Health Care by Charles Krauthammer
Read the article here.
Here’s a great quote talking about Obama’s latest verbal chicanery:
Obama was reduced to suggesting that his health-care reform was indeed popular because when you ask people about individual items (for example, eliminating exclusions for preexisting conditions or capping individual out-of-pocket payments), they are in favor. Allow me to demystify. Imagine a bill granting every American a free federally delivered ice cream every Sunday morning. Provision 2: steak on Monday, also home delivered. Provision 3: a dozen red roses every Tuesday. You get the idea. Would each individual provision be popular in the polls? Of course.
Random switcharoo here: I get my conservative writing from Jewish World Review mostly because I can read entire articles on one page. (Townhall you have failed me, anyone else know of a better website?) I find it slightly amusing that its called JWR as if it speaks for all Jews; maybe they think their view is the correct one and as such should be considered the proper “Jewish” view. While I happen to agree with most of it, I do think this could present itself to be slightly dangerous for all faiths. Happens all over the place now, c’est la vie….
But, take someone like Ann Coulter who is emphatic about her belief that Jesus Christ is savior of humanity (The message I have no problem with, the delivery ehhh….) Her posts show up on JWR yet I am pretty sure Christ to them was a crazy dude who couldn’t hold his carpentry business together. This “entanglement” of religion and politics I feel is the more dangerous one. By conflating politics (usually conservative) with their religious faith (Christian mostly, but sometimes Jewish as seen here), people are inevitably forced to compromise tenets of their faith (Salvation?!) for the emphasis of other areas of faith (moral laws). While I can’t speak for the Jewish faith, certainly this happens with Christians all the time.
Stephen Carter writes (from God’s name in Vain):
When a religion enters poltics, it at once finds itself bombarded with demands for compromise. The message must be softened, or hardened, or omitted altogether…..A religion that becomes too settled in the secular political sphere, happily amassing influence and using it, is likely to lose its best and most spiritual self.
The separation of church and state was originally designed to keep the influence of government/politics out of faith. Christians should definitely be mindful of this in the future…..