Politics

Why Democrats don't Fight Back

Over the first two years of the Obama administration our President and his party was constantly excoriated by the Republican Party. They falsely accused the President of not being an American, of being a Communist, Socialist, and Nazi (apparently unaware that Nazis and Socialists were blood enemies). One actually jumped up in the middle of the State of the Union Address and, lying himself, accused the President of lying.

When Republicans attacked, the Democrats were reluctant to retaliate. I think this was because the Democratic Party's principles more closely reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ than the other party's. In the sermon on the Mount, Christ said, "The meek shall inherit the earth", reflecting the humility that the New Testament stresses. This follows from Christ's mandate to "turn the other cheek" in the face of evil.  Liberals call this "doing the right thing" and let it rest there.

How are the Democrats fulfilling Christ's other mandates?

• Conservatives care little for the poor, as Mitt Romney, who is "severely conservative", recently said, "I don't care about the poor; they have a safety net and if that net has a hole in it I will fix it."

What does Jesus say about the poor? "Jesus said unto him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me" (Matthew 19:21).

Proverbs 28: 27 emphasizes this command: "He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes [to them] shall have many a curse." President Obama should take Newt Gingrich's accusation that he is the "food-stamp" president as a badge of Christian honor.

• Conservatives support the richest 1% of our nation despite Jesus' claim, "It is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God" (Matthew 19:24, Mark 10:25, Luke 18:25). In fact, "the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil" (1 Timothy 6:10).

• Conservatives want prayer to be permitted in schools, in fact, everywhere. What is Jesus' opinion? "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen." (Matthew 6:5-6). Then follows the Lord's Prayer.

• Jesus left us with what might be called the Eleventh Commandment at the Last Supper (Seder): "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another." This is critical for elsewhere he told us what God is: "God is love" (1 John 4:8). The angry stump speeches and virulent political ads from reactionary Tea-Party conservatives, many that "bear false witness" against Liberals and Progressives, is far from godly love.

I'm not saying that Democrats think about this and they certainly don't talk about it, for political if not religious reasons: that would be taking the Lord's name in vain. However, their policies are much more compatible with the principles laid down by Jesus Christ.  This is what Christ wanted, that we live his principles, not just talk about them.