Last night's outcome in Wisconsin is troubling for many reasons. From what I read, Walker used tremendous amounts of anonymous money to spread complete disinformation. In this world, disinformation works, because so many people are low information voters. I know several people who vote based on completely half-assed information.
These Republican voters can't identify Grover Norquist, may not have heard of the Supreme Court case Citizens United, and probably aren't aware of the Koch brothers. I have run into several who had no idea that Norquist dominates the Republican party tax policy.
None of that stops them from voting Republican, mind you. Just as learning about torture or cuts for the disabled didn't stop them. And the fact that so many of them are Christians just makes it all the worse. I know that Leighton is correct in why these people vote the way they do--I get that in my head.
But the kid who grew up going to vacation bible school and revival meetings is struggling with the fact that my Christian friends don't actually care about others outside their view. Oh sure, all of them do some for the poor. I get that too. But at the same time, they vote for policies that harm others--and don't care. Their "relationship" with God is so powerful in their life that they can't manage to give a flying fuck about some poor disabled person who just lost some assistance. Just as they didn't care when our government tortured people to death in their name. Their God either communicates so badly that they can't hear--OR he doesn't mind torture and poverty either.
One Christian friend told me that Jesus said "the poor will always be with us," so we should just do what we can, cut government programs, and trust that "God is in control."
Are they trying to recruit for atheism? Because that is unbelievable. But on every issue--women's health and pay equity; poverty; the environment; torture and war; tax policy, etc. these good Christians in prayer and "quiet time" can't seem to care.
I am trying to believe. But you guys are not helping.