Enough with the ‘not Christian’ name-calling
by Daniel Gaddy
Nov 02, 2012 | 1077 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Daniel Gaddy
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I hear it at least 10 times a day now: "I'll be so glad when this election is over!"

To be honest, I think I'll be sad to see it end. But I can certainly understand most of the country's frustrations.

We've been way past policy discussion for a long time now. All that's left are incendiary TV ads, nauseating mailers and annoying radio spots. Each trying to convince you that the other guy is the anti-Christ — sometimes literally.

The most annoying thing for me, though, is hearing people on either side say that you can't be a Christian if you vote for the other guys.

And as much as it pains me to say this, many liberals are just as bad to say it as the most warped right-winger.

They look at the Republicans' criticisms about social programs and say, "You see. Their political ideals are opposed to the Christ's call to help the poor."

As much as I would disagree with a Republican who wants to cut SNAP or Medicaid benefits, I recognize that he probably doesn't have those ideas because he hates the poor. He just has no faith in the federal government to do more good than harm.

Now, I would argue that too many conservatives are silent when it comes to how the private sector should fill the void when those programs are slashed. But that doesn't mean they’re not Christians.

Likewise, a liberal can call for a more progressive tax structure or, God forbid, a separation between church and state, and he still has every right to call himself a Christian.

I'm not trying to get into a theological debate here, but I think it's a little presumptuous for anyone to say they know what organizations or individuals can be considered Christian.

If you want to vote based on your religious beliefs, go for it. Go to town. But for God's sake do it because you think the one you're voting for is following the correct path, not because you think the other guy is going against the teachings of Christ.

If elected, Mitt Romney's plan for America's tax system is a 20-percent across-the-board cut to income taxes, paid for by the elimination of many, many unnamed deductions. He wants to eliminate capital gains taxes for everyone making less than $250,000. He also wants to repeal the estate tax and cut corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 25 percent.

I certainly don't agree with those ideas — I don't even think some of them are possible — but that doesn't make Romney a heathen.

If re-elected, Obama hopes to increase the income tax for top income brackets, something like an increase from 35 percent to 39.6 percent. He wants to cut oil subsidies, and corporate tax loopholes. He wants to raise the capital gains tax for top incomes, from 15 percent to 20 percent. He wants to increase the estate tax. But he also wants to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent (and give a 20 percent tax credit to corporations that keep jobs in the U.S.).

I support all of those ideas. You may not, and that's fine. But they don’t make Obama the tool of Satan. They barely make him a liberal.

Daniel Gaddy is a staff reporter for the Daily Mountain Eagle and a Walker County native. He can be reached at daniel.gaddy@mountaineagle.com