Ohio Governor Kasich Angers Fellow Republicans — By Actually Making Sense

kasichIt’s not often that I’ll recognize a Republican politician for saying something intelligent because it happens so rarely, but Ohio Governor John Kasich (a Republican) did just that.

I’ve slammed Republicans frequently for falsely claiming themselves as Christians while contradicting nearly everything for which Jesus Christ represents, but Kasich actually acted like a Christian (at least for a moment) in his recent comments about expanding Medicaid in Ohio.

Though it’s still taboo for any Republican politician to support the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), Medicaid expansion is a part of the bill and something many Republican governors have opposed.

Essentially, what Medicaid expansion does is provide impoverished residents of each state with health care coverage that, before “Obamacare,” they didn’t qualify for.

Many Republican state legislatures and governors have opposed this as a way to “keep Obamacare out of our lives.”

However, as blocking access to health care for the poor can be a very unpopular issue, some GOP governors have started to buckle under pressure and embrace Medicaid expansion.

That said, none have embraced it in quite the way  Governor Kasich has.  In true Republican form, he’s used his faith to actually support Medicaid expansion—-while of course still stating he doesn’t support “Obamacare.”

In a rare display of actual Christian values, Kasich spoke with a fellow member of the GOP legislature and said:

“I respect the fact that you believe in small government.  I do too.  I also happen to know that you’re a person of faith.  Now, when you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not gonna ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. Better have a good answer.”

What’s this?  Common sense?  A statement that actually seems to represent that whole “take care of the poor and needy” thing of which Jesus Christ often spoke.

Now I’ve said before, whether or not you believe in God or Jesus is irrelevant, what Jesus Christ represents as a symbol (beyond faith and just towards basic humanity) should be embraced by everyone.  Being good towards others, helping the poor, providing for the needy, loving one another, accepting each other and defending those who can’t defend themselves aren’t traits that should only be found in faith—but they should be found in the most basic of human decency.

And outside of a Republican once again injecting his religious views in the implementation of law (though I doubt many Republicans appreciate this faith-based reference), what the Ohio governor essentially said is when we’re judged as people, what’s going to matter most:

  • How small you kept the government, or
  • How did you treat the poor.

A Republican who has decided to put humanity above politics—even if it’s just one brief comment.

It’s been more than enough to anger fellow Republicans.  How dare Kasich use faith to perpetuate a value which Jesus actually spoke about that just so happens to completely contradict the talking points used by the party that supposedly represents the “moral majority?”  How dare Kasich want the poor to have access to health care?!

By acting like an actual Christian — even if it was just for a moment — Kasich has managed to further expose the sad state of affairs within Republican politics, and the hypocrisy that’s rampant with so-called “Christian conservatives.”

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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