Let’s be clear about this. I would not vote for Romney for two reasons. One: He is a Mormon. Two: Because he is a Northeasterner. Actually, there is a third and fourth reason(s)…he’s not a conservative, and… I didn’t much care for his father either!
Look, it’s nice, I suppose, to be all warm and fuzzy and say such nice things as: “The Constitution guarantees separation of church and state”. It’s nice to say that… but it simply isn’t true. Show it to me in the Constitution and I’ll believe it’s there. Plus, there is absolutely no way to keep the two separated. I wish there were… but the plain truth is… there is not. Not in a free country.
Only a fool would not consider a candidate’s religion or religious preference. I’ll say that again: Only a fool would not consider a candidate’s religion or religious preference. If there are such fools, in my personal opinion, we ought not allow them to vote! (Please understand… there is NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO VOTE in AMERICA!)
Now… for those of you gasping for breath, right about now, allow me to query you thusly: Knowing what you know now, about Islam, would you, unquestionably, vote for a man who presented himself as an Islamic candidate for President and said, publicly, that his religion defined him? Well, would you? If so, then, in my opinion, you are one of those I mentioned above who shouldn’t be allowed anywhere NEAR a voting booth.
See, there is no way to intelligently avoid having a candidate’s religion be a part of the candidate’s persona. Because it is! No matter how you slice, and dice, and parse it, one’s religion is a part of one’s make-up.
In my case, I was never going to vote for Romney, anyway, because of the reasons I gave above. So, his speech last week had no effect on my vote at all. Judging from the reports in the MSM, it didn’t affect many other folks, either. Romney may win a few primaries, but he will not be the Republican candidate for President. Why am I so sure? Well, even given all the screw-ups the GOP has made over the past few years, they are still smart enough to know that a Mormon is not going to be elected President of this country for a very, very, long time…. certainly not in 2008.
So far as not voting for a Northeasterner, I simply do not believe a Northeasterner can relate to the unique concerns of the Southern people of this nation. As I said, it is as simple as that.
In the end, as our children used to say: “saying something doesn’t make it so”. Just SAYING we should not consider a candidate’s religion might sound nice, and give us that warm and fuzzy feeling, but in practice it doesn’t work that way. Understand… Rev. Huckabee will be judged just as harshly for his evangelical religion as Mr. Romney will. Both will see some early successes but neither holds any promise for winning the nomination.