March 6, 2006


Born again?: Looking to regain its base, the Democratic Party is restating its liberal program in religion-friendly terms (Lynn Vincent, 3/11/06, World)

In Georgia, state Sen. Kasim Reed in January introduced a bill authorizing school districts to teach courses derived from The Bible and Its Influence, a textbook released last year by the Bible Literacy Project.

In Tennessee, Reps. Rick Nelson and Bob Damron are sponsoring legislation that would allow postings of religious documents such as the Ten Commandments.

In Virginia, Timothy Kaine rode religious campaign themes and Christian radio ads to victory in the governor's race last fall.

All that would be business as usual for the GOP. But these Bible-thumping, faith-stumping pols are all Democrats—and part of their party's emerging effort to reconnect with religious voters.

It's not just a Southern phenomenon. Democrats in the North and West also are becoming more vocal on traditionally Republican issues—from public prayer to traditional marriage. U.S. Senate Democrats in January invited conservative evangelical Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, to speak. Former Vermont governor and current Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean, who once said his favorite New Testament book is Job and last June slammed the GOP as "pretty much a white, Christian party," now says the Bible should be taught as literature in public schools.

Yes, if Democrats shift from the Second Way to the Third, move Right on national security and embrace conservative Christian morality they can win elections, just like Republicans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2006 7:22 PM

It's a strategy that worked pretty well for them from 1932 until 1964. But given how far left their base has become since then, good luck doing anything more than paying a mild amount of lip service to Red State values at election time.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at March 6, 2006 10:43 PM

Those who want religion in the public schools better be sure that's what they want, because what's good for Christians and Jews, must be true of Moslems, Druids, etc.

Posted by: erp at March 6, 2006 11:42 PM

But you see, we do not want religion in the public schools. Rather we want to crush the infamous thing that public schools have become.

Recall our discussion a few days ago concerning the selection of socially conservative folkways by reason of the impact of values on biological reproduction. The observed data being that conservatives had more children, the hypothesis was that conservative values would tend to surpass and liberal values would tends to go under.

But to this tautology comes public education to wrest control of the assets available for eduction and to wield state power to transform children's hearts and minds away from their parents' values to the values of the Party.

Not for nothing are the thoughts of Vygotsky--Stalin's educator--taught in schools of Education.

If we believe anything we say about parental prerogatives and about markets, we would favor a system of school choice. Remember, school choice does much more that enable individuals to opt out of the public school system. It subjects the public schools to the market pressure of those individual choices.

Thus, in my district, curriculum dealing with homosexuality is being written by something called the "Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-and-Transgendered-Task-Force." In a system of school choice, parents, being heterosexuals themselves, (which is how they became parents in the first place) have to option to withdraw from the system and take their share of the funding with them.

The effect of this is not only on those parents and their children, but on the entire ststem. Market pressure would compel the school system to adjust its priorities to those of most parents.

As to the bona fides of those people pretending to more to the right on education, as they pretend to do so on issues like gun rights and baby-murder, the answer is to keep the pressure on, to force them to expose their real positions.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 7, 2006 5:25 AM

If the democrats move right won't thr republicans just move further right? Niice

Posted by: Amos at March 7, 2006 7:33 AM

... we want to crush the infamous thing that public schools have become.

Count me in.

Posted by: erp at March 7, 2006 8:24 AM

But they are still killing babies.

Posted by: ic at March 7, 2006 3:43 PM