Scariest Editorial… EVER October 5, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in life.
I was using the Times Reader to read the Opinion page, offline. You can already tell, if you don’t know me, that I’m a liberal. Perhaps not with a capital L (and certainly not over here in France), but definitely a liberal. The NYTimes published a bit by James Dobson (head/founder of evangelical organization Focus on the Family Action) – who was trying to clear up some misconception about a recent meeting of the organization in Colorado Springs.
Second to hit me was this passage:
I [he is speaking for himself at this point, not the organization] firmly believe that the selection of a president should begin with a recommitment to traditional moral values and beliefs. Those include the sanctity of human life, the institution of marriage, and other inviolable pro-family principles. Only after that determination is made can the acceptability of a nominee be assessed.
That is your classic litmus test. Ha! I thought — not even considering the other things candidates might have to offer? Almost confining yourself to one or two issues, are you? You dirty… oh. Wait. I do the same thing. As I recently commented here — the republicans who said they thought we should teach the controversy (evolution) were not fit to lead the United States [I’d provide a link, but I’m writing this offline]. Darn. So I’m not better than he is. But he is right — we all have a certian base-line and if you don’t get past that baseline you don’t get considered. Obviously, my baseline is very different from Dobson’s.
But I also find his line of reasoning interesting. Not doing this leads to compromise of one’s principles. The way our political system is setup — especially now that the country is so evenly divided — compromise is almost the only way to make progress.
The first thing that stuck out was the summary of one of the resolutions they voted on at this meetings:
If neither of the two major political parties nominates an individual who pledges himself or herself to the sanctity of human life, we will join others in voting for a minor-party candidate.
Wow! They are threatening to pull a Ralph Nader. I wonder if this will remain beyond the end of the primaries? I would be willing to bet you good money this will be modified in the end. Obviously, one party (ahem!) puts forward a pro-life candidate then it will remain: that would be the easy way out. But if both parties put forward a pro-choice candidate I wonder what they will do?
The final thing that got to me was in the tag line:
James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of the evangelical organization Focus on the Family Action, is the author of “Bringing Up Boys: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Men.”
I have not seen this book. I don’t have access to Amazon right now. Has anyone looked at it? Judging by this guys belief system I would… well… all I can say is scary!!!