Friday, December 19, 2008

Reach across

From Bill Sanders:

Friday, December 19, 2008
Codifying the core of right wing God-O-Meter!

When it comes time to introduce the Reverend Rick Warren to give the invocation for President-Elect Barack Obama, I doubt that we will hear this:

Now we give you Reverend Rick Warren, because he preaches a more moderate, ecumenical tone for our national civil discourse. A minister of strong Christian faith, who believes that Jews are going to hell, who compares abortion to the Holocaust and gay marriage to pedophilia and incest—who describes social gospel Christians as "closet Marxists".

A best selling author of Purpose Driven life who was driven to call Michael Schiavo’s decision to remove his wife’s feeding tube "an atrocity worthy of Nazism" and suggested that Michael wanted Terri to "die" because he feared that if she regained consciousness, she might have "something to say that he didn’t want said."

And finally, we give you a minister with a Christian world view who preaches we should "take out" (kill) evil world leaders like Ahmadinejad, because "The Bible says that evil cannot be negotiated with. It has to just be stopped. In fact, that is the legitimate role of government. The Bible says that God puts government on earth to punish evildoers."

Too bad we won’t hear that because it would go a long way toward proving we can disagree without being disagreeable. After all, reaching across the chasm that divides the Evangelical Right from the vast hodgepodge of the rest of us heathens worked so well in the past.

Why, remember when the Lesser Uniter, Bill Clinton reached across to the Evangelical Right and signed the Defense of Marriage Act–even as the lefties groused about it being the worst piece of anti-gay legislation ever enacted? And remember when he did it again with the school uniform issue and the V-Chip bill? Boy, he really piled up the brownie points and threw cold water on the partisan hostility in Congress! (The only glitch to the Clinton era harmony effort was Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and their congressional toadies who impeached the President)

And remember how well disagreeing without being disagreeable worked right after 9/11. Congressional Democrats gave President Bush authorization to invade Iraq. What a boon that was to the United States’ reputation and our economy.

The ultimate example of disagreeing without being disagreeable was Nancy Pelosi’s reach across to the right wing by taking "impeachment off the table" and not pursuing war crimes prosecution. If you don’t believe that worked to the advantage of harmony, just look at the executive orders George Bush is leaving behind as he rides off into the sunset.

1 comment:

ToLo said...

And not even a reach-around to compensate ...

Sorry. Someone had to say it ...