In the tradition of the game of venery introduced by James Lipton in his book, "An Exaltation of Larks", where some usual interpretive collective nouns - such as a gaggle of geese and pride of lions - are listed, as well as some more colorful ones, I have joined the game.
I offer here a selection of collective appellations to apply to some of the pols campaigning throughout the bible belt:
A treachery of teabaggers seems apt. But so does a sounder of swine. Or, how about a glut of goons? A larder of loonies? A kneeling of know-nothings? Taken all together....a plague of religious fundamentalist politicians.
Inspiration is infinite.
Seem over the top? Not as over the top as these nutsos. We have an array of candidates swinging their way into the hearts of the hideously religious inhabitants of the least well educationally endowed states in our Union. They are totally bereft of brains if they are taken in by the likes of Paul Broun.
Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia, a medical doctor and a member of the House Science Committee! publicly and vocally has stated that he does not agree with the most basic tenets of scientific process and critical thought.
“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell... And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”
The other specimen of abject mindlessness is Republican legislator Charlie Fuqua, running again for legislature with financial support from the Arkansas Republican Party and U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, among others.
Here is an inspiring example of Arkansas at its finest. It is giving serious consideration to electing this prince of a fellow even after, or - since it is Arkansas - maybe because he has announced his support for executing, offing or otherwise legally murdering recalcitrant children.
Citing this most excellent solution to bad behavior as God's will, he explains it, apparently seriously, in his book, "God's Law, the Only Political Solution".
Bad kids have to die. Vote for him and the law of the land in ancient Israel comes alive.
Religion has flipped it's marbles and the inmates have taken over the asylum.