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Oct 29 2013

Bauer: Holidays Are For Political Discussions

Carol Bauer, wife of B-team Christian right activist Gary Bauer, sent a “prayer alert” to members of the Campaign for Working Families, one of their many non-profit groups that keep the money flowing in, telling them to take advantage of the holidays to provoke political discussions with young people to convince them that Obama is evil.

Interestingly, today’s twenty-somethings may now be awakening to political realities. They heard the warnings but cast them aside. Now they are coming into adulthood in a country where good paying jobs are scarce, health insurance costs are staggering, America’s debt is soaring and the American Dream seems elusive. Three of every four Americans tell pollsters the country is moving in the wrong direction.

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will be an opportunity to give those young adults in our lives a listening ear, empathy, the chance to vent about what they thought would come of the broad brush promises of a president who is forever in campaign mode and perhaps some advice and encouragement in just the right tone.

Sometimes the most enduring lessons are not learned in the classroom. It is my prayer that these days will be a wake-up call to the next generation about what is and is not possible in the real world of governing.

I pray that everyone who reads this Prayer Alert will have an opportunity to touch the life of a young adult in the next two months as extended families gather to spend holiday time together. May these conversations be heart-to-heart words of understanding, encouragement, and guidance to the nation’s young adults — our future leaders — who may feel frustrated, angry and disillusioned.

Ask God for the opportunity to mentor or guide a young person who feels the country’s best days are behind us. Pray that we as a country, together, would have a common desire to face facts, acknowledge what is not working, be open to change that rewards individual effort and responsibility and move in that direction in our individual choices, lifestyle and political involvement.

In addition, pray that God would heal the divisions in our country and end the poisonous rhetoric in our political discourse.

Oh yes, all she wants is to “heal the divisions in our country” and “end the poisonous rhetoric.” Now if you’ll excuse her, she has to proofread her husband’s latest jeremiad about how evil gay people are on the verge of taking over America and throwing Christians into concentration camps.

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  1. 1
    matty1

    Ask God for the opportunity to mentor or guide a young person who feels the country’s best days are behind us.

    Is it me or does this sound more like something an old person would think?

    heal the divisions in our country and end the poisonous rhetoric in our political discourse

    Yeah nothing heals divisions like starting an argument with your family.

  2. 2
    raven

    Bauer: Holidays Are For Political Discussions

    Fundies don’t have holidays. They have Wars on Holidays.

    The War on Halloween was a bit of a disappointment. They must have used up all their ammunition on their other war. The War on the USA.

    I’m sure they will get enough in time for the big battle. The War on Xmas and the War on the War on Xmas.

  3. 3
    jamessweet

    Just when you thought the American Right couldn’t seek any lower, now they are actively encouraging people to start political arguments at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Have they no shame????

  4. 4
    trucreep

    @3

    Haha exactly. That’s all this is – A call for your somewhat racist uncle to repeat the talking points he heard on Fox News when the family gathers for Thanksgiving.

  5. 5
    Mr Ed

    No worries. Thanksgiving is at my house this year. You only have to ask your in laws to leave once before you get nice pleasant dinners. Go ahead and tell me what Rush or Glenn think I’ll pack your dinner to go.

  6. 6
    bushrat

    Dear Dipshit…err, I mean Carol,

    Young people are mad at the government and disillusioned because of asshats like you and your husband, NOT in spite of idiots like you and your husband.

    Signed,

    Most GenX-ers and Millenials, soon to be joined by the New Silents.

  7. 7
    busterggi

    Yes, better that they pray rather than learn what 30 + years of Christian evangelical supported policies have done to damage the country.

  8. 8
    Moggie

    Shorter Bauer: “This Festivus, don’t forget the Airing of the Grievances”.

  9. 9
    naturalcynic

    If only you young’uns could be perfect like the TeaParty

  10. 10
    jenl

    “The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays will be an opportunity to give those young adults in our lives a listening ear, empathy, the chance to vent about what they thought would come of the broad brush promises of a president who is forever in campaign mode….”

    Seriously? She thinks that if her target audience will just lend an empathetic ear, 20-somethings will spontaneously start talking about how they feel so let down by the President, providing an opening for the target audience to then respond with more politics?

    I’d like to meet a few of these folks that Ms. Bauer expects to go from “I just can’t find a decent-paying job in my field” to “and I blame the President for it!”

  11. 11
    Melvosh

    Mrs. Bauer, you’re not paying attention to your religious-zealot right wing cohorts. Lending the younger generation your empathy will turn them into Nazis. Unless they read your bible, which is full of empathy, and therefore Nazis. Or something.

  12. 12
    Bronze Dog

    That’s all this is – A call for your somewhat racist uncle to repeat the talking points he heard on Fox News when the family gathers for Thanksgiving.

    Ugh. This is OT, but I need to vent. I just got a haircut today and the waiting area had Fox News on.

