Many Americans seem convinced that the Apocalypse is upon us. Remember Y2K? Remember Nostradamus? Remember the Mayan calendar?
There have been dead-enders around as long as I can remember. Usually, they were part of some wacko religious cult that had bet its future on the book of Revelation. But, in recent years, the dead-enders have become mainstream, especially after the election of our first president of African-American heritage.
Fueled by Teapublicans and the right-wing media, we are constantly told to be afraid…be very afraid. Unless we do as they say and accept their ideology, we will suffer the consequences of a failed, bankrupt state and, quite likely, the wrath of God. (You know, the God who personally created America by taking land from the natives and giving it to God-fearing Christians.)
All of this is disturbing enough. But our media seem to have bought into these fear tactics in the same way they bought into the Bush administration’s lies leading up to the invasion of Iraq.
As a result, we’re exposed to Teapublican and Christian evangelical fear-mongering at nearly every turn. Fire-and-brimstone pastors preach fear from the pulpit and tell their flocks that they will go to hell if they support Democrats. Hate mongers such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Mark Levin spew apocalyptic nonsense daily. And the gun manufacturers’ lobby, otherwise known as the National Rifle Association, tells you that your neighbors are out to get you and your government is coming to take your guns.
To make matters worse, mainstream cable channels offer studies in paranoia such as Doomsday Preppers. Even the movie studios have gotten into the act with a never-ending series of disaster movies. And, in the most egregious example, the History Channel recently produced a TV series on the Bible, casting an Obama look-alike as Satan!
The clear message is that we will all perish and go to hell unless we all become right-wing Christian Teapublicans who bow to multinational corporations, turn our backs on the poor, ignore the rights of women, show intolerance to minorities, and worship at the altar of intolerance and greed.
Now that would be a REAL apocalypse!