Saturday, February 25, 2012

Enough Already

Only two months into the presidential primary campaign and I can't wait for it to be over.  I'm tired of it, of the candidates, of politics, and of the screaming pundits with selective perception.  This year, more than any other, politics reminds me of a pack of wolves going after the alpha male.  They focus so closely on bringing down that alpha male, that they don't pay attention to other things.


For example, the Constitution.  This week's GOP debate seemed to focus on religion, who was more Christian, who could most effectively represent religious conservatives.  Well, folks.  Here's what those smart GOP candidates forgot, if they knew it to begin with: in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution it states, "no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." This means that anyone running for public elected office in this country, including the presidency, need not claim religious belief or repudiate it in order to serve.

In 1960, when John F. Kennedy, a Catholic, was running for president, a concern arose that perhaps he would be more faithful to his Catholic faith (and the Vatican) than to the U.S.  His Catholicism made no difference in how he executed the duties and responsibilities of office.  He kept his faith personal.  This is an example that I wish the GOP would take to heart and stop allowing a religious group wield so much power and influence over them and the political discourse in our country.  Keep religion personal.  Keep it out of politics.

The First Amendment guarantees U.S. citizens religious freedom -- they can choose to believe in a religion or not, and that includes any religion.  It also prohibits the establishment of a state religion, i.e. a President and Congress could not establish a state religion unless they managed to get the First Amendment repealed. Good luck with that.  The First Amendment also guarantees freedom of speech, of the press, of the right for people to assemble peacefully and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  

So, really, what is the point of the GOP candidates getting their underwear in a twist over religion?  Over questioning whether or not Mormonism is a Christian sect?  Religion is not a ruler by which a candidate's competency can be measured.  And attending a church does not guarantee that someone is a moral person.  While the GOP candidates debate about religion, which should not be a test for qualification, they are not debating about the issues that have affected and will continue to affect this country.


 So, yeah, I'm really tired of the presidential primary campaign.  And from what I've seen lately, none of the candidates have risen above the fray to take a statesmanlike stance and move the debate in more constructive directions.  

Can this please just be a bad dream? 



1 comment:

Daughter Number Three said...

An unreligious amen to that!