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Something I'm not thankful for

I like to go for things that are a little out of the ordinary. So when struggling with what to write in a column appearing on Thanksgiving, I decided not to go the conventional route of listing things I'm thankful for.

Come on. Everybody does that.

So instead of all that high-calorie food, I'm providing something else on which to ruminate. Sorry to be the Thanksgiving Scrooge, but nobody's taken this road before.

Chew on this for a while: People in this country are under the erroneous assumption that the Republican Party has the monopoly on moral values. That's ultimately what decided this last election, and I am simply saddened by it.

That's not to say that the Democrats are all saints. But I heard a friend say she was helping to push the Republican agenda. She's in seminary right now, and I know she was talking about the morals to which the party has recently attached itself.

I say "recently" because Christian values were merely a vague piece of the party's platform until Newt Gingrich figured out it would help them get elected, especially in the South and Midwest during the early '90s -- hence their takeover of Congress in '94.

They simply adopted these values (in theory only) and hitched up with the Christian Coalition to make themselves look good to churchgoers. I think a vast majority of Republicans could care less about the issues they spout off in public.

So long as it continues to keep them in office, they'll say whatever it takes. Just look at their records. They have done little to support their claim of holiness. They say abortion is wrong, but they've been in control of Congress for 10 years and the White House for four, and abortion is still legal.

What upsets me is that so many people vote on those issues alone, ignoring the fact that Republican policy has always given huge breaks to the rich and left the poor out in the cold.

Are those Christian values? I say no. As a devout Christian, it hurts me deeply to see my faith so misunderstood.

Compassionate Conservative is an oxymoron. The principles emphasized in the Bible, particularly by Jesus Christ, are those of charity and love. I don't see those represented in the policies supported by the Republican Party.

Jesus cared for the poor, those who could not help themselves. Democratic policy is aimed at lending a helping hand to those very people. But for some reason the public is blinded by the hot air coming out of the right.

I simply hope that next time McDuffie Countians will at least consider these things instead of blindly voting for whoever preaches the loudest.

Because as local Pearl Harbor survivor Roger Reid said of his time in the military, "Those who talk much did little."



Web posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2004


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