God’s Official Party

The G.O.P is now “God’s Official Party.” Jihad, anyone?

I hope that all of you who have been referring to the theocons as the “Taliban wing” of the Republican Party are appropriately ashamed of yourselves.

“Taliban,” after all, means “seekers.” No self-respecting right-wing Republican would admit to “seeking” the truth, which after all was dictated by the Lord directly to Charlton Heston.

Now we learn from Leon Mosley, the Republican chairman in Iowa, that G.O.P. stands for “God’s Official Party.” (His audience at the RNC seemed to agree.

In Arabic, “God’s Party” would be hez’b’ullah (transcribed by some kaffirs as Hezbollah). And of course the Shia of Hezbollah have nothing to do with the Sunni Taliban.

Except for hating freedom, of course.

Hat tips: Amy Sullivan and Brad DeLong.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com