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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-28-06 11:25 AM
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4. An "All of the above" choice is appropiate. There's no denying the role
his faith played in his work. His speeches were not smothered in religious imagery, but the imagery was woven through it. The Mountaintop, the Dream speech, all powerful spiritual and Christian imagery.

I agree, there is no reason we shouldn't appeal to Evangelical Christians. Part of our problem is that too many of our side refuses to respect them. I'm an atheist, I have a lot of issues with prosyletizing believers, and I have the normal disdain for organized religion. Still, I don't let that spill over to my opinions of Christians themselves. I can disagree with them without hating them. We have to respect people if we want to win their votes. Even if we write off their votes, we should respect them. We will never win again if our whole agenda is to appeal to a small group of people. And frankly, I don't want to win under those terms. I'm a Dem because I believe we are the party of ALL people, Americans or otherwise. WE are the party of Truth, Justice, Equality, Liberty, for ALL people, even those who don't agree with us. The Repubs are the party of limited interests, of restrictions on people's rights, of forced beliefs, of America first, then white people first, then white Christians first, then white Christian males first, then "ME FIRST."

We should be the other party. At times around here, with all the hatred and sick nicknames hurled around, and all the insults of southerners and fundamentalists, and everyone else, I wonder if we really are any more. There's a Democratic Party represented here that's also a "ME FIRST" party, and I don't want to belong to it, even though it agrees with most of what I want to see happen. There's a bigger picture. We lose that too often. We'll never win until we remember that.

Alright, sorry for the sermon. Probably wrong, anyway, as usual.
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