Saturday, October 9, 2010

Why Liberals Should Vote This Election... 342 word version

May I suggest a simple distinction between voters?

One group believes in a God of their own image: sitting on a throne; possessing familiar human passions... a lord who is directly involved in, even controlling, their lives.

The other contains a much larger spectrum: from people who firmly believe in a God, but one who’s beyond our ability to grasp, all the way to atheists, with countless variations in between.

This distinction has profound implications considering the unopposed groundswell of scared people who have been convinced they’re God’s personal agents.
People who believe rational dialogue is damnable. People who resent science, its rules and fact-based findings. Look at how Tea Partiers ignore all that doesn’t fit into their old world tribal dogmas.

We are facing an election where liberal minded voters are figuring to heck with it, we’ll sit this one out. Kind of like in 2000 when Clinton so disgusted his faithful, that they couldn’t bother to get out and vote for Gore.

Instead we, and the world, got Bush’s “war of choice.” Heck, 9/11 probably wouldn’t have happened! Why? Because Gore, and the bureaucracy, would have been listening to our terrorism experts. Those incoming intelligence signals would have been heeded.

Instead, we had a faith-based administration with no interest in our experts’ opinions because they had God on their side. See what that’s gotten us. A war that has only succeeded in elevating the true enemy’s abilities to unimagined levels, at a horrific cost in blood, materials, and money.

OK, there’s no going back, but shouldn’t we heed this hard lesson? We can scoff that Democrats suck in 101 ways, but they’re all we got! That old song keeps echoing in my mind: “America, where are you now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t you know, we need you now!”

On this one out of 730 days, the only one when your opinion actually matters, please motivate and VOTE. Help in this struggle of rationality over dogma. And, bring a few friends with you.

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