Robert Sisson, 11/8/2012 [Archive]

The GOP's God Problem

The GOP's God Problem

By Robert Sisson

There is a lot of finger pointing inside the Republican Party's pup tent this week.None of it matters, of course.If politics were football, we're the team still wearing leather helmets.If we don't update our look quickly, we're going to be sidelined with a terrible concussion.

Demographics, they say, will force the Republican Party's hand. Either appeal to Hispanics and young voters or perish.As we've witnessed over the past few election cycles, the electorate can see right through window dressing.Change must be genuine. I'm reminded of the old joke:

How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb?Only one, but the light bulb has to want to change.

Change is on its way to the GOP whether it wants it or not, and it is coming from the most unlikely of sources.Remember the halcyon days of the Moral Majority?The children of those same Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals, who married fiscal and social conservatism together three decades ago, are about to turn the Republican Party inside out.

The GOP has been rather adept at selling their wares in the Christian marketplace by emphasizing its pro-life plank. Faith voters have accepted the formula of "Republican + Pro-Life = God's Will" for nigh on forever.

Faith based voters are about to drive the most significant changes in the GOP since Barry Goldwater launched modern conservatism.These voters, with fresh eyes, see the hypocrisy inherent in the Republican Party platform, and in its candidates' rhetoric.

For this generation of faith voters, the Gospel of Matthew 25:35 is their litmus test. That is, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in". The minimalist anti-abortion pro-life and anti-immigration platform of the GOP isn't enough of a leap of Christian faith for these voters.

The story of Jesus and the money changers resonates with them. The faithful increasingly recognize party leaders and the big money funders behind them as the money changers.

There is another major party competing for this demographic group. It is a party that supports immigration, care for the poor, hungry, unemployed, and under-privileged.It is a party that believes Creation Care is a top priority. Except for abortion, one could argue it better matches a truly Christian public policy litmus test.

Local GOP committees and tea party groups open and close with prayers to the Almighty.In between, there is much discussion about how unions and the entitlement class are sucking upstanding citizens dry.Apparently, the seventh commandment doesn't apply in politics.

Faith based voters aren't likely to swell the other party's ranks any time soon.As more and more recognize where their true allegiance rests, it will increase the growing independent voter rolls. And that makes electoral math for the GOP much more complicated.

One thing is certain, someone's table is about to be tipped over.

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©Copyright 2012 Robert Sisson, distributed exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Rob Sisson is president of ConservAmerica, a national grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the GOP's great conservation tradition. Robert can be reached at rsisson@conservamerica.org.

This column has been edited by the author. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.




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