Don’t Let Dick Mount Joy

You would think that a Republican politician in nominally-liberal California would wait until he won the election before announcing to the world that he’s a wacko fundie. But I guess if you are already guaranteed defeat, you have nothing else to lose.

I was barely even aware that Senator Dianne Feinstein was running for re-election. Her win is so much of a lock that she hasn’t been campaigning much. Today was the first I ever heard of her opponent: A scummy little weasel named Dick Mountjoy.

Here are a few of his favorite positions (actually, I think fundies are only allowed one: Missionary):

  • Opposes abortion
  • Believes marriage should be only between a man and a woman
  • Supports George W Bush’s unconstitutional subversion of our civil rights. (His actual quote was “The government must have the tools necessary to root out terrorist cells in America. I fully support President Bush’s anti-terrorism plans.”.)
  • Supports the anti-American PATRIOT act
  • Wants to stay the course in Iraq
  • Believes that Saddam may have had WMDs
  • Supports a hard line with Iran, including war if necessary

He’s conservative, but he’s not the wackiest to hit the political scene; not by a longshot. I’m concerned about his willingness to destroy America by shredding our civil rights under the guise of saving us from terrorists. The biggest terrorists are in Washington. We have lost many of our civil rights because of people like Mountjoy. As bad as crashing airplanes into skyscrapers is, far more damage has been done to our lives by the Republicans in the White House and Congress, and by their Democratic enablers. (Mountjoy’s opponent, Dianne Feinstein, voted for the war, for example.)

Erasing the Fourth Amendment is hardly this guy’s only crime. I’m particularly concerned about his attitudes on social issues. Here’s a typical quote of his:

The forces of godless secularism are corrupting our core values on every side. Abortionists murder more than a million babies a year. […] The promoters of homosexuality are attacking the ageless and universal tradition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

First, he cites some vague “forces”. Then he cites vague “core values”. Then he claims that Vague 1 has Vague 2 surrounded. (“She’s taking on water fast, captain! We can’t last much longer!”) Then he uses the word “murder” incorrectly, as he also does with the word “babies”. Where are the offices of the “promoters of homosexuality”? Is it a non-profit, or can I buy stock? Marriage isn’t quite ageless or universal; other definitions are old and widespread. Every phrase in that paragraph is suspect. These are the sorts of people we elect to office. (Well, not this specific person, because he’s going to lose!)

But get a load of this steaming pile:

God and prayer belong in our private AND public places.

Liberal judges have expelled God from our public schools, and the education establishment forces our children to submit to “sex education” that glorifies not only premarital sex but immorality of every sort. The enemies of God are constantly working to remove any mention of his name from public places. The courts have stripped prayer from our public schools, thrown the Ten Commandments out of our courthouses, torn crosses off of county seals, buildings, mountains and war memorials. The Boy Scouts of America are under constant attack because of their belief in God.

The principle that has guided me through my life is my supreme belief in the Savior of mankind, Jesus Christ. We were created by God and placed on this earth to please and glorify him—not just in the privacy of our homes and churches but in everything we say and do. This belief has guided my actions in my 32 years of political life. My criteria for decision making has been: First, is it right with God, and second, is it Constitutional?

Debunking this speech is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.

I would like to call your attention to that last sentence, however: “First, is it right with God, and second, is it Constitutional?” He is telling us that he will not “support and defend the Constitution” (this phrase is contained in the Senate’s oath of office). If he believes that something is contrary to his particular interpretation of his particular religion, then that takes priority, Constitution be damned. That fact right there disqualifies him from office.

I am hardly a fan of Dianne Feinstein, but in this case the decision is easy. Apparently most Californians agree. Feinstein leads Mountjoy by a 2-to-1 margin in opinion polling.

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Frog! It’s…

Seeing the writing on the wall, I guess Mountjoy felt that the only thing left was to ask for help from Daddy. Skydaddy that is!

I read this Associated Press article in the San Jose [California] Mercury News. (BTW, that link probably won’t work for long. They throw stuff behind a paywall pretty quickly.)

Mountjoy asks for prayers in his Senate race against Feinstein
[…]
Republican Dick Mountjoy, who faces popular Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, e-mailed a “campaign prayer request” to his supporters Monday asking them to pray for him. The conservative former state lawmaker has little money and scant support from his own party.

“We know that prayer is the most powerful and effective weapon there is,” Mountjoy writes in the message that is signed “Yours in Christian Faith.”

He’s destined to lose for sure, since there is no evidence that prayer works. But the real problem is right there in black and white: “Yours in Christian Faith.” I have no problem with his being a Christian. I have a problem with him waving it around and telling everybody that that’s how he makes decisions.

The next line in the article is a hoot:

Attached is an endorsement letter from Focus on the Family founder James Dobson that criticizes Feinstein’s “ultra-liberal record.”

HA!! “Ultra-liberal”? Dianne Feinstein? “Ultra-liberal”? Oh, my sides ache! Make it stop! Make the laughter stop!

Dianne Feinstein is so conservative that she’s to the right of Bill Clinton! Man, we are in big trouble if the Republican party thinks that people like Dianne Feinstein are ultra-liberal. Check out a few choice highlights of her profile by OnTheIssues.org:

  • Voted YES on authorizing use of military force against Iraq
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning
  • Voted YES on declaring that memorial prayers and religious symbols on public school campuses do not violate the First Amendment
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends
  • Voted YES on phasing out the estate tax

Of course she’s liberal on a lot of issues, but the list above should be proof enough that she’s no “ultra-liberal”. I guess we’re stuck with her, and we should be grateful. The alternative is a fundie who would govern first by what he thought God wanted.

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