Letters to the Editor

Democrats try to scare voters

To the Editor:

In a letter in SMN’s April 10 edition, a former official of the Haywood County Democratic Party challenged Christians to defend an array of typically awkward Trumpian statements and actions during Holy Week that she characterizes as “unholy.” What is notable about the letter is not what it contains, but what it does not contain, which is any evaluation of how the actions of her party’s current national standard-bearer — indeed how the actions and policy aspirations of her party as a whole — bear even a remote resemblance to genuine Christianity. 

There is a good reason for this vacuum: the promotion of pan-sexualism, transgenderism, abortion, unrestricted illegal immigration, falsified history, and radical environmentalism, along with the belittling, demonization and cancellation of anyone who opposes these agenda items does not attract many votes from Christians who actually believe and act on their convictions.  

A major component of the Democrats’ strategy is frightening the electorate into voting against their opponents: living in their house of horrors, right next door to “MAGA extremists,” is their latest bugbear, “Christian nationalism” — a term which is never clearly defined lest too many ask, “Hey, wait a minute, what’s the matter with that? Sounds a lot like 1776 and 1787 to us.”

Readers need to realize that the real purpose of letters of this kind is voter suppression. Such writers aim not to persuade traditional Christians (be they Catholic, Orthodox, or Evangelical) to vote for Democrats but to so disillusion the members of this demographic that they will not vote at all. That is not likely to be a winning strategy in 2024 but it is an understandable one since the DNC and its affiliates know that if these Christians actually vote their convictions (even while having to hold their noses in some contests), the party simply cannot win an honest election. 

As a Catholic who is (therefore) fully pro-life, I could — and did — wish that the GOP nominee were someone other than an imperfectly pro-life Donald Trump, but that does not obscure the reality that the choice presented this year, imperfect though it is, is still binary: when the only genuine alternatives are dim light and all-but-absolute darkness, it is perverse to pick the latter.  

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Samuel Edwards


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