One of the big problems we’ve had with fighting social conservatives is that they’re using the wrong forum to fight their battles. I understand why they want to use the political process to get their point across, because the whole omnipotent god thing really hasn’t been working out so well for them and they want something that actually works. But ultimately, this stuff is supposed to be about governing. We elect people at long-term intervals so that they can have time to do what they were hired to do. But we don’t want them to get too comfortable with the whole thing, lest they forget who their bosses are (namely, us). So we let them stay in office for a given time, but to not overstay their welcome. Just like parents.
But that’s not what the conservatives want this for. Not really, anyway. They don’t want to govern. They want a social referendum every damn day. And every day that their people remain in power, they think that they’re winning the social war. And they think it means that people are supporting them and that they get to tell us how to live our lives. It’s as if they’ve become totally fixated on the popularity contest aspect of democracy, and think that if they can win an election that it shows how they outnumber us; without realizing that many people vote for the same candidate for many different reasons. For them, an election is like a short-term tally of God’s Book of Judgment, to see how many people are on their side.
And so for them, two years is much too long. Because what they’re looking for is a day-by-day referendum; like your basic political poll. They want to know if they’re hot. And were we to hold elections every two weeks, these flakes would have been voted out years ago. It’s only because we can’t boot them out sooner that they weren’t booted out sooner. People keep acting as if their six-year winning streak (which was never particularly strong) is some sign of a long-term dominance. And that sounds so long. But we’re only talking about 3 one-day sample polls out of a six year period. And that’s not particularly damning against us. But again, the problem wasn’t with what we were doing wrong, but with how they were interpreting the results. For them, each day that they remained in office was yet another victory for them.
Of course I’m not suggesting that we go to two-week political terms. Merely that these people need to get out of the political world. Not that they shouldn’t be there, but that it’s really not what they want. I mean, if God’s all about letting evil exist because he’s a big believer in Freewill, then these people must really be pissing him off with all their mandatory laws and whatnot. I mean, there’s really not so much Freewill involved when people keep stopping you from making your own choices.
Overall, religion and Heaven should be about choice and letting people make their own decisions: Right or wrong. You get to pick the wrong god and follow the wrong rules and end up in the wrong afterlife. That’s how it works, even by fundamentalist thinking.
And frankly, I’m not so sure that most of these people even wanted the political power. I think it was their religious leaders who talked them into it, mainly for their own particular purposes. And even then, it was only because they were assured that God wanted them to make these laws. But enforcing morality isn’t the work of the government, and the rest of America will increasingly reject them the more they try this stuff. And that’s not to mention the conflicts that arise when one religious group realizes they didn’t have the same goals, morals, or policies as another. The Republicans were only able to achieve what they did by keeping things as vague as possible; but the longer they stayed in power, the more they were expected to inflict concrete policies on the rest of us. And that’s where it all falls apart.
Sure, it’s fun to play god and everything, but at the end of the day, it’s still blasphemy. And even worse: It’s just annoying.