Bunkerville (Nevada) Republican Cresent Hardy will replace Boulder City (Nev) Republican Dr. Joe Hardy in the State Assembly and Joe Hardy will replace Las Vegas Republican Warren Hardy in the Nevada Senate when the 76th Session of the Legislature begins on February 7, 2011. They will represent Mesquite. Harry Reid was returned to the United States senate.
On the surface it would seem that the Republican Hardy’s and the Democrat Reid have little, if anything, in common. But upon reflection, it is clear that they do. They all share the same Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) religion.
It’s not hard to see the divinity behind voter choices. The Christian right (also known as the religious right and the evangelical bloc) predominantly describes a spectrum of right-wing individuals from a wide variety of conservative theological beliefs, ranging from traditional movements within Baptist, LDS, and Calvinist organizations to groups within Lutheranism, Calvinism and Catholicism that are theologically conservative. These individuals are mostly, but not totally, Republicans or Tea Partiers.
The Christian right is contrasted with the Christian left (often Democrats) who largely embrace public policies of social justice.
In either case, those individuals holding strong religious beliefs hold that God has handed us laws and lore, and it’s for us to learn and practice what they teach.
Even among people who regard spiritual life as wishful hocus-pocus, there is a sense that humans need a moral cop to guide them from indiscretions and bring out the best in human nature. In some cases, those running for political office argue that they are that moral leader.
Molecular biologist Dean Hamer,Chief of gene structure at the National Cancer Institute, argues that human spirituality is an adaptive trait located in one of the genes that regulates our moods including our most profound feelings of spirituality,
Even for the casually religious, such a thought rankles their souls. The very meaning of faith means sticking to something without the rigor of science. Try parsing things the way geneticists do, and one risks parsing religious beliefs into dust.
Political strategists spend billions trying to predict who will vote. Researchers have looked at 兎verything but the kitchen sink,says political scientist James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego. They speculate on factors such as age, gender, race, marital status, education, income, home ownership, political knowledge ability and church attendance. But studies indicate that each one exerts only a small effect.
The idea of a God gene, goes a long way to explain Aristotle’s belief that the desire to participate in or abstain from politics might largely be hardwired into our biology. Thus, those locals inbred with conservative ideological genes tend towards the Republican Hardy’s and those driven to embrace public policies of social justice tend towards the Democrat Reid.
The voting majority living in the eastern regions of the Virgin Valley tend to be Republican and tended to vote towards ideological conservatism. The majority residing in western Clark and Wascho counties lean towards public policies that reflect the social justice policies of Democrats. Those tendencies have economic consequences that can be measured.
The social justice minded Senator Reid championed the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) and has pushed over $3 billion in tax reductions, grants, loans, and entitlement funding to Nevadans for preservation of over 29,000 jobs and stimulating the economy,primarily, in both western Clark and Wascho counties where the majority share his beliefs.
Neither Dr. Joe Hardy or Warren Hardy, in their roles representing Mesquite lifted a finger to stimulate the local economy with Recovery Act Funds. Some Recover money did come to area. The city applied for and received $622,362.70 for a few city services and the state department of transportation spent $5,644,257 on highway infrastructure but that was less than one-quarter of one percent of the available funds. Neither the effort by the city or the transportation department stimulated growth.
In the final analysis both conservatives and progressives can hold spiritual believes but how they direct those believes varies widely as does the consequences of their votes.
Michael M. McGreer writes on public policy. His recent book: No Harm, No Foul, Bioterrorism in the 21st century is currently available on Amazon. This next book, Energy-Centric Warfare will be available in early 2011. See his blog at: http://www.generations.typepad.com/