The Religion of Political Affiliation

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While listening to a radio segment, a journalist said repeatedly,

“They’re Republican,”

And a couple of times,

“They’re Democratic.”

Each time, she was speaking in the plural about more than one person. Why not, “They’re Republicans” or “They’re Democrats”?

Then I realized the phrasing of her language mirrors that of religion. Like,

“They’re Lutheran,”
“They’re Catholic.”
And I thought that was very telling.

For some, these political affiliations are creating a world of meaning and a sense of belonging, along with how we see reality itself, the world, and our place or it. For some, these affiliations are becoming the place of ultimacy and the primary place of identity.

Renee Roederer

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