These are morals?
Politics makes for strange bed-fellows and, like it or not, we all have a tenuous relationship with politics at some point in our lives, most especially now. We are in the midst of a campaign year where our votes will determine who will be our president for the next four years of our lives. That's heavy stuff if you think about it; four years of your life under one person who has the capacity to begin and end wars and whose ideas and actions can seriously impact your world.
In analyzing the Republican presidential debates the news media tells us that there are some Republican front-runners who hope to win on the “morals ticket.” “God, Guns, and Gays,” say our nightly news anchors, "seem to be the issues that decide the presidential candidate of their party." In other words we're looking at someone who is a God-fearing, right-to-bear-arms man who is against same-sex unions and women's personal rights. This person will win the morals ticket.
That scares the hell out of me.
The number of young Americans who died in a nonsense war, the bad national economy, the fact that we are in an unbelievable deficit, the hideous legal aspect that women might lose the right to their own bodies, that guns can be purchased at will, does not factor into the voting brain of those who cast their vote for a God-fearing Christian male. Is anyone besides me having trouble comprehending this? Why does religion have to dominate the political arena? What happened to separation of church and state?
Are we to believe that the majority of the people in this country are more concerned with whether or not everyone believes in God than in the deplorable state of our union? Do people really believe that allowing two Gay people to marry is putting our country at risk, and if so, what risk? Do the same Americans who feel it is okay for the law to allow people to buy assault weapons to protect our “right to bear arms” really want the Supreme Court to ban the marriage of two people who love and cherish each other, but happen to be Gay? You can kill with a gun but you can’t love someone of the same sex? These are morals?
And what about the incredibly horrible law passed in Virginia just last week that makes it mandatory for any woman contemplating an abortion to be forced to have a trans-vaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and moved around until an ultrasound image is produced. This law makes it perfectly legal for any woman to be forcibly penetrated for no medical reason. Under any other circumstances this act would certainly constitute rape with a foreign object! Yet it has been praised by the "moral" God-fearing men who wish to be president. God help us all!
Morals or the alleged lack thereof never, for one minute enter my mind when I go to cast my vote. I am too concerned with the seriousness of the issues being presented. The far-from-over war, (yes, officially we're bringing the troops back but our commitment is far from over), our national security, the possibility of Supreme Court rulings that could send women's rights back a hundred years, lack of money for education, (as well as the torment of good teachers in a system willing to blame all of society's problems on them), and the depletion of the environment. But so-called morals? My friends and I never give it a thought.
I consider myself moral and by moral I mean I would never deliberately hurt anyone. I honor my marriage vows, I'm kind to children, I support charities, and I don’t own a gun. I don’t condemn lifestyles different from mine as immoral; different yes, but certainly not immoral.
Then there’s the question of being “God-fearing.” Some people want to push their beliefs on us all as in “you must be a God-fearing person.” I don’t want to believe in a stern- visaged God whom I have to fear. I want to believe in a loving Deity of kindness and compassion and acceptance. No thunderbolts, hail and brimstone for me, no sir; I need a God who is all about love and with whom I can feel comfortable when, and if, I pray.
I just can’t believe that so many Americans discount the serious issues we face and are willing to base their vote on “God, Guns, and Gays.” Personally, I think God’s getting a good laugh out of this.
Four years will come and go as they always have. Changes will be made and we Americans will learn to live with them as we always have before. No one knows what the four years will bring. Maybe the next four years will offer pleasant surprises for us all. I hope so.
It’s a funny thing about morals. As far back as recorded history goes there was talk of morals. In the time of Julius Caesar, Cicero wrote these words on the steps of the Senate where a heated debate on morals had taken place:
“Those who claim morality and wish to impose their morals on others are themselves the most immoral of all.”
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Houghton is the author of the following top-selling books: No Woman Diets Alone - There's Always a Man Behind Her Eating a Doughnut available on Kindle, Nook, and all e-book venues.
And Then I'll Be Happy! Stop Sabotaging Your Happiness and Put Your Own Life First available in both paperbook and e-book venues