I know it’s about control and power. Who decides who is a full member of our society? Obviously they want to be the gatekeepers.
I wonder what would happen in the Republicans were to say to these would be John Calvins and Savonarolas “I’m going to reach out the voters who are concerned about fate of the entire country, you can join the party or you can stagnate. You’re one leg on the dog, not the whole dog. You have a right to be heard, but so does everyone else.” I’m not holding my breath. I expect I’d turn blue before this happens. John Calvin died in his bed, but Geneva eventually overthrew the theocracy he inspired. Savonarola did not die in his bed. http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/savonarola.html
I haven’t seen Elmer Gantry on the tube for just ages. Too bad.