My Political Side

In my sideline as a political writer,  I have my own special place to write about politics. It’s on my blog, My Political Side.

Why do I do this? My feelings about democracy go straight to my core. I am a product of liberal Democratic policies. I am moved by the Progressive Era policies that, in my opinion, morally advanced our country. I long for a day when the goals of my country and the corporal works of mercy outlined by Jesus Christ are one and the same:

1. Feed the hungry
2. Give drink to the thirsty
3. Clothe the naked
4. Shelter the homeless
5. Visit the sick
6. Visit those in prison
7. Bury the dead

I also believe that a progressive democracy would function in much the same way as an unschooling home.

Me (second from left) with my buddies at MoveOn Regional Coordinator training in Chicago, July 2008.

Me (second from left) with my buddies at MoveOn Regional Coordinator training in Chicago, July 2008.

Me and my political organizing "boss." We did lots of good work together for the 2008 presidential election.

Me and my political organizing "boss." We did lots of good work together for the 2008 presidential election.

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    Diana said,

    I agree with your sentiment about living for Christ, but that comes from freedom, not from being forced. Even God gives us the freedom to serve Him out of love. Do those things you listed. They are godly. But do not expect the government, whose role is to protect its citizens, to perform this role. Freedom promotes those ends. Church and godly people are the answer – not government.

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      sgaissert said,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I don’t find anything in my writing about “living for Christ.” I wrote that I wanted the goals of my country and the corporal works of mercy outlined by Christ to be one and the same. In other words, I want people, including the people who make up the government, to be good, decent human beings who provide for the common good and provide a safety net for all of us, who might very well need one at some time in our lives.

      I would be grateful if you could explain what freedom has to do with this discussion. You write that “God gives us the freedom to serve Him out of love.” I’m talking about people serving each other, out of a sense of decency and morality, and I think that applies to the government, too. Does freedom mean the freedom to choose to deny things to others? To say that church is the only place to treat others well?

      I agreed with you that government exists “to protect its citizens,” but don’t the corporal works of mercy comprise a list of protections? If government can assure its people livable wages, health care, homes, and jobs–by creating a climate in which people can work and live without fear that their efforts will be for naught–won’t that make people able to rise to self-actualization? Why would anyone be against that?

      How does “freedom”promote that, and not government? Unless you mean that freedom enables it for the people who have the means to self-acrtualize. Government can promote it for the haves and the have-nots. That’s what I’m talking about. Equality of opportunity.


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