The Wrong Side of the Party

Senator Barry Goldwater once said, “When you say ‘radical right’ today, I think of these moneymaking ventures by fellows like Pat Robertson and others who are trying to take the Republican Party away from the Republican Party, and make a religious organization out of it. If that ever happens, kiss politics goodbye.” He could not have been more correct. Goldwater was the Republican Party nominee for President in 1964. He was a United States Senator from 1953-1965 and 1969-87, he was Republican through and through. Goldwater had a point. People should not put their religious beliefs in the forefront of their political opinions.
However, it’s people like Ralph Reed, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and many others that have taken over the Republican Party. Remember after 9/11 Falwell said, “I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way—all of them who have tried to secularize America—I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.'” Falwell blamed those groups for the 9/11 attacks. He eventually had to issue an apology.
Here is another fine example of this sort of stupidity. An Alabama state senator, in almost Falwell like fashion, said, “New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have always been known for gambling, sin and wickedness.” He added that, “It is the kind of behavior that ultimately brings the judgment of God.”
I am a Christian. I love the city of New Orleans. It’s one of my favorite places in the country. The history and the mystery of the city amazes me. I got to visit New Orleans in March of 2002. I went with some friends, who are very devout Christians, and we had a great time. It’s not Sodom and Gomorrah. It’s a great American city that has alot of problems.
This type of ignorant rhetoric is one of the reasons why I left the Republican Party. I suspect the reason Republicans have to play to the religious right so much now is because it’s almost all they have left.
Conservatism is one thing. But to say stupid like this is just wrong.
“Every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.” – Barry Goldwater