So far in this election cycle God spoke to a fairly large number of candidates who all believe it was God’s will to have them run for president. It isn’t just this election cycle the word of the lord was invoked. Routinely, a specific segment of the political spectrum use their personal, self-radicalized interpretation of religion and “God” as 1) a reason for running 2) to support their stance that the should, ney, they will win and 3) and that should, ney, when they win it is their God given duty to influence how they will guide this country by their beliefs despite the Constitution and the overwhelming public disagreement with their personal belief system.
One of the following is true (I posted this once before and now, I can’t find the original)
1. No god exists. At least not in the sense of a “talking” “god.” The voices in these people’s heads are a function of illness.
2. A God does exist. God’s saying something but no one is actually comprehending correctly what it is. But none of what God’s saying has anything to do with anyone being elected.
3. A God does exist. God enjoys fucking with humans so they’re telling everyone conflicting info on purpose.
4. A God does exist. God may have told one of them something and the rest are all making it up to not feel left out.
5. Many Gods exist. They’re all independent of one another, hence the conflicting advice.
My guess is the likelihood is something like 1, 3, 5, 2 and there’s no way 4 is for real. But since so many people think 4 is a possibility let’s see how their so-called mission from God has faired in contrast to the idea that the US is an agnostic nation that supports the diversity of many, as well as the notion of no, spiritual beliefs :
Ted Cruz – launched his campaign at Liberty University, Virginia proclaiming God wanted to abolish the last 7 years of tyranny and repeal pretty much everything that’s been done and replace it with Biblically approved law. His wife has stated he’s a God himself. – Pretty much he’s broken half the Commandments on the campaign trail and God’s still talking to him while he’s putting up ok numbers … so there’s that?
Marco Rubio – Combine “Not only am I a Christian, not only am I influenced by my faith, but it is the single greatest influence in my life” with “God has blessed us. He’s blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates.” and it’s possible to see how some might think Rubio was also inspired by God to run even if it wasn’t said outright. When he likely drops out, at least it won’t be God being conflicted?
John Kasich – “number two, the most important thing is, what does the Lord want me to do with my life? You know, he puts us on Earth, all of us on Earth, to achieve certain purposes” – Well, it’s not quite as strongly worded, maybe that’s why he’s hanging onto a spot in the race, barely.
Ben Carlson – “I believe God will make it clear to me if that’s something I’m supposed to do.” He go the memo from God to run. As of yet, he didn’t get the memo from God for him to drop out because despite horrific results in the early voting and terrible poll numbers he’s still around.
James Gilmore III – didn’t come outright and say God told him to run but he’s been an outspoken Bible thumper as part of the Free Congress Foundation and the Brown v. Gilmore lawsuit among others. His connection to God might have gained him is lower election victories but for the presidency so far, maybe he misunderstood God’s will.
Jeb Bush – “the architecture that gives me the serenity I need, not just as a public leader or in life. It gives me peace. It allows me to have a closer relationship with my creator.” His close relationship with God must have told him not to outright say his running was God’s will. It’s a good lesson learned after another Bush invoked God’s will to do all kinds of fucked up stuff.
Donald Trump – “(I’ll be) the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” God might not have told him to run, but God’s certainly given him a lot of advice on what he should do when he wins. This is but one snippet. The thing is so much crazy comes out of Trump’s mouth it’s almost impossible to take the religious banter seriously or even snipe it off the other crazy that pours from him, religious or not.
Rick Santorum – “it really boils down to God’s will. What is it that God wants? … We have prayed a lot about this decision, and we believe with all our hearts that this is what God wants.” Dropped out of the previous election cycle after falling to the bottom. Began at the bottom this time and dropped out again despite his divine support.
Mike Huckabee – He’s said it was God’s intent 101 different ways, but this expresses the reality the best: “the only thing worse than not being elected president would be to be elected president without God’s blessing. I can’t think of a worse place in the world to be than in the Oval Office without God’s hand upon you.” And, Rev. Huckabee that is why you failed in multiple presidential elections to win, despite your prognosticating about having God’s backing apparently, you don’t.
