Thursday, July 09, 2015

These Are The Kind Of People

...we need more of in politics. Frankly, being wrong about something is less a crime than being opportunistically and dishonestly right about a thing. When I read about guys like this, I think, "I'm not against liberals, per se; I'm against unprincipled liars."

In a rare attack of good sense, then-Senator Obama said that this man mentored him and inspired him. Were it truly so! I don't even know this double-tongued person that appears on my TV from time to time. If you say something like, "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman" in 2008, and attempt to wax eloquent about how your Christianity affects that determination, you'd better say the same thing in 2014, OR explain how you were improperly related to the source(s) of revealed truth, and why the change in your views has taken place. This is actually the worst lie of the Obama presidency, because he is 1. flippant about the fact that truth from God *cannot* change; 2. because God can't change, either; 3. perfectly willing to pose as a traditional Christian when it benefits him; and the leader of supporters who *knew* he was lying in 2008, and didn't hold it against him. I have more respect for a faithful member of some religious community who says, "We hold a non-traditional view on issue x, because..." than someone who impersonates the opposite for political expediency. Whatever else you might say about me, I take God seriously. He is not an accessory to my life; my religion is not an affectation. If I change my mind on something massively important, I'm not going to say, "God agrees with me now." I'd better spend most of my time explaining how I misunderstood what God said (or leave God out of it) than treating Truth like a trinket from my political life.

This is why I'll never vote for Chris Christie: Catholics don't get to say, "I'm Catholic, but..." on gay marriage, or any other thing. If you won't bear the cross Democrats and whoever else would give you there, or the GOP would give on just wages, or the environment, or the death penalty, then I don't want to hear about your "faith," because it isn't faith; it's a cultural artifact. Same for Santorum, Pelosi, and anybody else. I'm actually still learning how I might apply my faith to lesser matters of prudential judgment, but at best, a person who thinks abortion is morally acceptable while being Catholic is ignorant, to say the least, and might want to leave the stuff he doesn't know out of the stump speech. Most Catholic politicians create scandal, which in the theological sense means creating doubt about what the Church teaches because of one's inconsistent profession or conduct. God is the most important Being with whom any of us will interact; we have a duty to find out what He says, and treat it as all-embracing reality, even for those who don't profess our faith.

I can sense that Sen. Simon was my sort of guy, because he didn't pander to people; if you thought he was a commie or a religious nut-case, he didn't care. Even if he's wrong about one thing or another.

I'm legit; I can say that to you right now. Agree or don't, but we need less sniveling little worms, and more people willing to take the heat for telling the truth, whether public or private.

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