As a minister I try to be nonpartisan. I have never asked from the pulpit for anyone to vote for one party over the other. I speak often of political issues, but I try to focus on principles over people. At the same time, the Republican Party has become such a horror, that even some staunch Republicans are having to speak out against it. Former Republican Presidential candidate said the party should be “closed for repairs.” Nearly half of self-identified Republicans say their party is “out of touch” with the concerns of most Americans.

Asked whether he would be welcomed by the Republican Party today, Dole said, “I doubt it. Reagan wouldn’t have made it, certainly Nixon wouldn’t have made it, because he had ideas. We might have made it, but I doubt it.”” -Washington Post

I still believe it is important as a minister to try to be nonpartisan politically, but as a human being I also must speak out on behalf of  my species. If there is a bill to cut nutrition programs for infants, to reduce worker safety laws, to bash gays, to harass immigrants or Muslims, to hamper teachers, or to intrude on women’s personal reproductive choice I don’t even need to look up to see which party proposed it.

If you add a Democratic Party willing to compromise away its core values then you have a nation adrift. Hope will only arise when our people start at the grass roots level to build real democratic choices into our lives.