I’m writing after reading a linked article about President Bush being an “imposter” conservative, and a WND letter about Christians “eating” fellow Christians. Both writings were on target.
In 2000, I carried petitions through a New York blizzard in an effort to get Alan Keyes on the presidential primary ballot. (The historic nomination of Keyes – an intellectual dynamo and a principled conservative who also happens to be black – was blocked by “conservative” Republicans. It was the same machinery that gave New York George Pataki instead of the real conservative: Herbert London.) After the spurning of Keyes, I warned voting friends that Bush was a “sheep in wolf’s clothing” with regard to conservative issues. His stances on illegal immigration, federal control of education, the “religion of peace” and the stealth nomination of Harriet Miers have proven my point.
In 1994, I ran as the only anti-abortion candidate in a three-way congressional race. Although I was a board member of the local Christian Coalition at the time, the national headquarters of that organization made a conscious decision to exclude my information from their voter guides. Their “logic” was that my campaign was “not viable.” Well, of course it wasn’t, because they prevented my support base from learning about me. Instead, the national headquarters supported a “pro-choice” Republican – precisely because he was a Republican. (Thus, they proved the ACLU right about them.) In case anyone doubts my story, I still have the original letter from the Christian Coalition.
This past summer, a large local church hosted the nationally televised “Justice Sunday II.” At that gathering, many Christian leaders (whom I’ve admired for years) spoke about the need to rally behind President Bush’s nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court. There was no mention of Roberts’ statement that Roe v. Wade is “the settled law of the land.” There was no mention of Roberts having argued a case in support of the Playboy Magazine empire when he was a private attorney. Instead, we were simply told to “trust” President Bush. Because of who the speakers were, there was an implication that Roberts was the best choice because he will support Christian principles. Really? When? And, what about other, proven nominees, such as Robert Bork or even Alan Keyes? (A non-attorney for the Supreme Court? Yes!) And, regarding the chief justice position, what about promotion from within for Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas?
In all of the above instances, candidates that took a stand on Christian issues were ignored by … Christians. In all of the above instances, Christian voters were led astray by organizations that purported to take a stand on Christian principles, but sold out to party “loyalty.” (The same party whose former chairman, Haley Barbour, became a paid spokesman for abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Loyalty?) In all of the above instances, the Republican Party placed itself above the principles of God’s Word. Yet, “Christians” persist in voting Republican as a faith-based decision.
I’ve lived in Nashville for over four years now and have discovered that many “Christians” – even here, in the “buckle of the Bible belt” – have no idea how to implement biblical principles in their political activity. (Some even insist that it’s “wrong” to do so.) But, there is a sound alternative to the Republican Party. There is a political party that actually has biblical quotes in its platform. Although I do not advocate a forced theocracy (it doesn’t work in Iran, where soccer games have become political flashpoints), I do advocate majority Christians having a majority voice in government. I’m not willing to ride in the back of the political bus – especially when the route and the driver keep changing while the bus is in motion (with added turns to the left). Come on, Christians, wake up!
Constitution Party of Tennessee