I Say that Republicans should Lose The Vote Then

Dana Milbank makes a telling suggestion in this latest opinion piece of his.  Telling because it shows how in many quarters of the Republican party there has been a wholesale abandonment of guiding principles.  This may be a Republican opinion, but it is not a conservative opinion and it is certainly not a Christian opinion.  He writes:

Republicans long ago lost African-American voters. They are well on their way to losing Latinos. And if Trent Franks prevails, they may lose Asian Americans, too.

The Arizona Republican’s latest antiabortion salvo to be taken up by the House had a benign name — the Prenatal Non­discrimination Act — and a premise with which just about everybody agrees: that a woman shouldn’t abort a fetus simply because she wants to have a boy rather than a girl.

The problem with Franks’s proposal is that it’s not entirely clear there is a problem. Sex-selection abortion is a huge tragedy in parts of Asia, but to the extent it’s happening in this country, it’s mostly among Asian immigrants.

He goes on to describe how this is a common practice in the Asian community in the United States and therefore to the Republicans run the risk of stigmatizing potential Asian female voters.  He is not so crude as I am so he doesn’t say that votes are more important than the life of a little girl (you know, like the three Kim and I delight in of our own).  Rather, let’s sacrifice those lives like we sacrifice so many other things all for possessing power in the Congress.  But what good is power if it is power than is driven by votes rather than clear principles.

I would rather be a party that is known for defending the right of life for the unborn and be in the minority than be in the majority and be no different than the prevailing Democrat position in Washington today.  Current polls show that the country is pro-life more than pro-abortion (I refuse to call it ‘choice’). If he were concerned with votes why does this fact not enter into his thinking?

I have no false illusions in all of this. As I watch what is occurring before my eyes I see the nation at a critical crossroads.  We have lost freedoms in the name of security.  Grandmothers and little boys are being groped in the airports, drones are flying in our skies, war is fought in a terribly vague manner and for even more vague reasons and all the while  Americans continue to vote based on what will best enrich them personally.  Nothing but the gospel can break through this zombie-like shuffle toward mediocrity and eventual destruction.  Only a fresh wind of revival where repentance is felt in the highest offices and in the homes and corporate buildings across our land.

Meanwhile, in the Church we have pastors who are teaching us how to do the Dougie.  God help us all.

About Matt Henry

Middle-aged pastor trying to figure out how to be missional in his world. Loves his wife, his children, and his dog Bear. I have a love of woodworking even though woodworking doesn't always love me. The name is xagete but is pronounced exegete.

Posted on May 31, 2012, in Missional, Politics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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