Ever since Newt Gingrich wrote his famous memo on how to use negative words to define their opponents (and probably before that), the right has been using that framing technique to sell their ideas. One of the weirdest words used to describe the left is “pagan,” which is used constantly by the religious right. Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, which makes the NRA look like a bunch of commies, even says that gun control laws are “pagan.” Oh, and we should impeach Obama.
Caller: If Obama’s going to be signing an executive order to take away our guns isn’t there something we can do to arrest this man? It’s a treasonous act. He’s swore an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States.
Pratt: Yeah, it’s called impeachment and that would be, along with defunding, the kinds of messages that need to go to Capitol Hill: When are you going to impeach this guy? When are you going to defund his illegal activities? Republicans can’t continue, at least I hope they cannot, continue to be spectators while the country is being torn apart…
Pratt: Frankly, it almost would seem that animism won’t go away. The left, which is largely made up of people who don’t believe in Jesus Christ’s blood as being necessary for our salvation, view inanimate objects as possessing their own will. That’s animism, that’s a return to the most pagan of paganism and look at what nutty political views it ends up supporting.
What. The. Fuck.