The following is a comment made on this thread. It was about the right’s staunch Christian values and how they play at the ballot box.
By Chiefillinicake -
This inquiry really stems back to the 80′s, with the Pat Robertson/Jerry Falwell/Focus on the Family/Dobson/Reed, etc. cabal. We got in bed BIG TIME with the evangelicals then, and the side-effects linger to this day.
I’m not being critical; it was a decision, and decisions have repercussions.
At some level, though, it does beg the question…why do political parties exist? Why belong to one? And what are they fairly expected to achieve?
For me, being a Republican is about fealty to the Constitution, promoting vigorous capitalism and a way up for anyone who chooses to plug in, defense of our individual rights and safeguarding OUR liberties, sound fiscal responsibility, and of course, national defense. That’s it.
Now, if the party’s overwhelming concern is becoming saving souls, or applying a litmus test to make sure only the “right people” get in, then perhaps our current lack of success is explainable.
We’re not selling the American Story anymore, more of a country club version is what we hear of late. Isn’t part of the term “party” wanting to be part of it?
Where’s our appeal to the strivers? The dreamers? The up and comers? The down and outers?
It seems to me that our core beliefs are solid, but we assume that everybody gets us, and face it, we’re political freaks, and it’s painfully clear now that they aren’t “getting us.”
Our public face is skewed. Too overtly religious. Too doctrinaire. To me, it’s about striking a balance and not being so full of your own bullshit that you put others off. There’s a separation of church and state for a reason. Who cares if our coalition includes the less traditional if we’re actually succeeding in moving forward the things I listed earlier? I don’t.
Look at Reagan. Everybody knew where he stood, rock solid on all of the fronts, clearly a man of God, but he pulled in all of those democrats too, didn’t he?
Gettem in first, then develop them further. But right now, there’s no hook.
I mean, who’s the leader of this party now? John Boehner? McConnell?
We’re telling the young and the gals and the Hispanics: “you’re a lazy slug, we don’t approve of your godless lifestyle, keep your legs crossed, and BTW…your fearless leaders (if you choose to sign up) will be John Boehner and Mr. Turtle” ?????
That’s a tough sell.