Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Little Pearls

The Rev. James Forbes, on Morning Sedition at Air America Radio, had a few good points today.
  • Progressives need to stop trying to appeal to the mind and try to appeal more to the heart. That doesn't mean we need start spouting lies and sounding simple about being compassionate like the Republicans monopolize. Let them have their monopoly. We need to do a better job of simplifying our message because it is a good message and is a hell of a lot more honest and compassionate than anything the republicans even pretend to. As Adlai Stevenson said, thanks Attaturk, "You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the vernacular, we Americans are suckers for good news."
  • Why do the messages of gays and abortion play so well with the public? The Republicans have managed to blind people to the fact that there are many more instructions in Christian teaching than just those about sex but that those are the most powerful. So, we need to do a better job of reminding people that when someone is focussed on just those to the detriment of so many others, like caring for the poor, helping those in need, idolatry (like the veneration of their leaders by so many on the right), demonization of those who oppose them, etc., etc.

He seems to agree with my father, a Presbyterian minister for almost 50 years (with 25 as a Navy chaplain), that those who shout the most about morals, Christianity, and doing the right thing, are those that practice it the least. Of course, I don't agree at all with bringing personal morals into the public sphere, e.g., abortion and attitudes towards homosexuality, but if we have to then lets put it all on the table and see who comes out on top.


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