I heard a woman on MPR who called in about Mitt Romney and she said “I’m a Democrat and I’m a Mormon so I don’t know what I’m going to do — I’m torn!’
Torn between being a Democrat and a moron? By that I do not mean that non-Democrats are morons, I mean that people who make political decisions based on religious affiliations are morons.
Now hold on, moron is a strong word and many people feel that someone’s religious affiliations may indeed be evidence of their character and of shared values. My question to them is: how is that character demonstrated in real life in a political context? Answer: by their views on issues. What are political parties? People who have similar views on issues.
She is choosing between someone who represents her political views and someone who shares her religious views in a political race. That’s like choosing a piano player based on their hockey skills. We’re not electing clergy. The role of the President is not in any way religious. Foreign policy and domestic economics are not issues which rely on a particular religious view. They are hard and in many ways boring aspects of our government. The “moral” leadership of Bush has been a disaster and the last thing we need is people choosing elected officials based on completely irrelevant criteria.