Sunday, October 16, 2011

Religious hogwash, Republicans and when God comes calling on candidates

Republicans are hoping to make President Obama a one-term president. The two top contenders this week are Herman Cain and Mitt Romney. In contention are six other candidates striving to knock each other out of the ring.

Herman Cain
Mitt Romney
I must say I am flabbergasted to learn that God has been busy working on presidential campaigns, picking individuals He deems the best suited to realize a victory in 2012. He personally contacted four of the candidates and one campaign manager.

To hear that God contacted political candidates is nothing new. When Republican George Bush campaigned for his father, George W. H. Bush, the younger Bush zeroed in on the weaknesses of evangelical Christians. He realized if a candidate confessed to being born again, and confess his love for God, he had a good chance of gaining their votes and support. 
Christianity was the key to a presidential victory.

By the time Bush was ready to advance from governor of Texas to president of the U. S., he and Karl Rove, his campaign manager, had the born-again-Christian rhetoric solidly packed in a suitcase and 
ready to travel.

Did God’s personal persuasion influence him? Yes. According to Bush, “I’ve heard the call. I believe God wants me to run for president.” His religious language of salvation and redemption worked like a lucky charm on God fearing Christians. They opened their arms, allowing Bush to bask in the glory of their “righteous godliness.”

However, God did not tell Republican Mitt Romney to run for president. The Mormon candidate said he already knows God’s purpose for America. Taking a swipe at President Obama, Romney said God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. Here I am thinking America is a global power, unequal to any other country.

Every time I hear Romney talk I cannot help but think about the fast talking con artist Robert Preston in The Music Man.

With this crop of God chosen Christians vying for America’s top job, God’s ears must be on fire, they invoke his name so often. Thus far, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich have not lingered on their religion, nor have they confessed to getting a notification from God. When novice Republican Herman Cain ran for president in 2000, and for the Georgia senate seat vacated by Democrat Zell Miller in 2004, he did not say God contacted him.

At a town hall meeting in 1994 Cain debated President Bill Clinton on the economic impact of government run health care. Cain informed the President that his facts were wrong, and he would he happy to debate him again when he (Clinton) checked his facts. Cain arrogantly assumed that he was important enough to warrant a second town hall debate with President Clinton.

In the meanwhile, as he pondered a second run for president in 2011, God popped up and told him to go for it. God even spoke to him through his granddaughter. In a October interview with Christian Broadcast News, he compared himself to Moses. Cain said, “God’s been in this from the beginning.” Like Moses, Cain thought God made a mistake, encouraging him to run for president.

Moses did not feel qualified for the task God was about to give him. He did not feel qualified to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. Cain said to God, “You’ve got the wrong person. You can’t be talking about me.” He finally gave in to God’s order.

In 2000 Cain was one of the candidates running against George Bush. He explained the reason he lost “was more about making a point than winning. George W. Bush was the chosen one. He had the campaign DNA that followers looked for. I believe that I had a better message, and I believe that I was the better messenger. I did not start soon enough".

I think this is the reason I cringe and and yell at my TV when pundits and Cain say he is a political neophyte. A brief presidential run in 2000, a senate race in 2004, and a town hall debate with the president of the United States. A newcomer on the scene? I don’t think so!

In May the spouse of Republican Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum talked with David Brody on CBN. She told him that Santorum made up his mind to run for president because "it really boils down to God's will. What is it that God wants"?

The Santorums’ prayed and prayed and God finally revealed the answer they were waiting for. “We believe with all our hearts that this is what God wants".

Is God a staunch Republican? I ask that for a reason.  Not only has God conversed with Republican candidates, he also visited Tim Pawlenty’s campaign manager, Nick Ayers. He said working for Pawlenty was a calling. He had been pondering the God-sanctioned possibility for six months or so.

According to a Talking Points Memo (TPM) article, Ayers said, “. . . I have deeply thought about my purpose in life, and how to best utilize the talents God has given me. I wanted my decision to be wholly about how best to serve Him". Ayers, a Republican, said he can best serve God by acting as campaign manager for Pawlenty, who has since dropped out of the presidential race due to poor support and financial problems.

Here is my understanding about God: If he truly has his hands on an individual he has selected to perform a task, he will not leave that person stranded without a plan to achieve the assignment. Too many times politicians and preachers say God called them. I am going to step out of my naive mode, and say the voice they heard was not God. It was their own egos trying to mimic God.

