How can a person running for president not believe in evolution? This was the biggest question I was left with after having watched the Republican debate last night. Overall, I wasn’t that angry about it. I didn’t scream at the TV. I rolled my eyes several times but nothing too, too bad. I was a little shocked about how obscenely large a role religion plays in many of the Republican candidates’ political agendas. In my not so humble opinion, nothing good can come from that. Anyway, here is a really condensed breakdown of some random thoughts I took away from the however many number of hours they spent tootin’ their own horns.
Rudy Giuliani: Stated he was against abortion personally but thought that the states shouldn’t have the right to interfere with a woman’s right to choose, that it should be left up to a woman’s doctor. Talked a lot even when asked to stop. Oh, and he seemed really uncomfortable when he had to talk about God, which made me giggle a little bit. He’s not the best actor, which probably means he doesn’t stand a chance at winning. Personally? Giuliani frightens me a little bit because he’s a no nonsense type of guy, which works if you’re nonsense and his nonsense are the same. But if you’re on the other side with some other nonsense, he’ll burn down your nonsense; he’ll run your nonsense out of town; he’ll pay to have your nonsense killed. I am a little wary of how he might conduct business with other leaders should he find himself oval office bound. But he’s certainly not the scariest Republican candidate. And I do appreciate his sense of humor.
John McCain: Was attacked for not believing that immigration was the absolute worst thing in the whole wide United States of America. It was brutal and entirely absurd. Personally? Not sure why, but McCain will always bug me. I think it’s his cheeks.
Mitt Romney: Will NOT back down away from his faith in order to appeal to the masses. Is very much against abortion. Has the answer to health care reform. Ran some of his campaigns in Spanish because he wants all the votes he can get. Personally? He flip-flops endlessly for votes. He’s pretty and that’s about it. His Mormon faith is at the forefront of his campaign. Like the fundamentalists, I think he’d bring too much of his religion into my government.
Mike Huckabee: Believes God created the world and us in whatever amount of time (an amount he’s unsure of because he wasn’t there). Does NOT believe in evolution. Is very much against abortion. Surprised me when he stated something I have argued in the past. He stated that being pro-life should mean more than just caring for a fetus. That Americans should care for all human life. Personally? Had he not been so über religious and had said what he said above, I might not be totally terrified of the guy. But as it were, this dude will haunt me for days to come. I think preachers should stick to being preachers and avoid politics all together. Please, America, do not vote for this guy. He’s too Christian to separate church from state.
Sam Brownback: Doesn’t believe in evolution. Thinks God is the creator of all and everything and all of everything. He also stood up and stated that the Republican Party BEST NOT nominate someone who is anything but pro-life. Which pretty much means Giuliani. If I were the GOP, I’d be all like, “Hey, Brownback Mountain, you threatening me?” And then I’d have him aborted. Personally? Plain and simple: homeboy scares the shit out of me.
Ron Paul: Barely spoke and when he did speak, I found him well informed, the most impressive of the bunch. He seemed intelligent and actually appeared to answer each question. Personally? Knew nothing about him before last night. I am interested in finding out more.
The other four guys (Duncan Hunter, Tom Tancredo, Jim Gilmore, and Tommy Thompson) I paid little attention to and quite honesty, I think that’s what the media would have preferred. It seems to me (just like we saw during the Democratic debate) CNN gave more airtime to those they feel have a chance. Everyone else gets put to the side, literally. All of the candidates spoke, but there was a reason Romney, Giuliani, and McCain were front center. In the end, the candidates either stood out because of how scary they were, how awesome they were at NOT answering the questions, or how much their answers pleasantly surprised me.
Seriously, though, how can a potential president NOT believe in evolution? Doesn’t this haunt you? Even the religious you?