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Are Conservatives Hypocrites? (Part 1)

Arewpid-images.jpg religious politicians, especially those who claim to be conservatives, hypocrites? When I see politicians who claim to be believers in a kind, forgiving, charitable, and merciful God yet pounce on the least of these in our society, I really believe these politicians are hypocrites. I personally don’t claim to be the best of believers, but some of these politicians who claim to be conservative and Christian should really go and examine themselves as we all should do from time to time. To listen to them one would think that it would be a sin to give help and likewise to receive it. Is not giving and helping the essential part of Christianity? Many people are struggling and working in this country to be good hard working citizens who pay taxes and do the best they can to be responsible and take care of their obligations. These so-called conservative Christian politicians if they had their way would get rid of completely any help the government provides for honest hard working people who just so happen to be having a hard time making ends meet in this economy. Yes jobs are coming back gradually and people shouldn’t live a lifestyle dependent on government assistance.  Job growth is occurring but a lot of these jobs do not pay enough to pay utility bills, feed, house, and maintain many families in this country. I suspect if the shoe were on the other foot for a lot of these conservatives they would want the political leaders to do the Christian thing that they refuse to do while they (congress) are now in power.


What Are Politics? (Part 1)

Mahatma Ghandi QuotePolitics like religion plays a highly influential and forceful role in how we live as human beings. The ideas and beliefs of individuals and/or groups of individuals (political parties) of how governing should be done in a community or state is one aspect of politics. These ideas and beliefs often bring about varied and heated debates among individuals and groups (political parties) due to the differences expressed in their ideas and beliefs.  History shows that when one nation refuses to accept the politics of another, hot war (United States and Vietnam) or cold war (United States and Soviet Union) between these nations can occur. The Civil War of the United States of America (1861-1865) shows that political differences within a nation can occur after much debate over beliefs and ideas on how governing should be done. This period also puts on display the power and influence of religious convictions merging with political ideas and the subsequent results (war).  The differences between the ideas and beliefs of the Republicans (north) and Democrats (south) during that period were so strong and uncompromising that war became the only means to see whose ideas and beliefs would prevail. Hundreds of thousands lost there lives in that war fighting for what they believed in.  Whether what they believed in was right or wrong they died for it.  It is hard to deny the power of politics when people will give there very lives for what they believe.

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