Approximately 1 of 5 voters on Tuesday named moral issues as their top concern in the Presidential election. Almost 80% of those people voted for George Bush. This is astounding.
How does George W. Bush have “better morals” than John Kerry? There are two areas where Bush would “out-moral” Kerry – abortion and gay marriage. Yes, just two issues. It is amazing that we live in a nation where people do not look beyond two issues and see the rest of the world. Don’t get me wrong, I am against abortion and it is an important issue. But it is far from the only issue out there. And gay marriage? Even if you think it is a sin, is it moral to limit the rights of a specific group of people, whether or not you agree with them or not?
We live in a nation full of immorality. People flock to Vegas for prostitutes and slot machines. People flock to the liquor store or their computer for pornography. Women are objectified constantly. Men cannot wait until the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue arrives; yet think that homosexuality is an abomination. Over 50% of marriages end in divorce. The economic gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow, even though it is already the highest among industrialized nations. Women and minorities continue to make less money than white males, even when they have the same qualifications and it is the same job. We allow government sanctioned killing. We give larger tax breaks for pollution creating Hummers than we do for hybrid vehicles. We cut taxes for those who need the cut the least, and let the middle class shoulder more of the burden. We live in a nation that is responsible for the killing of over 1000 American troops and upwards of 100,000 Iraqi civilians. We live in a nation where people believe that good environmental policy is cutting down as many trees as possible and drilling for oil in some of the last natural refuges we have left.
Yet most of our nation can only look at two things – abortion and gay marriage. Eleven states voted against gay marriage on Tuesday, yet there is a good chance that half of the voters against it were divorced. Do you see the hypocrisy? Two of the Republican Party’s largest financial supporters are the tobacco lobby and the gun lobby. So we can support tobacco addiction and arming America with guns whose sole purpose is to kill, yet my uncle cannot marry his partner that he has been together with for longer than I can remember. We have people calling themselves pro-life and supporting the death penalty. We have people calling themselves pro-life and saying that we need to “blow them all away in the name of the Lord”.
Whose moral values are we talking about? And why are the people of this nation unable to look beyond two issues.
I know that this sounds a little (a lot) bitter. I am just frustrated that people do not see outside of the Falwell/Robertson bubble. I am frustrated the far right has been successful in claiming that abortion and gay marriage are far more important than other issues. I am frustrated that “progressive faith” is shunned by the right and ignored by the left. I am frustrated that Christians are so often not taught morality and ethics from a Biblical standpoint, but from a conservative political standpoint, with a few Bible verses thrown in. So I apologize for the bitterness, it has just been a frustrating week.
For more reading, check out these two articles/posts:
Jim Wallis, of Sojouners, has a great article about progressive faith, and how it did not lose the election, because there was no progressive faith in the election. Bush was far from it, and Kerry hid from it until the very end. There is also a great commentary on Christians and “morals” over at the Left Coaster. While the Left Coaster takes a pretty negative view of Christians, I think there is some very astute commentary in there.
Note: This post can also be found here