We all need a laugh in these desperate times, so we suggest you head over pronto to the website of megacurch Second Baptist.
Head over there, that is, if you want to see a pallid Uncle Sam ensconced in a modern-day hospital bed. He's in his full official regalia, which is a little odd, but maybe the hospital doesn't offer red, white and blue dressing gowns. At least he's not wearing his top hat.
Hooked up to various machines, things look grim -- until a miracle happens. There's something on the TV that catches Sam's attention, and he raises the bed -- yes, Uncle Sam knows how to use a remote-control bed adjuster, in case you were wondering -- to get a better look.
And there on the tube is Ed Young of Second Baptist, delivering the sermon linked above.
It's called "A Broken Washington," and is full of all the Bible teachings about bureaucracy and high taxes and making sure God is mentioned as many times as possible in everything the government does, because that will stop crime, teenage pregnancy and traffic jams on 610.
"Far too long we have been in a valley, a deep, dark valley that's been brought on by the indifference and lethargy of the people and by those who are willing to exploit us on so many levels at the highest realm of government - city, state and national," he said.
Young's been pushing his far-right screeds in a blog for the Houston Chronicle for some time now, so the views are not exactly surprising.
But the dramatic Uncle-Sam-with-the-remote footage: Priceless.
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