What The Heck Do Voters Want Anyways?: A Rare Defense of The American Politician
â€œThey are all weasels.â€ â€œYou canâ€™t trust any of them so why should I care?â€ â€œAll they care about is getting re-elected so whatâ€™s the point?â€
For generations the biggest criticism of politics, and one that drives millions of Americans to â€œtune out,â€ is that politicians say one thing then do another. This is the sentiment expressed by our friends who hate politics, and we all have them, when they say various forms of the quotes listed above. The sad truth is that even for those of us who love it, itâ€™s a point that proves hard to argue.
If the problem was this simple I would say that the solution would be equally so, but there is more at play here. The surest and quickest way to remove political hypocrisy and gamesmanship from the landscape is to stop electing and re-electing career politicians. There are certainly potential downsides to electing less experienced political leaders, I wonâ€™t go into them here, but dishonesty and duplicity are not among them. By both nature and definition it stands to reason that politicians will play politics, and that you have a much better chance of getting principled leadership and conviction from those who are not. While far from groundbreaking this logic is undeniable and the beauty of it is that it would work equally well for both sides of the aisleâ€¦a true bi-partisan solution. So whatâ€™s the catch?
While this addresses the much complained about problem of political hypocrisy, it leaves untouched a problem that no one ever seems to talk aboutâ€¦voter hypocrisy. Thatâ€™s right, itâ€™s time to turn the lens on the American voter and call them out for being [. . .]
Christians and the Sphere of the StateReprinted from The Iowa Family Policy Center Blog, with permission.
Hugh Hewitt recently interviewed theologian J.P. Moreland on the evangelical understanding (or lack there of) of being a responsible Christian citizen in our democratic republic. Moreland, who has written extensively on Christian truth in the public square, had this to say: "Being involved in politics is not unchristian. In fact, itâ€™s a part of our calling as Christians. Why? Because we are supposed to do good to all people including the household of faith. And to do good to all people means establishing just laws and a just and a stable social order. And thatâ€™s the job of the state. Itâ€™s political. So the first thing a pastor should do and the Church should do is to enlist people like the dickens to be involved in the political process and vote. It is unconscionable that we have these rights, and that we have an obligation as disciples of Jesus to try to bring goodness and truth to society, that we donâ€™t use all means available to promote just laws and a just and stable social order through the political process. And so voting is absolutely critical." In addition to