Apocalyptic Politics Debuts on Fox

In this clip, former Governor and Fox News anchor Mike Huckabee has a matter-of-fact conversation with Moral Majority co-founder Tim LaHaye on whether “we are living in the end times.” LaHaye explains that Obama is pushing us “closer to the apocalypse”


It is the advent of apocalyptic politics — a movement that threatens to eventually devour itself. This casual conversation about the end of times masks a deeper psychosis where leaders seek to harness unhinged religious fervor for political purposes. This type of segment is no longer a bizarre comedy or distraction, but a truly frightening trend in both news and politics.

49 thoughts on “Apocalyptic Politics Debuts on Fox”

  1. Buddha:

    he gave this testimony before a congressional committee and he is a Prof at University of Maryland.

    How far off could it be?

    slightly over 50% of our budget goes to social programs and that is from Wiki.

    I don’t know if what I posted above is correct only that Phyllis might have gotten her information from that testimony.

    There must be someway to find out the actual statistics. I do know that unmarried mothers typically have a lower standard of living than married mothers and usually have a lower household income than their married counterparts (for obvious reasons).

  2. “Full disclosure, the individual that wrote the testimony is or was affiliated with AEI”

    Do you mind if I laugh now, B? Or do I need to pull out the Twain quote about lies before I chuckle?

  3. “Teens have the worst prospects of all unmarried mothers. In 1988, 65 percent of teen mothers were unmarried at the time of their first child’s birth, compared to 15 percent in 1950. According to a Congressional Budget Office report, 77 percent of unmarried adolescent mothers were welfare recipients within five years of the birth of their first child. Sixty percent of AFDC mothers under the age of 30 had their first child as a teenager.”

    http://www.welfareacademy.org/pubs/welfare/testimony-0395.shtml

    Maybe she got it from this?

    Full disclosure, the individual that wrote the testimony is or was affiliated with AEI

  4. What tomdarch said.

    The Death Cult has been working up to trying to bring Jesus back since the days of St. Ronnie of the Pompadour.

  5. Swarthmore Mom: Thanks for the TPM link. I probably shouldn’t say this, but Ms. Schlafly’s photograph looks like a colorized version of a label from a circa 1900 bottle of patent medicine for treatment of the vapors.

  6. Prof. Turley wrote:

    “It is the advent of apocalyptic politics…”

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    Whaddaya mean “debuts” or “advent”?!?! Have you not been aware that this stuff has been an important part of American politics since the Reagan administration?

    “apocalyptic politics” has been at the core of the right-wing view of US-Israel policy over the last 30 years. A big slice of the “Christian right” intertwines this malarkey with their worldview, and thus their politics. It’s just that they usually don’t talk about it on national TV.

    If you could get Sarah Palin to tell you what she actually believes, you’d get all sorts of wacky stuff about the Book of Revelations and crazy interpretations related to Bush’s invasion of Iraq. This goofy crap even plays a role in energy policy: these folks don’t worry about “peak oil” because, they believe, God has put enough oil/gas/coal in the ground to last us until Armageddon. Similarly, we don’t need to worry about global warming, because the end times will take care of all that. I am not making this up. That’s the basis for the political thinking of many of our fellow Americans.

    I don’t know if it’s 10%, 20% or what exact proportion of the US population bases their worldview/politics on variations of “Christian” apocalypticism, but it’s been enough for many lousy Republican candidates to win elections, both local and national.

  7. Anonymously Yours
    1, July 29, 2010 at 10:56 am
    Blouise,

    They save that for the weekend I am sure. They want quality time.

    So who the hell is that TraderB?

    ============================================================

    I guess he’s gone away now … I went out to run a few errands, came back for a much deserved nap and woke up to TraderB wishing all a fond farewell with the promise to return after Sherrod wins her lawsuit … at least that was my take on it. He stuck his toe in, went up to his ankles and then left … he didn’t even try the water-slide … Buddha splashed him a little bit …

  8. And here’s the real end times stuff, this and the Gulf (check out Democracy Now on corexit). It’s the reason the religious stuff makes sense to people, they just have the wrong villains and senario.

    “Endgame in Afghanistan: ‘It’s Taken a Year to Move 20km’
    As the war in Afghanistan enters its final chapter, Sean Smith’s brutal, uncompromising film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of a stalemate that is taking its toll in blood

    Sean Smith, Michael Tait, Guy Grandjean and Alex Rees

    Sean Smith’s brutal film from the Helmand frontline shows the horrific chaos of war’s stalemate. Warning: contains distressing images:

    http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/07/29-1#comment-form

  9. Yissil,

    As a fellow Lovecraft fan, you are a true gift. You didn’t provide me with a link, but rather a bookmark. Thanks!

    Now, I’m off to Antarctica.

  10. Bill

    “Are minorities and poor people so bad that we have to have the “end times” because somebody wanted to stand up for them”?

    For fundies, teabaggers, conservatives and Republicans of all stripes, the answer is a resounding YES! If you’re not helping corporations or the wealthy, you’re the problem.

  11. Bill,

    As a young fundamentalist with sleeping problems, I watched a lot of Jack Van Imp presents. EVERYTHING is a sign of the end times to these people. I turns out that a call to revolution, cleverly coded to be interpreted as just about anything, can be interpenetrated to mean just about anything.

  12. In the last 2000 years, we have had the black plague, the crusades, the inquisition, countless global wars, a handful of genocides, a couple of Bush presidencies, and scores of other seriously bad events.

    However President Obama and his center-left agenda of trying to help people with healthcare, allow tax cuts to expire (not even raising them), and making companies accountable for their actions is the straw that broke the apocalyptic back? Really?

    Are minorities and poor people so bad that we have to have the “end times” because somebody wanted to stand up for them?

    I can’t believe these people. How can they not see the correlation between christian fundamentalists and the taliban? They are just quoting a different book.

  13. Personally, whenever one of these folks come on I just mentally edit in “Cthulu” whenever I hear “Jesus” and replace “demons” with “Great Old Ones.” That always makes it much more entertaining.

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