"But now that Romney has been defeated, prominent GOPers are once again mulling rule changes that could make it harder for Democrats to win the White House—and easier for Republicans to claim Electoral College votes in states where they lose the popular vote."
Just Can’t Beat Him: These are the districts that Dem Jim Matheson has won in Utah over the past 12 years. The state Republican party has repeatedly gerrymandered Matheson’s districts during the time he’s served in Congress. It hasn’t worked: Matheson won again Tuesday night, beating highly touted GOP challenger Mia Love.
Overall more Americans believe that Christian values are at odds with capitalism and the free market than believe they are compatible. This pattern also holds among Christians. Among Christians in the U.S., only 38% believe capitalism and the free market are consistent with Christian values while 46% believe the two are at odds. There are significant differences by gender, party and income.
As it happens, they are absolutely correct; the Gospels are incredibly short on issues we associate with modern “values voting” — abortion and homosexuality, mostly — and incredibly long on reverence for the poor and disdain for the wealthy. Of course, that hasn’t made much of a difference to the United States, which through its history, has combined religious piety with stunning accumulations of wealth. That said, there is a good explanation for the particular willingness of Republicans/Tea Partiers to see congruence between Christianity and capitalism: in short, they’re conservative evangelicals. At the risk of oversimplification, the politicization of conservative evangelicals has long since become a politicization of evangelical theology. What’s more, this is all related to a broader willingness to accept existing social inequalities as divinely ordained.
god yes. this. any christian who pays passing attention to the bible should be horrified at the Salvation Army (trolololool) threatening to leave new york rather than be forced to help teh gheys. The political representation of christianity is anti-people at best.
I don’t remember much, but I do remember this:
“I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Republicans’ dreams of legislative glory ended in a blaze of smoke and fire on the steps of the Montana Capitol today as the Governor pulled out his branding iron and burned a giant VETO onto a pile of Tea Party bills. It is unlikely that the GOP will be able to override any of the vetoes.