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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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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-

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