This protracted (very long) primary season seems to be coalescing (gelling) into an ideological struggle between two apparently core conservative values, Greed and Intolerance. As each of the two front runners begins to clarify the issues that matter most, we see less counter branding to Obama and more counter branding to how most of us like to think of ourselves.
Rick Santorum has come out against everything from gay marriage, keeping women healthy in America, to how we express ourselves sexually in the privacy of our own bedrooms. He preaches a smaller government that is just large enough to make war on the middle east and our private lives. While most of us would like to think we are pretty mature and open individuals, Santorum is tapping into the underlying over all intolerance that sits right at the surface of those that identify with conservative values. When did intolerance become a core Christian value? It is possible that it has always been this way from it's first creation in Nicea (The Bible was created then).
Mitt Romney has been born like a Phoenix out of the ashes of our financial system. The entire edifice (building) is in flames and market investors (muppets to their brokers) struggle to find a path back to the days of wine and roses. Mitt Romney makes no excuses for his part in the financial debacle (failure), in fact he holds his time up at Bain Capital as a reason he should be elected. Everything in his speech and bearing speaks to his faith and focus on a single idea..."greed is good". Yet everything we see in America today is that our capitalistic society is spoiled, and it is rotting from the inside. Those in the financial sector are sucking the life out of this country and its people. Yet, despite the evidence and the warnings he continues to enjoy broad support in the core Republican party.
So there we have it, the forces of Greed competing against the forces of Intolerance for the hearts of the American people. We would all like to think of ourselves as "good" people. But it is inside of who we follow or in the direction that we lean (Lorax reference) that really shows who we are. At any moment we can choose to be better people. We can choose to care about others, be open to different ways of being and approaches to life. The Republican party in trying to find the moral high ground has completely lost their way. Their unwavering allegence to a morally bankrupt financial system has grown pathetic and sad. Yes, we need a change in congress from both parties, but what we have learned from this protracted primary season is that the change we hope for is not going to come from the Republican party...not at least in 2012 (when we vote for the next president).
(subtext for the ideologically impaired)