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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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frenchpony
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
I was about to reply to you and say that this is the thing that's made me feel my minority status the most in a long time.

Then I read this. "War on Christmas," my aunt Fanny!
meggins
Dec. 14th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Oh, Pony, I know! It's dreadful. (Another LJ buddy had a link to an earlier article.) There's just no excuse for this kind of ignorance, hostility, viciousness. This is beyond depressing; this is distressing.
frenchpony
Dec. 14th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
I always thought that Christmas was supposed to be a time when people were nice to each other. Clearly, I was wrong.
saadiira
Dec. 14th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
It is. Actually, people are ALWAYS supposed to be decent to each other. It just seems that so many of those who profess to be Christians apparently have no earthly clue of what that really is supposed to mean. This very thing greatly distresses some of the Christians I know.

-Dira-

frenchpony
Dec. 14th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but it's at Christmas that they go around caroling about peace and friendliness and siblinghood and all that.
saadiira
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, in particular. And agreed. That's another thing the other ones grump about, as an aside...the year round sort. You're not just SUPPOSED to be that way for major holidays, nor just go to church then, nor just be charitable then...but that's how many handle it.

-Dira-
meggins
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
No, Pony. They were wrong. Terribly wrong.
saadiira
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
Agreed here, too. :) THEY were every sort of wrong there is. That's NOT typical or in any way acceptable behaviour for ANYONE sane and decent, regardless of faith.

-Dira-

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