Do CEOs pray to get their
positions? Do judges use prayer to hand down sentences to the uneducated? How
does drug addiction happen? Maybe
desperation is created by lack of education, not by losing your rosary. The latest Pew
Research on partisan opinion is mind blowing. Across the spectrum of party differences two
issues express America’s war of odds: religion and education.
Pray or Politic
According to the study 73% of Republicans
believed that religion has a positive impact on the state of the country. While only 50% of Democrats feel the
same. Why? Republicans are more rural where church is
their social and business connections. Democrats, majority in cities, have endured massive tragedies. The
scandals of several churches, not just Roman Catholic, are mainly in cities. Prayer hasn’t helped the crime epidemics
of Chicago, Trenton, NJ or St. Louis. Business
people don’t use prayer circles to decide their next merger, they gather
data. Hope is different in cities-it’s
based on extreme community activism and banging on local governments door for
help. Desperation is different in
cities-it’s a constant. When a family is
shot in a public park, what do you pray for?
Even religious leaders joined the political realm to fight for
government intervention, namely Father Michael Pfleger. Educated politics are helping his community,
not just prayers. Religions impact is a
necessary derivative of community action in cities. It’s not the greatest common factor in making
life safer or more positive.
Education is the Future
According to the Pew
study, 72% of Democrats felt education made a more positive impact on
America while only 36% of Republicans agreed.
Democrats believe in the faith of education. Education leads to lower
crime, lower drug usage and lower unemployment. The combination makes life more
positive. Let’s use the opioid epidemic
as an example. The
majority of addicts are uneducated.
According to addiction studies, a lack of education is the first step to
becoming an addict. The hopelessness of
poverty leads to life in crime and drug ridden communities. If you are what you eat, you are what you
live in. The opioid epidemic is sweeping
rural areas where the belief that education is second to religion showing
prayers weakness. Entire communities are
becoming addicts. Are the prayers
helping? Educate people to ensure a
future for America.
America’s Future Depends on
study partisan differences are even more alarming as a collective thought. Only 33% of Republicans favor Labor Unions
compared to 59% of Democrats. The data
doesn’t lie, non-union workers make half to a third of what union workers
make. Poverty is not positive. Support higher wages and benefits. It’s simple.
Only 33% of Democrats believe banks are positive for America while 46%
of Republicans favor them. That’s
odd. The majority of the South and rural
areas where Republicans thrive have seen greater jobs losses from hostile
takeovers of farms to the ever crumbling Rust Belt companies. Where were the banks when the community
A reversal of hegemony in the media is surprising. Or is it? Only 10% of
Republicans believe media is a positive American institution while 44% of
Democrats favor it. When all media
refused to call President Obama, president, it was okay. When Nancy Pelosi was never called with the
title Speaker of the House, it was okay.
When Bill O’Reilly tore apart guests while groping women at the news
station, that was okay. TV anchors and
media personalities are actors. They are
not criminal investigators, judges or Wall Street bankers. They read from a prompter. If you want to know what’s happening in
America go to the library and get educated.
While you’re at it, take a few politics courses. Education gets you jobs, the truth and
stability. You pray for a new bike at
Christmas, you get educated to make America Great Again.