Vail Daily column: America deserves real candidates
July 20, 2015
As completely expected and thoroughly predicted, many of the GOP candidates for president have now whipped out the "God Card."
Without exception, what most of us refer to as "pandering to the religious right," is being used as a placebo emotion to hopefully garner votes from those too delusional to think for themselves.
Scott Walker is the latest, proclaiming, "I am certain: This is God's plan for me and I am humbled to be a candidate for president of the United States."
This asinine Republican tradition really picked up steam back in 2011 ("Let's beat the black guy!"), when God promised divine favoritism to Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry (I'm pretty sure Mitt Romney would have made the same claim, but hey, he didn't need the money).
What is interesting, of course, is in spite of each of them hearing a voice in their respective heads providing them with a divine mandate to take over the Oval Office, each of them lost.
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Four years later, we have the two Ricks (Santorum and Perry) remaking the same claim (perhaps their head voices were not specific about which election) with Cain waiting to hear the voices again and both Gingrich and Bachmann evidently choosing to believe other voices instead (I understand the private sector to be very monetarily appealing).
And joining them, along with Walker, on the I-Hear-Voices-Telling-Me-To-Run Train are Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, John Kasich, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.
They should call themselves the Evangelical 8, and then grab Sarah Palin to make a complete baseball team. I can only imagine the fight over who would be pitcher.
The depths these candidates will sink to insult the general public's intellect should be appalling to all, but sadly it is attractive to a regrettably voting segment.
God does this, god does that. God wants this, god wants that. God works in mysterious ways and god has a different plan for each, yada-yada-yada.
I have one simple question for the entire GOP clown bus (no car is large enough) and anyone else claiming to know what a god wants.
The "Encyclopedia of Gods" (on Amazon) lists 2,500 deities of principal religions, and there are thousands more at lower levels, so which one are they using as a tool for votes?
Take as long as you need.
Think I am just making fun of these people?
Nope, the time for jokes is long gone, as these folks are serious, and by serious I mean seriously in need of psychiatric help.
We deserve candidates that hear the voices of the people they wish to represent, not neurotic nonsense in their heads.
We deserve candidates wanting to pursue fresh ideas on immigration, America's infrastructure, equality, education, veterans, the homeless, the Middle East, energy sources, fracking, D.C. lobbyists, religious extremists, climate change and a few hundred other issues.
But as far as these opportunistic buffoons are concerned as candidates, I guess we should consider ourselves lucky that no god is telling the rest of us to vote for them.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at email@example.com.