This is one of those stories that make you want to say about the entire country, "I know we are smarter than that!"
The camo military vehicle being used for Tea Party stumping is just the tip of the iceberg for this Hice cat, he's one of the crowd that sees President Obama as some evil super-villain to the Rabid Right who is either completely incapable, wholly Sanz Feck and yet perplexingly clever enough to redistribute wealth and get a socialist agenda underway.
Typical Fvx Nation logic.
Which brings us back to Pastor Hice. Hice ain't nice, as one political friend commented on the southern fried nonsense that's erupting over in the Lipton Brigadiers wing of the GOP side of the 10th congressional district in the state of Georgia. Even for Georgia, it's distasteful.
The Koch Broz. are, of course, at the other end of the buck on this one. From a superb long form investigative report over at Vice:
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee endorsed Jody Hice because he is a true champion for conservative issues that are important to women and their families," wrote Penny Nance, the CEO of CWA. The most recently available disclosures show that the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee received $8.1 million from Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the oil baron Koch brothers' "secret bank," which is reportedly used to disperse funds from their fundraisers with other billionaire conservative donors. During roughly the same period as the Freedom Partners' check, the CWA LAC raised only $8.7 million, meaning the Koch donor network pays most of the group’s bills.
As jaw-dropping as the GOP Disconnect Lady Quote was, Vice had even more dirt on Pastor Hice's views on those who don't oppose abortion with every fiber of their fervently religious souls. He predictably went there on Hitler.
Hice calls America's record on abortion "much worse than Hitler's six million Jews," says Muslims do not "deserve First Amendment rights," has said that women should consider running for office only if their husbands approve, and has claimed that the Sandy Hook child massacre was God's response to ending school prayer.
For true quirkiness, he embraced the Jews and went postal on the Mormon Church, which ties in nicely to the Right's cloying love affair with Israel this summer but is relatively rarely seen in The Open. In other words, they usually try to keep this level of wingnuttery under wraps for surprisingly sensible reasons.
These are not views society ought to be comfortable with.
In a 2011 interview, during a chat that at one point revolved around Hice's contention that the Obama administration is "destroying, purposefully" America's "Judeo-Christian heritage," Hice was asked by an evangelical talk radio host if it would be worth "replacing Obama with Mormon [and failed 2012 GOP Presidential nominee] Mitt Romney?" Without missing a beat, Hice told the interviewer, Rick Wiles, that there was little difference between the two. Hice said one of the reasons he couldn't trust Romney was because of "his understanding of our Christian values." He added, Romney is "a wolf in sheep's clothing." (You can listen to the interview here.)
Romney was dogged by evangelicals who questioned his religion during both of his runs for the presidency. But those attacks were generally at the margins, made by inconsequential preachers or low-level politicians.
O-kay, now. We have ourselves a winner as far as extreme wackadoo militia types with a Judeo-Christian flavor go.
But we are also looking at Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in office, so don't-don't-do not even entertain the thought of slacking off in 98 days and let the vote get away from us.
Seriously. If that's chump change for the Koch Brothers, it's come down to the voting booth for power moves.