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The Perils of Bipartisanship

January 15, 2008

I’ve been holding a lot of conversations about politics.

Is it just me or do you also find it exasperating when someone simultaneously complains, “All Democrats and Republicans are the same” and “Why can’t people put partisanship aside and do what’s best for the country?”

When someone says “The Democrats don’t stand by their principles. They’re just like the Republicans.” And then says “why can’t the Dems compromise more and work with Republicans?”

When someone says, “The Democrats spend just as much as the Republicans and support earmarks” and then turns around and says “The Democrats haven’t accomplished anything.”

Today we discuss how much of the American electorate is taught to hold two contradictory ideas in their head simultaneously without realizing the contradiction.

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  • New Testament January 18, 2008 10:32 am

    Christ is not a man–but a consciousness that Jesus extolled

  • madfuq January 17, 2008 6:57 pm

    Christian belief is supposed to be about following what Christ said in the NT isn’t?
    Well Christ was kind, people tried to trap Him with words when He walked this earth and we still see people twisting words to suit their agenda today! Christ’s life is our example of how to treat our fellow man at least that is what I believe!
    CNN’s comments on Barak Obama in Greensville, SC
    GREENVILLE, South Carolina (CNN) — Republicans no longer have a firm grip on religion in political discourse, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama told Sunday worshippers.
    The senator from Illinois delivered his campaign message to a multiracial evangelical congregation in traditionally conservative Greenville, South Carolina. “I think it’s important, particularly for those of us in the Democratic Party, to not cede values and faith to any one party,” Obama told reporters outside the Redemption World Outreach Center where he attended services.
    “I think that what you’re seeing is a breaking down of the sharp divisions that existed maybe during the ’90s,” said Obama. “At least in politics, the perception was that the Democrats were fearful of talking about faith, and on the other hand you had the Republicans who had a particular brand of faith that oftentimes seemed intolerant or pushed people away.”
    Obama said he was pleased that leaders in the evangelical community such as T.D. Jakes and Rick Warren were beginning to discuss social justice issues like AIDS and poverty in ways evangelicals were not doing before.
    “I think that’s a healthy thing, that we’re not putting people in boxes, that everybody is out there trying to figure out how do we live right and how do we create a stronger America,” Obama said.
    He finished his brief remarks by saying, “We’re going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth.”
    It’s rare for Democratic candidates to venture to the traditionally conservative Upstate region of South Carolina, which is characterized politically by church-going Republican primary voters living in and around Greenville and Spartanburg.
    but Obama’s visit here is not surprising given his campaign’s recent efforts in South Carolina to reach out to Christian voters, including the state’s large African-American population that makes up an estimated 50 percent of voters in the 2008 January Democratic primary.

  • Skip January 17, 2008 12:36 pm

    Vicky…Words are very cheap these days. What do their actions correlate with? The profit oriented televangelists are pushing Dubya for an Iranian nuclear war knowing he would love to play war president again. Now if that is Christ like action, the Kucinich-like Democrats must be pure evil.

  • Sam Antics January 17, 2008 10:39 am

    By their works–you will know them–the match game is to try to match one’s version of chrisitianity with Christ Consciousness

  • Vicky January 17, 2008 9:03 am

    People can say anything they want to say, Skip. I am saying that Obama’s version of Christianity doesn’t match anything I’m familiar with. That’s all I meant.