>Political Q&A with Mike aka Green19
Mike, Barack Obama seems to be drawing some interest from an unlikely group of voters: evangelicals. Do you think this is a media creation or are evangelicals truly considering voting for Obama?
Doesn’t surprise me. Christians, evangelicals in particular, have been especially prone to what I call collective guilt syndrome. Obama says he’s black so naturally, Evangelicals want to reach out and apologize for everything from slavery to Vanilla Ice. It appeases the false guilt they’ve acquired from Promise Keepers and other such peer pressure movements. So now they’re in a bit of a quagmire. They’re used to thinking in groups, and they desperately want to appear non-racist. It’s obviously not about the political issues Obama does or does not endorse.
Just today the USA Today showed poll results saying that if Obama is defeated race relations will worsen and those same people hope Obama will address racial inequality. That just means that he’ll sanction men with guns to take money from one segment of society and give it to another. It’s sad that evangelicals are starting to buy into this bullshit.
Why do you think some evangelicals are moving to the left?
Many evangelicals don’t really have a grasp of politics. Think about it, how many of them do you know that truly understand the political system? Hell, how many citizens understand the political philosophy behind what they say they believe? I think they’re moving to the left because they’re bored with the right. That and the TV said to.
Does this seem to be based on measured reflection upon the issues of the day or is this is a symptom of the evangelical obsession with trendiness and wanting to be liked?
I wouldn’t presume judge their motive… oh hell, yes I would. I think it’s because they don’t have a clue about philosophy. I’m not talking about some screwy deep shit that no one can understand, I’m talking about the underlying rationale for why they believe what they believe. If a person doesn’t have that most basic and foundational understanding, they’ll be changing their mind with every new and handsome charismatic figure that comes along.
For too long evangelicals have been trained to have faith in faith. What does that mean? It means that the focus has shifted from the grace of God to forcing ourselves to believe a set of doctrinal propositions about God. We can debate the theology all day long, but I think we’re seeing the consequences of training a few generations of people to think blind faith is a good or godly thing. Evangelicals need to stop being afraid of philosophy and start encouraging people to actually use their brains.
How do you explain the Obama phenomenon we witnessed during the primaries? People have commented on the messianic elements of Obama’s campaign for good reasons. What do you think is going on here?
Obama is the Anti-Bush. He is cashing in on everything Bush did wrong and I think it’s working for him. It’s a very smart thing too. I mean, he’s following the playbook like an NBA all-star (Larry Byrd perhaps?). Don’t get me wrong, I was a Bush supporter, two times running, but I woke up. It’s not that I don’t like Bush; I’d love to hang out with him and drink a six-pack or two but I agree with Judge Napolitano, Bush has done more to trample the constitution than any other president except Lincoln. That’s unacceptable and Obama is right there with him just on the other side of the fence. That gives him the impression of being different! That can only happen when people are focused on the details and ignore the larger picture! The larger picture here is the constitution; the document that circumscribes the powers of government. If Obama or Bush would chain themselves to that document, I could support either of them as president.
With many of our politicians today, it is more popular to imitate the policies of Europe than the principles of our own Founders. What has happened to the concept of “liberty” in our country?
I think it has more to do with how people want an easy life rather than a free life. Freedom is difficult; it means working hard to make sure you can take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors. I think Europhiles are content with selling themselves (and their neighbors) into servitude only they don’t really see it as such. It’s just a much safer place really and it gives them something and someone to bitch about- which is an important element needed to placate the ego crushing truth that they’re lazy bastards trapped in a finite reality.
People no longer understand the concept of liberty. Schools haven’t taught it, people don’t have to learn it. Liberty has been replaced by “The New Deal”, the welfare mentality, and entitlements. It’s so much easier to get a gang of people together and take stuff from other people than work for it yourself, especially when it can be justified.
Christian’s aren’t immune! The Religious Right was too quick to pick up the government sword to enforce its own morality (e.g. the Moral Majority). While this isn’t a history paper, I suspect it had a lot to do with the end of the world that was supposed to take place around the year 2000. (You all thought it, don’t even pretend you didn’t). Jesus was coming back for a spotless bride and we need to clean house! Holy shit, what were we thinking? We became the new Christian Empire too willing to not only give up our liberty but our neighbor’s as well. The Golden Rule became “Do unto others what I think is in their best interest, to impress God.”
You supported Ron Paul during the Republican primary. What was it that drew you to his campaign?
Supported? I STILL support the man! As a matter of fact I feel the need to make a shameless plug for his new NY Times best seller: “The Revolution: A Manifesto”. It’s an excellent small book on the dual concepts of freedom and liberty.
I wouldn’t say I was drawn to Ron Paul I was drawn to his message and that’s an important distinction! His was a simple and straightforward message of individual liberty over and above collectivism. The collective is much easier to herd toward any goal a politician (individual) may dream up. The collective will always vote away the rights of the minority; the smallest minority being the individual.
People think that individualism is the same as isolationism and that’s completely untrue. In fact, I propose that individualism can only truly exist within community lest the individual be subject to roving gangs of assholes. As a group of individuals we agree to protect each other and never use force, fraud or coercion in our relationships. That’s it. It’s very simple.
I think that the only antidote to the personality cults of politics is to return to the document upon which our concept of liberty is grounded – the constitution. As long as the president sticks to that, it wouldn’t matter who the president is. Hell, we could all take turns for that matter.