Ralph Reed, the founder and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, signed his name to a recent mailing to U.S. citizens that states, “The media, and the anti-Christian, anti-freedom Left are out for blood.” It further claims, “they will use the IRS, the FBI, the Justice Department and all the powers of the federal government to target and destroy Christians.”
It also states “The anti-Christian, anti-freedom, anti-America Left has a very different vision for America’s future than you and I have.” It then lists several bullet points about the left: They want to erase America’s borders, so we no longer have a country; they want to eliminate Christianity as a moral force in American life; and they want America to be governed by the United Nations, not our own Constitution.
I congratulate Reed and the other creators of this mailing. They have correctly identified the irrational fears of the ultra-right. However, the majority of Americans, including most Christians, are more rational in their focus on political concerns.
Many of us have a concern that the present administration shows very little respect for the media, the IRS, the FBI and the Justice Department and that it is trying to circumvent or ignore their legitimate functions. We are concerned that the present administration leans toward trusting instinct rather than trusting testable research and scientific study on the existence of global warming.
The majority of U.S. citizens are concerned that the direction of the present administration is to withdraw from the global community and to hide behind walls of threat and bluster instead of building bridges by promoting trade and cooperation.
Another concern of the left is the president’s goal of helping his base get revenge by deconstructing health care, environmental protections, public education and regulations requiring alternate energy sources.
The political left is not afraid of “the government” itself. We believe the government is the people, by the people and for the people. We become concerned, however, when a president, Democrat or Republican, usurps the powers of the legislature, the powers of the judicial or even the powers of the administrative body.