2chainz-senpai asked: What are your thoughts on Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry?
As individuals: liars, elitists, anti-intellectuals, capitalists, Christian Dominionists, opportunists.
Liars: They’re consistently dishonest about themselves and others.
Elitists: They believe they know better than everyone else as a direct result of the unearned ambition conservative culture affords them. In addition, their brand of faith permits them to insist that they are chosen and blessed.
Anti-Intellectuals: Neither of them understand economic theory nor wish to do the work to understand it; both believe that being successful at business means being correct in methodology; both ignore massive inequalities to insist individuals have equal opportunity simply by being born in the United States; neither understand history beyond a sense that time progresses and events can be chronologically organized; they’re crass utilitarians.
Capitalists & Christian Dominionists: Both blindly subscribe to far-right discourse about the free market that engineers definitions for Equality, Liberty and Freedom that serve themselves and permits unbridled capitalism; both deny that separation of church and state is fundamental to our Union; both believe the US is a Christian nation; both are what you’d refer to as Christian Nationalists; both are imperialists and Zionists.
Opportunists: Both recognize that this is the election cycle to get the most traction out of a campaign. Perry, especially, is simply using cliched rhetoric and old-fashioned political strategy to garner the most media attention. Neither believe they can win, I think. Though they likely believe they can get lucky. In other words, they are not actual leaders. They are looking for the most efficient way to make a profit out of the current state of the nation for themselves, their families, their careers. See, Sarah Palin.
(I should add. I think they are hard domionionists. In other words, open to the whacko beliefs of the Christian Reconstructionists. So, I can add. They are dangerous.)