“They got a goddamn day for Confederate flags. This is some bullshit!” says the (presumably black) man filming this video
“By taking down that flag we express God’s grace. But I don’t think God wants us to stop there,” Obama said Friday.
Much like the artist/murderer who escapes from the prison honor block only to be gunned down by cops with as much outrage as an NRA member in hunting season, RW religion (yes, let’s go there with the American Taliban(sic)) is in a bit of a market conundrum: how to compete in the free market for ideological products/services with the apprarent legality of gay marriage.
But what about Christians and the businesses they own? “People are losing their jobs, companies are having to close down because of the aggressive bullying of homosexual and transgender activists, and it’s time that that tyranny and the symbols representing it cease in America,” Linda Harvey of Mission American… suggests that the public raise the question with government organizations flying the rainbow flag, and ask companies – such as Walmart – to stop selling LGBT items in light of the Confederate controversy.
Short of some massive but doomed future attempt at a constitutional amendment or an actual state secession, apparently there is a Scarcity of Grace, as well as bisexuals who are aggressive bullies.
As mopshell has pointed out, Grace is in short supply or in other words there is an absolute amount of Grace in the universe or at least in this nation. When He shed it, there was only just so much to go around if our country was to remain Beautiful.
This thing could all come crashing down, either economically or with a series of dirty bombs going off in our major cities, or one major nuclear bomb that could destroy half the country and contaminate the rest, and if that happens, God is perfectly just and vindicated because we have squandered our grace in this country.
As Grace seems to be a function of Faith or as in all Club Goods, membership or congregation size matters, so defection seems to be an important constraint. You can only have enough online bandwidth or megachurch acreage. So other than the Kochs, some supreme being being on one’s side seems less viable with those identifying with some melanin identity criterion for membership, while acknowledging that its greatest exemplar, Godwin himself, may have also been impure.
Congestion in the symbolic realm has occurred what with the invocation of some race, class, and regional meaning where burning the Confederate Battle Flag, repurposed as it has by segregationalists, should not be immolated as much as certain other examples of Faith and Grace. So you display the US flag rather than burn it at your meetings, an act which you reserve for the cross or at this point six Black churches so far. So if they burn a US Flag and/or a cross at their upcoming rally, what message does that send.
Defection from casual church membership and more importantly the surplus accumulated capital from “tithing” as well as retaining untaxed status of faith-based enterprises are the most pressing concern since “love gifts” have become the code for the price of grifted membership. Media competition will increase as media markets become more “non-linear” in transmission as well as consumption due to the content being programmed becoming more “personalized”. This is church attendance prior to the ascent of the fear of a Black President:
So the free market for Grace is now constrained by the specter of a nuclear bombed Armageddon and the ideology for fear-of-lacking-Grace is the new branding strategy for GOP-based excitement as its market fragments into casual church-goers not exercising their vote.
The audience for a Grace-based product market is now between sixteen 2016 products or else deciding to commit rather than defect, and turns into into an exercise in blind faith for those attempting to intimidate certain parts of the population with a 150 year old racist fantasy.