    Being almost entirely TV-free, I sometimes worry that my railing against old media might get outdated since I rely on second hand sources to point out the death of journalism. I don’t have to worry about Fox News improving anytime soon, since it’s just as bad as I remember. I didn’t recognize any of the people, but the Fox crew was going into spasms when the rational woman they were interviewing essentially pointed out that Obama *gasp* delegates tasks to other people so he can sleep, as opposed to their vision of a poopsocking micromanager president who thinks he can call an elevator more quickly by repeatedly hammering the button.

    Naturally, they brought up just about every urban legend in their spam folder “talking point” to criticize the president for having human limitations and thus needing to do the things leaders of large organizations do to be effective.

  13. 13
    raven

    and the waiting area had Fox News on.

    Something similar happened to me recently.

    I only see Fox News when it is on at an airport waiting area or some other unavoidable place.

    Some guy named “Nick Cavuto” was on. And he was just obviously flat out lying.

  14. 14
    Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    NickNeil Cavuto

  15. 15
    maddog1129

    I feel let down by the President. He should have done much more to stop the wars, stop the spying, stop the drones, stop caving in to idiotic right-wing demands, stop “compromising” (giving away the store) with people who want to dismantle the entire American democratic project. I wonder if the prayer circle wants to hear about these disappointments?

  16. 16
    oranje

    She’s right. We should acknowledge what’s not working.

    Like, say, the Republican Party.

  17. 17
    magistramarla

    Interesting turn of events in our family:
    We’ve been trapped into going to the daughter’s house for Thanksgiving – one of the problems with moving back to Texas, since I really liked being the Granny who lived on the West Coast, sent gift cards and called on holidays. We were able to enjoy a quiet meal followed by a walk on the beach.
    I’ll be preparing my own Thanksgiving meal on the weekend, after politely eating the gluten-free stuff at her house.
    The daughter claims to be (mostly) a social liberal while being a strict fiscal conservative. I know that Faux is on every television in her workplace, and I often hear her parroting back the talking points.
    I’m fairly good at hiding my true feelings, but my husband has never been one to have much tact. I’m afraid that he could very easily get into an argument.
    It will be even worse when the youngest daughter and her family return from being stationed overseas. Her husband is a raving combination of libertarian and tea party wingnut. He’s the reason that I left Facebook before I said something to him that might hurt my daughter.

    The other two daughters are liberals and live in other states. The oldest and her husband (both of whom worked directly on the Obama campaign in DC both times) are smart enough to avoid it all by always traveling overseas during the winter break. The son is also a bit more sensible and is being influenced (in the liberal way) by his wife and her Mexican family.

    Sigh – I just want to go back to California.

  18. 18
    Nihilismus

    Now they are coming into adulthood in a country where good paying jobs are scarce, health insurance costs are staggering, America’s debt is soaring and the American Dream seems elusive.

    The Democrats have plans for these problems. The Republicans obstruct.

    Three of every four Americans tell pollsters the country is moving in the wrong direction.

    Assuming this statistic is correct, it is as useless as a poll on “approval” rating — the more important question is why the polled person approves or disapproves. Likewise, the more important question here is in what direction the polled person thinks the country should move. I’d bet some of the people think the problem is that the country isn’t moving in any direction at all as long as we have divided government.

    . . . the chance to vent about what they thought would come of the broad brush promises of a president who is forever in campaign mode . . .

    During the 2008 campaign, Obama was much more detailed in his plans and ideas than McCain. His speeches didn’t always go into minor details, but the details were often on his website. Unfortunately one of his promises was to be more bipartisan than the previous president, which gave the Republicans the ability to make it appear that he had broken a promise. As long as they called whatever he offered “too partisan” (even if it was something for which they advocated a decade earlier), they could claim he was not being bipartisan. They obstructed whenever they could to prevent Obama’s other promises from being fulfilled. The promises Obama actually broke on his own are ones they wanted broken anyway (e.g., wiretapping, drone kill lists, etc.).

    And the President is forever in campaign mode? The first thing the Republicans did was plan how to make him a one-term president. They vote repeatedly for the repeal of the ACA, and even give the reason that newer members haven’t had a chance to get it on their voting record yet. And now the President is constitutionally prohibited from being reelected — and they still say he is the one in campaign mode?

    Sometimes the most enduring lessons are not learned in the classroom. It is my prayer that these days will be a wake-up call to the next generation about what is and is not possible in the real world of governing.

    She’s right. One lesson I’ve learned recently is that it is possible in “the real world of governing” for a minority party to prevent anyone from governing at all through a shutdown.

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    Pierce R. Butler

    Several years ago Thomas Sowell emitted a column asserting that summer vacation created the perfect opportunity for parents to insist that their teenagers read right-wing college economics textbooks.

    These guys seem to have a peculiar definition of personal/family time. Maybe if we sic some anthropologists on them, the civilized world can learn enough about their worldview(s) to attempt opening communication some day. (Though it may take a bit more to try reaching those who did read said texts for their summer breaks.)

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