Jesus rode a donkey didn’t he? …or was it an Ass?
“A prince,” wrote Niccolo Machiavelli in 1532, “must appear to all who see and hear him to be…pious…faithful…honest…humane, and completely religious. And nothing is more important than to appear to have that last quality.”
A prince need not actually be religious, the Renaissance political analyst hastened to add, and will probably be more effective as a ruler if he is unencumbered by genuine religious scruples. But a prince must appear to be religious “because the masses always follow appearances…and the world is nothing other than the masses.”
Not since Thomas Jefferson edited the Gospels to suit his own fancy has a politician
labored so hard to redefine Christianity to reflect his own point of view but if any one is up to the task Gov. Howard Dean the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee will best Jefferson hands down!
Democrats have had a revelation. They realize that they are perceived as a godless partylargely because of their constituency and their political positions which supports abortion, homosexuality and the anti-God policy of separation of church and state. They also realize to win elections they need to reach out to people who are religious.
Even Democratic rising star Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats for failing to "acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people…” Sen. Obama said, "Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation.
It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase `under God,”
So what to do? With every revelation there is a change right? So is Gov. Dean thinking about a transformation? Yes but it’s not what you think. You’re familiar with the saying, “If you can’t bring Muhammad to the mountain, bring the mountain to Muhammad?
Well Dean is thinking of changebut the way he sees it he only has to use Orwellian Newspeak with Machiavellian deception to accomplish the change that he desires. Newspeak is the propagandistic language marked by euphemism, circumlocution, and the inversion of customary meanings. Therefore, Howard Dean believes if the Democrats talk about values and if the Democrats offer up their own set of values that should be enough to get religious people to vote for the Democrat Party.
Gov. Dean said that, "The Democratic Party platform from 2004 says marriage is between a man and a woman," May 10 during a "700 Club" program hosted by conservative Christian leader Pat Robertson on his Christian Broadcasting Network.
This was clearly an effort to change the perception that Christian conservatives hold of the Democrat Party. However Dean’s effort to be inclusive of Christians was meet with strong opposition from the homosexual wing of his party according to them Dean’s interview with Pat Robinson was a display of pandering and insult that would not be tolerated.
Party pressure forced Gov. Dean to retract his attempt to reach out to Christians, "I misstated the Democratic Party's platform, which does not say that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman, but says the party is committed to full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and leaves the issue to the states to decide," Dean is quoted as saying in his retractatory statement.
Failing to bring his party along in his attempt to connect to Christians on the marriage issue Gov. Dean moved the political discussion to values.
Dean said. "Jesus taught to help the least among us. He spent his life reaching out to the disenfranchised. The Democratic Party is the party of that value, not the Republican Party." So Gov Dean believes that if values are what Christian want then here are a few.
The twelve commandments of Democratic values according to Howard Dean are:
I. Thou shall reach out to the disenfranchised
II. Thou shall not pass debt onto children
III. Thou shall not allow kids to go to bed hungry at night
IV. Thou shall not go out on golf trips paid for by lobbyist
V. Thou shall have personal responsibility
VI. Thou shall have individual freedom
VII. Thou shall not be materialistic
VIII. Thou shall monitor thy kids T.V. viewing
IX. Thou shall be spiritual
X. Thou shall be inclusive, Conservatives or Christians excluded
XI. Democratic values shall drive all policies and law
XII. And Thou shall have fewer abortions, not just by abstinence, but family planning as well
So according to Mr. Dean any value will do if values are what you conservatives want. Sadly this depicts the problem with the left. The left believes that all things are relative so it doesn’t matter what the values are just so as long as you got some. Actually this is a glaring admission that the left knows nothing about values
The Democratic National Committee's lead pollster, Cornell Belcher, said that religious people who have been stymied economically represent a huge opportunity for the party, and that the challenge is to portray moral values as "not just gay marriage and abortion."
Which is another indication that the left really doesn’t understand the value thing!
"We have not spoken about moral values in this party for a long time," Dean said. "The truth is, we're Democrats because of our moral values. It's a moral value to make sure that kids don't go to bed hungry at night. . . . It is a moral value not to go out on golf trips paid for by lobbyists."
According to Dean,"A moral value is personal responsibility and individual freedom. And that is what Democrats are going to start to stand for -- moral values."
Well good luck with that! And I suppose because Jesus rode a Donkey once that makes him a Democrat? I’m betting Howard Dean would agree with that, but I don’t think that kind of reasoning will win many converts from religious voters.
Gov. Dean if you really want to win over religious voters don’t try to fool them with some campaign strategy that you made up to defeat the Republicans. You should really try some of the values from the people which you are attempting to woo. Values such as, Don’t lie, and Don’t bear false witness (against the President).
And don’t introduce Orwellian concepts like “marriage equality” which is coined to attempt to introduce the image of homosexuals the same as heterosexuals in all things equal.
And here’s one, “Repent for the Kingdom is God is at hand. With genuine commitment to real values Mr. Dean you and your party would do this country good.
Otherwise you might believe that you can convince religious people that Jesus riding on a donkey meant that he was a Democrat that kind of theology is not going to work with religious folks Mr. Dean on the contrary it would only make you appear to be an Ass!