Purge 70% of U.S. House of Representatives incumbents, just like they did in 1816

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Flickr/creative commons

This coming 2016 election will mark the 200th anniversary of the largest single purge of incumbent U.S. Representatives, the “highest rate of turnover in any congressional election in American history.” Back then, these congressmen were raising their pay while showing cruel indifference to starving, dying New Englanders, whose “Year Without A Summer” in 1816 (and subsequent bad years) practically led to the exodus now known as the State of Ohio.

Disgust at the ballot box led to this, but how would we handle, engineer, a similar purge in 2016? What catastrophe or circumstance could cause this to happen in 18 months? How could we organize in time to effect such an improving purge like those voters in 1816?

Well, I’m here to say it is possible, and here’s why:

Many 2016 GOP senators, representatives, and presidential candidates ascribe to Dominionism, a political and religious philosophy calling for the overtake of our government’s rule of law in order to replace it with [their primitive version of] god’s law — the constitutional and non-negotiable separation of church and state be damned. Every single dominionist presently serving has treasonously taken their sacred oaths of office with their fingers tightly crossed behind their back. Prior to taking their office, these (GOP, white, male) lawmakers, each committed to the destruction of the democracy they only pretend to serve. Any review of their voting records will disclose that they are not there to serve but to legislate pain and suffering to hasten in god’s law. Ballooning voting rights restrictions, debtors prisons, mass incarceration, income injustice, xenophobia and racism, social inequality, and anti-climate change ignorance are the results of their single-minded and overarching religious goal.

So we’re talking about dozens if not hundreds of lawmakers who are acting everyday to enrich corporate elitists at the expense of the 98%. Admittedly, we have been mostly asleep at the wheel, not realizing that it is Dominionism that is the driving force of the tea party, right-wing groups such as ALEC, GOP domination of state legislatures, and gerrymandered districting.

But it’s not too late. Learn more about this cult and who the cult members are. Demand that they be publicly questioned about their allegiance to their oaths of office. Will they choose between their dedication to the rule of law and their oath of office or their commitment to remake us a repressive theocracy? Make them choose because they can’t have both.

As I mentioned the other day, my study of dominionism over the last few years has helped me to better understand just what is wrong, and why our laws are being transformed exactly because these lawmaker’s religiosity. Now is the time to act, and that is why I have started to name names, and will continue to do this, while pushing for #StopDominionists. These folks represent a virulent form of American Fundamentalism, best described in the definitive investigative reporting from Jeff Sharlet in his two books, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, and C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy. Find out who these lawmakers are and make them make the choice: Their version of sharia law or us?

One important caveat to repeat: We don’t deny them their religious beliefs — have your faith but keep it to yourself, we say. What we DO object to in the strongest possible terms is politicians and others failing to obey the U.S. Constitution which unapologetically makes the separation of church and state non-negoitiable for good reason.

More to come. Your participation will be welcomed.


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Alison Gardner