Non Sequiturs from the Political Realm

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This one is just for fun, kids.

I rarely write about politics, and for good reason.  As one who does not trust politicians as a general rule, it’s hard to follow the politics of any given party long enough to become well versed in the arena.  However, I’ll venture out on to a limb and see if anyone wants to cut it out from under me.  Here are few of the things I hear happening in political conversations that make me scratch my head in wonderment.  Each of these, mind you, are statements coming from a single individual in any given number of settings.

1.  We should fight against abortion — We should fight for capital punishment.

2.  We should restrict (or cut) welfare benefits going to the poor and disabled, because they are really lazy and worthless for not working for a living — We should repeal “death taxes” because the rich ought to be able to make sure their children never have to work for a living.

3.  We should vote against healthcare reform because Universal healthcare (single payer, public option or no) is socialism (er Marxism, er communism, wait… aren’t those all the same? Oh, I know it’s Nazism) — We should keep dumping money and resources into public schools, public transportation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage.  They are programs that are helping the American way of life after all.

4.  We should fight to get prayer back into the schools — We should fight to keep all Muslims out of the military.

5.  We should fight for the sanctity of marriage and not allow same sex couples to be wed — We should uphold an individual’s legal right to divorce, prenuptial agreements, and annulment because over 50% of marriages fail.

Again, I’m no political expert, and the people I hear making these statements in the same conversation may not represent the accurate or “best” of their respective political ideology.  Feel free to add your own or talk about how stupid I am for not understanding the nuance behind these contradictions.  [Author’s Note: Just so you know, I am a registered Republican and voted for McCain, even though Palin scares the bejesus out of me, still  – so please don’t assume I am one of those wacky “liberals” or one of those crazy “conservatives” for that matter.]

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7 Comments

  1. I think we need to check with the other contributers but I’m pretty sure there’s a “No Registered Republicans” clause in the “Who’s Allowed to Write For Theophiliacs” contract.

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  2. Would it help if I said it was in order to throw off GOP party elections for candidates?

    Please, please let me stay – I promise to be as moderate as possible!

    :0)

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  3. My position should be clear but I ain’t writin’ for the Theophiliacs, so I guess it is OK. (hi boys)

    (1a) Takes freedom away from women
    (1b) Takes lives away from innocent people
    (2) Is probably right but corporate welfarism needs to be curtailed first and saftey nets and natural social nets need to revived first.
    (3a) Universal health care will ruin us, but we already have too much government interference which has driven up care. We need to instill more responsibility. (3b) is a weird contradiction
    (4) Keep government out of schools and prayer can go back in.
    (5) Keep government out of marriage and people can form the sorts of contracts they want.

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  4. I’ll weigh in on these, I think.

    1) Abortion – Unfortunately, the picketers on both sides of this issue are usually just an angry, uneducated mob.

    Capital punishment – Ditto. Plus, IMO, If someone kills your friend, and you really sleep better at night knowing they’ll be electrocuted soon, you’re pretty sick, yourself.

    2) Welfare – Wow, I’m not going to touch that can of worms.

    3) Healthcare Reform – Let’s put it this way, with the amount my healthcare coverage is going UP this year, I could buy a nice used car. Or a really nice guitar. Or a smoking hot, brand new Mac tower.

    For people with ongoing care like me who just keep bending over and screaming “Thank you sir, may I have another!” … it’s about damn time we had some more options.

    4) Prayer – This one’s funny. I love how Christians don’t realize they really mean freedom of religion for Them and only Them. Do they really want Wiccans praying in their schools, or Muslims, or Satanists? (Wait, do the latter pray? I don’t know.)

    It’s like those license plates in South Carolina that were deemed unconstitutional. The people in support of Christian plates would never support Muslim or Wiccan plates. The issue hasn’t been freedom of any religion for a long time, just freedom of one religion.

    http://unreasonablefaith.com/2009/11/12/south-carolinas-religious-plates-unconstitutional/

    5) Marriage – Heh… I’ll keep saying it. If the church did marriage any better than the rest of the country, they might have something worth listening to here.

    I’ll take relationship advice from people who have good relationships, Christian or not.

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  5. Everyone,

    Thanks for the interaction. In these five things, I personally see an ethic driving one that is contradicted by the other.

    So…

    1.) Pro-lifers claim to serve the greater ethical ideal often articulated as “sanctity of life.” So, how does a commitment to the “sanctity of life” fit into a desire to see criminals killed for their crimes? How does one vote for both of these political agendas?

    2.) Welfare reformers claim that they are basing their reform on fairness (sometimes “biblical” ideas) that everyone should enjoy only the fruits of their labor – if you don’t work, then you don’t eat (often with little appreciation for the things that limit a person’s ability to work regardless of a felt desire to work). Yet, they also seem politically set on allowing the rich to amass wealth and then proliferate class segregation by hording that wealth into families that can sponge off a trust fund for generations. So, which oversimplification should it be, people who don’t work don’t eat, or people should be allowed to sponge off people who do work?

    3.) Those opposed to universal healthcare (or even healthcare reform) believe that such political maneuvers are heralding the onset of socialism/Marxism/communism/Nazism (just pick one and go with it already) and the impending apocalypse, but then I hear the same people complain about their desire to collect social security benefits, for their children’s education to be funded AND excellent, for their city infrastructures to provide good roads and mass transit, and for seniors to be secure in Medicare. So, which is it, government funded programs are socialism/Marxism/communism/Nazism or aren’t they?

    4.) Most of you picked up on this one – they claim freedom of religion ensures their right to have prayer and religion in schools, but they don’t really want freedom of religion (as evidenced by the attacks they make on other religious expression in said schools, military, government, et al). So, which is it, we should have the freedom to have religious influence in government institutions or religious expression should be left to the individuals in those institutions?

    5.) I feel like five was picked up pretty well, too. Those who fight against ssm claim they do so on the basis that their objections protect the sanctity of marriage, but I don’t see any of them campaigning to have divorce and annulment laws repealed. I don’t see many of those people who uphold the sanctity of marriage pursuing sanctified marriage within heterosexual relationships. In fact, I know a whole slew of pastors who will perform on the spot marriages for couples that have no business getting married in order to prevent them from “living in sin.” How does that uphold the sanctity of marriage? So, which is it, marriage is a sacred institution or an opportunity to assert control over people?

    These are just a few of the reasons I cannot talk politics with most people.

    peace,

    shawn

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  6. Shawn,

    I saw the relationship there within each dichotomy. I hope you didn’t think we were missing that, as it was pretty well laid out. I always hate thinking people miss my point!

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  7. Anthony,

    Thanks for the reassurance, I do wonder how clearly I communicate sometimes. Must just be Sabio making me self-conscious. ;0)

    BTW, what happened to the Clean Slate Project?

    Shawn

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