Most everyone agrees that the Republican party and their policies favor the wealthy. In fact, a recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 70 percent of all Americans believe that the policies of the congressional Republicans favor the rich, at the expense of the poor and middle class. Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of tax cuts for millionaires and corporations. In 2012, Obama’s “Buffet Rule,” which would place a minimum tax rate of 30% on millionaires received only one Republican vote in Senate, while most Americans (72%) supported the bill.
The question: If so many people believe that a particular political party has only the best interests of a small elite in mind, why do so many still continue to vote for them? Why do working class, low and middle income families continue to support a party that gives little to no benefit to them, and in fact, whose policies continue to harm them?
It makes economic sense for the wealthiest Americans to vote for the Republican party because they want to protect their own private finances without giving others the chance for more upward mobility. What makes people scratch their heads is the idea of a working class person, who earns $50,000 a year, voting for a party that continues to give tax breaks to the wealthy and pays for it by cutting the programs that benefit lower and middle class income families.
“It’s because preachers tell them that the Democratic Party is a godless party, and because the rich (the owners of FOX News) tell them that the Republican Party is God’s party.”
Dr. Flynt points out that in many southern states, Evangelical Christians make up the majority of the voters, most of them Republican.
With the recent insurgence of the Tea Party movement into the national Republican party, Christianity has made its way into secular society. Today, more than ever before, religion has found its way out of the home and church and into the political process, a place where religion was never intended to be when our founding fathers crafted the United States constitution. And what conservative Christianity has emphasized more and more over the past few decades, over justice, over equality, over speaking out against oppression, over attending to the needs of the “least among us,” is sex (abortion, homosexuality, birth control, etc.).
“If you are a truck diver, a plumber, an electrician or a steel worker and you live in Alabama, and you are surrounded by conservative Christians, you figure that everybody thinks the way you do…and you vote Republican, because you’ve been told that that’s the “right” way for Christians to vote, that it is God’s Party because it is the “moral party,” regardless of how the Republican Party hurts you, your family and your community.”
“When conservatives leave church on Sunday, they go home and turn on the TV to Fox News, or set the radio dial to Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck or Michael Savage – and, of course, those programs are owned by rich Republicans, and their message is loud and clear: ‘Vote Republican…it’s God’s party.'”
(For those of you who have been living out in the woods or who don’t give a shit about sports: Michael Sam recently came out as gay, and if drafted will be the first openly gay NFL player.)
Jack Burkman is a DC lobbyist who is attempting to pass legislation that would ban openly gay players from playing in the NFL, and has vowed to “unleash a relentless boycott against any team that drafts” him.
And why is Mr. Burkman doing this? Because, and I quote, “when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay.”
I’m wondering – what are these Christian values he speaks of? And how are they being trampled?
More from this fine example of a Christian:
“I will leverage my political clout to make sure that any franchise that selects Michael Sam will get roughed up financially.”
“We shall exercise our First Amendment rights and shall not stop until the drafting NFL franchise cannot sell a single ticket, jersey or autographed football.”
“We are mobilizing powerful grassroots organizations in 27 of the 50 states as well as a coalition of Evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation to take part in a protest if Sam is drafted.”
“The NFL, like most of the rest of American business, is about to learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values there will be a terrible financial price to pay.”
Praise God, turn up the game and hand me a beer.
I’ve heard so many Christians say “where are the moderate, peace-loving Muslims who stand up to the extremists?” and I want to say “where are the peace-loving Christians who stand up to the extremists?”
– Brian McLaren as interviewed by Krista Tippett
Listen to Brian HERE
(Thanks to Robert Anderson for bringing this to our attention.)
by Scott Kaufman
Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us.
He then noted that he loves talking to lawyers, because he is a lawyer who went to “a secular law school,” so he knows that “in the law, [talking about God] just isn’t politically correct.” He claimed that this is why America has “lost its way,” and that he would be publishing a pamphlet “this week, maybe next” that contained copies of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, thereby proving that all the people “who found this nation — black, white, all people, all religions, all faiths” knew that America was “about God.”
Chief Justice Moore later defined “life” via Blackstone’s Law — a book that American lawyers have “sadly forgotten” — as beginning when “the baby kicks.” “Today,” he said, “our courts say it’s not alive ’til the head comes out.”
“Now,” he continued, “if technology’s supposed to increase our knowledge, how did we become so stupid?” Discussing Thomas Jefferson’s use of “life” in the Declaration of Independence, he said that “when [Jefferson] put ‘life’ in there, it was in the womb — we know it begins at conception. Why aren’t we going the right way instead of the wrong way?”
He later said the “pursuit of happiness” meant following God’s law, because “you can’t be happy unless you follow God’s law, and if you follow God’s law, you can’t help but be happy.”
“It’s all about God,” he continued. “We’ve made ‘life’ a decision taken by man,” he said, and “taken ‘liberty,’ and converted it to ‘licentiousness. We’ve taken ‘pursuit of happiness,’ and reduced it to materialism.”
Perfectionism never happens in a vacuum. It touches everyone around us. We pass it down to our children, we infect our workplace with impossible expectations, and it’s suffocating for our friends and families. Thankfully, compassion also spreads quickly. When we’re kind to ourselves, we create a reservoir of compassion that we can extend to others. Our children learn how to be self-compassionate by watching us, and the people around us feel free to be authentic and connected.
Ok, so corporations are people, according to the Supreme’s Citizens United decision. Let’s assume that’s true. The problem? Corporations are sociopathic people. With very few exceptions (Ben & Jerry’s comes to mind)…
corporations will always act in their own self interest
which is to maximize profits for themselves and their shareholders, at the expense of all other considerations. In fact, they are legally required to do so!
This is pretty much just how sociopaths behave. And these “people” are running our country. Be very concerned.
Click here for more: Why Corporations Behave Like Sociopaths
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Why do so many of our laws and practices favor the rich, at the expense of the rest of us? How did we become an oligarchy (according to a recent Harvard study)? Why is the middle class slowly disappearing? This might be part of it….