One of the entertaining thing about monitoring the Religious Right is watching them explain how seemingly every election signals some sort of broad national trend or carries with it some deep philosophical implication that supports their political agenda.
When Republicans lose, it is always because they did not take a stand for the Religious Right’s agenda and so the voters rejected them for being insufficiently conservative. But when Republicans win, it is inevitably because the candidate stood for conservative Christian values and the victory is therefore proof that Americans embrace that worldview … leading to absurdly overblown pieces of “analysis” like this from Matt Barber declaring that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s win in the recent recall election signals “a shift of the tectonic plates” and the “implosion [of] the progressive movement”:
I think it’s a shift of the tectonic plates here and this is just an early tremor of the earthquake that is going come of implosion with the progressive movement … It’s a microcosm that shows that the American people have rejected radical secular socialism, the agenda of the unions, liberal causes and that they adopting fiscal responsibility, family values, the things that made this the greatest nation on earth.
Secular socialism has been an abject failure everywhere and every time it has been tried and we find ourselves headed down that path in this country right now and we need only look to Europe to see where that leads us and it’s disaster. And Wisconsin, as I mentioned, is the early tremors, the American people saying “no, the secular socialist progressive ideology has failed in Europe, it’s failed every time it’s been tried, it’s going to fail here in the United States, we reject it and we’re heading back to our founding principles!”