The world stopped operating as American media concentrated on the airline crash at San Francisco International Airport, and the Zimmerman trial in Florida. The international impact of events in Egypt, the civil war brewing more violently in Iraq, etc. became boring sideline concerns for American "journalists."
It is awkward, humorous, and pathetic to watch the right-wing of American politics hustle this way and that way to try and satisfy wealthy contributors, war corporations, greed corporations, and people with bent or distorted views on what constitutes morals and ethics. Trying to change their image, conservatives and right-wingers have tried to entice Latinos and minorities. In elections, the Republicans get very few votes from these groups. Only gerrymandering has allowed Republicans to hold onto some of their offices. What the Republican Party needs most of all --by far-- is something so obvious that it amazes that it is not realized.
Just as the Moslem Brotherhood uses religious references to advance political motives, so does Governor Scott Waker of Wisconsin use his right-wing "Christianity" to play out his agenda for his "special" friends and supporters. Yes, the way they frame their theology is one thing, but the way they advance their extreme agenda has many similarities.
In light of all the horrors, dishonesty, violence, bigotry, judging, pedophilia, stealing, ad infinitum that regularly takes place in all religions, it is fair to ask the question: why fight to save all this unsavory institutionalism?
The Fun House we call American Politics just added a new mirror. Just when one thinks American politics couldn't get any dumber or more mixed up, along comes a topper. This time the "holier-than-thou" persona has been assumed by liberals and progressives. These "purists" are labeling Edward Snowden a hero. Huh?