Politics: 8 October 2010

But Whitman is a Whore

A Brown aide says that they should call Whitman a whore because she will make any deal with anyone in order to become governor. The Brown campaign promptly apologized, because they know what they’re doing. This is in start contrast to Whitman who still hasn’t come clean on her housekeeper. Of course, Whitman and even Fiorina are trying to make this out to be some big insult to all women. Give me (and the rest of the state) a break! Whitman is a whore and her gender has nothing to do with it.

Three Commandments

Lynn Westmoreland, Representative from Georgia in the US House co-sponsored a bill requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in the House and Senate. Back in 2006, when Stephen Colbert asked him to name them, Westmoreland said, “Don’t murder. Don’t lie. Don’t steal… I can’t name them all.” I don’t say this to make the Representative look bad. As can be seen in the clip below, he seems to have a good sense of humor about the whole thing. Unlike most Republicans, he seems, well, likable. There is at least a little hypocrisy in pushing the Ten Commandments when you don’t even know them, but this isn’t that big a deal.

There are two things about this I find interesting. First, it doesn’t exactly say not to lie in the Ten Commandments. It says not to bear false witness against your neighbor. That leaves a lot of room for lying. The second, and more important thing I find interesting is that Westmoreland seems to have missed the main point of the whole thing. He missed the whole, “Have no other gods before me” aspect of it. All that stuff about not murdering or stealing or coveting your neighbor’s farm animals is really just an afterthought. The core really is about how God is jealous and you need to pacify him.

When I think of the Ten Commandments, the first thing I think about is that I shall have no other gods before my personal, jealous God. That is, after all, what the first three commandments are all about. The remaining seven are thing that the I’m sure the Sumerians—and for that matter, the Jews before they were given the Ten Commandments—already knew. This is why any claims about our laws being based upon the Ten Commandments are so ridiculous: other than the jealous God parts, they are just a list of what everyone already knew.

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