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Democrats and Matthew Chapter 25

Charles Madigan from the Chicago Tribune, on the Democratic Party:

"The party needs a broader appeal, which is where St. Matthew comes in. Also, the show business-Hollywood connection is all about money, which makes the Democrats look like harlots in addition to being foolish and obsequious, so they should move away from that too.

Bruce Springsteen and Alec Baldwincan dependably deliver exactly two votes. I'm not much of a guy for pushing religion at people, given my own confusion about it. But I do have a good ear for what makes ideological sense...

Call me hopelessly dated, but I still think doing the right thing for troubled people is important, maybe defining, maybe the biggest challenge we face in our lives, even though we would much rather embrace "ownership" values that let us shift the blame over to the victims, making their problems convenient, comfortable and distant for us.

That is where St. Matthew comes in. He was very direct.

When it's all over, the Gospel man says, the "Son of Man" will sit on his throne and all the nations will stand before him. He will do some separating. One group will be welcomed into the kingdom and the other won't.

What defines these groups is what should define the Democrats.

Whatever you did to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, visit those who are ill or imprisoned, was the same as doing that for God."Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me," was Matthew's message.

And if you turned your back on those people, well, you know what that meant. You're thinking, "What about non-believers, Jews, Muslims?"I don't think that matters. What is important about this St. Matthew story is not the fact that it's in the Bible or part of Christian religion.

It's about values.
Get it? V-a-l-u-e-s.

What the Democrats need the most these days is a very good story that will tie them to the people, not just the rich, not just the liberals, but all of the people. Whether they are bold enough to make this kind of commitment, which goes beyond money and advantage and involves actually standing for something that is very difficult, is another question."

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