming in November. Melville is a Methodist pastor.
Update: A friend emails: “Would Vitter be subjected to stoning in Fleming’s Christian nation?”