Friday, February 8, 2008

James Dobson won't back McCain

Since the death of Jerry Falwell (praise Jesus) James Dobson is arguably the most powerful Christian leader in the U.S., so his announcement that he won't support John McCain is big news in many ways.

While the knee-jerk reaction to this might be to write off McCain based on the popular wisdom that Republican candidates need the support of the religious right to win, the fact that he is winning, and against some very conservative candidates, suggests the religious right may be losing some of its power and relevance. When we examine Dobson's comments, we see a clue as to why:

"I am deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, voted for embryonic stem-cell research to kill nascent human beings, opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, has little regard for freedom of speech, organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters in judicial hearings, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language."

Now let's consider this for a moment. In a time of record budget deficits, a failing economy, impending global warming, military efforts of questionable success and unprecedented expense, a looming social security crisis, failing systems of education and medicine, and constutional crises that strike at the heart of our nation, James Dobson is going to sit out the election of a president because the Republican candidate does not believe in banning gay marriage, stem cell research, tax cuts for married couples, and judicial hearing filibusters. Oh and he uses bad words.

With such infantile and irrelevant concerns, it is a wonder that Dobson could find no candidate to support. Dobson, like too many on the right side of the aisle, is living in an alternate universe, where all economic problems are solved with tax cuts, only heterosexuals can love, and blastocysts are human beings. He is out of touch with reality, plain and simple, and is destined to become more and more irrelevant with each passing day and each scientific discovery.

"I think we're facing such a point of crisis in our country, that we're going to have to have the strongest leadership we can. And I think I could deal with that in the polling booth."

I agree with Dr. Dobson on that point. We are indeed in a point of crisis in our country, but it was caused by the very same faith-based out-of-touch view that he is promoting. We've had eight years of that, thank you, that is enough.


Danny Vice said...

Conservatives are beginning to amaze me in their inability to see what's really at stake here. This election is about more than McCain and his inability to follow conservative principals.

How is handing the whole country over to liberals a suitable alternative to McCain?

There is a serious difference between McCain and a purebread liberal who is bent on destroying ALL conservative values as well as our country with them.

Anti McCain commentators such as Rush Limbaugh have ventured the idea that perhaps we should sit this election out and let the Dems have a term in office, claiming it might pave the way for a future shot at a candidate he and others will like in four years.

Imagine the damage our country will endure if Democrats control all three branches of government for 4 to 8 years.

This would give liberals what they will treat as a clear sign from America that is it ready to move sharply to the left. Not slightly to the left.

Cherry picking our candidate is exactly what got us INTO this mess, and if conservatives aren’t careful, they will throw the entire country into a liberal free for all...

There is no such thing as a quick recovery from 4 years of liberalism unchecked. We may be facing what will take years and years of damage to undo. What’s more, there’s no guarantee that it WILL be undone. Have conservatives completely forgotten Roe v. Wade and other extremely important issues? We need an allie on every core issue we can get.

Questioning McCain was right and highly useful for a time and a season. Many of us wish we had acted sooner to support Romney or Huck....

But staying home on election day allows liberals a pass to capture all THREE branches of Government. Do you want your kids growing up in that kind of environment?

I'm not asking anyone to sacrifice their own belief or convictions, but we have a serious serious problem here, that we can't afford to fall asleep on.

Give it some thought, friends.

Danny Vice

ScienceAvenger said...

"Imagine the damage our country will endure if Democrats control all three branches of government for 4 to 8 years."

You say that as if the last 8 years of Republican rule have been heaven on earth, when in fact it has been the opposite of that. What makes you so sure Democratic rule will be so much worse?

You sound like a football fan who thinks the world is going to end if a coach that just went 1-15 gets fired.