(…and it’s not just against external threats)

A rather disturbing item showed up in our mailbox the other day.

It was a particularly partisan political solicitation for support couched in very extreme terms. That is, as “conservatives” it was imperative we should support evangelical Christian “values” come next November’s mid-term elections, lest extreme Leftist efforts to further erode these should occur; and for which a strong supporting donation should be made to ensure that our efforts to make America great again would not fail…etc, etc, etc.

Not being particularly “conservative” or even marginally “liberal”, no longer of any particular religious denomination, and long registered as an Independent voter, why we received such an extremely partisan bit of political claptrap was a puzzlement. Until we realized none of that was relevant. It was simply just another bit of mass-mailing robot fund raising aimed at any registered voters dumb enough to fall for it.

What was disturbing about it, however, was the stridency of language used for such an obvious political agenda. An agenda by a highly organized element of our society which, given the opportunity, would be more than happy to establish its form of theocracy over the rest of us, regardless of the 1st Amendment’s prohibition against “…the establishment of religion or the free exercise thereof.”

Which leads us to ask such folks: “How are Christian “values” any different from Jewish, Moslem, or even Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, or for that matter, from our Native or First People’s ones, if by “values” is meant abiding by and observing a generic code of morality and justice?

Well, whoever said…eternal vigilance is the price of liberty…wasn’t just whistling Dixie or referring to any external threats against it. The real dangers, the real threats against it are these kinds of extremist mindsets operating within the matrix of our society.

For those of us who at one time were commissioned and swore an oath to protect, uphold, and defend the Constitution of these United States, that’s the only “bible” which should have any validity in the arena of our politics; and, any litmus test applied to anyone running for office should only be: “Do you pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all?”

To demand anything else of them…is un-American.