Off Topic – Politics

So James Dobson of Focus on the Family wrote a letter saying what an Obama Presidency would look like.  Much apocalyptic visions of a nuclear Iran.

You can read the text of that pile of hate here:

Thinking more about the Dobson Letter, what’s makes my head explode is how completely devoid of true facts it is.

Here are some points I just had to refute.

1. “Many of our freedoms have been taken away by a liberal Supreme Court and a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate, and hardly any brave citizen dares to resist the new government policies any more.”
Oh really?  It’s liberals who take away freedoms?  Let’s look at history and see who’s tried to expand freedoms and who has tried to restrict them.

  • a. Freedom for all to vote – Yep. It was the liberals who fought for non-whites and women to vote.
  • b. Freedom to access education – Brown vs. Board of Education.  It was the self identified liberal Supreme Court justices who made sure children could attend quality schools.
  • c. Freedom to have sex without getting pregnant – Griswold vs. Connecticut.  Allowed married couples to get contraception without being jailed.  The decision was written by liberal Justice William O. Douglas
  • d. Freedom to have non-penile vaginal intercourse – Take a look at most sodomy laws.  They don’t outlaw same-sex sex, they outlaw any sexual behavior that isn’t penile vaginal intercourse.  Who lieks sodomy laws?  It isn’t the liberals?
  • e. Freedom to discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race, immigration status and sexual orientation – Ok.  It’s the conservatives who want to expand this freedom.

2. Boy Scouts: “The land of the free”? The Boy Scouts no longer exist as an organization. They chose to disband rather than be forced to obey the Supreme Court decision that they would have to hire homosexual scoutmasters and allow them to sleep in tents with young boys.
Has this nitwit READ any anti-discrimination law?  No organization HAS to hire anyone.  It’s not like Scout Troops will have a homosexual quota with that kind of Supreme Court decision.  The only thing is that the Boy Scouts, as an organization that discriminates against gays and lesbians, wouldn’t get government support of their activities.  If the local Queer Community Center has a policy it would only hire Queers, they also would be out of luck when it comes to receiving government money.  That, my friends is fairness.  Organizations can do whatever they want, they just can’t get a government stamp of approval on a policy that says we won’t hire you if you have X identity.  Also, ANY organization worth their salt should ban single adults from sharing tents with minors, that is regardless of sexual orientation and gender.

3. “Non-Christians found this hard to understand. “Why not just teach what the school says even if it’s not your personal opinion? So what? We can’t have every teacher deciding what he or she wants to teach, can we?”

If you are all about teachers teaching whatever is in their hearts, would your Christian schools allow atheists to teach their personal beliefs that God doesn’t exist?  Would your schools allow LGBT teachers to teach that all families are important?  Oh yes, freedom to believe only counts if you have the right beliefs.

4. “The new 6-3 liberal majority on the Supreme Court followed his reasoning and outlawed any use of school property for any kind of religious meeting, even outside of normal school hours. In addition, Christian students cannot raise religious objections to curriculum material that promotes homosexual behavior.”
Putting the shoe on the other foot, would you want atheists to advertise their meetings in the schools?  Would you want Wiccans to hold Samhain festivals in the school gym without renting the space?  How does the shoe feel on the other foot?  How would you like a Jewish family coming into your Chrstian schools to raise objections about how Jews are portayedi nthe New Testament?

5. “The great benefit is that medical care is now free for everyone – if you can get it. Now that health care is free, it seems everybody wants more of it. The waiting list for prostate cancer surgery is 3 years. The waiting list for ovarian cancer is 2 years. Just as the Canadian experience had shown prior to 2008 with its nationalized health care, so in the U.S. only a small number of MRIs are performed — down 90% from 2008 — because they are too expensive, and they discover more problems that need treatment, so they are almost never authorized.”
Notice in the full letter that James Dobson doesn’t even provide a cite for this “fact.”  He just asserts it.  But enough with the lies, damn lies and statistics, I’d ask you, how has the U.S. health care system treated you?  If you have had to find your own health insurance as opposed to going through work, was that an easy process?  Was your health care provider responsive and inexpensive?  And heaven forbid that people actually USE the health care available to them. BOO we don’t want people getting health care.  That might lead to healthy people.

6. “And several of Obama’s economic policies have hurt the poor because they have decreased production and increased inflation and unemployment. And several of Obama’s economic policies have hurt the poor because they have decreased production and increased inflation and unemployment.”
Hmm, can we take a look at the history of the 20th Century please?  So during the 50’s and 60s when the marginal tax rate was far higher than it is now, was American productivity in the crapper?  Was there less innovation during the Roosevelt, Truman, and Einsenhower years than during the Bush regime that slashed taxes?  What about in the 1990s when Clinton RAISED taxes on the rich?  How was the stock market doing?  How was investment?  Let’s look at some local examples, Mark Warner raised taxes to address a financial shortfall and Virginia was punished by getting a Triple AAA bond rating.  So obviously raising taxes is horrible for the economy.

It would be nice if James Dobson could put a little more thought into his arguments but that assumes that he’s actualyl has thoughts.  In the movie Dogma, Chris Rock says to the main character, he’d much rather have ideas than beleifs, because ideas can change when the facts change.

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One Response to Off Topic – Politics

  1. Jamie says:

    Hi Bay City Guys! Good post- I always like the yummy food stories/recipes, but you know I come here for the politics and familiarity!

    I’ll be near you during Thanksgiving week (I’m in Seattle now!)- meet up for drinks maybe?

    PS- Em is huge! And talking! Make H&B send you pics/videos.

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