It has become commonplace for Republicans to claim that Democratic policies violate this or that part of the Constitution. But Nevada’s Senate Republican candidate Sharron Angle is taking that one step further, claiming that her opponent’s legislative victories amount to a violation of the Bible’s First Commandment.
“[T]hese programs that you mentioned — that [President] Obama has going with [Harry] Reid and [Nancy] Pelosi pushing them forward — are all entitlement programs built to make government our God,” Angle said in a little noticed interview with Christian Radio this past spring. “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.”
A look back at the Old Testament: “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”
This interview took place in April, back when she suggested “second amendment remedies” to take out Harry Reid. Angle has since acknowledged that she’s had to change her rhetoric. So I guess it’s back to bland old paeans to the Democrat-trampled Constitution.
(H/T Las Vegas Sun)
Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight, and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at email@example.com.