Thursday, April 06, 2006

If You Are Against Electrocuting Kittens, Then You Are A Democrat

The wisdom of Jimmy Carter:

John F. Sugg interviews Jimmy Carter for Creative Loafing Atlanta:

Carter fittingly used a parable to illustrate how he'd like to see the political/religious debate unfold.

"I was teaching a Sunday school class two weeks ago," he recalls. "A girl, she was about 16 years old from Panama City [Fla.], asked me about the differences between Democrats and Republicans.

"I asked her, 'Are you for peace, or do you want more war?' Then I asked her, 'Do you favor government helping the rich, or should it seek to help the poorest members of society? Do you want to preserve the environment, or do you want to destroy it? Do you believe this nation should engage in torture, or should we condemn it? Do you think each child today should start life responsible for $28,000 in [federal government] debt, or do you think we should be fiscally responsible?'

"I told her that if she answered all of those questions, that she believed in peace, aiding the poor and weak, saving the environment, opposing torture . . . then I told her, 'You should be a Democrat.' "

1 comment:

papa said...

A well-intentioned man who has traded the truth for propaganda. The human capacity for self-delusion is amazing.

The sad part is that once you convince yourself that your opponents favor war, helping the rich, blah, blah, blah, you've destroyed the possibility of constructive dialogue because how could you ever bring yourself to trust or respect such cretins?