Rand Paul – “We need a revival in the country. We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.” – He might not believe God told him to run and might not even feel he has the best personal relationship with God (his words) but he is sure clear on what God’s intent for the nation is, even if it’s apparent that desire isn’t with Paul running it since he’s since dropped out of the race too.
Carly Fiorina – References her faith a lot as a guiding force and chairs the faith-based microfinance charity Operation International but didn’t come out and say necessarily it was God’s will for her to run. Maybe she should have checked on that before she entered as was forced to drop out due to a poor showing.
Scott Walker – “This is God’s plan for me and I am humbled to be a candidate for President of the United States.” Maybe God wasn’t talking to him after all, since he dropped out of the race unceremoniously before the voting even began.
Rick Perry – “I’d been called to the ministry. I’ve just always been really stunned by how big a pulpit I was going to have. I truly believe with all my heart that God has put me in this place at this time to do his will … I’m getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I’ve been called to do … And it has been an incredible outpouring and I can tell you that has given me the calmness in my soul that, you know, God sends messages through a lot of ways and through a lot of messengers.” Apparently, those messengers were wrong, he dropped out before a vote was cast too.
Bobby Jindal – “We can’t just pass a law to fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country,” and “I know that some believe I talk too much about my faith, but I will not be silenced. I will not be silenced in order to meet their expectations of political correctness. They don’t seem to accept the idea that you can be both intellectual and Christian.” While that’s a true statement that Christianity and intellectualism are not mutually exclusive it is the faith as a forefront of a campaign above all the intellectual parts that probably doesn’t help prove one’s bone fides for being president. Apparently others agree at least somewhat and he dropped out before a vote as cast.
Herman Cain “I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do” And, later realized that he completely misunderstood what God was saying and dropped out and opted out of the next election cycle.
Michelle Bachmann – “that calling and that tugging on my heart that this (running for president) is the right thing to do. God says it’s the right thing to do.” Until God said it wasn’t the right thing to do and she dropped out and also opted out of the next election cycle too.
You know how I know politicians who invoke the will of God are full of shit?
God’s way too busy influencing the outcome of sportsball games and red carpet awards show winners to EVER have time to deal with political nonsense.
Seriously, though… most of them must have missed this key phrase from the Constitution:
“no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” – Article Six
While support from a particular deity was important for Constantine, Pope Urban II, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Jean Bodin, Sir Robert Filmer, James I, Charles I, Charles II, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Louis XIV among others for success, in the context of the United States it just isn’t so. It doesn’t matter if a god asked them to run or not and no one should be using the presence of a god (or lackthere of) as part of a qualification prerequisite. The focus on including God gives rise to the illusion of it being a required qualification despite the supreme law of the land explicitly stating otherwise which is why there’s contravercy regarding the excess emphasis put on it by the candidates, the media and certain segments of the voting public.
Furthermore, they must have also missed this line as well:
“shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” – Amendment One
Which was later explicitly clarified Reynolds v. United States (1878) and Everson v. Board of Education (1947) which both were reflective of Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists that included the oft-quoted phrase, “a wall of separation between Church & State.”
Therefore, even if one believed themselves to have divine blessing to enter into politics despite it not being necessary, they must acquiesce their beliefs while fulfilling the duties of their office as to not give rise to a preference of one set of beliefs over another. This was upheld as recently as Miller v. Davis.
God forbid they actually read and interpret the document for which they are pledging their allegiance. Perhaps it would be better if they took their office oath on it rather than some other book as all too many politicians choose.
And, lets not even get into the fact that Christians don’t even agree with one another about the book itself or it’s interpretations or that our founding father’s conflicting beliefs were one of the reasons the US was born as a secular nation
Then again, when truthiness is all the rage, fudging the facts isn’t all that bad, including lying about if you there was actual divine intervention in your political aspirations in the first place.