Tuesday, January 25, 2005

...and the Christian right step in...

So it seems that the Christian right are not happy with President Bush. They refuse to support the privatization of Social SEcurity unless Bush pushes the gay-marriage ammendment again.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/25/politics/25marriage.html?th

A coalition of major conservative Christian groups is threatening to withhold support for President Bush's plans to remake Social Security unless Mr. Bush vigorously champions a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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The members of the coalition that wrote the letter are some of Mr. Bush's most influential conservative Christian supporters.

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Several members of the group said that not long ago, many of their supporters were working or middle class, members of families that felt more allegiance to the Democratic Party because of programs like Social Security before gravitating to the Republican Party as it took up more cultural conservative issues over the last 20 years.



So unfortunately, there really is no free lunch. In order to get more economic liberties, perhaps the trade off is to take away civil liberties. Hopefully, the Christian right is not that influential, but if Bush can't even get support from his own party on the SS issue, he may have to appeal to the social conservatives somehow. Stupid me to think that something could actually get done in government without this kind of bribery.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fucking religious right..

Anonymous said...

government by mob rule.
yay.

Adam Scavone said...

The religious right seems to be fond of asserting itself as the "Republican base," but I'm not convinced and I don't believe GWB is convinced either. I think Bush can sell his plan AND fend off the religious right.

Clara said...

I dream of a world where every high school freshman reads Atlas Shrugged and becomes libertarian for life. Oh, the possibilities....

Live free or die!

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