News flash: The Washington Times recently reported that a full 26 percent of the electorate is composed of white evangelicals, and that 51 percent of white evangelicals identify themselves as Republicans (as opposed to 22 percent as Democrats).
Can this really be true?
Democrat activists tell supporters that white evangelicals are intolerant fanatics, just one step away from restarting the Salem Witch Trials unless you send money to their organization.
The Republican Party is happy to have white evangelicals vote Republican and donate money. Then they should shut up until the next election.
Think about this – Karl Rove and the GOP leadership would have you believe that the “Hispanic vote” is so important that we must open our borders to win it. And yet, the Hispanic vote and the black vote combined only add up to 17 percent. White evangelicals constitute 26 percent of the electorate.
Shouldn’t white evangelicals be getting more respect?
The white evangelical bloc could be a formidable voting bloc indeed. But that can happen only if evangelicals and their leaders shed their inexplicable loyalty to the country-club Republican leadership, beginning with George W. Bush himself.
As for the leftist fantasy of the religious right as being on the verge of taking over the country – well, that’s good for fund-raising, but it’s simply absurd. In reality, evangelical political leadership is inept and clumsy. It sold out to George W. Bush and was content to receive little in return.
Conservative white evangelicals are so frightened at the prospect of a Democratic victory that they will roll over and play dead for Bush – a man who displays cynical contempt for white, middle-class evangelicals.
It’s amazing how so many Christian conservatives will still defend Bush, despite his almost total failure to deliver. It seems that for too many evangelical voters, just having Bush mouth a few platitudes is more than enough.
Bush thinks that white evangelicals have nowhere else to go and that they have to vote for him, no matter what. Evangelical leaders need to play hardball and demand results from the GOP, and, if necessary, bolt the party. Only then will they be taken seriously.
How can anyone still believe Bush is a conservative of any kind? He’s too big a spender to be called a fiscal conservative. He wants to expand, not reduce, the welfare state. His disregard for the Constitution shows he is no constitutional conservative.
Oh, but he’s fighting the “War on Terror,” we are told. Oh, really? He refuses to get serious about controlling the border. He panders to Islamic leaders with ties to terrorists and calls Islam a “religion of peace.” And his Iraq policy exhibits a definite lack of coherence.
Ironically, Bush is bashed by the left for being ultra-conservative, which is really laughable when you think about it. It’s hard to see why liberals bash Bush and conservatives boost Bush. It ought to be the other way around.
In the battle against gay marriage, Bush has been consistently AWOL (absent without leave), making a few toothless statements from time to time, but nothing of substance. Bush will lobby and twist arms to promote legislation he really believes in, but that doesn’t include the defense of marriage. Likewise, his support for the pro-life cause is almost entirely rhetorical.
What we need is an insurgency within the GOP, built around a few major themes. This insurgency should be loyal to principles, not the president. White evangelicals can find like-minded allies among conservative Catholics and others, and among blacks and Hispanics who truly share our values and don’t wish to be pandered to.
Marriage and the family should be defended, and abortion sent back to the states where it belongs.
Our borders must be defended, immigration must be reduced and national unity must replace multiculturalism.
Globalism should be opposed, and the steady erosion of the middle class arrested. Conservatives should stop being lackeys of big corporations and their corporate socialism.
White evangelicals should be unapologetic about having a say in the country their ancestors founded and built. They shouldn’t be relegated to the margins by the cultural prejudices of the Hollywood Left or the Corporate Right.
It’s a liberating strategy. It might even be fun. And it begins with a declaration of independence from the country-club leadership of the GOP.