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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Dogma in politics

Ever wonder why politicians talk about cultural issues, including religious dogma. Some probably can’t help themselves, but I’d wager that most do it to scam like-minded voters into voting for them.
I’ve seen it happen even at the local level where the elected officials can do absolutely nothing about abortion or prayer in schools.
We see it in the Republican primary race this year, mostly because Rick Santorum can’t stop talking about despite the fact that he was run out of PA at least partly because of this constant litany.
Most such issues have been already decided by the Supreme Court. Not even the President of the United States can do much about them. Nor should they. Abortion, sex in the privacy of ones bedroom, the food we eat, and so much more are private activities that should remain private choices.
But the key is to have a choice. Too many politicians want to take away our choices to satisfy their own dogma. They look at all the other choices people make and judge them to be wrong solely because they don’t fit the chosen dogma of the official.
It’s a problem that won’t go away any time soon. All we can do is make sure we don’t elect anyone who promises to limit our choices.
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