Jesus Christ – Tax ‘n Spend Messiah

17 Dec

In Iowa and New Hampshire, it seems that Republican candidates, except for McCain and Paul, are trying to prove who is the better christian. As if that should have some import into whether or not they are qualified to be President. So, if these guys are so hot for Jesus’ endorsement, doesn’t it make sense to look at Christ’s records on the issues?

A sample of the christianist pandering in this classic Huckaschmuck commercial…

Never mind my reputation as a shady and unethical governor with a weak record on crime, education, ethics…I’m a Christian! That liberal Romney believes in weird Mormon shit! God Bless!

You might discern that I hold a significant amount of disdain for Huckabee and you would be correct. In my estimation, Huckabee represents the lowest level of the “New Conservatism” that drove me away from the Republican Party. The national Republican party is now the home of torture defenders and candidates who are more interested in faith than small government conservative credentials. Christopher Hitchens (a writer with whom I have a love/hate relationship) sums it up better than I could in his latest dispatch on Slate:

However, what Article VI does not do, and was never intended to do, is deny me the right to say, as loudly as I may choose, that I will on no account vote for a smirking hick like Mike Huckabee, who is an unusually stupid primate but who does not have the elementary intelligence to recognize the fact that this is what he is. My right to say and believe that is already guaranteed to me by the First Amendment. And the right of Huckabee to win the election and fill the White House with morons like himself is unaffected by my expression of an opinion.

2 Responses to “Jesus Christ – Tax ‘n Spend Messiah”

  1. starbuck December 18, 2007 at 2:21 pm #

    seems that Republican candidates, except for McCain and Paul, are trying to prove who is the better christian

    I dunno about that.

    Seems to me in addition to those two you mention, that Rudy and Fred also have very secular approaches. Rudy for obvious reasons, but he’s still in first place nationally. Fred seldom goes to church and he’s been very unapologetic when questioned about that.

    Huckster is the only one who seems to me going off deep end in general, although Romney went too far in his speech so he deserves some criticism too – as do Hillary and Obama, each of whom have talked of God during the campaign much more than Rudy or Fred have.

  2. BobbyCat December 19, 2007 at 7:49 am #

    Hitchens also makes the point that although Article VI prohibits a religious test for president it does NOT prohibit us from questioning a person’s religion. When any candidate describes himself as a religious candidate, like Romney and Huckabee does, religious questions are entirely appropiate.

    I have some questions for them:

    If you believe that the bible is the word of god, do you also believe that the Book of Revelations biblical prophesies are true, i.e. Do you believe that [nuclear] armegeddon is inevitible?

    and for Mr. Romney:

    How can Mormons revere a prophet like Joseph Smith when western New Yorkers ran him out of Palmyra and NY after he was convicted in court of swindling his neighbors? And why would any grown man (again, Jos. Smith) marry under-aged teen girls and keep it a secret from his first wife? Do you believe his rationale that god came to him in a dream and commanded him to marry these girls?

    And finally – The Mormons openly discriminated against blacks up until 1978. Why didn’t you resign from the Mormon Church in protest?

    (unfortunate headline, by the way)

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