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Monday brought us the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition (IFFC)
gathering. An opportunity for brand name conservative opportunists to pledge their allegiance to god.....and America, god's country.....before they decide to jump into the Republican presidential primary battles.
Noticeably absent from the Iowa event was the man who will be the Republican presidential candidate next year, Willard Mitt Romney. Mr. Romney is a Mormon....a member of the Latter Day Saints....but the LDS church is not held in high esteem by traditional conservative evangelical Christians.
The tenor of the gathering was set by the IFFC's Gopal Krishna....
“We are concerned that a country that was founded on European-style Christian moral values has now become a multicultural haven for every weird and kinky lifestyle,” Krishna said.
Many similarly intelligent, humble and tolerant speeches followed.
“We need to be a country that turns toward God, not a country that turns away from God,” (Former Minnesota Governor Tim)Pawlenty said. “The constitution was designed to protect people of faith from government, not to protect government from people of faith.”
T-Paw is the guy who wants to re-institute Don't Ask, Don't Tell as he's u-turning the country "toward God." Conveniently absent from Pawlenty's contorted assertion about the Constitution was the protection non-religious Americans are guaranteed in the 1st amendment....protection from any form of government establishment of religion, any religion....including the Christian religion.
Pawlenty, suffice it to say, will never be president of the U.S. President of the Minnesota Paw-Paw Club? Maybe....but not the U.S.
Another man who will never be president of the U.S. is the god-fearing, thrice married, bookseller and Fox contributor, Newton Gingrich. Newton spoke at the Iowa Christian confab on Monday....and when Newton speaks....you know to pick your feet up so not to soil your shoes in the manure.
Newton really likes the word "fundamental". Makes him sound, you know, professorial.....helps him sell more books. Professor Newton told Iowa's conservative Christians....
“We have an extraordinarily fundamental choice to make about the very future of this country.” He said he believes “this election” and the “conversation around this election may be as central to our future as the conversations in the 1850′s that led to the election of Lincoln in 1860. We are at a crossroads that we cannot hide from.”
I don't know why Newton always sees himself at the "crossroads" of history....but he does. Some say it's just Newton's way....a bit grandiose.....others attribute it to a form of meglomania. Regardless, Newton, as he always does, sees America at a critical juncture in time.
How and when did Newton arrive at his conclusion that the very "future" of America is now at stake?
Gingrich said that a key moment for him was the decision by the 9th Circuit against saying “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. It made Gingrich realize how far the Judiciary has moved away from the founding principles of this nation.
Newton stepped into a steaming pile of his own devising....
The Pledge has been modified four times since it's original composition by Francis Bellamy in 1892, with the most recent change adding the words "under God" in 1954.
But that damned 9th Circuit, when they ruled that "under god" in the Pledge was a violation of the establishment clause, had "moved away from the founding principles of this nation." I guess that would be accurate if our "founding principles" were, you know, founded....in 1954 by a bunch of anti-commie conservatives high on their own witch hunting potions.
However, the shameless warrior of made up American history, the wrong-idea man of the GOP, the humble presenter of divorce papers to a hospitalized 2nd wife......is one fierce defender of all things moral.
"Morality applies across the board,” Gingrich remarked to the thousands gathered at Point of Grace Church. “Morality matters in economics because balancing the budget is an essentially moral, not economic, question about whether or not politicians ought to follow the same rules as the rest of us.”
You know, the "same rules" that Newton follows.....make sh*t up out of whole cloth concerning our "founding principles" and Christianity....declare open season on bashing Muslim-Americans for being Muslim....and then, of course, get married three times. Hey, "morality matters."
You see, balancing the national budget on the backs of average Americans, the poor, the children and the elderly rather than asking those very rich few who enjoy the lowest income tax rates in 60 years to pony up a bit more....is "an essentially moral" answer to the oh-so-moral "balancing the budget" issue.
For sure, when I think of the word morality.....Newton is the first name that comes to mind.
Each year, the stagecraft of potential GOP presidential candidates strutting before Christian morality groups wears thinner and more stale. No one who appeared before the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, (a oxymoron if I ever saw one), will be running against Barack Obama next year.....but that certainly doesn't prevent opportunistic book sellers from exploiting the faithful for even more "moral" profits.