Yes, we really want to go there.

That title is in response to this unintentionally hilarious Open Left article (“Do They Really Want To Go There?“], which starts off with explicitly comparing – complete with pictures – Governor Sarah Palin to George Wallace (not-dumb of them, except that Wallace was a Democrat) and Pontius Pilate (dumb of them), and Senator Barack Obama to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr (smart of them, except that King was a Republican{*}) and Jesus Christ, Savior and Messiah (very, very, very dumb of them). Then we get a video of the Left’s modern Savior and Messiah – hey, they’re explicitly making the comparison – blah blah blah, the usual text from Matthew 25 (looks like he’s using the NIV, which is a safe choice), and finishes up with, and I am not joking:

Cut welfare spending: go to Hell. It’s just that simple.

Well, OK: there was another two sentences, but the unintentional irony of watching a Lefty use “Pharisee” as a slur without even looking it up first on Wikipedia was sufficient to move even such as me to pity. We’ll just pretend that he meant to end it with the words above, and move on.

So, why do we want to go there?

For the same reason why people use wheelbarrows in construction projects: it makes the job infinitely easier. You see, the Democrats want a piece of the evangelical vote. They want big honking hunks of it, in fact. What they don’t particularly want is to earn it by doing the things that evangelicals would like. Actually, not quite fair: they’d be happy to do easy, uncontroversial things that evangelicals would like. It’s the things that other members of their coalition that are awkward. The solution? Why, it’s (sing along if you know this one) framing, of course. Describe what you’re doing as being really in line with Group X’s attitudes – and describe your opponents as not being really in line – and you can hope to get Group X’s vote.

Simple enough, in theory. The problem is when (like here) the person trying the framing couches the argument in terms that is more reflective of how he sees Group X thinking than it is in how Group X actually thinks.

Let me make this really, really simple for those scratching their heads: evangelical Christian voters are not actually idiots, and they really do believe in this entire “Jesus Christ is the Son of God” thing. That means that equating Palin to Pilate will at best bemuse them – and that equating anybody to Jesus generally ticks them off. Oh, not all of them, of course. But it’s an argument made by people with tin ears and no real empathy for the people that they’re trying to reach. Which is why we’re starting to see articles like this.

Personally, I think that the Democrats could make inroads among Christians on a social justice message. But while their activists may say that social justice is an expression of true Christianity, they usually act as if it’s precisely the other way around. And people do notice that; and they often don’t care for it. So, Democrats, by all means, keep doing what you’re doing.

Don’t change a thing. Please.

Moe Lane

PS: Since we’re trading Scripture verses, Matthew 6:1-8.

1″Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2″So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.


5″And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Which is my subtle way of telling the Online Left that the people that they’re trying to lecture might already understand the lesson of Matthew 25. But thanks for the input.

No, really.

{*}I note this merely for reasons of historical accuracy, and because for some reason the mentioning of little tidbits of information like this seems to outrage a particular species of (typically Obama-supporting) troll that might otherwise maintain their cover for a bit longer. I’m not sure why they react so strongly, but they do.