I suppose I’m being a bit rude, but no one gains my trust that easily. Call it bad manners or world-weary cynicism or a lesson learned from the school of hard knocks, but I’m making no apologies. And I feel so strongly about this that I made it one of the most important lessons I tried to teach my children as they were growing up: actions speak louder than words.
Well I’m sad to say my little “distrust” problem has gotten a lot worse these past 6 ½ years. I think I might have a severe case of reverse Dog-whistle politics:
Dog-whistle politics, also known as a code word, is a term used to describe a type of political campaigning or speechmaking using coded language, which appears to mean one thing to the general population but which has a different or more specific meaning for a targeted subgroup of the audience.
When I hear words or phrases like Family Values, Christian Values, Sanctity of Marriage, Morality, Virtues, blah, blah, blah, I actually recoil now. And I know for a fact that my reaction is not the desired reaction the person using those words is looking for. But use those words with me and all you get from me is the stink-eye and a whole lot of distrust with a healthy dose of disdain mixed in. In fact, say those words to me and you’ve lost me.
I guess that’s what 6 ½ years of using hate and homophobia masked as Christian Values to gain votes with the most hateful members of your base will do to the mother of a gay son.
But wait! Could a new TIME magazine poll be indicating that you don’t have to be the mother or father of a gay child to be as turned off by the mixing of faux sanctimony with politics as I am? Steve sure thinks so:
[T]he poll found that Americans have strong views about religion and politics in the era of George W. Bush. In May 2004, half (49%) of American voters said President Bush’s faith made him a strong leader while only 36% said it made him too closed-minded. Today, voters have reversed their opinion about the role of Bush’s faith: 50% now say it makes him too closed-minded and 34% say it makes him a strong leader. Similarly, while in 2004, only 27% said that Bush’s use of faith did more to divide the country rather than unite it, today, 43% feel that way.
And in fact Digby goes so far as to say she thinks that even though the author of this TIME magazine article:
…insists that the Democrats are going to have trouble winning unless they can appeal to religious voters when the poll she’s citing actually says that people are dramatically turning away from these explicitly religious appeals.
And you know what? This Seething Mom sure as hell hopes Digby is right. If people cannot see that when they vote for someone who pounds their fist in self-righteous piety and drones on about family values, sanctity of marriage, the evils of homosexuality, public lewdness, internet predators, ethics, morality, and all the other buzzwords so popular with the GOP these days, the only thing they are going to get is empty words and hypocrites like these: Vitter, Gingrich, Delay, Haggard, Allen, Foley, Cunningham … oh and the worst President ever --- George W. Bush.
My advice to Democratic presidential candidates, leave the God talk to the hypocrites, it isn’t working anymore. Show us your morals and ethics with your actions. And for heaven’s sake, stay the hell out of our private lives, unless of course you want us peepin into yours (but you might want to ask David Vitter how that's working out for him first).