In Nomine Patri, Fili, et Spiritus…Ronaldus Reaganus?
From the story on suggested names for the latest GOP attempt to redefine personhood to exclude members of the female gender, we learn, first, that Rep. Hank Johnston, D-Ga, has a sense of humor:
The legislation (H.R. 3541), sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), was originally entitled the “Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Non-discrimination Act of 2011.”
Offended at the use of the names of two civil rights heroes, Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) offered his own titles for the bill: “The Ronald Reagan Impose Your Beliefs on a Woman’s Womb Act” and “The Tea Party Determines What Rights a Woman Has Act.” (h/t Southern Beale)
We then discover that, hush my mouth, the GOP has something of a divinity problem. I always thought that their monotheism might extend only as far as three godheads, but I appear to be mistaken:
Johnson’s statements drew ire from Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio). “The gentleman has just more or less taken Ronald Reagan’s name in vain…”
Oh! Reagan dammit! I stubbed my toe.
Oh! for Reagan’s sake! Santorum just surged again.
Oh! Reagan, Ron Jr., and Nancy! I can’t believe our republic has descended to these depths.
Just as that earlier Republic revealed itself as a mere facade once the Caesars gained divinity on death, ours may be in even deeper trouble than we thought.
Yup, your modern GOP has indeedt lost its mind.
Image: Giovanni Paolo Panini, An architectural capriccio with figures among Roman ruins, before 1765.