Sadly REPUG (read Republican) voting masses buy the nonsense and lied fed to them by the #TeaPary and #GOP types. They bite the hand that wants to feed them and does ineed feed them. Instead of being grateful to the #Dems, they instead vote for the dastardly and dirty criminals who come veiled in the garb of priests, politicos, decent people and conservative minds.
Nasty, each one of them.
What say you, Ellen?
Read below the answer I got from Ellen Tarver, a very recent Republican who for 2 years has been a Democrat, after being awakened to the lies and utter rubbish that she had been fooled by in the name of religion and conservatism. I hope for the sake of our nation and Lincoln's Republican Party that we have more Ellen's and less Tea Partiers in our nation. One can hope!
I've been thinking a lot about this lately--what makes Christians vote Republican? There's the obvious abortion issue, which for many, many, MANY Christians I know is the one and only issue their vote is based on.
But what about Christians who aren't one-issue voters? Some of them vote based on how they perceive the nation's fiscal responsibility.
I've been thinking about this a LOT, because how do people like me have a clue how world banking and lending and borrowing and debt ceiling and GNP, etc., etc., etc. works? World economists who win prizes, etc, can't even agree what should be done. I think that in the past few years there's been an emphasis in evangelical churches about living without debt, and we get the notion that government is run just like my household budget. And so Christians will vote Republican, because Republicans are portrayed as the ones who want to cut spending and get out of debt. This is how they can live with voting against their own interests, I think, they're doing their part, and Democrats don't want to do theirs.
Another thing about this is for some reason it's supposed to be "Christian" to be self-reliant, to make it on your own, to make your own way. The parable that I grew up knowing all my life, that the steward who hid his talent in the ground and didn't invest it, was punished. But what they don't remember is that IT WASN'T THE STEWARD'S MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE! The other thing they quote all the time is that Jesus said, "The poor will always be among you." I've heard this used as an excuse to not worry about the poor, that it doesn't matter what we do, it won't be enough, so don't worry about it.
Another is that the Tea Party seems to be the "principled" party, who stand up for what they believe, come hell or high water, no matter what kind of "persecution" they get. Christians see them as the party that isn't aligned with big money, they're the grassroots, the ones who are in it for the good of the country. They're not politicians who are out for themselves. This is the way they're portrayed. "At least they have principles." You have to remind them sometimes that Hitler had principles and he stuck to them too.
The thing I know, because I've been there for all of these things, I know how I used to think, is two things. One, Christians believe other Christians. If James Dobson says it, if the American Family Association says it, if Michael Farris says it, it's gospel. They say they know what they're talking about, and we believe them, because they're Christians, and Christians wouldn't lie, right? We swallow what they say because of who they are, we don't even question it. We rely on them to find out things we can't find out.
The second thing is that Christians have a martyr and persecuted mentality from the start. The Bible says that men will hate us and think we're foolish and will be against the things of God. When you tell a Christian that he's wrong because the Bible is wrong or because he's foolish or naive or stupid, you only make them dig in more and say "See? The Bible said you'd say that." They have a soldier mentality, and they see a heavenly battle in every challenge. You can't win against people who believe your being against them is a proof of their being right.
People don't understand this mentality at all-it's born and bred in us--ridicule, name-calling, making fun, none of this will have ANY effect. It's dismissed as "persecution." What worked with me was reason; a mirror in front of me to show me that what I thought and said made no sense; and someone I trusted to hold that mirror up, without ridicule or calling me names.
I don't know if I'm explaining this right. I'm trying to help one side understand the other. And I'm not answering the question, Suvir, so I will now. I agree with you, that the ones who continue to twist and contort and indoctrinate, and who do it knowing they're lying and manipulating good, decent people, are dastardly and dirty.