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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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elliska
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
One must be willing to change one's mind when presented with evidence that one's former position was wrong.

Gee, and who do we have in office currently that is incapable of doing this? Anyone...anyone... /cynicism. I just couldn't resist.

Yet there are a steady stream of people who want to take America back for Jesus, and it's worrisome that they don't seem to realize how illegal that would be or how scary they sound to those of us who don't particularly wish to live under Jesus's rule.

Well said. Being from a minority religion, this is exactly my problem. I greatly admire all the teachings of the Old and New Testament. I simply am very concerned with the direction politics have gone over the last years. Separation of Church and State is such an important founding concept of this country. We really need to remember that.
frenchpony
Dec. 11th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Possibly the defining moment of Shrub's presidency was Stephen Colbert's speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2006:

"The greatest thing about this man is that you know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday . . . no matter what happened Tuesday!"

The whole speech is hysterical and gutsy, and well worth seeing.

As far as I can tell, the mixture of Christianity into politics is bad for Christianity and bad for politics. Two institutions harmed for the price of one.
saadiira
Dec. 12th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
So agreed, it's not even funny, and as well, we must recall what it's really about...not just the cases where we do things like deny postings of commandments in public buildings, or prayer in school, but where we keep specific belief systems from creating and enforcing policies that the rest do not believe in. The constitution is not JUST there for the majority, whatever they may believe. It's also there to protect the rights and freedoms of the minorities, or so-called minorities (as some are not so much a minority by numbers as by representation and given rights, still.)

-Dira-

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