Before voting, a little research might change your mind
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
I generally opt not to write about anything to do with politics, but now that all the primaries and caucuses and debates are all in the news, I took that as my cue to start researching the potential presidential nominees. For so long it has seemed just a decision between which silver-spooned millionaire to vote for, and it really doesn’t look like this upcoming election will be a whole lot different. However, I would still like to be somewhat informed as a voter- as I’m certain you do. There are reasons that people are drawn to certain candidates and not others, generally because they reflect the way we think. One of them I have been reading about I just wanted to relay some of the information found about him. That candidate is Mike Huckabee. Now I’m not writing this to try and convince anyone of anything, or to say that any of the other people are any better or worse, these are simply things I found out and have seen and heard regarding this man ” any of which can be researched.
From what I know about Mike Huckabee, he grew up in Arkansas where he became a Baptist preacher and later was elected Governor. He is also an accomplished musician, but what I keep finding and reading is mostly centered around his religious convictions. Mike Huckabee is a strong, fervent believer, and that facet of his persona is reflected in nearly every single speech he gives. Personally, I take no issue with his beliefs or that he was a preacher ” good for him, but it’s the fact that he wants everyone else to think the same way that irritates me. It’s rather presumptuous and entitling to say that you want to amend the constitution to reflect “God’s standards.” That statement immediately made him suspect to me. Since we lack any clear definition of “God’s standards”, let’s just assume God speaks through Mike Huckabee and that we are supposed to believe in Him through the viewpoint and beliefs of a southern Baptist. The fact that he is so convinced that he has a direct conduit to God gives me a little dejà-vu to our current president, and is very alarming to me personally when anyone thinks they have everything all figured out ” especially in matters of religion. He’s not running for Baptist preacher-in-chief is he?
There is a reason for the separation of church and state. I found a rather clever quote from Benjamin Franklin, known for his clever quotes, but also known for being one of the “founding fathers” of America. Franklin said; “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself, and God does not take care to support it so that its professors are obliged to call for help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.” He’s certainly quite a bit smarter than I am, but I think most of us, whatever our respective religious beliefs or lack thereof, think that the concept of separation of church and state is generally a good idea.
If we look over at the Middle East, some of which is ruled by sharia law, or the laws on which the people are governed based upon the Qur’an. Only very recently we will learn about how a victim of rape was given 200 lashes because at the time she was attacked, she was not accompanied by male members of the family, and apparently this is a great sin that I fail to understand. People there are still stoned to death, most of them women.
This example, although not Christian, leads me to think this is not something that most people would be interested in. Most people would not like to be governed under a theocracy. Even if we only think about Christianity as the religion under which to build this theocracy, there are still myriad differences in belief inside of Christianity itself. Thomas Paine, John Adams, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and on and on all have very strong views that religion and government must remain entirely separate entities.
Another little tidbit I learned about Mike Huckabee was simply that he unabashedly tries to appeal to the Council of Conservative Citizens. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, this particular group is classified as a “hate group,” and based on research already done by Max Blumenthal, the Council of Conservative Christians has in its “Statement of Principles” this sentence: “We oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races … through so called ‘affirmative action.'” This is nothing short of unbelievable that what appears to be another flavor of the KKK is being pandered to by someone running for president. This is just dangerous and sickening and something that people should be aware of.
I could go on, but I’m trying to keep this to the point and factual. All of the things I have written previously are easily researchable, and I hope that if you have the inclination to vote for someone ” just take a second to do a little bit of searching. It’s really quite interesting and maybe a little shocking about what you may find.
Christopher Mullally works in the advertising at the Post Independent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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