Me and Politics

For most of my life, I have cared next to nothing about politics. In fact, my outlook towards the subject was pretty much what the image shows.

Oh, I had a vague idea of what was going on, but I was much more interested in the activities of my personal life than I was in “politics.”

The first time I took any interest at all was in 2008 when McCain and Obama were running. I disliked McCain, but that nincompoop he had selected for a running mate was, for me, simply over-the-top. (See this post.)

Of course I was very thankful that Obama ended up winning, but once he was in office, I paid little to no attention to his actions; in fact, people have written about some of his less-than-favorable activities and I was clueless. Perhaps that’s not a “good thing,” but that was where I was at the time.

Although my interest level today has changed considerably, it’s my opinion that there are untold numbers of people who are just like I was — totally uninterested (or only vaguely interested) in what’s going on in the “political world.”

And it is these people that I believe base their votes on political party. Period. They pay no attention (or very little) to the various and sundry “opinions” being addressed on the numerous political communication outlets (including political blogs). Nor do they care what friends and/or family think. They vote party lines. Always.

Let me be clear. This is not to say this “disinterest” is a good thing. But sometimes I think we need to accept that this is simply where some people are. It’s where I was for many, many years …

It’s Never Going to Work

I’m going to begin this post by reiterating my stance on faith … I am not a believer. I left Christianity nearly 20 years ago and have not regretted my decision for one single moment.

Now, having said that, I want to share something that Gronda Morin wrote in one of her latest posts. In it, she talks about how Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic candidate for POTUS, has hit a nerve with the GOP by (gasp!) talking about religion.

To hear the right talk, one would think that there’s not a religious left. But there is and this has always been the case. The difference is that democrats are believers in the concept of the separation of religion and government. Then the religious left do not require that every person of faith think alike. In general they’re respectful of others practicing the dictates of their faith as long as they don’t impose their beliefs on those who aren’t of like minds. Many have left religion institutions behind because they aren’t impressed with those who claim the Christian mantel and who can blame them. Just watching White Evangelicals supporting a morally bankrupt, racist leaning president would send most sane would be Christians running in the opposite direction. But most Democrats do self -identify as being Christians.

Democrats become politically active around issues to lift peoples up, to protect their rights, to correct an injustice which is how they display their moral values.

IMO, it’s unfortunate that religion plays any part in politics. Yet there’s no argument that it does. A very MAJOR part, in fact. Particularly when Republicans are the ruling party. For them, religious issues become front and center in determining how people in this nation should live. And there can be no argument. It must be their way or no way.

Democrats, on the other hand (as Gronda points out), take a different stance. They believe religion should stand on its own. In other words, if you want to practice your religious faith, you are totally and absolutely free to do so. In fact, this is even written into the Constitution. However, attempts to impose your religious beliefs on others is a line that is not be crossed.

If we’re honest, none of us likes being told how to live our lives. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you’re on. This is the primary reason problems arise in relationships … and society. One side insists the other side live by their rules.

It’s never going to work.

Yet we know there are those on the Republican (religious) side who are going to do their damndest to tear down anyone who doesn’t meet their criteria.

For everyone’s sake, I hope they fail.