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Contracts with DevilsKenneth G. Ramey Salem-News.com
If the Republicans can so easily toss aside their Constitutional duty and willingly make contracts with Devils, what might Americans expect from them; a National default or worse?
(PASO ROBLES, Calif.) - Christianity is the most prevalent religion, but certainly not the only one represented in the Congress. However, most Republicans, if not all, are beholden to Evangelicals who pull the Party’s political strings, and to Grover Norquist who holds signed promises from most Republicans not to raise taxes under any circumstance.
And now Senators Bachman and Santorum have concocted another contract which they want others to sign; The Marriage Contract, another deviation from the logic of the Constitution they prefer to ignore.
All are contracts with the Devil, inasmuch as Republican representatives, who most often vote as a block, do so because they have abdicated their right and duty under the Constitution to which they are supposed to be the servants in the interest of all citizens, not to Evangelicals or Grover Norquist.
If their allegiance was only to the Constitution, there should be no obstacle too great which they and the Democratic members cannot overcome in the best interest of our Nation.
Unfortunately, because Republican intransigence is based on faith and emotional commitment rather than accommodation, their members seem not inclined to go against the Tea Party whose desire is to limit Barack Obama to just one term.
But if the Republicans can so easily toss aside their Constitutional duty and willingly make contracts with Devils, what might Americans expect from them; a National default or worse?
Kenneth G. Ramey, Salem-News.com's Religion and Philosophy Writer, confronts the hard issues of politics and religion from a logical point of view that combines interesting insight with history into the truth, or lack thereof, that underlies the strengths and weaknesses of the Religious Right’s determination to use American politics for its own misguided, or selfish, interest. It’s rare for a writer to balance his writing between religious values and the secular guarantees of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with the knowledge that Ken possesses, and to do it so effectively.
Ken was born in Minnesota but was raised in California since 1932. He is the youngest of four boys raised by his mother alone during the dark years of the Great Depression. He Graduated from SFSU in the 1970s when in his mid-forties, majoring in Spanish North American History, and added three years of post-graduate study, much of it in Philosophy and Religion. We live at a critical time in history and believe Ken's views represent the view of many who are tired of the commercialism and false interpretations about religion today. Watch for Ken's articles on religion, philosophy, politics and history. View articles written by Kenneth G. Ramey You can email Ken at: email@example.com
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