An integral part of the 2010 Values Voter Summit put on by the Family Research Council over the weekend was insurgent politics. The pro-family conservative event featured Tea Party candidates and leaders of the Christian Right in America expressing the need for "pro-family" or religious voters to influence the outcome of elections.
The event displayed a key fracture among conservatives--whether the Tea Party movement, especially those running mainly on fiscally conservative agendas, whether they should run without acknowledging that fiscal problems cannot be fixed without renewed dedication to moral values in America. It's a fracture that is not new to conservative politics; as far back in American history as the John Bircher Society there has been a struggle over what combination of religion and constitutionalism or states' rights advocacy should tackle key issues supposedly plaguing America's national identity.
The Summit expressed resentment for how out of touch American politics is with key tenets and principles of the word of God. Sights were trained on Muslims, homosexuals, atheists and pagans who would like to further poison politics. Meanwhile, removed from this capricious event, President Barack Obama dined with members of high society as part of a DNC fundraiser at the "home of Richard and Ellen Richman, who live in the exclusive Conyers Farm development in Greenwich [Connecticut]'s famed 'back country' neighborhood."
While those dining enjoyed their dinner, which cost $30,000 per plate, President Obama stood before the crème de la crème of America and chided progressives:
"Democrats, just congenitally, tend to get -- to see the glass as half empty. (Laughter.) If we get an historic health care bill passed -- oh, well, the public option wasn't there. If you get the financial reform bill passed -- then, well, I don't know about this particular derivatives rule, I'm not sure that I'm satisfied with that. And gosh, we haven't yet brought about world peace and -- (laughter.) I thought that was going to happen quicker. (Laughter.) You know who you are. (Laughter.) We have had the most productive, progressive legislative session in at least a generation."