Thursday, November 04, 2004
Two articles today touched on the real crux:
Tom Friedman says:
My problem with the Christian fundamentalists supporting Mr. Bush is not
their spiritual energy or the fact that I am of a different faith. It is the way
in which he and they have used that religious energy to promote divisions and
intolerance at home and abroad. I respect that moral energy, but wish that
Democrats could find a way to tap it for different ends.
"The Democrats have ceded to Republicans a monopoly on the moral and
spiritual sources of American politics," noted the Harvard University political
theorist Michael J. Sandel. "They will not recover as a party until they again
have candidates who can speak to those moral and spiritual yearnings - but turn
them to progressive purposes in domestic policy and foreign affairs."
And another one by ghost-writer "Spengler": Its the culture, stupid. Quote:
What brought 4 million more evangelical voters to the polling stations than
in the previous presidential election? The US evangelical movement is not by
nature political. Families join evangelical churches as a refuge against the
septic tide of popular culture that threatens to carry away their children.
Evangelical concerns center on family issues, child-rearing and personal values
rather than national or global politics.
It is the hard, grinding reality of American life in the liberal dystopia
that makes the "moral issues" so important to voters. Partial-birth abortion and
same-sex marriage became critical issues not because evangelical voters are
bigots. On the contrary, parents become evangelicals precisely in order to draw
a line between their families and the adversary culture. This far, and no more,
a majority of Americans said on November 2 on the subject of social
Having mingled with various church groups over the past year, I can testify to this. The pattern is visible to the casual observer.
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