According to www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary, the definition of sin is described as
(a) “an offense against religious or moral law, (b) an action that is or is felt to be highly reprehensible, (c) an often serious shortcoming or fault, (d) transgression of the law of God, (e) a vitiated state of human nature in which the self is estranged from God.”
Merriam-webster.com/dictionary defines a DEMOCRAT as
(a) “an adherent of democracy, (b) one who practices social equality, and (c) a member of the Democratic party of the United States.”
On April 23, District voters will have the opportunity to elect a Council member At-large to fill the seat left by the election of Council member Phil Mendelson as Chair of the Council. The seat is currently filled by Council member Anita Bonds who was selected by the D.C. Democratic State Committee, as required under the D.C. Home Rule Act.
The Washington Post has published several letters to the editor and op-ed pieces not only critical of this process, but also advancing the idea of open District primary elections. The common critique is District political power is too entrenched or dominated by Democrats and the D.C. Democratic State Committee which critics view as corrupt and going against interests of all District residents. They are wrong.
This is obviously a biased political view distorted by facts and reasons. In a recent Pew Research poll, 62% of Americans view the Republican Party as “out of touch” and 52% view the Republican Party as “too extreme.”
Of the 53 United States/Territories state legislatures analyzed by www.Statescape.com,18 states are controlled by Democrats and nine (9) are non-partisan. The remaining 26 states are controlled by the Republican Party which has a virtual political domination or stranglehold in the South. Under the D.C. Home Rule Act, one political party may not hold all seats on the Council. This political election protection is exclusive only to the District of Columbia.
In many of these Republican Party state led legislatures today; laws are being passed to suppress the rights of minority voters to vote, human rights equality for all Americans, and women’s rights to control their reproduction.
Individuals choose to be or not to be members of a political party. If personal choice is a righteous factor in issues such as education, transportation, and where one chooses to live, it should be a factor in local politics. Local Republican candidates for partisan District elective offices cannot rationally disassociate from the national Republican Party and its restrictive political ideology; particularly on District matters and remain credible believers.
Yes, the editorial board of The Washington Post is free to publish what it chooses. It also has the right to be biased, unfair, and even irrational. However, it cannot propose to advance the idea its op-ed practices offer a balanced public evaluation of public events or policy.
While sin is sin, being a D.C. Democrat is not. I am a Democrat and I am proud of it. And I believe God still loves me.
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