There is a good reason to separate government from religion, and our church is totally compliant. Among our three ministers, we don’t talk about or endorse politicians in any of our services. quadrust.com is not a church forum, even if the author’s area is non-traditional religions and specifically spiritualism in Columbus. This article expresses the opinion of the author and not of spiritualism in general.
Edgar Cayce was a noted trance medium, and his statement was that “thoughts are things, and mind is the creator”. Beneath the logical thinking level of every human being, there are a set of beliefs that shape each individual’s perceptions of the world. This perception in turn impacts what each individual thinks and does. Spiritualists are primarily focused on the Golden Rule and living in accordance with their individual beliefs, whatever they are. The author supports sharing with gratitude, and living to improve the universe.
It is important to analyze the political parties and their candidates in light of the beliefs that have been expressed, and the policies that they endorse. It is understood that the author’s beliefs and prejudices are incorporated in this article. There is no way to exclude them, and it is not the author’s intent to be unbiased. There is a strong intent to be truthful. There is a belief that people should support each other, and the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence reenforce this belief.
The GOP convention was held first in the 2012 election process. The focus of many speakers was on what is wrong with America, and how can the GOP fix the problems. It is important to define problems before they can be fixed. If many of the problems were caused by those that are outlining the solutions, the results are predictably hopeless.
Mitt Romney is the presidential candidate for the GOP, and he has changed major policies as often as he has changed his underwear. These policies include abortion, same sex marriage, health care and the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. You can view the video attached to this article on these major policy changes.
One of the telling statements that Mitt Romney made about his attitude towards the American populous was before a group of political contributors in Boca Raton, FL. This is what Mitt Romney stated, “The overwhelming majority of voters who back President Barack Obama do so because they are dependent on government” and believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing,”
The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The 47% of Americans that were referred to by Mitt Romney as being dependent upon the government and feeling entitled include veterans, senior citizens, the disabled, the chronically ill and the surviving members of families that have lost their primary wage earners.
Of those people getting government aid, the breakdown is as follows, according to the Washington Times. The biggest programs and their percentage of the U.S. population for Medicaid is 26 percent; Social Security is 16 percent; food stamps is also 16 percent; Medicare is 15 percent and the Women, Infants and Children food program is 8 percent.
It is a spiritual concern to have someone that wants to be the leader of the United States attack and belittle those that receive benefits from government that have earned the benefits or are the beneficiary through no fault of their own.
The GOP members of the House of Representatives gained a majority in 2010 and they made a pact to impede government through 2012 in order to attempt to gain control of the Presidency and the Senate. The Constitution provides that “All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives”.
Congressional tradition holds that the House of Representatives originates appropriation bills. The House members in the GOP will not raise taxes, and the major part of the deficit spending is under the control of the House of Representative. The deficit does not belong to the President of the United States because the President does not control taxation or spending, no matter what party holds power in the three major branches of government.
Paul Ryan is in his seventh term in the House of Representatives. He has proposed a budget that dramatically cut “entitlements” while increasing military spending and continued involvement in overseas conflicts. He has refused to increase taxes on the wealthy, and the tax cuts on the most wealthy are 350% of the tax cuts for the poorest taxpayers, specifically from 35% to 28% for millionaires and above, and 10% to 8% for those in the lowest income bracket.
Mitt Romney paid taxes at a 14% rate for 2010 because he has capital gains and large write-offs to offset his taxes. 14% taxes is a long way from the official maximum rate of 35%, and this reflects the unwillingness to members of the GOP to redistribute wealth. Mitt Romney’s stance is “I got mine, and you get yours if you can.” Mitt Romney has done very, very well under the Bush tax plans and the lack of oversight for Wall Street investment firms.
The Democratic Convention was one of hope and one of gratitude. President Obama did not fulfill the promises he made in 2008. He drastically underestimated what could be done, and he did not foresee the loss of the control of the House of Representatives to the GOP in 2010. There was positive energy to go forward, and there was gratitude to those veterans that served the US in time of war and peace at the Democratic convention.
There has been substantial criticism of the Democratic platform that has a reduced expenditure for defense and an increased expenditure for education, reduction of the national debt, and for creating jobs. There is also substantial criticism of the President’s support of Planned Parenthood, national health care, and maintaining the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe versus Wade. These plans are not perfect, but they are not vindictive and meant to harm large groups of citizens.
There needs to be movement in US policy to stop trying to be the conscience of the world with regard to democracy, and to focus on making the US prosperous and strong through economic and social justice. This requires a strong economy, good stewardship of the environment, and equal opportunity for all. These are the spiritual basics of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
One point to be considered by both political parties is the need to reform the ability of PACs (Political Action Committees) so that they are limited in their funding of candidates, and 100% transparent as to their sponsors. PACs really stand for Payoff A Crony, and they have prostituted government at every level. The notion that corporations have the rights of individuals in the political process is in direct conflict with members of corporations being shielded from personal liability. This needs to be changed.
One of the fundamental beliefs of spiritualism is to apply the Golden Rule. The GOP platform for the 2012 election does not meet the criteria for treating others fairly, and creates a further division between the rich and the poor.
As the New York Times and the Washington Post have endorsed President Obama to continue as President, so does this author. Our reasoning is vastly different, but the results are the same.