Thursday, November 04, 2004
Being as Judeo-Christian as You Want
Another funny encounter was Paula Zahn interviewing Paul Begala. Begala on the talking head TV screen, Paula seated on a high rise chair looking bereaved, and a guy named Joe who blurted out to the pair of them, "You have to be able to keep two or three things in your head at one time!"
Joe turned out to be TIME Columnist Joe Klein who was trying to explain why morals are important to the people that live in most of the United States of America and he seemed to be quite frustrated by their inability to get it.
Really, Paula couldn't get it and Begala tried to explain. He said that Liberals think of themselves as intellectually superior to Conservatives and Conservatives think of themselves as morally superior to Liberals. And, each of them holds the others superiority in contempt.
Begala thought that Democrats really ought to reassess their positions on moral and cultural issues.
This might be a mighty tall order, but we thought we'd try to help.
It will involve some Bible reading which shouldn't be too hard for intellectuals. Don't worry, we've excerpted a section for your convenience, but you have to read it. Here it is: Genesis 18 and Genesis 19. It is the story of Sodom from which the word, "sodomy" finds its lineage.
Now that that is over. You have to understand a few other things. Fundamentalists believe the world is about to end -- for good. So, they tend not to get involved in political matters and usually can be ignored. But when it comes to avoiding the wrath of God, they get busy.
This year, eleven states had marriage defining questions on their ballots. Not really talked about much in the news and hardly touched on during the campaign except for everyone tipping their hats to traditional marriage and a few uncomfortable comments about Lynne Cheney.
While the campaign was whirling over the airwaves, people in Ohio were registering nearly one million new voters to defeat gay marriage and keep the flames away from their homes and towns. So, while they were in the voting booth, they voted for President Bush.
It is a small thing to understand and we hope it helps. Some mores are toppled more easily than others. It would seem that intellectual superiority should at least enable you to detect topics that will cause the morally superior to dig in their heels. And, while you figure out how to bring out a candidate that can bridge this gap, you might want to say a quite prayer that this most recent success doesn't give them any funny ideas about changing a few other things.