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The "God Card"

By The Reverend Published: September 11, 2012

Mitt Romney, in Virginia Beach last Saturday....

“That pledge says ‘under God,’ and I will not take God out of our platform,” Romney said at the rally, heavily attended by military veterans. “I will not take God off our coins, and I will not take God out of my heart.”

Mitt Romney in Mansfield, Ohio yesterday....

ROMNEY: I believe it’s important to have a president and I will be a president, if elected, that honors that pledge and all the pledges that I made. [The Pledge of Allegiance] says that we are a nation under God…. If I become president of the United States, I will not take God out of my heart, I will not take God out of the public square and I will not take it out of the platform of my party.

Mitt Romney's presidential ambitions are circling the bowl. Romney is not particularly revered by any voting block. Conservatives and Tea Partiers are planning on voting for the former governor....but it's not out of love and admiration for the GOP candidate, but instead, it's out of a visceral hate of Mr. Obama.

President Obama received the post convention bump Mitt was hoping to get. Yesterday's CNN poll has Obama up by 6%. And's Nate Silver moved Obama's chances of being re-elected from 72% to 79.8%.

No, Obama's re-election is not a sure thing...but it's closer to a sure thing now than it ever has been.

Which explains the desperate base-baiting tactic of playing the "god card." If a presidential candidate is still baiting his own base voters with silly, inconsequential, symbolic appeals to "god" this late in a can be sure that candidate is in a losing battle.

Before 1954, "under god" was absent from the Pledge of Allegiance. In 1892, when the Pledge was originally written, it read like this....

I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Not sure how the nation survived from it's founding until 1954 without "god" being continually invoked as Supreme Leader.....but it did. The addition of "under god" into the Pledge in 1954 was a direct knee-jerk response to the threat of "godless communism".....and despite mealy-mouthed defenses of that addition by irresponsible judges over the years since, placing "under god" in the Pledge, is unconstitutional. But let's set that debate aside for another time.

The fact that Romney decided to play small "god" ball to excite his angry right wing base this close to election day is proof positive that Romney knows the end is near. Yes, the stupid Democrats....intimidated by right wing media monkeys flinging "Dem-platform-omitted-god" poo all around....responded poorly and ignorantly with their own poo-flinging voice vote to put "god" back into their platform.

But stupid Democrats aside...."god" doesn't belong in any major political party's platform....because America is a secular nation. No, we are not a nation "under god." We are a nation under "we the people", and we always have been.

One final point today. Whenever "god" enters the discussion, it seems like cognitive abilities diminish by half. Weirdest thing. Religious conservatives actually hate the fact that our governing contract, the Constitution, fails to mention "god". And like Mitt Romney did over the weekend, they point to the Pledge or the Declaration of Independence to find some thin "god" thread to cling to.

In the Declaration is found the phrase, "all men.... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." Though not part of our nation's governing contract, that sentence is still used by conservative religionists to "prove" our Founders meant for America to be a Christian, or religious, nation.

The Founders who wrote the Declaration were almost unanimously Deists or Unitarians. As such, they were closer to agnostics (not sure there is a god) than anything else. What our Founders did know however, was that if there were a god.....that god had no interaction with humanity, let alone 18th century American settlers. Deists held that, if there were a god that Created everything, that god did so, and then stepped back and let the whole thing unfold without his/her intervention.

And therefore, those "unalienable rights" of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, referred to in the Declaration were not handed down from Mt Sinai, or whispered in someone's ear by some divine, yet invisible being. Those "unalienable rights" were determined by men.

That is why Mitt Romney's attempt to make political hay out of not taking "god" off coins, or out of the Pledge or whatever, is a sign of desperation. It is yet another gimmick in a long line of GOP gimmicks, deceptions and falsehoods this general election season.....a gimmick meant to, once again.....solidify his 'not-so-fond-of-Mitt', far right base.



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