I have been a political junkie since I was about 9 years old. My grandfather was a GOPer and I helped him stuff envelopes and put out signs…he was a staunch Repub then….the year was 1956.
If the GOP had not gone off the rails I would probably be in the party today….well until 1980 that is……they lost me when they started going after culture as a way to win elections.
Take a long look at the platform from 1956…..everything in there is something I can support….but those days are gone….gone….gone.
- American Values
- Marriage, Family, and Society
- A Culture of Hope
- Education: A Chance for Every Child
- Academic Excellence for All
- Choice in Education
- Title IX
- Improving Higher Education
- College Costs
- Restoring Patient Control and Preserving Quality in Healthcare
- Protecting Individual Conscience in Healthcare
- Better Care and Lower Costs: Tort Reform
- Advancing Research and Development in Healthcare
- Putting Patients First: Reforming the FDA
- Advancing Americans with Disabilities
- Ensuring Safe Neighborhoods: Criminal Justice and Prison Reform
- Combatting Drug Abuse
Some parts sound really noble…that is until to read the crap it really means.
I had an interesting exchange this past weekend at Benedictine College with Prof. Susan Traffas, who argued that conservative Christians cannot abandon politics. In the Q&A, I pointed out that in The Benedict Option, I explicitly say that we cannot abandon politics entirely, mostly because we have to stay in the game to fight for religious liberty. But I also argue that we should reprioritize our approach to public engagement, and spend more time and effort trying to shore up the church and its internal culture — this, because our losses in politics on the issues that mean the most to us are the result of our having lost first the culture. My contention is that conditions have changed on the culture war battlefield, and that means we have to change the way we resist. That is very much not the same thing as surrender.