Turning Back The Clock

Is it just me or does there seem to be a concerted effort to turn the clock back to the 1950’s? Recently, we’ve seen major arguments about birth control, over whether it should be covered under insurance or even allowed at all. Several Catholic Universities have cancelled all health care for students rather than comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which requires plans to cover “women’s health services”. North Carolina voters became the 28th state approve a constitutional amendment on marriage that does it utmost to shove LGBT folks back into the closet. There are ongoing efforts by Republicans to get around the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through the use of government issued ID’s (which impacts minority voters much more than anyone else). There are even calls to repeal the entire act. This crap is even affecting our kids. Out in Arizona, Our Lady of Sorrows (an ultra-conservative Catholic school) chose to forfeit the championship game to Mesa Prep because, get this, Mesa allowed a girl to start at second base. What the hell is going on here?

Oddly, this effort to turn back the clock only seems to apply to social issues. Whenever the issue of revenue comes up, the Right (I don’t call them conservative because they aren’t) doesn’t seem to want to talk about the tax rates back in the 50’s. That’s because tax rates on the richest Americans were significantly higher than they are now, yet the economy boomed. Yet, we keep hearing that raising taxes on the “job creators” will be disastrous for the current situation. Strangely, raising taxes on the lower and middle classes seems to be perfectly okay.

Look, I’m not some wild-eyed Marxist that wants to institute communism here in the USA. I’m not a populist in the vein of Hughie Long who wants to redistribute the wealth and make “every man a king”. I’m not out to destroy the social fabric of our nation by allowing all manner of licentious behavior. What I want is for everyone in this country, no, in this world, to enjoy the same freedoms, protections and opportunities that are available to white Americans. If you think this desire is rooted only politics, think again; it’s biblical.

In Galatians 3:28, the Apostle Paul tells us:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

In John 13:16, as He washed His disciples feet, Jesus told them:

” I assure you, servants aren’t greater than their master, nor are those who are sent greater than the one who sent them”

Again, in Colossians 3:11, Paul says:

 :In this image there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all things and in all people.” (this must be important, he said it twice)

In Malachi 2:10:

 “Do we not all have one Father[? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?”

In Romans 2:11:

” For God does not show favoritism.”

And, finally, just because I like this one so much, John 13:34:

“A new command   I give you: Love one another.   As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

Because, as the Bards of Liverpool (Lennon and McCartney for the clueless) said “Love is all you need.”