Jesus and politics
I’m not claiming Jesus would be a Democrat if he lived in present-day America, but would he support the GOP? Let’s see. He was a radical peacenik. Which party is more supportive of war? Jesus healed the sick for free. Which party is opposed to universal health care? His followers held everything in common. Which party promotes private property? He fed people and didn’t ask for payment. Which party is less supportive of public food assistance? Jesus said, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” Which party hates taxes? He said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Which party is more supportive of the wealthy? Jesus taught radical forgiveness. Which party most strongly opposes the death penalty? Jesus told The Parable of the Good Samaritan, a tale that promotes showing love for foreigners. Which party is anti-immigrant? Just some things to consider.
This country was built off the revolutionary ideas of the Founding Fathers. The original Congress quickly came out and realized the Constitution needed amending. They passed 12 amendments, 10 moving on to be the Bill of Rights, and one ratified in 1992, becoming the 27th Amendment. One was forgotten about, the first proposed amendment, the Congressional Apportionment Amendment, which has been ratified by 11 states.
The Congressional Apportionment Amendment, known originally as Article the First, places a cap on the number of constituents a U.S. representative can represent to 50,000 people. This would drastically change politics in this country.
Arkansas currently has four representatives; if the CAA were to be ratified, Arkansas would have 60 representatives. This would help better represent Arkansas politically, because we know that not all Arkansans are conservative, and they deserve representation in the U.S. Congress, too. Arkansas could be the first state in over 225 years to ratify this amendment, follow in the Founding Fathers’ footsteps and support democracy.
Can it be that our president consorted with convicted felons?