It seems to me that fundamentalist Christians in this country, now a potent force in both local and national political factionalism, define the world in black and white: you’re either with us or against us. The corollary to this is: we only cooperate with those who are for us.
One of the saddest, most depressing, results of this position, is that considerable dialogue is devoted to pointing fingers at those who differ from the fundamentalist position in any way.
The upshot is our politicians face considerable pressure, maybe more from non-constituents and from constituents, to avoid aligning on any issue with those who in some way differ from the fundamentalist position. This weakens our whole system, which works best for all if allegiance is to the constitutency rather than the party or a proxy for the party like a faction.
Vocabulary: kleptocracy—national system in which powerful government officials skim funds from national business
However, I do not mean to insinuate that US fundamentalist Christians participate in or favor a kleptocracy….