Daily news and commentary by: Whymrhymer at the Blogger News Network
As we draw closer to the November elections, a look at the Republican party shows that it’s predicted loss of many Republican seats (predicted by the polls but not by any means a sure thing) is creating a public feud where there was previously a not-so-public animosity. The feud actually started over a quarter century ago:
In 1979, Richard Viguerie, Paul Weyrich and Howard Phillips created an organization known as the Moral Majority. Headed by the Reverend Jerry Falwell, the group actively opposed abortion, equal rights for homosexuals, sex education in the schools, pornography, and the Equal Rights Amendment. All well and good for a Christian organization, but this Christian organization stepped over a line by not just speaking out against these things, as a religious entity is expected to do, but by attempting (and succeeding) to influence legislation on these issues like a political entity. Voila! A religion, normally a benign social force, has now, in many peoples eyes, transformed itself into a political force — something to be feared; it has traded its Christian doctrine for a political agenda.
This is the source of the ongoing battle in the Republican ranks that threatens the party. No! No Republican politician is claiming to be opposed to Christian values but many Republicans see the strong ultra-right Conservative wing of the party as the primary reason for it’s declining public aceptance.
A New York Times article yesterday highlights this political infighting, calling it “Feuding by Conservatives” and they spell out one of the main points that fueled this feud. Quoting the former House Republican Majority Leader, Dick Armey:
“The Republicans are talking about things like gay marriage and so forth, and the Democrats are talking about the things people care about, like how do I pay my bills?”
They also quote Armey candid opinion of another former House Majority leader, Tom DeLay saying he ““was always more comfortable with the social conservatives, the evangelical wing of the party, than he was with the business wing.”
Armey’s view reflects, IMO, the majority of Americans. The majority of Americans are Christians but, as Armey says on the web site of an organization he chairs called : “FreedomWorks”:
” . . . America’s Christian conservative movement is confronted with this divide: small government advocates who want to practice their faith independent of heavy-handed government versus big government sympathizers who want to impose their version of “righteousness” on others through the hammer of law.”
In a nutshell, that says it all! If the Republican Party continues down the ‘social intervention’ path (here and overseas) instead of focusing on the business of the economy and things like putting a stop to illegal immigration (also an economic issue) they are very likely to end up a significant minority in the very near future.
International Herald Tribune: Republican right beats itself up
New York Times: Republican Woes Lead to Feuding by Conservatives
Dick Armey on FreedomWorks: Christians and Big Government