Most Americans are really purple. Certainly, they are card-carrying red or blue, but when the rubber hits the road, most are conveniently red or blue depending on how it immediately affects them. Thus, for example, conservatives who rally and vote and huff-and-puff with scandalized sensibilities over the fiscal irresponsibility of liberals who refuse to cut programs find themselves rallying and voting to oust any city official that may want to cut their favored program. Doves who marched against the hawks find themselves championing war.
This is because most people don’t really live and think and breathe principle. They live and think and breathe partisan.
I was thinking about this today because I received a letter from a missionary in Europe who was rejoicing that his tenuous immigration status was going to be upheld because of a ruling by the EU that any country that did not offer residency to the parents of children born in a European country was acting in opposition to the EU Constitution. I found it ironic that this very conservative missionary was calling for praise to God from his constituency that, more than likely, is comprised of Tea Partyers who would vehemently object to the very ruling he was asking them to praise God for! And I know that most of them will, indeed, rejoice with him! However, unless I’m a complete bonehead, many of the people I’ve talked to in this nation would be outraged if the UN imposed their constitution on our country and demanded we give residency to anyone merely for the skill of procreation.
The Golden Rule of politics is not the one of the Bible. Rather, it’s “Demand from others what you yourself would not be willing to do.” Thus, when the rubber meets the road many partisan reds and blues morph into a strange purple.
I don’t make these comments for the sake of politics. My point is not political. I’m merely pointing out the reality of red and blue without principles strong enough to apply across the board. Even when it affects their personal agenda, party, program, or pocketbook. It’s a character thing.
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