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I See Presidential Candidates . . .

It seems like each person running for President gets a news cycle all of his or her own. This week, apparently, is Huckabee Week. I'm kind of divided about Huckabee. Don't get me wrong -- the thought that this man, who seems to understand the concept of "separation of church and state" even less than our current Fearless Leader, stands a good chance of becoming the Republican candidate next year is a thoroughly frightening one. But the question is: will the American people actually go for him, or will he make the Democrat look that much better by comparison?

(We're not even talking about Ron Paul. Really, Nixon displayed less paranoia.)

Given the way that large wodges of America are manipulated by Fox News and the Shrub, I have a sinking feeling that Huckabee is going to go far. It does depress me that my fellow countrypersons find attractive a man who runs with a TV ad that flashes the words "Christian Leader." It also depresses me that the country is apparently willing to seriously entertain questions about whether or not Mitt Romney's Mormon faith makes him a good candidate for national office. Mitt Romney is certainly not someone I'd want for President -- I lived in Massachusetts for a while when he was governor, and the man is an order of magnitude oilier than the latkes I made last night -- but the whole national questioning of his faith makes me mad. Didn't we already go through this with Kennedy?

Why should Huckabee have to emphasize his Christianity to be attractive? Why must Romney defend himself against accusations of being a member of a cult? Why must faith (or the lack thereof) even be an issue in the race for national office? You'd think we'd have learned from our latest experience, but nooooo . . . .

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heartofoshun
Dec. 11th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
The problem with morality as it is discussed in this country is rarely about basic human decency, responsibility to society as a whole, decent health care and education, tolerance, respect or civility in discourse, but seems centered around questions of sexual preference, birth control and/or abortion, or the morality of removing life-support systems from patients who cannot exist without them and are arguably brain dead already. It is scary. Christians feel attacked recently? Because they live in a culturally diverse society--of which they are the predominant and most powerful majority--that up until very recently behaved in almost all of its public manifestations as though it were a 100% protestant Christian society?
frenchpony
Dec. 11th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
The problem with morality as it is discussed in this country is rarely about basic human decency, responsibility to society as a whole, decent health care and education, tolerance, respect or civility in discourse,

Why is it that I know these things, yet I'm not considered mature enough to run for President, while people who are old enough to be my parents and grandparents use "morality issues" as their public pissing contests, and the country is willing to trust them with the highest office in the land? There's something fundamentally wrong here.

All the hoo-ha about Huckabee the preacher and Romney the Mormon just hammers home to me that, yes, Pony is a member of a very small minority group.

I really doubt that that was the Founders' intention there . . .
gwynhyffar
Dec. 11th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
You know, I sat here for a good hour this morning writing and rewriting a response to Pony's post. In the end, I found myself unable to express my feelings on the whole thing without sounding bitter or jaded. Kudos to you for being able to hit the gist of what I had been trying to say.

I find also that Christians are the ones doing the attacking and creating societal schisms, yet they are also the ones crying the loudest about being persecuted. It makes no sense.
frenchpony
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
In the end, I found myself unable to express my feelings on the whole thing without sounding bitter or jaded.

The mixture of religiosity and hypocrisy that swirls around politics today is enough to make anyone bitter and jaded.
saadiira
Dec. 12th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Indeed. This could not be more true.

-Dira-
saadiira
Dec. 12th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
This is incredibly well said, and good points, all.

The issues at hand are not what they should be, because they are not about rights or responsibilities, but about social control...including of those who believe completely differently. They are not moral issues, at all.

-Dira-

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