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frum on the recently passed healthcare reform bill

No illusions please: This bill will not be repealed. Even if Republicans scored a 1994 style landslide in November, how many votes could we muster to re-open the “doughnut hole” and charge seniors more for prescription drugs? How many votes to re-allow insurers to rescind policies when they discover a pre-existing condition? How many votes to banish 25 year olds from their parents’ insurance coverage? And even if the votes were there – would President Obama sign such a repeal?

We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat.

There were leaders who knew better, who would have liked to deal. But they were trapped. Conservative talkers on Fox and talk radio had whipped the Republican voting base into such a frenzy that deal-making was rendered impossible. How do you negotiate with somebody who wants to murder your grandmother? Or – more exactly – with somebody whom your voters have been persuaded to believe wants to murder their grandmother?

Waterloo | FrumForum

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“The Treasury opened its window to help. They pumped a hundred and five billion dollars into the system and quickly realized that they could not stem the tide. We were having an electronic run on the banks. They decided to close the operation, close down the money accounts, and announce a guarantee of $250,000 per account so there wouldn’t be further panic and there. And that’s what actually happened. If they had not done that their estimation was that by two o’clock that afternoon, five-and-a-half trillion dollars would have been drawn out of the money market system of the United States, would have collapsed the entire economy of the United States, and within 24 hours the world economy would have collapsed.”
“It would have been the end of our political system and our economic systems as we know it.”

Rep. Kanjorski: $550 Billion Disappeared in “Electronic Run On the Banks”

consumerism has infected evangelical culture

for too long we’ve been presenting a brand of christianity that is about personal gain, which we generally mean to be equal to “the american way” — that is personal comfort, and happy families.

a good amount of “beware the homos and abortionists!” is thrown in by the major radio pastors, in an effort to rally the “moral majority” into a voting block, and so there’s quite a bit of political power to be gained by “being a christian” that we sell as well.

by “sell” i mean what the average person who is not a disciple of jesus and follows his teachings thinks about christianity, at least in america.

we are consumerists, not christians, as a group.

we, as individuals, are very non-confrontational with our non-christian friends (if we ever bother to get any — i know far too many christians who simply never develop deep relationships with anyone who isn’t in their small group, and then complain about their co-workers “lack of morals”).

we tend to ghettoize ourselves into our own schools, our own congregations, our own music, and parties — and so very few of us are really out there making deep, lasting relationships with non-christians that what we as individuals are selling is, “christians don’t care about you, or your crappy lives, now go to hell.”

that’s the message most people get from us.

we tend to only talk about christ when a peer cusses in front of us, and even then, are we really talking about christ, and his work on earth? or are just asking them to not offend us?

i know this becuase i talk to a lot of them, on a regular basis.

i hear the pain that has been caused by “christians”.

i regularly get told by new friends that they are amazed when they find out i’m a christian — because i’m nice.

this, friends, is sad.