“But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let them die?” – Wolf Blitzer, CNN
While Mitt Romney and Rick Perry indulged in strained Social Security/Ponzi scheme analogies at least week’s Republican debate, Blitzer’s loaded question and Ron Paul’s actual answer revealed much about what divides so many Americans and prevents policy solutions in health care and other areas:
PAUL: No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals.
Of course, the post-debate focus of the mainstream media was on a shouted assent to Blitzer’s question from an audience member and the Democratic Party’s half century agenda to define the Party of Lincoln as heartless Scrooges (see also racist, sexist homophobes, but I digress).
And indeed, given the long periods of Republican control of Congress and the White House since the 1950s and especially since the 1980s, with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid still intact, Democrats have a hard time relying on historical facts and their definition of compassion, i.e. blinding support for New Deal and Great Society programs, to make the GOP into a Dickensian villain.
Meanwhile, we don’t remember any 24/7 MSM uproar when $500B was cut from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare in 2010 by President Barack Obama and super-Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress. Nor do we recall even one White House press conference question about President Obama’s 2009 town hall “take the painkiller and go home” response to the daughter of a 105-year-old mother concerning what should happen if mommy showed up at the hospital with her ObamaCare policy needing a pacemaker.
This Sunday, seven Pastors in Tennessee, 4 of which are in the Nashville area, will endorse a number of candidates for office in this district (TN-05). Among the candidates endorsed will be former Mayor Bill Haslam who is currently running for Governor of the state and David Hall, a businessman who is aiming to oust Rep. Jim Cooper from his Congressional seat.
The article linked above calls it IRS baiting. I call it reasserting our civil rights. The article author looks at this from a one sided view citing “a line between church and state.”
But many mainstream churches recoil from the idea of erasing the line between church and state.[…]
Other ministers and organizations have weighed in on the subject, including Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Land said the church endorses many of the ADF’s initiatives, but “we think the mixing of the sacred nature of the church with the exceedingly worldly nature of politics is … unseemly.”[…]
Lewis Lavine, president of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Nashville, is familiar with the balancing act churches and other nonprofit groups must maintain when they stray near the political arena.
“We have separation of church and state in this country for a reason,” Lavine said. “There should be parameters, and there should be common sense.”[…]
The ADF’s polar opposites, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued a statement this week calling pulpit-based lawbreaking “the worst idea ever.”
“Clergy serve as spiritual advisers, not political bosses. Pulpit politicking violates federal tax law and offends the vast majority of church-goers,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the group’s executive director.
“The nation is already bitterly divided over politics this year. … Now, Religious Right political hacks want to haul that divisiveness into America’s houses of worship.
Of course, calling political opposition, Religious Right political hacks isn’t the least bit divisive, is it? Oh no, not divisive at all.