Danger on the Right…Danger on the Left

Should people of God vote as Democrats or Republicans? Wrong question! There’s plenty of danger on the right and on the left!

Before any Republican is sworn into the Senate or House of Representatives in January, each one should be required to read and to write a book report on The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair. Then they should be compelled to present their reports on MSNBC with either Rachel Maddow or Keith Olberman as interviewer. They might learn something about the imbalanced relationship of workers and capitalists.

A great risk on the right is to confuse power with leadership. The Right romped in November’s election. They swore oaths against pork-barrel spending and earmarks. Then…they appointed their own “Prince of Pork” to chair the Appropriations Committee. Evidently, power does not equal leadership.

A mistaken motto of the right is a misunderstanding of the Golden Rule: He who has the gold makes the rules. Rightists can become individualists without a sense of responsibility toward their community. When they hear John F. Kennedy’s words: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. Some hear: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for yourself!

There’s danger on the left too.

Before any Democrat is sworn into the Senate or House of Representatives in January, each one should be required to read and to write a book report on Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. Then they should be compelled to present their reports on Fox News with Bill O’Reilly as interviewer. They might learn something about the inverse relationship of innovation and government.

A great risk on the left is to confuse change with progress (borrowed from Dennis Prager). Loyal Americans who lean left sometimes believe that changing rhetoric changes reality. They have changed our lexicon, and they have succeeded in changing both the dictionary definition of “family” and the stereotypical notion of family. Is the American family a stronger institution than it was fifty years ago? Not by most social statistics.

A mistaken motto of the left: Poverty creates crime. While valuing community, leftists can lose a sense of individual responsibility. When they hear John F. Kennedy’s words: Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. Some hear: Ask not what your country can do for you; demand what your country can do for you!

Jesus called people with vigorously opposing political views to follow him. You can be right, or wrong, on either side of the aisle.

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About Ben Unseth

Executive Director at Project Understanding (2014-2017), social service agency in Ventura, CA
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2 Responses to Danger on the Right…Danger on the Left

  1. Double C says:

    well said. it’s hard to keep Christ in and out of politics.

  2. Ben Unseth says:

    Methinks that God gets tired of being used by politicians for their own ends.

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