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Time for Introspection, but Not Surrender

Emilie3 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 1:59 PM
Well, it is refreshing to hear someone not say fatalistically that the US is doomed. Republicans need to stop listening to the hate and scare tactics and minority scape-goating of Rush Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, that is the part of the media that turn people off. Also, it is clear that evangelicals would try to make this country a Christian theocracy. Theocracies only exist in the radical Muslim countries with their abuses of women, etc. and who is to say that wouldn't happen here with evangelicals too concerned on running people's lives the same way?
Emilie3 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 2:02 PM
Also, it is not minorities that voted against Romney, but those who held jobs in industry that were sent overseas. When you deprive the bread-winner of a job, their women and children have to find work and struggle to make ends meet. What caused outsourcing? Greed, not the unions; the unions could have been controlled, but the oligarchs play in the world market, they are not patriotic, they don't care if they ruin this country or any other as long as they get their gold.
Fil-TX Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 2:40 PM
"Also, it is is clear that evangelicals would try to make this country at Christian theocracy". Where in the world did you come up with blatantly false "fact". The Christians in this nation only want to be left alone and to be able to enjoy religious freedom that the Constitution is supposed to allow. It's the Theophobic/Christophobic "thinkers" like you that will not allow it.
sdoonan Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 2:51 PM
But on at least two issues, abortion and gays, Christians and other like-minded religious people do support government mandate to cause everyone's behavior to conform to their beliefs.

Preventing gay marriage is targeting one group of society for fewer Constitutional liberties than is enjoyed by the rest of society. How would Christians react to a law that forbade Christians from marrying, while allowing everyone else to marry?

Regarding abortion, it's very unlikely that as a society we will be able to arrive at a nearly 100% consensus, so the issue must be left to personal conscience and individual authority without government mandate. Even God lays the responsibility for our actions squarely on our own shoulders, not government's.
nomad5 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 4:18 PM
The correct answer to the issue of homosexual "marriage" is this: The term "marriage" is full of spiritual overtones, and is therefore not a suitable term for the Federal government to use. Remove it from the Federal lexicon, and require the government to stop calling any such union, between anyone and anyone else, a "marriage".

With regard to abortion, it is symptomatic of two other problems: (a) The nation no longer believes in, and refuses to accept, any responsibility regarding sexual behavior of any kind. (b) The nation has now decided that human beings have the right to determine which of the products of human conception are human, and which are not, and when. That "right" is very useful, as mass murderers throughout history
nomad5 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 4:20 PM
have found (Stalin, Hitler, and Pol Pot come to mind, among others).

Abortion will not be resolved until the nation drinks to the full all the consequences of those two choices. It is unclear if the nation will survive that long.

Has the nation gone irreversibly blue? Did intraparty disunity sabotage Mitt Romney's presidential quest? Or is there some other explanation for the nation's re-election of a president with the worst record in decades?

 

I received an email from a brilliant conservative friend who wonders whether Republicans can ever win another election and thus whether the nation is forever lost. I ran into a college student at church the Sunday before the election, and despite his strong conservatism and high intelligence, he admitted confusion about the candidates' respective positions after the presidential debates.

My first reaction after...