From an email dated October 8, 2013:
“…we are looking for those who are ‘poor in spirit’. They understand that without followers, there are no leaders. They have an attitude of gratitude…we are looking for…those who mourn because they can identify with the suffering of their people. Through personal mourning, they have had the opportunity to cultivate empathy. They can develop character and grow in wisdom. Through collective mourning, they can build a sense of community. This…cultivates the heart.”
Try to guess which organization is using the above criteria for new members:
**a cult such as the Branch Davidians or Hari Krishnas
**an established evangelical Christian church
**a consortium of psychologists and mental health workers seeking new patients in order to expand their practice
**Democrat Party group looking for depressed and other mentally unstable people to sign up for treatment with Obamacare
**established government social services workers looking to beef up their client count ahead of the end of the shutdown
**the Rock Island County GOP looking for people to fill precinct committeemen spots.
If you guessed the last one, you are way ahead of me because when this email landed in my inbox, I figured it was something from The Onion or some sort of cruel hoax.
Living in Texas, I have no idea what madness has seized the RICO GOP, but if they are really treating new recruits to the party as mentally wounded souls in need of That Old Time Religion and a rousing Sermon On The Mount, they can expect to wander in the wilderness for another 40 freakin’ years. When I lived in Illinois, the RICO GOP used to just be feckless, now its gone insane. Now it’s not enough to pass the abortion litmus test, now you must pass a religious test as well—no heathen allowed.
If the RICO GOP really wants to move beyond minority status, I suggest they recruit some people with anger issues who are itching to play Democrat-style smash-mouth hardball politics.
The meek may inherit the earth but not political power, so save The Beatitudes and sermons for church.