They’re Dropping Like Flies! (And Why Are Religious People So Mean?)

23 May

Pity John McCain.  He’s spent all week dumping lobbyists from his campaign only to have to throw his top spiritual adviser overboard today.

Guess the question now is “is anyone actually still officially working on the McCain campaign?”.  Must be getting mighty lonely for the “maverick” senator these days.  Then again, maybe he has some company on the other side of this race. 

Let’s take a look.

First up, lobbyists.  For a guy who’s made a career out of being a maverick (no annoying quote marks this time), it turns out John McCain is a lot like every politician.  I can’t really say that I blame him all that much.

I truly believe McCain is his own man much of the time.  In part, it’s the system that forces people like McCain to play the game.  In part, it’s ambition.  Whether personal or for the greater good, if you want to get things done, you have to play the game by DC’s rules.  And DC’s rules include lobbyists.

It’s interesting that Obama’s campaign has jabbed at McCain over the lobbyist issue.  I’m no journalist or insider, but my guess is that the Obama camp is playing with fire.  As interconnected as everything is in politics, it will come as no surprise if revelations come out about the people on Barack Obama’s campaign having lobbying backgrounds.

Call the lobbyist issue in favor of Obama, for now…

Next topic – mean, maybe crazy religious people!

All of us who were sane and sober over the last few months, know all about Reverend Jeremiah Wright and the challenge he’s been to Barack Obama’s campaign.   It seems to have died down now and perhaps it will turn out to be good for Obama that it came up so early in the process instead of during the general election.  Yet, you can’t help but feel that the Obama camp is just one sensational Youtube clip away from being right back at square one having to explain Jeremiah Wright.

As for McCain, he has at least two crazy religious guys whose endorsement he’s been proud to garner.  Reverend John Hagee, of course, is the guy he threw overboard today.  After accepting Hagee’s endorsement, McCain ended up having to defend some of Hagee’s charmingly misguided hateful statements about the Catholic Church, the city of New Orleans and others.  In comparison to the Wright controversy, the original Hagee controversy died down quickly.  Too quickly perhaps.

Speaking of sensational video clips, when a clip of a 1990s Hagee preaching about how his god had put Hitler on Earth to do god’s bidding, the controversy re-ignited and forced McCain’s hand.  After all, if you’re running for president of the United States, it’s tough to be in bed with a guy who thinks Hitler was an instrument of god.

You get the feeling that the controversy over the holy men in Obama and McCain’s lives isn’t done yet.  My gut is that people will always understand, if not respect, selling your soul to the devil.  People will see the politics at play in McCain looking for Hagee’s endorsement.

With Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright is a personal thing.  As much as anyone might like or admire Senator Obama, it’s tough to understand how he could have just sat there for twenty years in Wright’s church hearing nothing.

Despite the upheaval today, call this one in favor of John McCain.

Final topic!  Why ARE religious people so mean?

Listen, I grew up Catholic in the 1970s.  Despite what you might have heard about alter boys, in my parish it was all about the New Testament and a loving God.  What is it about politics that attracts people with hard line religious beliefs?

Hagee’s god, when not enlisting Hitler as a sidekick, is busy destroying New Orleans due to him being peeved by the sin going on in the Big Easy.  Falwell and/or Pat Robertson’s god is busy knocking down the Twin Towers to punish us.  Rob Parsley (McCain’s “spiritual guide”) thinks the United States was created to destroy Islam.  Do these guys love their Old Testament or what?

Here’s my guess.  It’s all about being right.  It’s an addictive thing.  Ever had the experience where something bad came true that you’d predicted?  Yet, even though it’s a bad thing for you, on some level you’re pleased because you can say you’re right?  If it’s nice to be right in a bad circumstance, imagine feeling right all the time.  Pretty sweet!

Intolerance rocks!  Not only do you get the satisfaction of being right all the time, but you save so much time.  When like Hagee and his ilk, you see the world as completely black and white, it gets a lot easier to understand.  There’s no reason to be intellectually curious. There’s only right and wrong.

We’re right.  You’re either for or against us.  Any of this sounding a bit familiar?

Hate and war become natural.  There’s no need for silly things like compassion or trying to understand other points of view.

Frankly, it frees up a lot of your schedule.  And that’s why religious people tend to be so mean.

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5 Responses to “They’re Dropping Like Flies! (And Why Are Religious People So Mean?)”

  1. What Say You? May 23, 2008 at 4:18 am #

    I don’t understand why you say McCain is the winner of the Bible-thumper Wars.
    McCain sought the endorsements of these idiots. Which means either he agrees with them on at least some kind of level, or that his “vetting” skills are pretty poor. Whichever, he comes across as the loser in my book.

  2. Hans May 23, 2008 at 4:34 am #

    Agreed with all of the above, if you insert “What Say You?” said.

    However, with regards to the lobbyists, big money issue, McCain is going to have a lot of explaining after today missing the Vote to approve the GI [education] Bill to go to a high priced fund raiser in California, especially when close to 3/4ers of the Senate voted to approve it.

    All in all, I like how PC you laid it out, but when you’re dealing with the “mean, idiots” of the far right, you have to tell them at their understanding level and dumb things down.
    🙂

  3. tidewaterjackson May 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    To WHAT SAY YOU – I stand by my call on the Reverend thing. Both McCain & Obama were hurt by their associations with looney reverends. But, Obama’s cut is deeper since he considered Wright a personal friend & was surely close to the man.

    McCain was clearly playing politics in getting in bed with Hagee. Much like Republicans in the past sought out Falwell’s blessing even when for many his philosophy was not reflective of their own beliefs. With McCain it wasn’t personal.

    When it comes to vetting most will feel it’s a bigger problem when you’re a poor vetter on a personal level as opposed to a professional level.

    Think of it this way. What would make people question your judgement more? A revelation that someone you do a lot of business with is a creep or a revelation that one of your best friends is a creep?

  4. tidewaterjackson May 23, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    Hans – thanks for your comments and checking out my blog. Please come back.

    I checked out your blog and it’s very nicely done.

    As for “dumbing it down”, that’s how I roll…

  5. Hans May 23, 2008 at 1:20 pm #

    Hey come join my discussion of an Obama Dream Team; VP, Cabinet & What States can be Won in November.

    I’m trying to consolidate all the discussions I find all over the place here into one location. Come join the fun, ala open discussion, fantasy sports team idea with a focus on making it realistic and more importantly making it happen in November!

    Hope to see everyone there! 🙂

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