On the DNC and religious pandering

The darling man and I have been glued to the television via the eyeballs the past few nights watching the DNC. We try to be responsible political junkies; we restrain ourselves to the privacy of our own home and comment to each other on the speechifying and punditry. Considering we live in Texas, it’s probably safest that way.

One of the most glaringly obvious tactics used this election cycle has been the attempt of the Dems to woo centrist religious voters. Listening on the way home from the office yesterday, then watching on MSNBC last night, we were both disheartened by the number of “moments of silence” and “God bless…” whatever they wanted blessed. The US, Barack Obama, the US citizenry, Joe Biden’s mom…. it seemed unending.

While I realize that, to a certain extent, it just plain makes sense to reach out to the nation’s religious voters, I have to express a certain amount of dismay and feeling of betrayal by my party. In recent decades, the Democratic party has embraced the role of champion of civil rights. That includes the right to NOT have religion forced down our throats; especially by those in political office. After the plundering of our Constitution and our rights over the last eight years, it seems one of the few that I’ve felt I could count on. But watching all those heads bow….at a governmental function… I was outraged. Not only over the breach of the First Amendment (although that was first and foremost in my mind), but over the response when someone had the fortitude to point it out.

Tiernan says he couldn’t stand it any more. “I stood up and said, ‘I’m a democrat but I’m not a person of faith.’ I said, ‘This looks like a church service to me and I never thought I would see the Democrats doing something like this.” At that point, the police came and escorted Tiernan from the hall. They told him he could leave or stay and see what the Democrats wanted to do with him, so he stayed but nobody did anything so he left.

“The thing is,” says Tiernan with a chuckle, “I’m not a career protester. I just don’t like religion mixed with politics. It’s wrong and it’s dangerous.”

And he’s right. But it seems the Dems aren’t really lstening. With so much at stake this election season, they have taken on an old Clinton tactic: win at any price. Even if it means pandering to a group they have very little chance of actually reaching.

“How,” you may be asking yourself (as was I) “does one group get so much pull politically? Especially since, politically, no religious group should be able to affect change to their advantage?” It’s easy. Become a majority, then whine about how your rights are being infringed. Regardless of whether they actually are or not. It isn’t about honesty; it’s about pushing the agenda, in politically correct terms. In more blunt terms: it’s about extortion. “We have a lot of votes. If you don’t do things exactly the way we want them, you don’t get any votes at all.” Never mind whoever else’s rights get trampled in the process. To the loudmouths go the spoils.  

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6 responses to “On the DNC and religious pandering

  1. I did a post on “Religion & Politics: A Toxic Mix”. As a one time stauch RNC supporter…these last eight years have changed my political beliefs…drastically.

    I spent 30 years as a Humanitarian Aid Relief Coordinator & Educator for First Responders. This allowed me to enter numerous nations across four continents. I understand this gives me a different perspective..as I know what it’s like here…but I was also able to “see” the USA through the eyes of other nations. Coming back to the USA, permanently, was like landing on a different planet. The negative changes were so shocking, I was almost in disbelief.

    I found it, personally, astonishing that so many are quick to believe everything coming from the RNC without benefit of checking the facts for themselves. Here’s an example:

    …the USA has a new definition of ‘torture'(this under the BUSH administration)…it is now refered to as “enhanced interrogation techniques”. My questions is this, since this is now OUR definition, does this mean that Senator Mc Cain was never ‘tortured’?

    Another for instance: The RNC commercial saying that Senator Obama is going to raise taxes is a misrepresention of the tax cut they intend…when in FACT the taxes the Democratic Party want to cut (roll back… is a more accurate term) are the BUSH tax breaks that netted the largest corporations BILLIONS of dollars in tax exemption. He also does NOT want tax breaks going to the companies that outsource US jobs overseas.

    We also now have China buying up US debt, allowing us to buy oil from nations that hate us.

    Another question I’ve had…with all this talk of “off shore drilling” (which the first Pres. Bush was AGAINST) is so important to the RNC…why aren’t they utilizing the rigs that are already in place? If I remember corrently, President J. Carter outlined decades ago what needed to be done to combat our reliance on foregin oil…but no one was listening.

    Michelle

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  3. leftcoastlibrul

    Hi, Michelle. Thanks for the thoughtful comment. I’m going to try to address it one question at a time.

    …the USA has a new definition of ‘torture’(this under the BUSH administration)…it is now refered to as “enhanced interrogation techniques”. My questions is this, since this is now OUR definition, does this mean that Senator Mc Cain was never ‘tortured’?

    I think this is just plain sad. I agree with you; how could we condone something so brutal that, til recently, we stood against and decried?

    Another for instance: The RNC commercial saying that Senator Obama is going to raise taxes is a misrepresention of the tax cut they intend…when in FACT the taxes the Democratic Party want to cut (roll back… is a more accurate term) are the BUSH tax breaks that netted the largest corporations BILLIONS of dollars in tax exemption. He also does NOT want tax breaks going to the companies that outsource US jobs overseas.

    At this point, I think about the only thing we can count on to get legislation passed fairly is to yank lobbying from large corporations. Congress can call it what it wants; K Street was nothing more than blatant bribery.

    Another question I’ve had…with all this talk of “off shore drilling” (which the first Pres. Bush was AGAINST) is so important to the RNC…why aren’t they utilizing the rigs that are already in place? If I remember corrently, President J. Carter outlined decades ago what needed to be done to combat our reliance on foregin oil…but no one was listening.

    The worst part is that offshore drilling is being represented as the answer to all our woes; but it won’t even PRODUCE for ten years! It isn’t even a short term solution.

  4. WOW! Every response you gave to my comment…is the same thing I’d have said. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how so many are ‘blinded’…unless, it’s due to the fact they have NO solutions…and fear any change.

    Some of the comments I’ve read regarding Senator Obama’s speech… written by the “professional journalists”…made me wonder if they heard the same thing we did. From the things they wrote, it was obvious they either had difficulty understanding…or (more accurately) already had their minds made up. There were MAJOR distortions to his speech.

    I really enjoy your blog! Keep up the great work.

    Michelle

  5. leftcoastlibrul

    Hey, Michelle. Thank you so much! That’s always nice to hear. And thank you for all the work you’ve done for the needy and hopeless. We need more like you.

    Postman; thanks for the comment. *snerk*!! Glad you had fun in Hawaii; I miss Maui every damn day…

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