Isn’t it time for America to Grow Up?

This post was written by marc on March 25, 2015
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Now that Ted Cruz has officially thrown his hat in as the first presidential candidate for the 2016 election I have to ask myself, “Isn’t it time for America to grow up and get past the petty religious culture wars?”

Ted Cruz started off his campaign at Liberty University where he was welcomed by hundreds of religious students who were required, under threat of being fined, to be there. The very setting was setting the stage where Ted was going to champion his brand of religion and lead a crusade of morally superior Christians in a holy war for the hearts and minds of the American people. But in all of Ted Cruz’s bluster not once did he reference Reality. What I want to know is – what is his relationship with this world – the world that we actually live in?

Reality is a very important issue and it isn’t getting talked about enough in the political arena. What is Reality? I like Phillip K. Dick’s definition of Reality. Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.

During the Bush administration, who like Ted Cruz also emphasized his Christianity, America turned its back on Reality, even scoffed at Reality. Carl Rove is attributed as saying in regards to the Iraq invasion,

… that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” … “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.”

When you sin against Reality, Reality will strike you down. Not only were Bush’s wars a disaster, but instead of spreading Christianity in Iraq Bush managed to get most all the Christians there killed except for those few who fled. We are now mired in national debt, still fighting Bush’s wars, recovering from the 2008 economic collapse, all gaining Bush the well deserved infamous title, “Worst President Ever!” A fitting punishment for his blasphemy!

As the founder of the Church of Reality – a religion based on Reverence for Reality – I have to ask these questions, “Wouldn’t we honor America if in this election we came together as one nation, one people, and we worked together for the common good of all people instead of engaging in petty sinful culture wars? Shouldn’t we make this presidential election about The Real Truth? Shouldn’t we ask our candidates to explain to us what their relationship is to The Real World?” The last thing we need is for Ted Cruz to be the next George W. Bush.

In the Church of Reality what we do matters. It is our Moral Duty to take Personal Responsibility for what happens in the real world. We are the Stewards of the Future which is a Sacred Duty to us Realists.  Our world view is that The Future is Calling us to Greatness and that the Story of America will be a Blessing to the Story of the Universe.

I therefore challenge Ted Cruz and all the presidential candidates to make this election about this world and how we is going to affect our children and grandchildren. We need to make Reality our friend and not our enemy. We need to see our Home Planet as something Holy and learn to Honor and Respect Creation. If America turns its back on Reality, then Reality will turn its back on us, and that’s something we don’t want to have happen – again.

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