Call me easily baited.
One thing that has hindered, in my opinion, the Democratic Party in recent years – and this is especially true for folks of the ‘Southern Democrat/Southern Liberal’ wings – is that we have too often allowed trolls to put words in our mouths and we have too often allowed the shrillest, whiniest members of the left do our talking for us.
So people get a sort of distorted picture of what a Democrat is. The other side says that we are monsters in this or that way and those on our side who look the most like this or that monster respond, fulfilling the prophecy.
I’m kinda sick of that sort of discussion dominating the public perception of my Party. I also think it makes us look kind of weak when we can’t speak to our own defense effectively, when the trolls speak up.
We’re dealing with such a discussion over on Rev. Nelson’s Blog, as one usually ignored commentator is getting her kicks by playing the ‘God card.’ She’s trying to get Rev. Nelson to say something and get himself in trouble, or one of the volunteers to do it for him. Luckily for me, she’s run into a couple of bloggers who know better than to cause trouble.
“Who comes first God or your district? Will you advocate to put prayer back in schools? Will you advocate to stop the killing of innocent unborn children. Will you protect marriage. If you answered yes to all of these questions then you sir are not a democrat. Because if the democrats had their way a man of GOD would not be able to serve his country in Washington.”
Didn’t the Pharisees put a similar line of questioning to Jesus, trying to get him to slip up verbally? One of the most vital Christian passages comes from such a situation, when he instructs his followers to give God what is God’s and give Ceasar what is Ceasar’s?
I cannot speak for the Reverend himself on these answers, but I know how I would answer them. First of all, one of the highest callings of any Christian is to serve others. Sometimes this can be done by washing another’s feet, sometimes this can be accomplished by going to the United States Congress and making sure the government works for the people as opposed to the moneychangers.
Second of all, prayer has never left our schools. When I was at Glynn Academy, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes gathered at the flagpole at least once a week to open the day with public prayer on school grounds. It was student led, and as long as they didn’t obstruct anyone else, or force anyone who may follow a different set of beliefs to participate, they were completely within their rights to do so. Having a heart filled with faith means the faith goes with you, into the schoolhouse, the courtroom or the United States Congress, and you don’t need opulent monuments or pictures on the wall to demonstrate otherwise.
Third of all, I advocate a stop to the killing of unborn children by example, not by legislation, and that’s where this particular problem can only be solved. This is where I, personally, reconciled my pro-choice stance as far as the law is concerned with my pro-life stance as far as my personal life is concerned. I cannot, by definition, become pregnant. But that would be a cop out of sorts, so I take that one step further. At this point in my life, I do not engage in activity that could cause someone else to become pregnant.
As an aside to that above, it is which great trepidation that I write such things publicly. I could not tell you how many times I have had to deal with uncomprehending looks on the faces of many conservative, Republican, pro-life Christian compatriots when I found my way to a Waffle House at 2:30 in the morning instead of a warm feminine embrace. At which point those same conservative, Republican, pro-life, Christian compatriots did conclude not that I was acting responsibly and according to my beliefs, but that my sexual orientation was in question. (Thanks, ass****!)
Fourth, marriage would be better protected by maturity, communication and honesty than it will ever be from tax breaks and legislation. I’m lucky. I know many, many couples who have very strong marriages. Those are examples to me, and make my whole concept of marriage very strong. This isn’t an institution that is in trouble from without. If there is any trouble, it is trouble from within. That’s why I’m not married right now: I haven’t found someone who fits my requirements, and I haven’t fit the requirements of anyone else, and if you’re going to be involved for the 40-50+ years a real marriage takes, you’d better get involved with your eyes wide open.
Fifth, I answered yes to all of the questions, and I am undoubtedly a Democrat. Not only that, but I’m a liberal. You can ask my friends. You can ask my family. You may not believe it, but I am what a Democrat looks like. I am what a liberal looks like.
Sixth, and final: the Democrats are going to have their way, as are the Republicans who are tired of out of control spending and crony-run bureaucracies, as are the Independents who are tired of the shenanigans and embarrassment this current bunch of children in Congress has saddled us with, when we send a United Methodist Minister named Jim Nelson to the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. in January, and when we say so on November 7th, 2006.
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