Out of the various feeds I follow, I found these:
Eric Dondero thinks you should go so far as to divorce a wife who voted for Obama. “I strongly urge all other libertarians to do the same. Are you married to someone who voted for Obama, have a girlfriend who voted ‘O’. Divorce them. Break up with them without haste. Vow not to attend family functions, Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas for example, if there will be any family members in attendance who are Democrats.” Of course, the candidate who lost was not precisely libertarian, but who’s dealing in nuances?
This CEO read a prayer and then laid off 156 people. Co0nsidering he works in coal, he may have had a point, but I doubt the future changed that much the day of the election.
These are extreme examples, but I’m concerned every time we cut off dialog due to the fact that someone differs from us too much, or seems to disrespect our beliefs. As Christians we should be about reaching out much more than cutting off. (There’s some biblical “cutting off” but that’s for another day.) I am concerned when I see Christians trying to do business just with fellow Christians or trying to listen only to fellow Christians. When we limit our conversation to those who are Christians like us, except, of course, for preaching at people who differ, then it becomes even worse.
I also believe that there are many more people who would support Republican (or Libertarian) economic policies than will support the complete social agenda. Rejecting Republicans this time around may not have had as much to do with “takers” vs “producers” as people are assuming. I remember a Lowell Weicker comment from some years ago to the effect that if we could get the Democrats out of the boardroom and the Republicans out of the bedroom we’d be much better off. Weicker, unfortunately, didn’t live out his plan as far as I can tell, but he wasn’t entirely wrong.
But of course, after a losing election, the reason for the loss is rejection of my pet policies by the lose!