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Presidential Primaries, Politics, and the 'Heathen' Vote

This year's Presidential Election is shaping up to really be intense. For those of you in Texas, the Preisdential Primary will be held on march 4th, with early voting beginning next week on February 19th. Both of the major parties have some close races, and if you want any say in what candidate you want to be representing the party you think you'll be voting for, well, it's important you don't forget to vote.

For more info: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/2008prical.shtml

But as the various news outlets cover the election they're talking about how a certain candidate is doing with the Latino vote, or the Female vote, or the Student vote, etc.

I aspire that one day that will also include "the Pagan vote" and hopefully even later "The Heathen vote." When that day dawns, it would symbolize to me, that while we may be a minority and so-called 'fringe' community, that we have enough of a known presence that the mainstream will be courting us.

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When that day dawns, it would symbolize to me, that while we may be a minority and so-called 'fringe' community, that we have enough of a known presence that the mainstream will be courting us.

I'm of two minds on this. On the one hand, yes, it would say that 'we've made it' and that would feel cool; yet on the other hand, I wonder what it would mean that Heathens or Pagans could be expected to be of a cohesive mind on who to vote for and how we feel on particular issues. What would our socio-political 'type' be, exactly? Which issues could we generally be counted upon to agree on within the Heathen community?

I'm libertarian bordering on rational anarchist because I feel that most strongly reflects my Heathen values (or is it that Heathenry reflects my political values, or both are an expression of a deeper set of values?), yet many others are quite liberal because they feel that way best reflects thier Heathen values.

Hmmm... ;-)
Yeah I thought of that too, we're such an opionated bunch the thought of us agreeing on anything, save maybe Religious Freedom and Free Speech boggles my mind too.

If such a thing happened, it wouldn't be as many folks seem to think. Pagans and Heathens, at least in my experience have markedly different views on a lot of fundimental issues. I Know many of my Pagan friends have no problem with a "nanny state" as long as the gov't is "agin" the stuff they are. Most of my Heathen friends are more Libertarian, though they are more "Law&Order" than their Pagan counterparts.
Military action is another biggie. Most of my Pagan friends are hard-core Pacificists....military wise. Many of them wouldn't have fought in WWII(and some think that the Holocaust was nothing more than Karma for Old TEstiment behavior toward "The Old REligion". A number of them still Beleive we blew up the Twin Towers. Me? I was for Afghanistan. Iraq? Please! Too bad AA didn't make him go to Therapy over "Papa Issues" as well.....
I Know my politics has some areas where it fits the Pagan community and many that it doesn't. I couldn't imagine a politician saying anything that would satisfy both Pagans and Heathens...other than stripping CHristianity of it's tax-exempt status when it goes Political....
Truth,
Pat

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