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Do Republicans hear the voice of God?
by David Farside
Oct 01, 2012 | 3162 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mitt Romney and his Republican operatives should have heeded the words of Cardinal John Henry Newman before they embarked on their futile march to the White House. A 19th century academic priest, Newman headed a group of Anglicans wanting to return to Catholic ritual, belief and forms of worship to the Protestant-based Church of England. It was called the Oxford Movement. He gave up the cause, joined the Catholic Church and in 1846, Pope Leo X111 crowned him a cardinal. He later founded the Catholic University of Ireland, which is now the University College, Dublin, the largest university in Ireland.

So what does this former Anglican priest have to do with current American politics? Well, he wrote something over a century ago that perfectly describes the divide between Mr. Romney and President Barack Obama. In one of his lectures at a seminary, preparing students for the priesthood, he wrote:  “I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the top-most steeple, but God declared: “Go down again — I dwell among the people.”

His words were meant to inspire and teach young priest’s you don’t save souls or convert new additions to the collection box by simply pontificating at an altar, cloistering yourself in the Rectory or avoiding social contact with the parishioners. It could also be said, he believed a priest should be married in order to fully understand cultural beliefs, social pressures, economic challenges and the difficulty of raising children in a religious environment without sin in the midst of human frailty.

Mitt Romney, in his effort to climb the top-most steeple of politics, power and money is seeking to hear the voice of the people. His problem? He is so far to the right of moderate Republicans, independent voters and Democrats the people can’t hear him. And, when they do, at least 47 percent don’t listen to a word he is saying.

Perched high on the steeple of wealth, Romney wants to make it easier for the rich to get richer at the expense of the poor, who are getting poorer. He’ll never get elected or hear the voice of God while preaching to the choir of poor and middle-class voters. As a devout Mormon cleric, he should be reminded of a comment from Christ found in Mark 19:25: 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.”

In contrast, President Obama has more empathy for the common folks; he’s a people President. He embraces hard-working families living on the edge of poverty. He has empathy for college students trying to get a loan. The DREAM Act gave children of immigrants who came to America Illegally an opportunity to become citizens in their search of the American dream. His “Obama Care,” opposed by Romney and rich Republicans, protects the health and welfare of the elderly, women, children, families and most Americans.

Do Republicans hear the voice of God? Probably not. Well, maybe a whisper. The voice of God dwells among the people, not on top of the highest steeple of individual wealth, corporate greed and political rhetoric. After election day, Romney will be looking for a larger needle and a smaller camel.

David Farside is a political activist and Sparks resident.
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RobinFFF
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October 12, 2012
I am a Roman Catholic and proud of it. I am opposed to abortion and pro-life from conception to the grave. And I say without hesitation that it is an act of blasphemy for the GOP to call themselves "God's party." I say further that they are an abomination before the eyes of God, as they violate the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ every time they open their mouths.
blacksheep61
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October 05, 2012
while 750,000 people per month were losing their jobs and millions losing their houses in forecloser, Obama was throwing whitehouse parties for the hollywood elite, going on hawaii vacations and playing golf. In 2011 alone he spent 1.4 billion of taxpayer money on he and his family. Obama could care less about the american family and has overwhelmingly demonstrated he has no empathy for them. He just makes his followers like you thinks he does. He's the masquerader and chief.
RobinFFF
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October 12, 2012
Black sheep, the Devil speaks with a silver tongue and makes a most pleasing appearance. Obama is for everybody, he has shown time and again in his actions that he does, and that he cares for families and everyone and that he has great empathy and compassion. Romney, on the other hand, when he thought what he was saying would not be heard by the general public, said 47% of the population was worthless trash. Your "facts" are wrong. Your hate is strong. You are ignorant. The president goes on vacations just like everyone else, and there isn't one president in the history of this country who hasn't. Why is it not okay for Obama to do what every other president has ever done? Because he's black?
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