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Political campaigning - using religion and social issues to confuse the voters

Updated on March 12, 2016

Politicians: what they present to the public and their true shadows.


A house divided

Political pandering is the norm these days.

Believe nothing you hear, and little of what you see.

Politicians continue using social issues such as the blurred lines between the separation of church and state, and other controversial social issues by promoting hatred and distrust within the voting population.

When people vote based on party affiliation, or on one particular issue, we all lose to some degree or another.

Abraham Lincoln quote of 1858: A house divided against itself cannot stand".

The role of Corporate America and religion in politics (and their place in our society) both are guilty of the same thing.

They both demand representation without taxation.

And they dare to call the poor, the needy, the middle class and senior citizens 'cling-ons', entitlement seekers, drains on our tax money, and other unsavory names.

To clarify the position of the writer: The writer is not an atheist in the sense of NOT believing in beings far more superior to the combined intelligence of all of the smartest individuals on this planet.

As a logical conclusion: It is estimated that there are more than 100,000,000,000 (one hundred billion) stars (what we call suns) in our Milky Way Galaxy alone. The estimated numbers of galaxies in the entire Universe dwarf the number of suns (stars) in our small galaxy.

Scientists now estimate that there is at least one planet around each sun in our own galaxy capable of sustaining human life.

These numbers are staggeringly astronomical; and their relevance to this article is only to show just how small, insignificant, and irrelevant the planet Earth is in the entire Universe.

With that explanation being said, our fanatic, fascination, obsession, attraction, addiction to religion is unrealistic and quite immaterial, at best. It is merely a source of irritation - a thorn in the foot of civilization that is crippling progress and interfering with education, knowledge and advancement into a future of exploration, beauty, pleasure, personal freedoms, love, brotherhood and equal opportunity for all of mankind alike.

The role of Religion in today's society

Religion itself, in our world today is:

  • superfluous (exceeding what is necessary);
  • a superfecundation (excessive fertilization by, and of, any living species);
  • and a recurrent superinfection in an already "sick" world.
  • This use of 'super' prefix is to superimpose the reality of the political intent to bemuse, bewilder, befuddle and bamboozle the banausic base's considerations of their mundane dreams of promises of comfort, satisfaction and durability of their basic needs, as some may actually believe plausible for all people.
  • This is supersized bunk - all smoke and mirrors and without substance .

Those who relish in using this odd phenomenon as a tool to inflict harm onto others are nothing short of charlatans and sadists who simply enjoy their ability to cause this plangency on others - just because they can; by law.

(plangent: having a loud reverberating sound; having an expressive and especially plaintive quality) (plaintive: expressive of suffering and woe).

Politicians have learned the art of plangency by using the base mentality of religion to "rile up the base of society", as they call it. It is only as effective as the intelligence of the people that adhere to such nonsense. And a guess at the estimate of such people is that those numbers are dwindling as each generation passes.

And in this respect the word 'base" is NOT meant to mean the "foundation" of our society; but rather as being something low, vile, mean, and deserving of the absence of higher value.

"Base" stresses the "ignoble": (of low birth, common origin, characterized by baseness, lowness, or meanness) as viewed politically and may suggest cruelty, treachery, greed or grossness, as "basic motives" that connote crafty, cunning, vulgarity, or immorality; and regularly implies an outraging of one's sense of twisted decency. (websters)

The strongest of the synonymous meanings of the word base being vile; or suggesting disgusting depravity or filth.

So the use of the term "motivating their base" in politics is definitely NOT a compliment. It is the same mentality as "muddying up the waters" concept - swirl a stick around the bottom of clear waters to stir up the silt that obscures a clear view of their true intentions.

Expect more 'muddying of waters' over the next several months and every future election to come, via their use (exploitation) of religion, women's rights, the gay community, threats of war, threats of terrorism, and an endless list of other negatives in their arsenals.

So my "base constituents" (of any party) beware, and be aware, of just how we are being used by those political rascals.

When it comes to political promises Believe nothing you will hear, and less than half of what you will see.

Be wary of the advertisements telling us to vote for any one particular issue such as the denial of global warming, condemnation of all abortions, human rights and equal rights for only the select few, the lies of the NRA, and to continue exploiting our planet for profits that lead to the dissemination of our planet by big oil and coal corporations, and more....

by d.william 04/05/12. Updated 03/12/16

Separation of church and state

We Are but a Micro Dot Spot of Hatred, Bigotry and Intolerance in the Great Universal Cosmos, Suspended in Nothingness, Somewhere in Time and Space.

Mitt Romney - The Serial Killer? Yes, my friends the Supreme Court has said so !!

