Don't you feel jaded when you read that? Cynical? I sure do, even though those words, that philosophy, is exactly the view I hold and that I have failed to express over the past 2 election cycles, choosing instead to argue why the right is so wrong. Like banging your head against a wall. Like I've said to Pat, if there is a god, GW will find out on judgement day that what he's been up to is not what she had in mind.
"A progressive politics of meaning does not require that one believe in a Supreme Being, much less the specific God that has been taught in orthodox versions of Christianity, Judaism, or Islam. But it does require a recognition that many people want more from their lives than an accumulation of comforts, pleasures, and material goodies. We want more than power, more than fame, more than sexual conquest, we actually want to connect our lives to something of transcendent importance the value of which will continue beyond our own individual life. Counter to the empiricist and scientific reductionism that sometimes gets confused with
rational thought,the Politics of Meaning insists that not everything real or important can be quantified or verified through sense-data. The deepest human desires—the desires for loving connection, for transcendent meaning to life, and for justice and peace (not just for ourselves but for others)—are rooted in what we call a spiritual conception of the world."
Those quotes are taken from Rabbi Michael Lerner's book "The Left Hand of God," and you can read a lot more at the spirtualprogressives.org website.