Here is my problem besides the desire to hook God into their crusade, the values they apparently think only they have relate to forcing their moral choices onto everybody else. They want what their religion teaches (which incidentally has almost nothing to do with teachings from the person they claim founded that religion) to be the law of the land.
Values Voters are apparently interested in candidates like Christine O'Donnell, those who think they are being directed by God. Now why God could not have helped her get a real job, pay her mortgage, indicate by how she lives her life that she knows how to help a country get its act together, well that's something we will have to accept as mystery, I guess.
Now I have no problem at all with people who wish to live their lives by the dictates of their religions-- unless that is hurting others. That's their right in a country that espouses freedom of religion. But what about when they want to force their so-called values onto me?
You know there are people who are VVs who are not Christians. Yes... shocking though that is. Like me for instance... My values are that I believe I should not do things that hurt others or that hurts the earth. I believe in helping others whenever I can, not looking at those who are hurting with a shrug of my shoulder but for what could I do that might help. I believe in sharing when it really helps someone else. That's almost as simple as love your brother as yourself.
What I am saying here is that, I think that the left is also voting on values (shocking though this might be to right wing Christians but some of them are also Christians). Those values are things like not making the dollar our first priority, not damaging the environment, taking care of the poor, educating children of us all, treating all people with respect until they prove they don't deserve it, and these values are important not just about us as individuals but as the collective us which seems lost in the rhetoric from the right. How can they talk so much about loving this country but lose sight of the fact it's made up of all of us?
I am trying to get a blog roll going here of good political blogs. I don't care if they are conservative if they offer real ideas and don't lie about the solutions they are offering. I tried to add Matt Taibi to the list but it kept giving me Rolling Stone's latest article on things that had nothing to do with politics. It's weird how blogger does that as the link works fine when I save it to my bookmarks... So here is Taibi's latest blog and well worth reading even though it doesn't relate to Values Voters as such.