I debated what to call this blog because I've got a couple of themes.
What got me thinking about the election was an interesting radio program on CJAM. The radio documentary was called a A Public Eye on the Christian Right. It examined the religious right as it pertains to the American political landscape. In particular it centred on a meeting that was called the Values Voters Summit which was sponsored by the Family Research Council, which is the political arm of Focus on the Family. But more on that later.
Alright, it's time to express my bias. I am an evangelical Christian. By rights I should be a supporter of the Religious Right but I'm not. Yes I did vote Conservative up here, but that's because I thought it was time for the Liberal Party of Canada to be tossed out, plus our Member of Parliament is a good guy. Look, I joined the Green Party of Canada, doesn't that mean I'm trying to cleanse my soul. I believe the Religious Right is both dangerous and heretical. They twist scripture to suit their agenda, no surprise there, and they seem to have forgotten the purpose of the Church. They agenda is also fueled more by hate then by Love.
There, I said it. Now about Focus on the Family; it appears that Dr. James Dobson it a bit miffed at the Republican Party. He thinks they failed the religious constituents and were defeated because of it. The GOP forgot they are the party of family values and morality, just like Mark Foley et al.
Here's the thing, the Republicans were never about family values, morality and all that, because their agenda is one of securing victory and remaining in power. The stereotypical Republican is opposed to Christianity because the party is one of privilege and wealth. Social justice means discrimination against anyone who is not like them. They proclaimed themselves a party of family values because they knew it would resonate among people who truly believe in family values. If you disagree with my assessment ask yourself this, why is it the party which has controlled both the Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary over the past 18 of 26 years, has done nothing to end abortion, which they keep claiming to oppose, or why have they not strengthen the institution of marriage. They haven't because if they did they would lose their red button issue. They know all they had to do was use the words gay or abortion and the Religious Right would march step their constituents to the ballot box. They would scare people into believing if the Republicans did not win, it would lead to Sodom in the States.
Now read what Dobson had to say: "The unfortunate thing is that Republican leaders still don't appear to get it. Sen. Arlen Spector, R-Pa, said on Wednesday that the election results represented a 'seismic earthquake' and that his party must become 'a lot more progressive and a lot less ideological.' Dick Armey emerged from four years in the wilderness to blame conservative Christians for Tuesday's defeat. They were, he said, 'too involved' with the party. He can't be serious! Someone should tell him that without the support of that specific constituency, John Kerry would be President and the Republicans would have fallen into a black hole in '04."
No Jimmy, you don't get it. This administration has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with preservation of power. The election was stolen by the Bushies and you have been willing dupes in the charade. Wake up Jimmy, the enemy isn't the Democrats it's the Republicans. You were used and used like a cheap hooker, which by the way, many Republicans are very familiar with.