Nothing scares secular lefties more than an election where some 60 million Americans cast a vote for — gasp! — a President who finds great comfort in his faith.
Republicans call it winning an election. Maureen Dowd calls it “merging church and state.” And as the reality of a victorious conservative electorate sinks in, Dowd says she is …
“… not getting a peace, charity, tolerance and forgiveness vibe from the conservatives and evangelicals who claim to have put their prodigal son back in office.”
Instead, she is …
“… getting more the feel of a vengeful mob – revved up by rectitude – running around with torches and hatchets after heathens and pagans and infidels.”
Vengeful mob? Torches and hatchets?
That’s the difrerence between liberals and conservatives. Imagery Dowd uses to describe church-going Christians is imagery conservatives reserve to describe murderous thugs like the savages who killed and mutiliated the bodies of four Americans in Fallujah last March. Although Dowd’s word choice is unfortunate, what is more troubling is her fear of Protestant evangelicals, an attitude reminisicent of anti-Catholic sentiments that emerged in 1928 when New York Governor Alfred Emanuel Smith became the Democratic presidential candidate. John F. Kennedy, facing similar hurdles when he ran for office, addressed the mistrust of Catholics to Southern Baptist leaders in 1960:
“I am not the Catholic candidate for President [but the candidate] who happens also to be a Catholic. I do not speak for my church on public matters — and the church does not speak for me.”
Bush delivered a similar response to his critics just days after his re-election:
“I will be your president regardless of your faith, and I don’t expect you to agree with me, necessarily, on religion. As a matter of fact, no president should ever try to impose religion on our society. If you’re a Jew or a Christian or a Muslim, you’re equally American.”
Liberals conveniently ignore such similarities in history, particularly when they involve the hero of the Democratic Party and a conservative Republican President. Instead of taking a hard look at why Democrats lost the electoral and popular vote, Dowd and other liberal pundits are trying to de-legitimize the Republican win and guilt-trip the Bush administration into watering down its second-term agenda by “reaching out to Democrats” and helping “unite a divided country.”
This post first appeared on Reporterette.com