© 2012 d.william


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    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Credence 2:

      Thanks for your comments, and again my apologies for the delay in responding to your comments. And you are right on target with your remarks. If there IS any intelligent life on other planets and they are capable of monitoring us as a species, it must scare the hell out of them to see such ignorant and unintelligent beings on the verge of space travel. People from this planet in outer space? Must seem the equivalent of the insanity of Iran developing a nuclear weapon. We are doomed to self destruct.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      always exploring:

      thank you so much for reading and commenting. With the recent changes on hubpages, i am missing many comments when they are first written. I am just slow in catching on, i guess, but have found the short cut to getting these comments - so, it will take some time to catch up.

      Sometimes i feel that the majority of people are waking up to the truths of what is going on around us, and more are finding enlightenment through self examination, or are just plain tired of all this hatred displayed by those in authority. The media loves sensationalism and keeps the flames of hatred and bigotry alive for ratings only. Politicians fight peace and harmony because they would remove campaigning strategy that has worked for hundreds of years. And there is NO PROFIT in Peace. Mr. Obama is the ONLY 'sane' adult running for president this year. We can only hope this country chooses sanity over what ever from hell you want to label his opposition.

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      7 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      Hello, D, the Carl Sagan peice was excellent. It has got ot be evident that there is no intelligent life on Earth.

      I am extremely vexed by those that want to mandate some sort of prayer in public schools. The Constitution explicitely prohibits the establishment of religion, any religion. Having the school getting involved as an authority figure to organize it is establishment.

      Bernie Saunders is an outspoken advocate of progressive values and does not hold any punches. The facts that we open the flood gates to corporations to corrupt our electoral process still has most of us with our mouths ajar.

      Iam on record with a firm determination to stop the radical right before they make us again victim to the clutches of tyranny. GReat Hub, thanks Cred2

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I really liked what you said about being spiritual and having inner peace..I believe someday when the Church and people who call themselves Godly see the truth, they might realize how much damage they have caused. God is love. There is no division..We are all one. I think people are beginning to see where the right wing is trying to take the country..I believe President Obama will win. I also believe he will fulfill his promise. The key is to remove the people who have stood in the way, by saying that, i mean the left and right members who are only there to line their pockets. Great hub Dee..Thank you..

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. We may not be totally pleased with the current administration, but what i see in the GOP debates scares me more than what we already have.

      According the the news last night, there is rumor of a third party candidate coming on the scene in the next couple of months that will offer a "refreshing" alternative to the other 2 parties. I can hardly wait to see that great phenomenon.

      If they are backed by any of those fanatical filthy rich tyrants, we are in for some big trouble. Splitting the votes in a 3 way race could be disastrous. What the republican majority has done in various states that directly attack the average American is truly an atrocity, and the people of those states have vowed to kick them all out in the next election. But this is more easily said than done.

      We can't believe anything that any of them are saying so it makes it difficult to make a half way intelligent choice. Can you just imagine the turmoil if the majority becomes just an extension of what is today?

      If you have been watching the news in Michigan the governor and his tea party followers are in the majority and they have passed a law removing democracy from the major cities and declared it irreversible. They state that democracy does not work, so voting is null and void and he has taken the right to appoint all government officials in 9 cities so far, and is aiming to control the entire state before the end of 2012. Those other states that are run by the tea party majority will be following suit. We are rapidly taking the place of the middle east countries that rule by tyranny.

      Our voting process can not promise us any relief when the electronic machines are "fixed" and computer "hacking" is so easily accomplished.

      This country is heading for a civil war without a doubt.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Your children are very lucky to have parents like you. I do believe that children schooled at home are as apt to be socially interactive as those in public schools and exposed to all that goes on there. As is the argument for sending children to school rather than being home schooled. The down side is that not all parents are capable of teaching their children at home and in some instances can do more harm to them than good.

      I do do a lot of ranting about the atrocities and evilness of organized religions, but try to make it clear that i am a highly spiritual person and find much inner peace communing with the universal "Oneness" without the baggage that comes along with those "organized" religions that teach hatred, bigotry and intolerance. They express that being part of a church is the only way to salvation and maybe for them that might be true, especially if they are unable to commune with the universal oneness, or are just too fearful or brainwashed to even try.

      This social complacency, and seemingly degenerate behaviors in our society does not come from lack of religion, but more from the negative impressions between what we are taught by parents, et al, and what we see on T.V., the movies, the news, etc..that directly conflicts the two concepts.

      Parents allow children to watch what ever they please, then complain about how society is corrupting our youth. What we see on T.V. is truly what is out there in real life, but early exposure to that seedy side, and the abundance of it during the formative years is more responsible for social unrest than the lack of religion.

      I am glad you liked the video. I laughed my butt off when i saw it.

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      Kathryne Waller 

      7 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      D.william, I just watched the bottom video and it is a HOOT!! "Mitt the Ripper"; too funny, lol!!! Thanks for the laugh along with all the engaging content and banter back and forth.

