How the exclusive circle of Progressive conformity shoots itself in the foot

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A revealing interview with Michael Wear, former director of Barack Obama’s 2012 faith-outreach efforts. A theologically conservative Christian, Wear talks about the Democratic party’s religious illiteracy and the destructive effect that is having on its ability to capture support.

The administration was unnecessarily antagonistic toward religious conservatives

He once drafted a faith-outreach fact sheet describing Obama’s views on poverty, titling it “Economic Fairness and the Least of These,” a reference to a famous teaching from Jesus in the Bible. Another staffer repeatedly deleted “the least of these,” commenting, “Is this a typo? It doesn’t make any sense to me. Who/what are ‘these’?”
If progressives would stop the neurotic avoidance of self-critique, they might understand the level of illiteracy and incompetence this actually reveals.
More 20- and 30-year-olds are taking positions of power in the Democratic Party. They grew up in parts of the country where navigating religion was not important socially and not important to their political careers... matter Clinton’s slogan of “Stronger Together,” we have a politics right now that is based on making enemies, and making people afraid. I think we’re seeing this with the Betsy DeVos nomination: It’s much easier to make people scared of evangelicals, and to make evangelicals the enemy, than trying to make an appeal to them.

A more in-depth conversation with Wear here:

The only rebuttal I've seen is at the New Republic and its just as inept as the 20-something activists' understanding of religion. I guess there just HAD to be a "progressive" response, regardless of how desperate. Anything to distract from progressive cognitive dissonance.


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