Saturday, July 16, 2011
Betty Ford, 1918-2011
To be reminded of Betty Ford was to recognize the political power of the American Evangelical Right these days. When politicians like Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum claim to be victims of prejudice, they're likely not wrong. But that being said, they don't lack power. Siouxland's own Christian conservative, Bob Vander Plaats, has his own pledge out these days, the Family Leader contract, which stipulates political positions for those who sign on, at the same time it creates yet another list: those who do not. Bob Vander Plaats, and his legion of American Evangelicals, are not powerless. Not at all.
I sincerely doubt there would be room for Betty Ford in the Republican Party today.
That too may well be a sign of their strength--and their weakness--today.
Posted by J. C. Schaap at 7:48 AM