Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore virtually disappeared after winning the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 2008, although conspiracy theorists still posit evidence of his “campaign.” His fellow members in the Edge-of-the-Earth Club are Amelia Earhart, whose plane vanished over the Pacific Ocean during an attempted trip around the globe, and Bishop E.W. Jackson, whose disappearance occurred after he won the GOP nomination for Virginia Lt. Governor in 2013. Now, Gilmore is considering another venture into oblivion.
The undeniably intelligent and relentlessly misguided E.W. Jackson has formed a group called “STAND” (which, uh, stands for “Staying True To America’s National Destiny”). Late last year, Jackson hosted a conference call with the substantially less intelligent, but no less kooky, Rick Santorum. The audio of that is available at YouTube, in a clip over an hour long. The only video is a still frame of STAND’s logo, which bears a jaw-dropping image of an eagle apparently defiling an American flag.
At 14m47s, Santorum, answering a caller’s question, repeats the tiresome assertion that, “the words separation of church and state is (sic) not in the constitution.” Well, neither
is are the words, “women can vote,” but that’s not hard to infer. Thomas Jefferson’s brilliant notions of how religious freedom can be protected in a democracy where ultimate power comes from the governed gets treated a lot like that flag in the logo, by what Santorum goes on to say next:
…the words ‘separation of church and state’ is not in the U.S. Constitution, but it was in the constitution of the former Soviet Union. That’s where it very, very comfortably sat, not in ours.
So Jefferson, who invented this idea, was a communist, to Rick Santorum. Jackson does not contradict, so I’m making the leap that he thinks Jefferson was a communist too.
The Founders clearly did believe that the separation of church and state was an essential element of our constitutional scheme, every bit as much for the welfare of the church as for the state (a point Santorum and his fellow travelers all seem to miss, at the risk that the religion they’d like to see become the basis of our law will be replaced later on by one less to their tastes, if enough people buy into this crap). That’s why the First Amendment protects you against the government telling you how, or even if, you must worship, just as surely as the Nineteenth Amendment protects women’s suffrage.
But, no work of man can override the will of God and, apparently, after about half of this nonsense, The Almighty got fed up with it and, between 38m and 39m, drops Jackson from the call, then another moderator, then the whole thing goes blessedly silent for the remainder of the one-hour-plus recording.
In the biggest surprise announcement to the media since it was revealed that Milli Vanilli were faking it, E.W. Jackson endorses Bob Marshall:
After considerable prayer and deliberation, I am enthusiastically endorsing Bob Marshall for the Republican nomination for Congress from the Tenth Congressional District. I appeal to every one of you who believes as I do in our Constitution and what Virginia represents to the history of our nation, to do everything in your power to get him nominated on April 26th!