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When the John McCain Presidential campaign made the fatal mistake of picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Arizona Senator’s running mate for the 2008 Presidential race, campaign strategist Steve Schmidt marveled at how unfazed Palin seemed by her selection.
“It’s God’s plan,” she said.
When former President George W. Bush reversed more than two centuries of American military policy of not striking first and ordered an invasion of Iraq in 2003, he justified his decision as “God’s will.”
Current GOP Presidential contender Rick Santorum, a self-declared evangelical, often says his run for the nation’s top job is “God’s will.” GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn’t invoke God as often as Santorum but does drag the deity into the stump speech when it serves his purpose.
In fact, God is so omnipresent is political campaigns that he (or she depending on belief) should be listed in Federal Election Commission reports as a consultant.
In Floyd County, Virginia, last year a candidate for sheriff, Paul Hill, said God woke him up at 3 in the morning and told him to run for sheriff and promised victory if he took the divine message to the county’s voters.
Hill finished third in a three-person race. So far, no word from above on why God failed to deliver on his promise. Seems even the King of Kings can’t turn a campaign promise into action.
The late Chet Atkins, in his song “Would Jesus Wear a Rolex on his Television Show,” wondered if the Son of God would “admit He’s talked to all those preachers who said they’d been-a talking to Him.”
Lots of candidates in elections claim to know what God wants. Some even claim getting their marching orders directly from the man (or woman) upstairs. Bush said he talked to God often…and that was after he the former President quit drinking.
Capitol Hill Blue ran a check of voter registration lists in all 50 states. God is not registered to vote in any. God is not registered as a lobbyist nor listed as a consultant or strategist for any campaign.
Yet candidates keep claiming divine guidance from God. Oddly enough, those who claim that guidance often lose elections or – as in George W. Bush’s case – end their terms destined to go down in history as one of the worst Presidents ever.
So if God is all-powerful, why isn’t he (or she) delivering elections? Pat Robertson said God told him to run for President many years ago. Pat who? Our point exactly.
Sarah Palin claimed to be part of God’s plan. Was it God’s plan to put a complete idiot a heartbeat away from the Presidency?
Rick Santorum says his campaign for President is God’s will. Does God really want a troglodyte like Santorum as the GOP choice for President?
God, we hope not.