Jackson: God Let Obama Win to Create Tea Party


Virginia’s Republican candidate for lt. governor, E.W. Jackson, said he was confused by Obama’s victory in the 2008 election. After all, he prayed that Obama would lose. But then God told him that he let Obama win so that the Tea Party would be created.

“The Tea Party is a move of God to stir this nation’s back to its conscience and back to its senses,” Jackson told conservative activists. “I remember saying, God we prayed Lord but we didn’t win, but you know what God said to me? ‘You won, you won.’ I couldn’t figure out what that meant until I began to hear some of the things I heard and then I realized what it meant: it meant that maybe the best thing that has ever happened to this country was the election of the last president because he has awakened a sleeping giant and I trust that now that we’re awake we will never go back to sleep again.”

As Ricky Fitz says in American Beauty, “Never underestimate the power of denial.” If Obama had lost, that would prove that prayer works (never mind that millions were also praying for him to win) and that God made sure it would happen. But Obama won, so that means God had a reason for letting it happen — a reason that just happens to coincide with what Jackson hoped would then happen. The power of prayer is never falsified because, you know, mysterious ways and all that.

But in what way did God intervene here? Did he control people’s minds so they would vote for Obama when they didn’t really want to? If so, where did that whole free will thing go? These are not serious arguments, they are ad hoc rationalizations to prevent one’s beliefs from logical scrutiny.

Comments

  1. grumpyoldfart says

    ‘You won, you won.’

    That’s always been the case for every religious nut during the last 5,000 years. No matter what happens, it’s exactly what god wanted to happen – otherwise he wouldn’t let it happen. So if your prayers are answered then that’s what god wanted and you are a winner, but if your prayers are not answered then god has other plans that will surely turn out for the best – so you win again.

  2. says

    It’s weird seeing a black guy saying “It’s a good thing the black guy one, because his victory woke up scared old white people”.
    Who knew God would use something as mild as the election of a moderate, neoliberal Democrat to stir up much of anything except disappointment?

    And since when do “conscience” and “senses” mean the opposite of those things?

  3. John Hinkle says

    I couldn’t figure out what that meant until I began to hear some of the things I heard and then I realized what it meant…

    When I began to see what I saw he said there, I realized this guy’s elevator doesn’t go to the top.

  4. Michael Heath says

    There’s an old YouTube video back when that site first started. The producer reports that praying to a gallon of milk produces the exact same results that praying to God yields.

  5. Francisco Bacopa says

    It has to be whole milk. Praying to nonfat milk is heretical.

    I remember when whole milk was called homo milk. Are you sure those prayers are going to work?

    And surely you know far more about the dairy business than I do since you grew up in the trade.

  6. Sastra says

    Michael Heath #6 wrote:

    There’s an old YouTube video back when that site first started. The producer reports that praying to a gallon of milk produces the exact same results that praying to God yields.

    Yes, but you have to understand. There was this one woman, I know somebody who knows her, who was praying to a bottle of milk — just to test this because she heard this and was wondering — and she prayed and prayed and nothing seemed to happen, so she thought to herself “Ha! he’s right — pray to God and you might as well pray to a gallon of milk!” and that’s when she looked up and actually looked at that gallon of milk and there was a photo on the back of one of those “missing children” you know and that’s when she suddenly recognized that this was the little girl who had moved in next door with a big guy who said he was her Dad but the little girl always seemed so sad and so scared and never came outside alone but would look out the window and that’s how this woman had seen her so she jumped up and called the police and it turned out that her neighbor was a child molester and that little girl had been kidnapped and she was freed and it all happened because someone prayed to a gallon of milk and it got the same results as praying to God and her faith was restored and it promoted faith in a lot of people who hadn’t had it before.

    Just goes to show you that you shouldn’t scoff like this producer did.

  7. felidae says

    In three days the election will be over and the Rev. Jackson will be cast back into his much deserved obscurity

  8. bahrfeldt says

    The gods do not answer Jackson’s prayers because they hate liars and hypocrites. The voices in his head are from the djinh of bad comedy and adulterated peyote (probably a few demons also), transferred unwillingly from a herd of other swine.

    felidae @11- He still has his flock begging to be fleeced and seems likely to be a regular on the state wingnut circuit.

  9. greg1466 says

    The Tea Party is a move of God to stir this nation’s back to its conscience and back to its senses.

    I would actually agree with this in a sense. Just as with the rise of the John Birch Society and McCarthyism, the Tea Party is a reminder that we must be ever vigilant against the enemies of liberty.

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