Saturday, September 18, 2004

The Politics of Faith - Audio Version

this is an audio post - click to play

For the visually impaired (or for those too lazy to actually read my posts), here's an audio version of "The Politics of Faith," as read by me.

2 Comments:

At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so what if you fit both of the reasons for voting for bush. You don’t care about the welfare queens because people like that do exist, and you believe that the country is going to hell in a hand basket one way or another, I’m sure you will agree with me on that fact even though we may see it differently, and maybe saying that you make political decisions based on faith brings faith out in the open more. this might sway some people to act/ be better people, God know we need people to act/be better. Nothing else has worked to slow the progressive down fall of the US, we actually have been doing quite the opposite, weather it be going to war for no good reason except for oil, or cheating on your wife, and lying about it when you should be a standard of morals, we have pretty much drained goodness out of the world. Add in the fact that 49.5% of the US hates people that associate themselves with the letter D and 49.5% hate people that associate themselves with R its not even like Americans love and support each other, except that bad ass 1% that im sure everyone reading this fits into. Well sorry Luke for using your blog for my tired rant. getting back to the point I may fit both reasons for voting for bush, do the 2 reasons cancel each other out? or do the add onto each other? or does it just mean that i have the reasoning of a three year old.or does it mean that i am a boneafied moron. Either way I think that I will vote for the guy, he seams trustworthy and plus I like the guy.

ps. i like audio blogs.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Luke said...

This is an open forum, so every viewpoint is welcome here. To answer your question, yes, you should feel free to vote for Bush if all you care about is yourself and you don't believe this nation's future is important.

My point is this: Faith, by itself, can accomplish nothing. You might disagree with this simple concept, but if so, I'd like you to think about history. How much has been accomplished in periods where Faith guided society (e.g. the Dark Ages) vs. the Ages of Science and Reason?

Civilizations are spirited forward by those who challenge the status quo. Ask yourself how much has been accomplished historically by people calling themselves "conservatives" versus people who identify themselves as "progressives" or "liberals."

Faith has its place in the world, but it cannot be the end-all, be-all. We were given minds of our own, so we should try to put them to good use.

As ironic as it might seem, however, I have not lost all Faith in my friends and neighbors. I believe they have the capability of making a rational choice this November, but for me, Faith is not enough. In publishing this blog, I hope to challenge the way some of us see things. I have devoted my time to progressive candidates and causes not because I am cynical, but because I value our futures and those of our children and grandchildren.

As for TRUST, in my opinion, "Dubya" has done absolutely nothing to garner yours: he has misled voters about his previous drug use, his arrest for DUI, who would benefit from his tax cuts, his focus on missile defense over terrorism pre-9/11, jobs, healthcare, and his justification for attacking a sovereign nation. By one account, he offered 23 rationalizations for going to war with Iraq, the top two of which (WMDs and a Saddam-9/11 connection) have gone completely unproven. He refused to testify under oath in front of the 9/11 Commission and even required Dick Cheney to appear by his side during the course of their interview (gotta keep their stories straight, right?). He has had fewer press conferences than any president in modern history. His administration has been deemed "more secretive" than any other. This guy, by all accounts, does NOT deserve your trust.

As Dr. Hairston-Mitchell might say, "Let me break it down for ya":

Think of George Bush as the coach of your favorite sports team. You've been cheering for your country for the past four years, so it's hard to dissociate the Faith you've pledged in the United States from that which you have in its leader. But if your team keeps losing, a hard decision will eventually need to be made; replacing the coach is the only option we have left.

Politics - like a team's coaching decisions - should not be about Faith. It should be about results. Consider the last four years and ponder that.

 

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