By Ronald Glenn
A few collected thoughts and non-sequiturs from my experience delving into the nether regions of the conservative underground. Short wave radio, church basement meetings . . . none of it is off-limits. A few notes:
1. Christian Foes
Abortion doctor George Tiller was shot and killed in a Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas on Sunday, May 31, 2009. Of course, it’s old news at this point, and an appropriate response to the killing has already appeared here at America’s Right. Still, I have nonetheless watched the responses in the week since the shooting with interest.
Very few conservative Christians admit that many of those who are the most sympathetic to Tiller’s abortion practices are also professed Christians. In fact, I read several essays from Christians who described Tiller as “compassionate.” Somehow, these people do not find any incompatibility between abortion and Christianity, touting as compassion the care and concern abortionists like Tiller have for women.
In reality, abortion is not compassionate, but rather is simply repackaged eugenics. Margaret Sanger, hailed and honored by so many pro-choice and womens’ rights groups, championed birth control for undesirables — for Sanger, the “undesirables” were black people, whom she called “weeds.”
Too many Christian conservatives think their only fight in life is with the godless communists of the world. No doubt that fight is necessary and real, but the fight over social issues in America equally involves religious liberals. I have stated several times that there is a liberal religious tradition in America that is just as powerful as Marxism in the shaping of leftist American social thought. The reaction to Tiller’s death powerfully demonstrates this.
Because Christians who read the same Bible have such different beliefs, it is easy to understand how America’s judges derive such different decisions after reading the same Constitution. Some of these judges are wolves in sheep’s clothing; they are liars. They profess fidelity to the Constitution but seek to undermine it. Many of the “Christian” leaders are of the same ilk. By their fruits shall ye know them.
2. Three Is Not the Magic Number
Intrigued by the two-party system in an America founded by men who wanted to avoid political parties, I have been working to make contact with American third parties in an attempt to get their points of view on the future of third parties overall, as well as the outlook for the congressional mid-term election in 2010. Unfortunately, I am having very limited success. In the next few weeks, I hope to bring you opinions and forecasts from those agreeing to interviews — but as it looks now, those who wish to promote the concept that the third party will be America’s saving grace should be ready to face reality: lack or any semblance of organization on the grassroots level will likely translate into futility at the ballot box in years to come.
I believe the only chance a third party has to become a national political fixture is to focus their efforts and win locally, rather than nationally in a presidential election. The problem is that third parties are weak in their attempts to organize locally. Since local elections have not been fruitful, though, most people I know to be affiliated with a third party console themselves by looking at victories by an individual presidential candidate within the Republican and Democratic ranks. The conservatives were happy with Ronald Reagan, the socialists are happy with Barack Obama. The enthusiasm for a third party arises with each presidential campaign, but ends with a Republican or Democratic victory.
3. The Budget
The Republican party strategy to win the 2010 elections must begin with their version of the budget for 2010. If the GOP cannot convince the American public they are fiscally responsible and have no desire to watch the federal government own everything, they will not have much of platform to run on. At all.
Since the Republicans are blamed for letting the banks go crazy during the Bush years, however, it will not be enough them to run on bank reform or a simple-minded, hands-off capitalist policy. They will have to show that massive government spending, taxation, and government acquisition is detrimental for everyone. And, just as importantly, they will have to stick to it.
I attended a meeting this week in which a I heard a short talk by a member of “Health Care for All Pennsylvanians.” There is supposed to be a rally on June 11 in Pennsylvania’s capital, Harrisburg, to promote the single-payer health care system for the Keystone State. This system has been much maligned by conservatives for decades as an outright government takeover of all medical care.
What struck me when I listened to his presentation was how good this system would sound during bad economic times. Under his plan, every person is guaranteed medical care, paid for by a tax similar to the Medicare tax. If the economy does not recover sufficiently, these kinds of medical alternatives will gain more and more favor.
Almost all revolutions are caused by an economic crisis, dragging political and religious beliefs into the fray. Bad economic times, however, should not be an excuse for bad solutions. It is likely that Barack Obama will consider the single payer system as a solution to the health care expenses America faces. It’s up to everyday Americans like you and me to point out to other Americans how the Democrats use crisis to advance ideas which, in any other circumstances, would be dismissed outright.
I think I speak for Jeff when I say that he hopes America’s Right will be an Internet destination for information and analysis of various bills working their way through Congress, but it is difficult for us to know which pieces of legislation to take seriously and which to ignore as a proposal that has no chance of passing. Many congressmen, of course, make proposals they know will never pass, but propose them to make themselves look good in their districts. America’s Right does not wish to promote these bills by writing about them.
However, there are also bills that may catch us by surprise. If the readers of America’s Right have a particular bill that they believe should be of interest, please inform us.
Ronald Glenn has worked in real estate and law for more than twenty years. He now works in Philadelphia, and lives outside the city with his wife. Ron has been writing for America’s Right since January 2009.