August 04, 2010

Angle: Beware False Idols

I have a confession to make. I haven't paid that much attention to the Nevada Senate race between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Republican challenger Sharon Angle. I've seen that from time to time she has made statements that can charitably be called "questionable" in nature, which you should translate as "what the heck is she thinking?"

Well, she's done it again, with an odd pronouncement that has driven the liberal bloggers on Memeorandum into an absolute hissy-fit.

Jon Ralston at the Las Vegas Sun found an April 21 interview Angle did with Rick Wiles of TruNews Christian Radio, and presented us with this gem (my emphasis below).

Wiles: Half of the country is working to produce and pay the taxes and pay the bills, the other half is living off the taxpayers -- they're living off the other 51 percent.

Angle: We're right to that point in the graph where it says, "government dependency." And we know that once we have a majority that are dependent upon the government, we will lose our freedom; it says we go into bondage. That's the next stage. Our Founders warned against this. They said don't... that your liberty is only as secure as the people are. Because once they, um, get the ability to vote themselves entitlements from the largesse of the government, liberty is done; freedom is over with. We were warned. We are there. We're right on the cusp of it, and you've identified those numbers. That's the war that we're in. You know, when I talk about a war and a battle and soldiers we have to take up our…our cry for freedom. And we can do it right now at the battle box… I mean at the ballot box. I'm not sure what continues on after 2010. I know people are very frightened about what's going on in this country. And these programs that you mentioned -- that Obama has going with Reid and Pelosi pushing them forward -- are all entitlement programs built to make government our God. And that's really what's happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We're supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government. And you've just identified the real crux of the problem. I've also been endorsed by a PAC out of Washington D.C. and the name of that PAC is Government is not God. And I thought that that was so appropriate because that is really what's happening in our society and we need to take our country back.

We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government.

Very, very strong words... and very true.

Predictably, Greg Sargent, Alan Colmes and other progressives are promoting this with a "holy war" spin. As Angle was speaking to a Christian audience on a Christian radio show and is apparently herself a devout Christian, it may be a fair characterization of her feelings.

But the simple fact of the matter is that Angle is dead-on in accurate characterizing the mind-set of progressives. They do think that more government—not individuals, or God—is the solution to almost every problem. To be fair, this is also the mindset of many Republicans, and together, this would-be ruling class is responsible for our nation's addiction to big government.


No doubt progressives are offended at being tarred with a religious term, but it does adequately reflect their fanatical devotion to ever-larger government as the solution to all the nation's ills. They even have hymns for their savior.

Yes, they did. And it's too bad he seems to have the governing skills of David Koresh.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 4, 2010 01:17 PM


1 : the worship of a physical object as a god
2 : immoderate attachment or devotion to something

The word has two meanings, one of which has no religious connotation whatsoever and the second one sure does fit the left and their crush on statist government, doesn't it? (The first one does, too, but it fits in either case.)

Posted by: ECM at August 4, 2010 05:56 PM

She needs money to help defeat Reid. Religion? who cares get that bum out of office.

Posted by: bman at August 4, 2010 11:16 PM

Man! You scared me for a minute Bob. I thought you were about to find fault with Angle's statement about idolatry. You are right that she is dead on. All you have to do is look at the areas of our country where the number of single mothers are to find where the support for Obamacare resides. They are treating the government like God. They don't pray for guidance or help to God. They call their Congress critter and demand entitlements. And De Toqueville (sp) was right that when the population reaches the 51% point of taking to giving and they can vote to keep their freebies coming then we are approaching the latter days of Rome.

Posted by: inspectorudy at August 5, 2010 02:23 PM

I'm not nit picking, just letting you know it's Sharron Angle, not Sharon Angel

Posted by: Smorgasbord at August 10, 2010 05:21 AM