Remember Utah Republican Don Larsen? He made a speech recently. It sounds like his proposal to blame Satan for illegal immigrants was just the caboose on a whole trainful of crazy — liberals and Mexicans are Satan’s minions out to destroy America.
Don Larsen, chairman of legislative District 65 for the Utah County Republican Party, had submitted a resolution warning that Satan’s minions want to eliminate national borders and do away with sovereignty.
In a speech at the convention, Larsen told those gathered that illegal immigrants “hate American people” and “are determined to destroy this country, and there is nothing they won’t do.”
Illegal aliens are in control of the media, and working in tandem with Democrats, are trying to “destroy Christian America” and replace it with “a godless new world order — and that is not extremism, that is fact,” Larsen said.
At the end of his speech, Larsen began to cry, saying illegal immigrants were trying to bring about the destruction of the U.S. “by self invasion.”
The crying was a nice touch. It convinces me that he’s sincerely nuts.
I notice something interesting here, though, that infects a lot of debates of interest to me. It’s not enough that he disagrees strongly with immigration policy, or that he thinks the presence of godless liberals has bad consequences on his goals for the country; he has to see intent. If a policy decision has a bad effect, it can’t be because it was unforeseen, or because many decisions have to balance tradeoffs — it can only be because the bad result was intended. Mr Larsen lives in a simple world where there are good people doing good works, and evil people working against the good people with malign purpose, and nothing in between.
I suspect he even views natural events through the lens of omnipresent intent. It’s why he’s committed to the existence of an evil supernatural agent, Satan. After all, if bad things happen to him, if he gets a flat tire on the way to work or a Democrat is elected to office or there is a brush fire in a canyon near his home, there must have been an enemy working directly to do mischief. That something can “just happen” without a conscious mind behind it is inconceivable.
Anyone want to bet on whether Don Larsen is a creationist? I’d also bet that Mr Larsen is the kind of guy who finds the argument that “I can’t imagine something as complex as a human brain arising without intelligent planning” to be compelling.