As the title indicates, this piece is about religion, politics and the upcoming Presidential Election- 2012. Historically, in America there is a separation of ‘church and state;’ which means that generally religion/spirituality is kept out of elections and governing. In Europe, where most settlers originated, the power of the Church (Catholic, Protestant) often influenced people’s lives through different Monarchs. According to most settlers, this was believed to be a negative, often deadly influence (The Inquisition) and therefore wanted this power negated in the New World.
In this article, we will be discussing: the effect of ‘lower self’ politics; the influence of the religion of capitalism upon the current election; how money generally runs the political process; morality and politics; and how fear & reward is used in election campaigns.
Lower Self Politics
In November, we in America will be electing our President who will serve for the next 4 years. At this point in the race, it looks like Willard Mitt Romney (Republican) will challenge Barack Obama (Democrat) the incumbent.
Presently, we are in the middle of political advertisements, campaign financing events, positioning by different candidates and their supporters by attacking their opponent’s accomplishment record. Most of these attacks are aimed at an opponent’s alleged failures or past alignment with controversial issues (abortion, gay rights). It is dirty (lower self) politics and this is the way it has been for many years, now. Often election advertisements point out the opponent’s failure or alleged misrepresentation in their advertisements. Often, in a not very sophisticated way, these advertisements challenge their opponent’s credibility and offer their view of opponent’s mistruths.
Mr. Romney is being attacked for his record as a business man in helping to create jobs and past Governor of the State of Massachusetts; Mr. Romney is a multi-millionaire, and people who lost their jobs by Romney decisions are being displayed by the Obama side. Playing on people’s fear they are urging not to vote for Romney and that he is misrepresenting his record on this issue. Similarly, the Romney people point out President Obama’s failure to turn the economy and National debt around. Playing again to voter’s fear and lower needs.
Religion of Capitalism
Today, politics in America is mostly about money; with its religion of capitalism. Here in the land of the free; first and foremost money rules and social agendas mostly take a second place. One way to define religion is as a set of beliefs based upon a Higher Principle or Deity. In the case of capitalism, there is an entire belief system fostering that continual economic growth is a very good thing and this growth is measured by how much money is available (Gross National Product).
Also, for decades now the mantra of Corporate America has been: how much money can we make and this is the way success is measured. It really doesn’t matter, as much, if a product over years will make people sick, pollutes the environment, or steals resources from a foreign country. The …