Republican candidate Michele Bachmann caused many a female's mouths to fly open when she said she was obedient to her husband! Being a good Christian woman she is willingly follows the Bible’s teaching. It was her husband, Marcus, who decided that she should get an advanced degree in tax law, run for the senate, and then for president.

When she was contemplating a presidential run, she revealed it was a joint decision. “My husband and I took three days, and we fasted and we prayed. And we prayed, ‘Lord, is this what you want? Are you sure? Is this your will?," Bachmann said, speaking at the Minnesota’s World Christian Center.

Bachmann had told World Net Daily that she would run for president if God told her to do it. “I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. If I am called to serve in that realm I would serve, but if I am not called, I wouldn’t do it".

So with her husband and God giving her a thumbs up, Bachmann is now fully engaged in the race. She started out like a grey hound, but she has slowed down to a turtle’s pace. Like Pawlenty, her donation well is drying up.

Gov. Slick Rick Perry
I saved the longest God touched candidate for last. I like to call him Gov. Slick Rick Perry of Texas. I am a Texan and I feel I know from whence I speak, like the time Slick Rick asked Texans to pray for rain after a couple of bone dry summers. Below is a rain proclamation signed by the governor:

WHEREAS, the state of Texas is in the midst of an exceptional drought, with some parts of the state receiving no significant rainfall for almost three months, matching rainfall deficit records dating back to the 1930s … NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICK PERRY, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas, do hereby proclaim the three-day period from Friday, April 22, 2011, to Sunday, April 24, 2011, as Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas. I urge Texans of all faiths and traditions to offer prayers on that day for the healing of our land, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of our normal way of life.

Texas is still bone dry and thirsty for rain Texas was recently devastated by brush fires that destroyed homes, businesses and other properties.

And then Slick Rick announced that he is a prophet! This bag of used kitty litter was more than my nose was willing to smell. I had no idea our good governor was psychic! The media and pundits have praised Slick Rick like he is the time bomb waiting to blow up President Obama’s chances at a second term. We’ll see how potent he is if he wins the Republican nomination.

Actually, Slick Rick was not too sure about running for president until God whispered in his ear. He told an Iowa newspaper: “I’m not ready to tell you that I’m ready to announce that I’m in, but I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do. This is what America needs".

After he made his grand announcement to run, supporters, pundits of all stripes and the media bet that Slick Rick would knock nothing but home runs when debating his opponents during the Republican primary. The anticipated home runs did not happen. Romney did not give him time to catch his breath. Slick Rick had to feel like a small rabbit caught in a trap.

You see, Gov. Slick Rick Perry is not a think-on-your-feet debater. He did not debate when he campaigned for re-election in Texas. Everybody in his entourage of advisers were comfortable with him not debating. He made excuses for himself, and made demands of his opponent. Too bad his camp did not learn that a Texas stage is much, much smaller than a national stage. Slick Rick proved that he is not ready for prime time.

Anita Perry feels her husband is being persecuted because of his faith. She talked about a “burning bush.”  I do believe she was stepping into Moses’ territory! He was the only one that God allowed to see the burning bush. In the movie, The Ten Commandments, Moses walked down from the mountain an aged man with white hair. Slick Rick's hair has not grayed.

Anita Perry said October 13, to supporters at North Greenville University, “We’ve been brutalized, eaten up and chewed up in the press . . . After Rick had won being elected for the governorship for the third time in Texas, there was a nagging, a pulling at my heart for him to run for president. You know what we have no leadership in Washington. We have nobody to guide our country.

“God was already speaking to him, but he didn’t want to hear it. He felt like he needed to see the burning bush. I said, ‘Look, let me tell you something. You may not see that burning bush but there are people who see that burning bush for you.’ So he truly felt like he was called to do this. We still feel called to do this. We are being brutalized by our opponents in our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him because of his faith".

Slick Rick is not being attacked, Anita. The attack is his poor debate performances. He brags about a plan to put Americans back to work, and then reveals a scheme to fatten the pockets of the rich. Maybe Slick Rick Perry should have another talk with God, and ask for a plan of victory in 2012.

***UPDATE: As of Wednesday (Oct. 19) the media and pundits have concluded that Herman Cain is still ahead in the polls, with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry following behind him. However, the same media and pundits have begun to treat Cain like a joke, saying he does not have a chance to win the Republican nomination for president. One pundit, Ed Rollins, said Republicans would be fools to nominate Cain.

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