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Part of the Republican Party's strategic plan over the last 25 plus years has been to rally fundamentalist, evangelical and conservative Christians to vote for GOP candidates through the questionable practice of moral values baiting. This plan has been uncannily similar to the GOP's southern strategy of race baiting, which has worked so well in holding those southern states who tend to still have white supremacy leanings. The moral values baiting program of the Republican Party has included a wave of gay bashing state initiatives (like Ohio's) to bring those far right Christians out to the voting precincts. The moral values Christian baiting program by the GOP includes the abortion and embryonic stem cell "debates".
Briefly, the Republican Party's strategic plan to bait, hook, and reel in Christian conservative types has been front and center for almost 3 decades now in the political process.....shoved into the faces of Americans on a wholesale and relentless basis.....and all for the purpose of keeping the Republican Party in control.
Having said that.....it appears that now even some conservative evangelical Republicans are having second thoughts about the candidacy of far right evangelical Christian conservative Mike Huckabee, the GOP Christian preacher candidate, still leading in Iowa.
Some of us -- in my case, a political conservative and evangelical Christian -- are getting a queasy feeling when it comes to the presidential campaign of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, and much of it has to do with his use of faith in this political campaign.
In Iowa, Huckabee advertised himself as a "Christian leader."
When asked to explain his surge in the polls, he answered, "There's only one explanation for it, and it's not a human one. It's the same power that helped a little boy with two fish and five loaves feed a crowd of 5,000 people."
And now Huckabee is running a political ad in Iowa in which he insists that a few weeks before the Iowa caucuses, the linchpin of his presidential hopes, it's time to "pull aside from all of that," meaning politics, because "what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ."
They are certainly different in degree, and even in kind, from what President Bush, an evangelical Christian, has said. Link
The author of this Washington Post piece is having buyer's remorse. It happens. You know, you really want something badly....like a DVD player or a Christian nation wearing it's moral values on it's sleeve......and then when you get what you want.....it just doesn't bring the satisfaction you expected. .....Sigh...
However, when it comes to disingenuousness, a conservative evangelical Christian writer for the Washington Post, like this person, can't be outdone.
George W. Bush gave Americans, on two specific occasions that I can recall from memory, perfectly good reasons for even evangelicals to become, you know, "queasy"........but those evangelicals never felt "queasy" about religious George Jr. The WaPo writer has apparently developed amnesia in light of the "queasy feeling" he's having over preacher Mike's campaign.
Junior Bush, when asked who his favorite philosopher was, while campaigning in 2000, answered, "Jesus". This answer didn't result in "queasy feelings" by Washinton Post writers. I'm not sure why that was, really.....because it sure sounded odd to me. Jesus, of course, was not a philosopher.....he was a conservative, religious, preacher. Instead of being all "queasy feeling" about religious George Junior, conservative Christian writers felt extremely calm and self-satisfied.....embracing the Jesus-as-favorite-philosopher George.
Even more amazing to me for it's dishonesty was the lack of "queasy feelings" by oh-so-evangelical and oh-so-conservative Christians when Junior Bush told Americans how he only consulted his "higher father" while deciding to exterminate several hundred thousand Iraqis. Junior didn't need to consult his earthly father, George the Elder, because when George Junior consulted someone on matters of war and peace, he called up a higher ranking father than the Elder, indeed,.....Junior consulted with the BIG GUY. And obviously, Junior received a positive response from this higher Daddy figure.....death and destruction followed.
But THAT didn't give the WaPo writer, or any other evangelical, moral values folks much pause, did it? I don't recall hearing about any "queasy feelings" over those "higher father" comments. But Huckabee's speaking plainly about his Christianity in the primary campaign leading up to the first voting in Iowa??.....yeah, that gives this WaPo writer and many other conservative writers as well, "queasy feelings".
Dishonesty, a denial of reality, a lack of self-awareness and self-righteous piety color the words of this WaPo Christian evangelical writer. This is no surprise. Conservative evangelical Christians are so wrapped up in their own narcississtic "values" that there's no room for "reality" thinking.
Why do I use the word, "dishonesty"? This Wasington Post writer, a self-proclaimed evangelical Christian, only has a "queasy feeling" about Mike Huckabee and the words he has been saying.....because.....he knows Huckabee doesn't have a snowball's chance in a general election. That's what's causing the queasiness. Not Governor Mike's overt evangelical Christianity. That's no surprise to anyone.
The "queasy feeling" is really buyer's remorse. Having successfully wrapped the Republican Party in the Christian flag, having Mike Huckabee, one of their own, leading the new national hymn, "Onward Christian Soldiers", in a very open and honest expression of what evangelical Christianists believe....having accomplished all that, now they're feeling "queasy", having second thoughts.
It's as if GOP cheerleaders only want their candidates to be perceived as pious Christians, like the perception that Junior Bush, Iraqi child killer, is a conservative evangelical Christian.....they don't really want their candidate to BE pious Christians. THAT, like with Mike Huckabee's success, makes them feel "queasy".