Sunday, November 23, 2008
Jim Wallis can be naive
Jim Wallis (left-leaning pastor, teacher, and author) once wrote, "the best contribution of religion is precisely not to be ideologically predictable or loyally partisan but to maintain the moral independence to critique both the Left and the Right." That is to say, a strong faith identity demands that one not vote along party lines.
A nice thought.
But how do you vote this way when candidates are almost all loyally partisan? If I vote for a Democrat because I may like what that specific candidate claims to believe, can't I be assured that when important votes come down the pike that same candidate will tow the party line? To stay in the party's good graces, receive the consideration for high profile appointments, and count on party resources (i.e. money) elected officials who wish to remain elected will not rock the boat.
My proof? Joe Lieberman. A newly "independent" candidate who still caucuses with Democrats, Joe is under fire from the party on the left for not being loyally partisan and ideologically predictable.
Democrats support abortion, I would be foolish to think any Democrat candidate would buck that trend when the going gets tough.
It's one of the many reasons I cannot vote that party. Faith demands a consistent ethic of life, to include abortion and the death penalty.
Republicans have their problems too. I'll discuss those later. As it stands I'm more of a conservative minded Libertarian.