I think the Republican Party should consider passing on the 2012 POTUS (President Of The United States) election. As a Republican, since the first time I could vote for Barry Goldwater, it pains me to write that.
However, I fully realize that the Republican Party has transmogrified into an undesirable frothy mixture of Christians and conservatives. I am a Christian, and I am a conservative, but I am not a Christian conservative.
Many years ago, some Republican candidates openly sought the endorsement of the religious right. Perhaps those candidates had the thought that it would make them a better candidate, and would appeal to a broader section of voters. Photo ops showing the candidate shaking hands with religious leaders might have convinced some of the Christian voting populace.
Of course, this provided more energy to a segment of the voters that otherwise would not have had a very loud voice. As years passed, many religious leaders recognized the opportunity to make hay while the sun shined. These religious folks, almost zealots, were quick to press the flesh and stand on a soapbox prostelizing for their religious beliefs. Trouble is, their beliefs might be a little different than yours or mine.
They pound their desk or pulpit and speak of “Bible–based fundamentals.” Well, more than likely, there are about 2,194 versions of the Bible. I have not looked at all of them. However, I do have 18 different Bibles and notice that all of them are different in some ways. To research that fact, I selected Psalm 121, A Song of degrees. The oldest Bible I have is from about 1865, according to Cambridge University. When I compare that verse to all the other Bibles, the most recent a 2009 edition, I see that all of them are worded differently.
So, whenever I hear someone say, “The Bible says,” I realize they are trying to place more importance on their own opinion about the subject. I automatically want to know which Bible. More often than not, the person will mention something like, “The King James Version, of course,” as if I am completely stupid.
Then I ask, “What do you know about King James?” Usually the result is a blank stare, and an answer something like, “He wrote the Bible.”
Few people know much of anything about King James. However, after reading three or four compendiums about The History of Scotland, I am sure that it is accurate to say that King James, the Bible editor, was just a tad strange.
For starters, he disliked women. Although he married, only to provide an heir to the throne, he believed that women were like chattel similar to farm animals or a slave. Until his last breath, King James was afraid of the devil, witches and goblins, and believed they existed, lurking in the shadows. He was either a very active bi–sexual, or an outright homosexual. Most "Bible thumpers" do not know any of that.
I find it alarming that so many good intentioned Christians put complete trust in a Bible edited by a whacko king who was trying to protect his own privileges, perquisites and prerogatives. Even the 60 scholars he ‘hired’ to “translate the ancient languages” ended up refuting their work. By writing amidst flowery praise for the king, something like “we recognize this as the King’s own work,” they left a clue that largely goes unnoticed by people reading the preface of older Bibles. In more recent editions, that phrase is missing, and what’s with that?
Now comes the dust and mooing caused by the herd of Republican POTUS wannabes. Nearly all of them have baggage. Some of them have had terrible morals and ethics incidents in their past. Some of them could have a few good ideas, but most of them have the charisma of a three–day–old baked potato. The voting public still is big on charisma, ala the last election. In addition to having a reputation of being a cranky old fart, Senator McCain also has the charisma of a rutabaga or cold oatmeal.
Unfortunately, too many Republicans believe that it is ok for older, grey–haired or balding, pot bellied men to legislate what women can and cannot do with their bodies. That is part of the “barefoot in winter, pregnant in summer,’ philosophy espoused by many of the Christian conservatives, who continue to try to make abortion a Republican Party platform plank. They fail to realize that if God did not want abortions to happen, they would not be possible.
Too many Republicans believe that homeless people actually make a choice to become homeless and live that lifestyle. Other Republicans adhere to an “I got mine, to heck with you” policy when it comes to trying to help others who are less fortunate.
Back in 1964, a conservative meant that you wanted a good, balanced budget. Being a Christian meant that you believed in the teachings of Jesus Christ. Today there is a religious tinge to the word conservative.
In 2011, the Republican Party had better start concentrating on reducing the budget deficit and the foreign trade imbalance, jobs creation for meaningful jobs for all people who want to work, and some type of health care available to all who need it. There needs to be a “helping hand program.” Not to give people a hand out, but a hand up, to a better life outcome.
The Republican Party needs to change to a Party of all the people, not just the rich. Most important, the Republican Party needs to excommunicate the religious right. The religious right needs to form its own political party; and, refocus their attention to the teachings of Jesus. They should not dare to speak for God or Jesus.
Unless and until those things happen, the Republican Party will continue to wallow in mediocrity.
None of the current Republican candidate herd is worthy of my vote. That is why I believe the Republican Party should ‘pass’ on the 2012 POTUS election. Best guess is there would be about Two Billion Dollars saved, by Democrats and Republicans – money that could be used for a better purpose.