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      7 years ago from New York

      Well now: "Gotta get that 'religious' vote" Don't they? Apparently candidates think so. I'm waiting for the 'human' candidate with a 'magic wand' to wave and make the world a nice place. LOL Not likely to happen. Most have no more power than we have, except to make our lives miserable, All are great at That! They have all lost their cotton picking minds! Great hub.

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      Kathryne Waller 

      7 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      Ah, and for these very reasons I spent 16 years home schooling my sons. It was a tough job, but I wouldn't trade those days for anything! We taught them not only about abstinence, but safe sex as well. We taught them respect for others as well as for themselves. In order to get respect, one must give it as well. Respect is earned, not an automatic received.

      I truly believe that it is the full-on responsibility of parents to teach their kids and not leave it to the public schools or anyone else. My youngest son asked me a question when he was 16 years old that has stuck with me. He asked, "Mom, if you have to have a license to drive and to get married, why don't you have to have one to have kids? It's like the most important responsibility you can have." I have to agree with him on this one! Wise words asked from a mind still growing and learning.

      I agree that many, many atrocities have been committed in the name of "religion" because that is an institution in and of itself. Faith is based not on religion but on relationship with the very One Who created us all. Again, I would never try to push this belief on another, but I instead argue against "religion". One can be "religious" about anything. Not everyone is able to understand Faith.

      I know from my own parents, myself growing up, and the world I see today, that America is in deep decay morally and intellectually. Too many people have grown complacent and dependent on government for what they need. It is in exercising our freedoms, rights and privleges at the pollls that we can make a difference in our society. That and taking ownership for ourselves and our own actions.

      Thank you, d.william, for this lively discourse; I am enjoying it immensely!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      P.S. check out the video i just added to the bottom of this hub. It is absolutely hilarious, and yet an argument can certainly be made FOR its validity - courtesy of the great wisdom of our Supreme Court absurdity.

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks again for your comments. Although i do agree with your basic principles, there is no evidence that the increase in violence, sexual diseases, drug/alcohol abuse, or even disrespect has ever been linked to the removal of school prayer. These are the baseless arguments that the neo-conservatives cite to try to prove their point to further their religious agendas. I certainly am NOT anti religion for religion's sake, just anti religion in the public venue. Religion does more harm in spreading bigotry, intolerance and hatred, than its absence from schools actually promote a negative reaction in our society.

      The teaching of basic respect and values (whether of a moral nature, or just plain respect for others) should not originate from religion, or schools, but from the parents who try to push their responsibilities onto someone else. Parents certainly do nothing to promote healthy sexual attitudes by NOT discussing it in their homes and refusing to allow it to be taught in public schools.

      We try to blame our shortcomings on the lack of religion, instead of on the parents where those shortcomings actually belong.

      If children were taught respect for others by their parents there would be far less bullying going on in the school system. Religion condones bullying and violence against anyone who opposes their dogma.

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      Kathryne Waller 

      7 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      I agree "religion" should NEVER be used as a campaign issue because too many politicians spout "religion" out one side of their mouth and pure lies out the other side. I don't side with "religion" myself, but rather "faith and relationship" which is a totally other matter all together. I would never try to push my beliefs on anyone else however I have to say that since prayer and the Bible were taken out of schools, there has been an ever increasing rise in violence, disrespect for authority and sexual diseases, not to mention drug and alcohol use and abuse. I'm not for pushing Christianity or any other faith on anyone, but I believe that students should be able to gather for prayer and Bible studies in schools if they so choose. I carried my Bible to school and read it without fear of any reprisals. I'm shocked to say now students are taught about murder, witchcraft and other things that have no part in a classroom. We elect officials in hopes they will have our and our children's best interests at heart but find that not to be the case as we are but pawns in their games to rise in rank and power. However, no one should EVER face discrimination on any level in our modern society. Discrimination of any kind is reprehensible and I have to say is not a part of my beliefs either as an American citizen or a Christian. I don't remember Christ being discriminatory and He is my ulitmate example.

      I love this lively debate you've sparked with your piece, d. william! It is refreshing to exchange views even when we disagree because we have still found some common ground on which to stand. And if nothing else, we can agree to disagree ;-) Great hub!

    • d.william profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for being the first to read and comment. I appreciate your own candor in your response, and although it is both our rights to voice our opinions regarding prayers in public schools, it really serves no purpose except to alienate those who do not believe in organized religions forced role in our lives. Religion is a private thing and has nothing to do with politics, government or being forced on anyone by mandate just for the sake of promoting religion itself. The two things that this government seems hell bent on pushing down the throats of the American people are religious rhetoric and continuing discrimination against the minorities.

      Sad, but until the government gets its nose out of our private lives, this is highly unlikely to change. Using it as a campaign issue is even more loathsome.

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      Kathryne Waller 

      7 years ago from Knoxville, TN USA

      While I can't agree with everything you stated especially as it relates to prayer in public schools, I have to say this is a very well-written and informative hub. You have tackled a lot of hot-button issues with much candor and knowledge. Well done, d.william!


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