Didja Hear the One About the Dem Candidates on Faith?
By: Erik Rush
â€œWho are you to question somebody elseâ€™s faith?â€ This was the question put to me by Alan Colmes on Fox Newsâ€™ Hannity and Colmes on February 28, 2007. I have subsequently asserted that every American has the right to question anything they choose apropos someone seeking the highest office in the land.
I might add that Americans take notice when they hear the phrase â€œWho are you to..?â€ Itâ€™s at the very core of gutless moral relativism.
On June 4, 2007, The Wall Street Journalâ€™s Amy Schatz wrote a telling piece referencing the previous dayâ€™s CNN forum on â€œfaith, values and povertyâ€ held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
This time around, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) knows that Democrat candidates must play to people of faith. Despite the well-deserved pasting that Republican lawmakers recently received at the polls, fantasy cheers of a popular Progressive mandate emanating from congressional Democrats are just wordplay â€“ and the candidates know it. The country had moved to the right, a large part of the reason being the dismay of people of faith. This is an issue that crosses party lines, because as much as far-Left leaders in Washington and the media would have us believe that the majority of Americans are freaks, the truth is that the majority of Americans, Democrat, Republican and Independent have similar core values.
This is more of a disappointment (daresay threat) to Left-leaners than Right-leaners, because these aforementioned core values include such things a freedom of worship, the Second Amendment, the ability to raise oneâ€™s children in relative safety, a viable criminal justice system, a strong economy, and protection from enemies both foreign and domestic. In short, conservative values, though it often rankles Democrat voters to hear it.
The problem is, if thereâ€™s anything the Democrat leadership has proved over the last 40 years â€“ spin it though they may â€“ it is that these things are anathema to them. Indeed, they were instrumental in bringing about the national and cultural degeneration that led to voters moving to the right during the period from 1994 to 2004, and continue to fuel the forces of chaos in America.
But Democrat candidates canâ€™t come out and actually admit this to anyone but their far-Left fringe acolytes, lest they put a really big gun to the head of their campaigns.
Edwards came off like the seasoned orator and trial attorney he is; he could have passed for a good old country preacher. â€œI sin every single day. Weâ€™re all sinners. We all fall short,â€ he said in the forum.
Amen. So letâ€™s all just be pirates and call it good. Aye, matey, I guess one might expect such from a man who doesnâ€™t understand why a $400 haircut makes him a target and whose former constituents and even his neighbors hate his guts.
In sinister contrast to the faith forum fakery, Edwards followed up on June 5 with a campaign trip to Florence, South Carolina, where he was joined by the comically ignorant actor Danny Glover. One of Gloverâ€™s other heroes happens to be the megalomaniacal, oppressive Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, who, like the Roman Emperor Caligula has apparently become his own god.
Hillary Clinton wants to be President more than Al Gore did â€“ even more than holding the title â€œfirst woman President of the United States.â€ In her case, power is more of an intoxicant than risky sex was to her husband and the recollection of her faith â€œgetting her throughâ€ the distastefulness and public humiliation of Billâ€™s dalliances was all too thin. To Clinton, I believe the idea of religion is odious in the extreme and her â€œfaithâ€ the grandest faÃ§ade; in the footage of her chatting with CNNâ€™s Soledad Oâ€™Brien she actually looked like she might vomit. â€œSometimes itâ€™s â€˜Oh Lord, why canâ€™t you help me lose weight,â€™â€ she reportedly said, an attempt at a (really bad) joke, I suppose.
Really deep faith thereâ€¦
Barack Obama, having already had his religious life placed under major media scrutiny due to the exposÃ© of February 20, 2007 by Yours Truly, most assuredly does not wish the passing issue (that was only addressed by more responsible media venues) to be resurrected. This media darling and â€œGreat Black Hopeâ€ for black Democrats follows a militant pastor who preaches a black separatist doctrine. What else can one say?
Obamaâ€™s deft evasions at the CNN event (redirecting the discussion to such class envy-fomenting boilerplate as â€œhaves and have-notsâ€, nationalized healthcare, and then something really scary called â€œexecutive compensation reformâ€) were noticed by the press, but the madness behind the method was not overtly scrutinized. Iâ€™m sure he and his handlers breathed a gargantuan sigh of relief when that was over.
Like so many of these â€œcomplicatedâ€ issues, the phenomenon of Democrat candidates for President and the subject of faith is one of the simplest around. While there are certainly many Republican politicians who suffer from the same spiritual disorder, the bottom line is that true faith engenders sense of service, responsibility and contribution to the world and those around you. Too many Americans, and definitely those who frequent the corridors of power are seduced into the self-seeking quest for fortune and glory. In short, theyâ€™re idol-worshippers, although they may indeed believe their faith is real.
Who am I to say it isnâ€™t?
Iâ€™m a fellow human being, an American, and someone who holds to the same religion to which Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards lay claim, and within which there is a doctrinal basis for my criticism.
How did I make this determination? Well, my father had an excellent variant on the adage â€œYou can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?â€ It was: â€œYou can always tell a person by watching their feetâ€.
Iâ€™ve been watching feet for a long time…
Erik Rush is a New York-born columnist and author who writes a weekly column of political fare. He is also Acting Associate Editor and Publisher for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets. An archive containing links to his writing is at www.ErikRush.com. His book, â€œItâ€™s the Devil, Stupid!â€ is available through most major outlets. His new book, Annexing Mexico, has just been released.