Today, during the third hour of the Michael Medved radio show, Jim Wallis, author of Gods Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It, appeared to discuss his critiques of both the left and right political wings of this country. The conversation started well as Mr. Wallis did seem quite moderate on the issue of abortion, agreeing with Michael that they should be made as rare as possible.
In just about every other way, unfortunately, Wallis showed himself to be liberal with a capital "L". From the 2004 election, to the war in Iraq, he spouted the same sillinesses I hear all too often:
- The Iraq war was immoral and illegal
- The President & VP are making money off of payments to Halliburton.
- President Bush's policies have all failed
- The government has a duty to redistribute wealth for the good of all
- Karl Rove is actually a space-alien who is controlling the President
Okay, maybe not that last thing, but everything before that, and much more to be sure. All-in-all, it was rather disappointing to hear Mr. Wallis parrot some of the most senseless and baseless lies of the left. Can someone please tell Mr. Wallis that Halliburton is an AMERICAN company that employs tens of thousands of AMERICAN workers, and pays oodles of taxes to the AMERICAN government?
I mean, really; liberals love to accuse President Bush of allowing jobs to go overseas, then they turn around and complain that we are using an American company in Iraq to support the troops! Would Mr. Wallis and other so-called "Progressives" prefer to hire a French company?
Interestingly, Mr. Wallis and some others from the Christian Community (of which I am a member), call themselves "Progressive Christians" (meaning they lean to the left and describe themselves as Christians). I understand that Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and dispositions, but I have a problem with someone who mixes faith and politics in this manner.
To be fair, I've often described myself as a "conservative Christian." But what I mean by this is that I'm a cultural conservative, as well as Reformed in my theology. Politically speaking, I'm a moderate-to-right leaning Republican who calls himself "a Republican." Go figure.
Wallis, on the other hand, seem to have mixed faith and politics in a rather strange manner. Furthermore, in writing a book called, "Gods Politics," Wallis has clearly declared, before the first page is read, that he is mixing religion and politics in a way that Progressives often detest.
And this is a key point! Senator Kerry repeatedly asserted during the runup to the 2004 election that, no matter his beliefs, he could not "force his morality on others." He hemmed and hawed over issues like prayer and abortion. Meanwhile, the President said forthrightly that he wanted to promote a culture of life where abortion is rare and that he prays often and feels "uplifted" by the prayers of others.