GOD and the GOP
The Almighty continues to work in mysterious ways as the 2012 Presidential Election race heats up. With a large Republican field and more soon to come, God is continuing to support several GOP Candidates.
Tea Partiers have an unquenchable love for “moral and virtuous” people to whom God communicates, so when the Faith and Freedom Coalition held its annual conference in early June a flood of conservative figures and candidates hastened in to speak.
Almost every single Republican who has announced a presidential primary run, or is expected to do so, attended the group’s two-day event in Washington, D.C.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had a lot to gain (a recent Pew poll suggests 25 percent of Americans are wary about a Mormon as president), former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (also a Mormon), Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain were all in attendance.
In addition, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and real estate mogul Donald Trump, all of whom called off plans to run, also made their cases about the nation’s moral and political future. To sweeten the event, Fox News talking head Glenn Beck also joined in the fray to announce his future plans which included; a new book, various speaking engagements, yet another new book, massive rallies, a newer book, losing five million more radio listeners, and another new book.
Notably absent from the conference was Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker and Southern Baptist-turned-Catholic who announced his candidacy in May. Gingrich, who had a 61 percent approval rating among Evangelical Republicans in a recent Washington Post poll, was well received at a similar gathering back in March where churchgoers eagerly plucked up copies of his various books as well as his new DVD.
Gingrich originally planned to attend but stated through a spokesperson that a scheduling conflict prevented him from doing more than delivering a video address. Does this mean Newt has fallen out of favor with the Almighty, or, more importantly, America’s all-important Evangelical voting block?
Also absent was former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a Tea Party superstar who does not appear to be running, despite her overly-publicized bus tour across the eastern US.
With the herd mentality that infects such candidate-clogged gatherings, what does one have to do to break away from the pack? Three candidates have been noted for going above and beyond the general faith-based speeches and holy statements. Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, and Michele Bachmann have all been quoted as saying that God has spoken to them in one way or another, encouraging them to run.
Herman Cain, back in April, told a group of Tea Partiers at a rally, “God said, ‘Not yet. I’ve got something else for you to do.’ And it might be to become the president of the United States of America.”
Might be? Why would God play with a person like that? Did God ever tell Moses, “I might want you to do something?” I don’t really remember, those Sunday School lessons were a LONG time ago. Perhaps the deity wants him to build an ark or a spaceship, but God is supposed to be getting back to him on this. For now, Cain believes the Almighty wants him to run.
According to Rick Santorum’s wife Karen, God also instructed Rick to toss his hat into the melee. Karen informed the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody, “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.”
That sounds like quite the endorsement from Yahweh if it is the case, but notice that God didn’t just come right out and speak to them like he did Herman. Perhaps their connection was fuzzy. Direct quotes from God are rare unless they are coming from a 2,000-year-old text.
What about Michele Bachmann? Prior to her announcement she stated to the World Net Daily in 2009 that IF she ran, it would only be with God’s endorsement. “If I felt that’s what the Lord was calling me to do, I would do it,” she noted. “When I have sensed that the Lord is calling me to do something, I’ve said yes to it. But I will not seek a higher office if God is not calling me to do it. That’s really my standard…If I am called to serve in that realm I would serve,” she concluded, “but if I am not called, I wouldn’t do it.”
Bachmann recently backed up these earlier comments by saying that she has felt “that calling and that tugging on my heart.”
So Michele Bachmann has, according to her, received divine approval as well. How can anyone not getting instructions from above hope to compete?
These three presidential hopefuls all have a desire to command the most powerful country, military, and economy in the world. They are, by their own claims, tight with God, but apparently the deity isn’t so generous with support for other candidates.
Through various means He let Mike Huckabee know that he shouldn’t run for president, but should instead focus on selling books, pushing faith in America DVDs, and getting paid handsomely for preaching on FOX News. And though God did arrange and support Sarah Palin’s failed attempt at the Vice Presidency in 2008, there’s nothing to indicate that he wants her to do more now than play cat and mouse with the media, sell more books, and charge tens of thousands of dollars for various speaking engagements – the economy is bad, you know.
This has me baffled to say the least, but I got nowhere with the great promoter behind the scenes. Repeated attempts were made to get an answer but the questions I sent up were met with dead silence. The Boss also refused to answer questions regarding why so many Red states are suffering from drought, flooding, and a rapid escalation of killer tornados.
There is no word yet of such an endorsement from anyone in the Obama Administration, but in 2008, Nancy Pelosi did declare Obama to be, “a leader that God has blessed us with at this time.”