The Republican Party is a Suicide Cult

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Like many other people, my natural reaction to the latest round of "thoughts and prayers" served up to the victims of a mass shooting was to say 'fuck your prayers,' but I am a godless heathen and I don't know the true power of prayer according to Speaker Paul Ryan.

Ryan spoke to Fox News host Laura Ingraham last night where he proclaimed that "prayer works."

“It’s disappointing, it’s sad, and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say. And it is the right thing to do is to pray in moments like this, because you know what? Prayer works. And I know you believe that, and I believe that and when you hear the secular left doing this thing, it’s no wonder you have so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.”

The 26 victims of Sutherland Springs were literally gunned down in a church where prayer happens. The only way this makes sense is if they were praying to be murdered.

The Republican party is a suicide cult.

  • muselet

    Paul Ryan believes in nothing that doesn’t advance the interests of Paul Ryan, and he believes his political career depends upon him taking a maximalist line on the ownership of firearms and appealing to the ostentatiously religious faction of The Base.



  • Victor the Crab

    No Paul Ryan. Prayer does NOT work. If it did, you wouldn’t be in public office anymore.


  • Nefercat

    “Prayer works.”
    Yeah, it’s doing a swell job so far. Honestly, the rationales I’ve seen for how this was actually a good thing and how this is really what the victims wanted, etc., is so crudely, horribly sick, it defies belief.

    I guess the sick twisted perverts who came up with this line of “Isn’t this great? If we’re lucky, we’ll be slaughtered right there in church!” and are spreading it far and wide are really banking on it being the ultimate anti-gun control argument.

    I hope Jesus bitch slaps them right into hell where they belong.

  • Georgie

    Is that sign in the header real? Because I think it should be in town every across the USA. Oh and fuck ryan.

  • Ceoltoir

    Paul Ryan actually worships at the alter of Ayn Rand, a selfish to the core asshole who believes in nothing more than his own right to enrich himself at the expense of everyone who he can rip off. Anything he says is just weasel words to advance that.

    • fry1laurie

      Ayn Rand was an atheist. So it’s not her religious views Ryan follows, it’s her outlandish defense of self-interest above all. And Ryan its about the most self-interested (self-centered) a-hole of them all.

      • Badgerite

        He never does explain how he squares his utter worship of Ayn Rand who was a confirmed and adamant atheist with his own alleged religious belief. Ayn Rand was really a Social Darwinist. She viewed religion and Christian charity as a means whereby the unworthy of mankind tether the worthy to serve their needs through empathy and guilt. Not the opiate of the masses but pretty close. Christ and Ayn Rand simply do not go together. You cannot believe in her screeds and be a Christian. It is that simple.

        • Victor the Crab

          Paul Ryan’s a high ranking Republican. He can attempt any abstract connection and piecing and try and make anyone believe it’s genuine. It takes a high level of bullshit to accomplish that.

          • Badgerite

            I guess. Or someone who has never read Ayn Rand, which would not be a bad thing.

  • Aynwrong

    I have nothing against the faithful. I’ve never been religious but I go back and forth myself on whether or not there is a higher power. That having been said, a question must be asked.

    If indeed “prayer works,” why are 26 people dead?!

    Also, fuck Paul Ryan.

    • Nefercat

      “If indeed “prayer works,” why are 26 people dead?!”
      Well, that’s the beauty* of their latest line of thinking. Those people are lucky to be dead/called home to God. They were happy to have the chance to zoom right into heaven with no more sadness, grief, or woes here on earth.

      Why would anyone want to interfere with their eternal, immediate happiness and salvation? They were not victims. They were lucky ducks, every one of them.

      *By “beauty”, I mean “horror.”

      • Badgerite

        The youngest victim was 5.

        • Actually, the youngest was 18 months.

          • Badgerite

            Jesus. “Thoughts and prayers doesn’t seem to do it, does it”?

    • Badgerite

      Definitely the last line. I am utterly appalled at the cynicism and dishonesty he displays on a regular basis.
      When asked by the press about legislative actions that might be contemplated with respect to these deadly mass shootings his excuse this time was the NRA line about not enforcing the laws on the books since as someone convicted of assaulting his own family and court-martialed for this offense, he should not have been allowed to buy an AR-15. Did Ryan somehow manage to forget that he just recently managed to not introduce any legislation that would have disallowed the sale and purchase of “bump stocks” to turn a legally purchased AR-15 into a fully automatic weapon as the shooter did not more than a month ago in Las Vegas? Did he forget all the gun show loop holes in any laws that do exist? Just because a person or even several people slipped through a crack in the system does that mean that that is all the law or regulation that should ever be considered or needed to address these deadly shootings? I don’t think so. Neither does he. He is simply a cynical and dishonest hack.

  • Draxiar

    They can have thoughts and prayers and we’ll take protesting and voting and we’ll see which one works better.

  • Badgerite

    Well, if we paid Paul Ryan as a minister or priest or he were in some such clerical role, I could excuse such a statement.
    But he is a legislator. We look to him to enact legislation that makes the public safer. Do appropriate gun laws make the nation safer? Australia passed reasonable restrictions on guns in their country. Their gun death homicide rate is 0.16 per 100,000 of citizens. The ratio in America is 3.6 per 100,000 citizens. What prayer does or does not do is hardly the issue.
    The issue is what Paul Ryan and the GOP are on the government payroll, ( see taxpayer’s dime) to do and that is to pass legislation that is effective at making the country safer. There is no better time to point out that they are intentionally not doing this than after a terrible tragedy like this one in Texas, coming a month after a terrible tragedy in Las Vegas where hundreds were shot and close to sixty people killed. I’m assuming Paul Ryan “prayed” then too.
    They are not in Washington D.C. to pray. They are there to legislate in the interests of the people of this country. Not the NRA. And yelling “squirrel” and thinking everyone should “look over there” is not going to work when there are dead children involved. Again. Or are we to be told again that there are no dead children and that this was just a “false flag”, like Alex Jones and Info Wars insisted after Sandy Hook.