let's face it, the highly religious, the ones we here have the biggest problem with, is the base of the Republican Party. given this, news of its imminent demise should thrill most Atheists. and make no mistake, barring a gargantuan shift in policies and rhetoric, they are absolutely on the path towards extinction.
it's common knowledge that the GOP is an old, white party. while not an absolute, that is an accurate enough description of the Republican Party today. two trends to keep in mind here. one, old people tend to die at a faster rate than young people. two, white people are shrinking as a percentage of the electorate. they are running out of supporters, and it's happening quicker than many thought.
take yesterday's election. President Obama won over 90% of the black vote and 70% of the latino and asian vote. Romney did well with seniors and whites overall. meanwhile, the country is getting browner. the GOP may end up becoming a whites only club, a nativist and pale collection of isolationists who choose to ignore the changing demographics of the country. worse, they may choose to keep it this way. if they choose this path, their extinction is all but guaranteed. their option would be to abandon their social issues, immigration policies, and economic austery programs and to open up their tent through real policy change.
anyone wanna bet which way they go?
for Atheists, either way is a win. if the GOP becomes irrelevant then the power of the religious right goes with it. if they truly make changes to make more people inclusive and begin to part with their religious base Atheists will celebrate. yesterday's election is better for Atheists than most people would think.
Susan, fault Jeremiah Wright for being a minister (a con man) if you like.
When he said "Goddamn America" he was expressing an emotion felt by many of America's minorities.
Why do so many on here assume he's really smart ? We have never seen his grades. He needs a teleprompter to deliver a coherent thought. He has never held a job outside of politics and community organizer.
Do you think the majority of Harvard grads are morons? How do you know he needs a teleprompter to make a "coherent thought"? So you are saying that politicians and community organizers are morons? BTW, those are not the only jobs he had. From Wikipedia:
In 1991, Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book. He then taught at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years—as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004—teaching constitutional law.
From April to October 1992, Obama directed Illinois's Project Vote, a voter registration campaign with ten staffers and seven hundred volunteer registrars; it achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state, leading Crain's Chicago Business to name Obama to its 1993 list of "40 under Forty" powers to be.
In 1993, he joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 13-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development, where he was an associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then of counsel from 1996 to 2004. His law license became inactive in 2007.
From 1994 to 2002, Obama served on the boards of directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund the Developing Communities Project; and of the Joyce Foundation. He served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999.
I suppose only idiots do those things? You really should try harder to show your hatred for Obama. It hasn't shown yet.
good lord do we need a like button! well said Susan.
I wish there was a like button too. I feel like sometimes I have to respond to a comment in order to put it into my timeline and 'save' it for later. So I don't have to wade through pages and pages again.
Susan - you raise some excellent points. I never called him a moron, however having a college degree does not guarantee you are smart. George Bush graduated from Yale and Harvard Business School.
I take back my comments on the job front, and perhaps can't deliver a "coherent thought" went too far - however his debate performance shows he is not as strong without a teleprompter. I do not hate him, however I am obviously not a fan. He ran an especially devisive and nasty campaign that did not focus on the real issues out there. I am going through the seven step recovery process. Must still be in the anger phase, I apologize.
I do sincerely hope he can solve some of the pressing problems that he and the country faces - weak economy, exploding deficit, real wars like Afghanistan, Middle East (Egypt, Libya Iran, Syria, Iran), China, terrorism, etc.
and THAT is why i love Atheists. Jim, you obviously have a different political bent to you, which is somewhat surprising as a non believer, but fine. but most importantly, when called on some of your misrepresentations you ADMITTED IT. a religious person would never do this. they'd dig in deeper.
i too hope for those things. the problems we have now are much less than the problems of 4 years ago. he was competent and level then, and i expect he can be so now. let's hope we have a truly great President on our hands. some historic things happened during the first term. if the best is yet to come our country will be better off for it.
Matthew - why must I automatically subscribe to a bigger government philosophy ? I truly fear the consequences of the government promising more than it can deliver. I fear the totalitarian response it could generate down the road. Look at Greece - they have 25% unemployment, 50+ percent unemployment among the young people, anarchy in the streets, and clearly not a home to new medicines, or new products that can improve human condition. I also fear the spread of Islamic fundamentalism that only America seems to have the resources and will to confront.
I think America is an exceptional country, not the only exceptional country, but one that stands out in human history. We have made much progress in this country since our founding, with regard to human rights. We take too much for granted in this country, which is also something that concerns me. Thank YOU for listening and for allowing me to put forth some different points of view.
"Matthew - why must I automatically subscribe to a bigger government philosophy ?"
you mustn't. it's an over generalization about Atheists based on social issues. for some people political affiliation has little to do with religion, obviously. i suppose we should consider that a good thing.
still, with today's Republican Party i would have a hard time squaring the circle with the religious element inherent in their electorate, even if i agreed with their economic views. they've gone off the rails and need to be set back on track. until they do i will never vote for a republican politician.
It depends on what you mean by big government. The Republicans claim they want smaller government all the while wanting government to butt their nose in peoples personal lives.