Voting Democrat?

Doug Groothuis is upset at the Democrats for their recent statement made in favour of homosexual marriage. Groothuis ends his post with the following:

Now that the Dems have (for the hundredth time) securely set themselves against God, creation, and the common good, how many Christians will be voting for them in November?

Is that really necessary? Why should homosexual marriage be a defining issue for voting Christians in the U.S. (and Canada for that matter)? Health care seems like a justice issue and I believe a chap named Micah had something to say about that. If Obama wins, the U.S. could enter into a period of serious health care reform which might move them up from a “you gave it your best shot” ranking of #37 in the world (according to the World Health Organization).

Part of the problem with being a single issue voter for the Republicans is what you get alongside your anti-homosexual legislation. Thomas Frank showed this in his 2004 What’s the matter with Kansas?:

The trick never ages, the illusion never wears off. Vote to stop abortion; receive a rollback in capital gains taxes. Vote to make our country strong again; receive deindustrialization. Vote to screw those politcally correct college professors; receive electricity deregulation. Vote to get government off our backs; reveive conglomeration and monopoly everywhere from media to meatpacking. Vote to stand tall against terrorists; receive Social Security privitization efforts. Vote to strike a blow against elitism; receive a social order in which wealth is more concentrated than ever before in our lifetimes, in which workers have been stripped of power and CEOs rewarded in a manner beyond imagining.

For the majority of Americans voting for the Republicans means voting against your own economic interests. Isn’t that being selfless? Not when you realize that doing so negatively affects the poorest of all Americans.

Folks, there’s more to the story than homosexuality and abortion.