I was in South Dakota last week and saw this next to the entrance to a large sporting goods/outdoors store, facing a statue of Thomas Jefferson reading something (probably the Bill of Rights). The store sold guns (but not exclusively–probably about 1/8 of the floorspace was the gun shop), and according to this blog, the quotes on most of the statues are wrong. I also saw a few “embryos are babies, don’t abort them” billboards, as well as a lot of right-to-life bumperstickers.
Here’s the thing about the Jesusification of my home state–it has gotten more conservative, but it’s not all Republicans. The town where I saw this statue (Sioux Falls) probably went 55/45 or even 60/40 for Obama (it’s hard to find numbers that subtract the outlying rural areas). But the Democrats are underground, and the Republicans are all out proclaiming their freaky Gipper love with shit like this. Here’s an open thread.