Monday, March 07, 2005

Dems need to get right with Jesus--and Mohammed--and Buddha..

Some good bits from an otherwise pedestrian article on James Clyburn, from the Charlotte News-Observer. (Clyburn, if you don't recognize the name, is the Congressional Dem delegated responsibility for the "God Squad.")
In Clyburn's view, there are few things more Biblical than Democratic programs.

"What we are trying to say to Democratic officeholders is you just can't walk the walk," Clyburn said. "You need to talk the talk. You need to get people to understand your value system is part of your politics.

"When you fight for food stamps, you are fulfilling the fundamental Christian need to feed the hungry. When you fight for Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid, you are taking care of widows and orphans.

"We have been losing the battle of language."
There are some indications that current Democratic officeholders are getting the message.

In a recent speech, Gov. Mike Easley mentioned that he is a regular churchgoer. And Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, a likely candidate for governor in 2008, has been mentioning God so often that people say jokingly that she's gone to preaching.

And, of course, the politicians already know how to pass the plate.


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