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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Difference Between Democrats and Republicans: A Question of "Profits", Not Faith Posted by Hello
Once again, a good morning to all. While helping a friend with their fax machine this morning (and then going out for the morning run), I began to think about last nights State of the Union Address and (more to the point) how the GOP has been able to wrap themselves up in a self-serving notion that they are the only "true believers" in the country; in short, how Republicans have essentially "hijacked faith" and claimed it as their own, even when they push programs that are clearly not so faith-based. I churned on this, while at the same time keeping up a pretty good clip. Then it hit me, the difference between Democrats and Republicans is not a question of the importance of faith in American society, but is, instead, a question of the importance of profit in American society. We, as Democrats, extol the virtues of labor and of the laborer over the virtues of big business and profit. Like James Carville (a fellow U.S. Marine) said during the 1992 campaign, "...the most precious thing a person can give is their labor". That statement essentially sums up the Democratic Party's ethos when it comes to the good, hardworking of people of this country, that the laborers, as the backbone of this country, are more important than profiteers and profit-making...that their needs should come first. Conversely, the Republicans place the importance of profit over the importance of the individual, a not so religious notion in my opinion; the idea of "...the least of these.." kind of gets a back seat when Republicans start talking about increasing their profit margins. There is simply no question that the Republican Party has historically been the party that usurped and undermined the idea of workers rights, and the belief that people are paramount to profit. However, the GOP has (so far, successfully) been able to pull the wool over the American people's eyes by bamboozling them into believing that the GOP is the party of all true religious believers. This is absolute hogwash and the GOP has only been able to get away with this because we, as Democrats, have allowed them to get away with it. After two very close and very disappointing elections, it is now time for Democrats to sound off and demand that the truth be told! What Democrats MUST do is show how faith plays a role in our lives; this is no longer an option, it has now become an absolute necessity! Senator Kerry, during the campaign, was not very vocal about the role of faith in his life. Being from New England, he was behaving in the tradition of New Englanders (in general) in that they are more reticent about their faith. This in no way implies that John Kerry is not a man of faith, he most certainly is. Believe me, as the saying goes, "...there are no atheists in foxholes". Anyone who experienced the horror-box that was the Vietnam War (and survived) came so far by faith. President Bush and his ilk wear their faith on their sleeves, and there is nothing wrong with that...they have that right. But this in no way means that they have a deeper sense of faith or are more religious than people that don't behave the same way they do. To counter that nonsense, we as Democrats must incorporate "the reality of faith in God" into our party in such a way that will reduce to nonsense the claims by the GOP that Democrats are apostate and faithless. The truth of the matter is that Republicans aren't the only people in this country that believe in God, this must be proclaimed over and over. We must show by our words and (more importantly) by our deeds, that we are a people of faith. All Republicans are not Christians, and certainly not all Christians are Republicans. This must be explained and expressed. It is utterly ridiculous to think that "Republican" is synonomous with "Christian", while all non-Republicans are scrapped as godless heathens...no sir, no ma'am! This lie must be debunked ASAP! Personally, I believe in God and claim Christ as my Savior. I am also a Democrat. Democrats must frame the issue as such, explaining and demonstrating with "raw steel-like intensity" that WE TOO are God's people, that WE TOO are a people of faith. We must frame the issue by proclaiming (and explaining) again and again how all of the solutions to the major moral problems of the 20th century came from either the Democratic Party or liberal progressives, working in concert with clergy and other people of faith, i.e., Social Security in the 1930's, the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's-1960's, Equal Rights Movement in the 1970's, helping to bring down apartheid in South Africa during the 1980's, and on and on. In all of these cases, Republicans resisted by hook and crook. Again, the Democratic Party is a party of faith that has always put the importance of the workers, the precious laborers of our nation, as well as the notion of "...the least of these..." over the importance of profits and money-making. This is the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans in a nutshell. We must proclaim this repeatedly and ad nauseum until it takes hold in the American psyche. Not only is this the key to success, it is also true to boot. Well, we have our marching orders...let's push forward. Semper Fidelis


Blogger gimmetruth said...

I agree with you completely. The only "talking point" I would add, from my own perspective, is that I consider there to be much more in common across religions (at least in terms of the big, yet simple truths) than there are differences, and that Jesus is only one of several great paths to enlightenment. I hope you don't find that offensive, because I do believe if people followed the big truths of Jesus (rather than the details- such as the concern with gay marriage for example; the big truth would be to treat all people compassionately), that this country would be much better off. I am a member of the Blog Gimmetruth, but I want to clear that this opinion that I present is my own (though I know others in our group would agree with me).

3:32 PM  
Blogger merlallen said...

I can not for the life of me figure out how a person who works for a living could vote Republican. Or how a Christian can follow and believe in George W. Bush the coward.
They don't notice that his words and his deeds are the exact opposite of each other.
My fundie cousin stopped talking to me when I pointed this out to her. She doesn't believe Christ was a liberal, she thought I was insulting her.

4:29 AM  
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7:21 AM  

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