John Hawkins has a helpful primer for Left-ish politicians looking to understand voters on the “Far Right” like me. He closes with the following statment:
Summing it all up: If you want the support of religious voters, all you need to do is:
1) Like religious people.
2) Come across as genuinely religious, not as just using religion for political gain. [or, Heaven forfend, actually be genuine in your faith. -ed.] 3) Support positions that are important to religious people.
Is that really so difficult to figure out?
One would think not.
However, I don’t think it’s a matter of “understanding” or “reaching out” to people like me. The fact of the matter is that a significant portion of the modern American Left is profoundly anti-religious and specifically anti-Christian. Any efforts to sway my vote by the Left are going to be automatically met with a lot of skepticism as I’m not likely to take overtures to win my support from those who are fundamentally opposed to my core beliefs as anything other than calloused and poorly-disguised politicking.