Thursday, February 02, 2006

The New Religion

When I was younger, I was told there are two subjects you never discuss: politics and religion. I understood why religion was a taboo subject to debate. After all, you're talking about someone's deeply held beliefs. What many people base the way they live their entire lives on. Things could get ugly when disagreements arise. After all, wars have been (and continue to be) fought over this subject.

But I didn't understand why politics was off the table. Wasn't sensible debate a large part of what politics is? Isn't it about discussing issues and seeing if we can be agreeable or just agree to disagree?

Well, as I got older, I realized that politics is religion for many people on BOTH sides of the political aisle. Bill Clinton was anathema to many conservatives (and still is) not simply because he was called Slick Willie because his political beliefs were contrary to their religious ones. The "Religious Right" truly had great disdain for him because of his perceived "if it feels good, do it" attitude. George W. Bush has the same problem with the Left. He is hated for his mere existence and called ChimpyMcBushHitler because his views are considered dangerous to their new religion - Leftism. For this Bush, like Clinton, is routinely chastised as someone unworthy of the office of the presidency. Why do you think our politics has become so incredibly personal?

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