A Note from the Lonely Mddle of the Road

Some have assumed, since so many of my blog entries are complaints about the Republicans in general and Trump in particular, that I must be a Democrat. Not true. I don’t like either party and prefer the middle of the road (where the danger is greatest — we can be run over by traffic going in either direction.)

I am deeply offended by the lack of character and lack of clear thinking shown by many on the Right. My main problem with those on the Left is that on some social issues I completely disagree with them. The greatest of these is abortion — I cannot imagine how one can say an unborn baby has no right to human dignity until the mother says so or gives birth.

So, on the Right I am offended by character issues and on the Left by ethical issues. I rant and rave mostly about the character issues on the Right because I believe character to be a more fundamental value than opinion.

I do have something in common with both the supporters of Trump and those of Sanders: I am convinced that politics-as-usual is a terrible way to run this country. But I do not think for a moment that choosing any thoughtless outsider (such as Trump) or monothematic outsider (such as Sanders) will fix Washington.

Instead, I am convinced that we Americans have created a culture that is nearly incapable of producing good leaders. We are selfish, self-centered, short-sighted, greedy, spoiled brats. . . . some of us more than others, of course.

On the other hand, I see lots of signs that there remain a great many Americans who value  human dignity, wisdom, God-honoring earthkeeping. So there are plenty of signs of hope.

The greatest sadness for me is that most people who claim to be biblical Christians on the side of the selfish, spoiled brats.


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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3 Responses to A Note from the Lonely Mddle of the Road

  1. Excellent thoughts. I too am a big fan of character as a trait needed in politics. Neither of the front runners have it. I’m hoping the Republicans learn something from this after Trump finishes blowing up the party. See my cartoon on that.

    • mthayes42 says:

      Thanks for the note and the link to the cartoon. Seems to me the feebleness on left and right is not a political problem per se. Politics is just the arena where the tip of the ice berg is showing up most obviously these days. As a culture — not just as a state — we are floundering through the biggest cultural transition since the Renaissance. It is not yet at all clear what kind of culture is going to emerge.

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