Political Lessons from Elementary School Recess
I am an independent politically, however, syndicated columnist David M. Shribman gives me hope. Now I am totally unfamiliar with the man, for all I know he could be Sam Nunn hiding behind a pseudonym, but I doubt it. However, in a recent nationally syndicated column, Shribman writes: "The flight of White Evangelical Protestants and religious Catholics from the Democrats to the Republicans is one of the signal political events of our time." Amen.
Shribman, whose fills his column with backhanded compliments against people of faith, finally brings to light the reality of the today's electoral process. It is one thing to say that the Democrats have turned their backs on members of church congregations, however, it is another to realize what they have truly done. They have firmly taken their hands and shoved them in the faces of Christians and Orthodox Jews, like schoolyard bullies, and forced them to the ground. Is it possible that the Democrats will finally learn the most important lesson in elementary school politics? Schoolyard bullies do not get elected to the student council.
The most obvious case of the party's ignorance is, of course, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) joining other members of the gay rights movement declaring war on sexual values of the Judeo Christian Tradition. Frank, who's sexual indiscretions almost led a certain Steve Gobi to own the entire United States remains the most openly gay man in politics. He maintains what appears to be uncontrolled power to literally declare war on people of faith. He is not alone, Ted Kennedy, labeled believers 'Neanderthals.'
Kennedy's and Frank's liberal, gay and atheist constituents in Massachusetts may always support these men, but the reality is we can consider them poster faces for the Republican National Committee. Frank, Kennedy, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein and so many more are just some of the Democrats who confirm that the party is no longer viable in this country. Any political strategist will tell you that in a two party system, only the daft marginalize the mainstream.
Over and over again, the Democrats' political base, from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts to CBS Television City in Hollywood, bully the people of faith. They communicate that their opinions do not count, their votes are not wanted and their membership is an embarrassment to the party. Suddenly Shribman sounds the alarm to Democrats explaining that this bizarre political philosophy is backfiring on them. No Kidding?
The Republicans can learn a lesson or two from their liberal rivals. Just as schoolyard bullies in the long run have no true friends, so too will Democrats discover that their only constituents are themselves schoolyard bullies. The Republicans would do well to avoid the practices of their opponents at any cost. Indeed, the leftists may now be unhappy to learn that their "playbook" of political strategies should not be a guarded secret, but rather used as a good doorstop. It is, obviously, useless otherwise.
However, the Republicans themselves are not innocents. They stand on the sidelines motionless and watch their Christian allies, like Judge Roy Moore, get pummeled.
People of faith recognize the teachings of their scriptures as truth. When the party leadership decides that members must check their most sacred beliefs at the door to come join, the invited go elsewhere. After all, Bacchanalias are fun in the short run but self-destructive in the long run. People who throw time tested truths and values out with their empty beer cans usually die broke, diseased and alone, as do most schoolyard bullies. The mainstream learned this by the eighth grade, unfortunately, today's Democrats never did.
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