Liberals Have a Great 2013 on Faith-Based Issues

wonderful-life-350Now we learn that the FBI, under J. Edgar Hoover’s warped leadership, once claimed that the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life” was communist propaganda.

That reactionary argument, which sounds eerily similar to arguments from the right today, was that the movie made the bad guy, Mr. Potter, into the evil banker, which is anti-capitalist. Set aside that if Mr. Potter were with us today, he would probably be a Republican funding a right-wing super-PAC.

On the other hand, progressives worldwide were lifted and inspired by Pope Francis, the pope who champions the poor and harshly condemns the rightist economic theology of trickle-down economics.

Of course, the right-wing descendants of those who called “It’s A Wonderful Life” communist propaganda now call Francis a Marxist. Meanwhile, the right was thrown further on the defensive when one Fox News host, Megyn Kelly, said Santa Claus was white. And another Fox News host, Bill O’Reilly, wrote that the New Testament got some things wrong, and his latest book, which at least he did not title the Third Testament, corrected them.

Not to be outdone, the latest cause of the right is AMC reality TV show “Duck Dynasty,” whose patriarch said that blacks were happy under segregation and that gays are sinners. Is this the case that modern conservatives take to the nation during Christmas week?

Don’t get me wrong. I do not agree with taking “Duck Dynasty,” or its patriarch, off the air. The comments in question were not said during the show, and I tend to be a libertarian about freedom of speech. So because the comments were not said on air, I say let the show go on and those who want to watch should watch.

My point, though, is conservatives don’t help themselves with voters by raising heck in defense of the idiot proposition that blacks were happy with institutionalized racism or that gays are sinners.

Watching one possible Republican presidential candidate after another rush to the right, then further to the right, in a race to the political bottom only demonstrates the problems facing the GOP.

Meanwhile, one of the big stories of the year is the resurgence of the populist liberals, and the greatness of a pope who champions the poor and champions what can be called a faith-based populist economics. Liberals are on the ascendance on faith-based issues, and as a long-time advocate of these views, I think it’s great.

Brent BudowskyThis trend will continue throughout 2014 and through the elections in 2016. Tonight I am going to watch “It’s A Wonderful Life” yet again, which is not about communism but the goodness and greatness of America at her best.

If anyone on the right does not like this, look at it this way: They will always have “Duck Dynasty.”

Brent Budowsky
The Hill


  1. harry says

    The great divide on reproductive rights is between the woman having the right to do as she wishes with her body, which sounds fair to me. But I am a man, so I look again at reproductive rights. Does the male, who was responsible for the reproductive cycle being completed, have any rights? While the female is the one who carries the child, she needed some outside help to create the child and there comes the rub. He has no rights in the process at all, he can not lay claim to the child at birth nor require the child to be terminated or not. After a child is born, the father, who had no rights, can be contacted by a court and informed he is responsible for child support. I have enjoyed supporting all my children, some well pass the age of 21. I wish all fathers would do like wise.
    This is a complex problem, there are couples who can not have babies looking for a child to adopt but many of the unwanted babies are terminated without looking at all of the options. I can not say what I would do if I were with child and had no mate but I hope I would seek advise on what is best for mother and child.

  2. Ryder says

    I’d recommend that folks search for the video:

    Firewall a nation of desire

    on youtube.

    Much food for thought regarding faith based issues, and a much broader perspective than is presented above.

  3. llozano says

    The best gift the right has given the left is the opportunity to organize and educate the American public. Everytime they open their mouth to expouse some new attack on people, voting rights, freedom of choice, immigration etc., they provide another educational moment.

  4. kathapollitt says

    I guess your definition of liberal politics doesn’t include reproductive rights. The Catholic church and fundamentalist/evangelical Protestants scored many victories this year over women’s right to control their fertility. Worth a mention, no?

    • JoeWeinstein says

      Actually, to be fair to Brent, his definition of ‘liberals on the ascendance’ doesn’t include ANY actual accomplishments on ANY front, not just the reproductive rights front. His ‘ascendance’ refers just the prospect of future victories. Of course, women’s rights were legislatively injured this year. So too right now are everyone’s rights to unemployment insurance. And to just about every other right or item of justice that ought to be on the federal and state legislatures’ and courts’ agendas. Despite superficial appearances, even marriage equality was not really upheld by the Supreme Court; instead (much as in the 1857 Dred Scott decision on slavery) the Court disregarded the key human rights issue of adult rights to mutually choose next-of-kin, and instead focused on how to draw lines between supposed federal and supposed states rights. in effect the Court did not strike down the power of states to continue to legislate marriage inequality.

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