Why we need to stop supporting candidates who listen to God instead of the American people
In sixth grade, when my teacher announced that George W. Bush had won his 2004 re-election bid, a lot of us groaned, and I even remember one girl say “we’re all gonna die!”. I didn’t really understand why she said that until later on in life when I found out that George Bush’s foreign policy was driven by that voice inside his head he called “God”.
Without a doubt, it was Bush’s “God” rhetoric that helped him wage two disastrous wars in the Middle East. They were speeches that invoked a “crusade” against evil which made the American voter think the United States was at war against the Islamic world, a battle of Christianity (good) vs Islam (evil).
And if the hint in George Bush’s speeches weren’t enough to set off alarm bells all those years ago, his outright claim that God told him to end the tyranny in Iraq and that God chose him to deliver the world from evil, should be enough to wake us up to the dangers of presidents who listen to the voice of God. It was because Bush anointed himself as God’s warrior that we now have a cluster-fuck in the Middle East.
It is therefore disappointing to see, more than a decade later, Republican presidential candidates continuing to campaign with the God rhetoric. The mainstream media has not scrutinized the GOP candidate’s theocratic tendencies hard enough (or at all).
This past weekend, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Bobby Jindal were speakers at the Religious Liberties Conference in Iowa. The main host of the event, Kevin Swanson, defends the anti-homosexual agenda of the notorious human rights violating government of Uganda, believes that there should be a death penalty for gays, believes that children should drown instead of reading “homosexual” Harry Potter, and shouted throughout the event that Jesus Christ was king of the democratic United States.
Long story short, there is no difference between Swanson and your average ISIS sympathizer, only a change of name.
The three presidential candidates who were present did not fall behind in promoting this brand of religious fanaticism. While Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee have become irrelevant to the presidential race, Senator Ted Cruz is one of the GOP candidates who the mainstream media continues to report as on the rise.
While the media is fast to report on Ted Cruz’s growing popularity, they easily overlook statements such as the one he said at the Religious Liberties Conference. “Any president who doesn’t begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief of this country”.
It’s bad enough that candidates like Cruz have no shame in attending conferences where half of the people’s model rule of law is that of Uganda. What is scarier is his belief that the commander-in-chief of the United States should start off his day praying.
The President of the United States is in charge of the most powerful military in the world and in less than a second has the power to launch a nuclear war. And his guidance for exercising this power should be to get on his knees and listen to God? What if God tells him to attack Iran, Russia, or China?
The lunacy of Ted Cruz should not be laughed aside and made into a fringe comment without any consequence on the presidential race. Candidates who continue to use this religious driven discourse perpetuate an idea in conservative voters that it is okay for the most powerful man in the world to listen to the voice of God, instead of taking into the account the countless complexities of living in our world. Conservative voters don’t listen to more reasonable candidates like Rand Paul who takes into consideration all these complexities of starting another war, they listen to the guy who follows what God says.
I understand GOP candidates use God as a tool to win over conservative voters, but at what point will the media start questioning the GOP field for their dependence on the supernatural? If a candidate would come into the race saying they’re guided by the voice of Zeus, Osiris, or Thor, the mainstream media would go nuts, and seriously question the candidate’s sanity. Let’s not make the god of the Judeo-Christian faith any different.
Less than a week apart from the Religious Liberties Conference, Ted Cruz was not asked in the fourth debate about his connection with a radical like Kevin Swanson, or his God guided commander-in-chief comment.
Likewise, GOP candidates have not been asked to justify their outspoken belief in a God guided presidency, only exception being the last question at the first Fox News debate that seemed to encourage a God guided president.
After God pushed George W. Bush into steering the United States into disaster, you would think that the mainstream media would be more careful and vigilante of candidates who hold similar views.
Instead of arguing about Feuerstein’s idiotic rant against the evil Starbucks coffee cups, the mainstream media should be scrutinizing religious hard line presidential candidates.