I like the constant drumbeat of religion that comes from the Republican party. Its platform includes powerful negative judgements on gay voters and on women who want abortions.
While the Democratic Party Convention will have some “prayin”, my hope it will come off looking secular. That way, voters will have a choice, a party promoting its version of religion and a party focused on secular governing.
Republican Party leaders have painted themselves into a corner the past several years. They have done it by trying to be the party of both less government and more government.
The Republican Party’s basic theme is, “Let’s regulate who marries who, what happens between a patient and her doctor and make sure no teacher refers to a family as two daddies and a child. And, let’s get government out of people’s lives.”
The long term political consequences of this will come about because, in my view, people want the kind of regulations Republicans don’t believe in. People want quality food, water, air and banks that don’t bring us all down. And, where they don’t want government is exactly where Republicans want to expand it, into private lives.
Religion selects the areas of Republican government expansion, abortion and gay rights. But, religion also drives the selection of candidates. When primary voters choose candidates based on their religious views rather than their general attractiveness to voters, things get off to a bad start.
While Republicans might win this election, I think the long term trend favors Democrats.