THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN PARTY OF GOD IS FOCUSED ON THE WRONG THINGS

THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN PARTY OF GOD IS FOCUSED ON THE WRONG THINGS

Matt HealeyFriday,23 November 2012

The Snap:

After a major political loss it is common for the losing party to investigate the reasons for the loss in an effort to adjust for the next election cycle. The Democrats had to do this after the W won a second term. Now it looks like the evangelical christian party of god has started the same process.

The Download:

The most common theme associated with the loss is economic. Mittens (Romney) blamed the loss on gifts to demographic groups. Rush blamed it on a choice between Santa Claus and work. The Heritage Foundation is busy talking about an increasing entitlement society. All of these complaints are valid. There is a role for smaller government conservatives. A very important role and one that people like me would love to embrace.

So how come I was a strong Obama supporter? I believe in smaller government and a level and fair playing field. That sounds very Republican. But my choice was between the Democrats and the evangelical christian party of god, and given that choice, I chose the Democrat. They lost my vote for two reasons. The first was the extreme social conservative policies. They have become the party that does not believe in evolution, one of the best supported scientific theories ever. They are the party that is opposed to abortion and contraception. If you doubt the last part all you have to do is look at the reaction to requirement that health insurance provide contraception. They are the party that is opposed to marriage equality. All of these are religious positions have become so antiquated that they need to be eliminated from the platform.

The other reason was the hypocrisy associated with the financial position. If the evangelical party of god really did believe that the deficit was a problem they would put defense spending and tax increases on the table. You can not say the deficit is a problem and then claim the solution is to cut taxes. The math doesn’t add up. You also have to put all major spending on the table and that includes defense. The US spends more on defense than every other major country combined. We can cut it and be fine.

There is a screaming need for someone to transform the party from the evangelical party of god back to the Republicans. This will require that they stand up to Rush when he makes slut comments. This will require that people like Aiken and Mourdock never get nominated. And finally, it means that a debate monitor should not ask during a primary debate how many of the candidates believe in evolution – all of them should.

Hat Tips:

2007 GOP Debate Evolution Question2012 GOP Primary Candidates position on evolutionGOP Platform on Abortion GOP Position on contraception in health careGOP Position on Marriage EqualityGOP On defense spendingRush Slut Comment, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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