Here we go again. Remember back in 2007 when then-Governor of Georgia, Sonny Rainman Perdue, when faced with the worst drought in 100 years, came up with a logical solution? That’s right, he held a public prayer vigil. How about when, also in 2007, then-Governor of Alabama, Bob Riley, actually issued a “Pray for Rain” proclamation in his “Curse Drought” campaign? Well, those crazy Rethuglican kids are at it again! From Salon:
Trend alert! In the face of devastating natural disasters, Republican governors around the country are increasingly asking constituents to join in prayer to God to solve their states’ intractable problems.
The latest example is Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who, in response to a brutal heat wave that has contributed to over one hundred wildfires, asked Oklahomans to collectively pray for rain on Sunday.
To the tune of Who’ll Stop the Rain, written by John Fogerty, as performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival:
A natural disaster, drives a lot of folks insane,
They drop to their knees faster, yeah, that old trick again,
The rainman down in Georgia, ex-Governor Perdue,
In aught 7, he looked to heaven, not one drop of dew.
Down in Oklahoma, the land is mighty dry,
You don’t need a diploma, to try and figure why,
It hasn’t rained in ages, at least last time I checked,
So Mary’s sayin’, please start prayin’, let’s genuflect.
Meanwhile, down in Texas, the drought is everywhere,
So the governor is prayin’, (when not grooming his hair,)
It’s a good thing Little Ricky, has a hotline to the Lord,
Don’t knuckle under, pray for thunder, rain’s our reward.
Back to the Salon article:
Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese said he appreciated the governor’s call for prayer and would be saying his own this Sunday.
(The forecast today in Oklahoma City is 103° and sunny.)
Fallin’s request comes a few months after Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared three days of prayer for rain to break a historic drought. As we’ve previously noted, the prayer did not work — several weeks after the effort, the entire state of Texas was declared a natural disaster area by the U.S. Agriculture Department.
That didn’t stop Perry from telling evangelicals in May that, in response to taxes and over-regulation and the country’s other problems, “it’s time for us to just hand it over to God and say, ‘God, You’re going to have to fix this.'”
[L]ast year, with the BP oil spill befouling the Gulf and the Louisiana coastline, Gov. Bobby Jindal designated June 27 a “Statewide Day of Prayer” [...]
The previous week a Republican state senator noted in a similar resolution, “Thus far the efforts made by mortals to try to solve the crisis have been to no avail. It is clearly time for a miracle for us.” For the record, the relief well that ended the crisis was not completed until September.