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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 . . . .


Dec. 14th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Why must faith (or the lack thereof) even be an issue in the race for national office? YOu know what? Tat is something that always puzzles me about your country. Faith being in my book something private, of course, but waht with all those corporate policies about not offending different religions and faiths and then pushing God ( any od) to the front line in political discussion. Puzzling.
Dec. 15th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
You'd think that faith would be a private thing in America, but it's not and never has been, not since the first English colonies were founded by religious fundamentalists.

The sad thing is, in four years, I'll be old enough to run for President. I think I'd probably do well at that job (not that it would be my dream job or anything), but you'd never get to find out, because I'm now unelectable, as the country now stands. While we just might have a female President in 2009, we've never had a non-Christian President, and the press would be all up in my face about my faith and how it would affect my governing style (specifically, how it would affect my Middle East policy). I would have to tell them that my firmest belief is that my faith is no one's business but my own. And then poof! would go any chance of seeing a Pony in the White House.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
LOLOL! Now that is another piece of news! I never knew that there was a limit age for running for presidency!
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
You have to be twenty-five to run for the House of Representatives, thirty to run for the Senate, and thirty-five to run for President.

Apparently, there was at one point a good reason for this, the kind of reason they tell you in eighth grade, and you nod and smile, but I've forgotten what that reason might be.


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