Thought-provoking reading

My best friend, R, hosts a blog as well. If you've been following, he's the reason I started mine--blog-envy I think it was.

R and I have often quarreled about our opinions and beliefs. Frankly, a lot of the time, I'm in total agreement with him, I just refuse to give it tacitly when I think he's being a bit arrogant and assuming he's right just because he opposes the implied majority. He thinks I'm playing him, I'm merely trying to teach him. I'm an educator by design and by training, sue me.

Regardless, he's taught me a lot, and I do love him. And, I simply have to be sure that you see a recent post of his, if only because it touched me.

Note from Constatine

It got to me. And not because I'm a Republican who needs to be reminded how to behave. Frankly, I don't identify with any political party, but I do tend to vote to the left of center. I vote issues, not party.

I also happen to be a Christian, have been for far more than half my 28 tender years. Like R says, it's my faith, my relationship with the One I believe holds a place in Heaven for me. You don't want to hear about it (hell, maybe you do, just ask, I'll share).

I happen to agree with R that too many people hanging out on the right side of center (as in direction, dear ones, not correctness) have a problem remembering what they've been taught in their respected catechisms. Jesus, and for that matter, God, never positioned themselves on the political spectrum. I mean, look at Jesus--he cavorted with people who were obviously more liberal than others (Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist), believed in public welfare programs (the Feeding of the 5,000), apparently believed in tax reform (kicking the tax collectors out of the temple), but also believed in family values and studying God's word (spent time in Temple and honored his own mother throughout his life). I'll grant I may be stretching for some of those, but then, it's all in interpretation, right?

A couple of presidential elections ago, my grandfather cornered me about my political persuasions. Now, this is the man that used to listen to Rush Limbaugh and just wait for the man to announce his intentions to run for president. He also used every visit I made to his house for 4 years to educate me about the so-called "Clinton Conspiracy." He never did understand that I'm really rather apolitical and nothing turns me off to conversation faster than having politics come up.

Well, he managed to get it out of me who I'd voted for. I went Democrat that time, for lots of reasons. He was appalled, absolutely dumbfounded. When he regained his ability to speak, he asked me how I could possibly vote that way, knowing I was going against "the family." (I nearly laughed at that later. "The Family?" What are we, the Mob?) I tried to explain my reasons. He didn't listen. He asked again how I could betray the family. I told him that I hadn't realized that family membership carried a voting requirement. His next argument dealt with how I could call myself a Christian and vote Democrat. Once I regained my composure, I told him I wasn't aware my religious affiliation was in any way limited by my political leanings. You know what made it even worse? I learned that he hadn't even voted that year--didn't get out and get to the polls. Ha.

I think what this country needs is a return to an intelligent faith--not a return to the faith that's being preached by the extremists in the so-called "Religious Right." We aren't on this planet to run around being judgemental fools. As Christians, we're called to strive to be like Jesus--or at least that's what the catechism of my church has been teaching us for years. Being like Jesus doesn't involve being exclusionary or being hateful. Quite the contrary.

For the record, I know good and well that not all Republicans behave this way, and that many Democrats are just as guilty of the behavior. Seems like the Republicans have better PR people though--we sure do hear about them more.
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3 Response to "Thought-provoking reading"

  1. Glod says:
    Jun 19, 2005, 4:04:00 PM

    If you still had a royal family the average American would idolise them instead of the President. Us, we all think Tony Blair is shit, but we hate the Tories even more. Come to thing of it we don't really like the royals too much, but oh well.

  2. Rudicus says:
    Jun 21, 2005, 3:38:00 PM

    Exactly, it's a good thing we broke away from the crown, had a war and 200 years later are doing the exact same stupid crap.

    The problem isn't between republicans and democrats since they are pretty much the same and only fight over who gets the money this week.

    The real difference is between conservatives and liberals the difference is in sci-fi terms, liberals are Ewoks and Conservatives are The Borg.

    Be thankful, at least your family will ask you your persuasion and feign discussing it - being a half-queer liberal sot, the only joy I get at family gatherings is seeing who will use the most derogautory language each hour. Two Xmas' ago, my two cousins managed to insult gays, mexicans, puerto ricans, jews, lesbians, arabs, gays again, the polish, the french, all of asia and women in less than 5 minutes of arriving.

  3. jayne says:
    Jun 22, 2005, 4:35:00 PM

    Wow, aren't you the lucky one? My grandfather will only take group one at a time. Of course, he is nearing 80 and starting to show his senility a bit more often.

    Liked the Ewok/The Borg analogy. Good stuff.

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