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Posted on 12/29/2007 3:35:12 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The Christmas ads that showed up in Iowa and New Hampshire and here, on the Internet are mostly just more ads, but with a new and disturbing twist.
There is Barack Obama, being sensitive by letting his wife, Michelle, speak first; Rudy Giuliani, softening his image by joking with Santa, and Ron Paul grinning in the midst of family pandemonium. John McCain reminds us he was a prisoner of war, Fred Thompson offers heart-warming snapshots of the troops and John Edwards promises not to forget the poor. The hullabaloo has come over the ad for Mike Huckabee. He speaks alone, telling the viewer that "what really matters is the celebration of the birth of Christ." As he says this, the camera pans and a shelf appears between his head and a Christmas tree in the form of a bright white cross.
The subliminal message is, "I'm a real Christian," and that maybe his opponents aren't. For that, he has been attacked and of course, he knew he would be attacked. He wanted to be attacked. It allows him to defend his innocuous words and they are innocuous, out of political context.
All this strikes us as brilliant politics and a regrettable injection of more religion into a contest for secular office. Americans may demand a president with religious values, but up until now, most voters have not chosen their presidential candidate based on who scores highest on the fervency meter. Looking at the Huckabee ad, and remembering that it's more than 11 months to the election, we think: What next? Who's going to top this?
(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...
Clinton ad connected to the Christmas of gain. In her ad, she sits by a pile of presents and inserts gift cards identifying the contents: "Universal Health Care," "Alternate Energy" and "Universal Pre-K."In some future anti-Clinton ad, someone could use this ad as a starting point and then show "the other side of the story" with armed feds ala Ilian Gonzalez, bursting into someones home, rifling through purses and piggy banks, and exiting with cash in hand... and guns aimed in a threatening manner at the occupants. (or something like that)
I don't care if the candidate claims to be a Catholic, a Baptist or a Mormon. I don't care if he goes to church every Sunday or if he tithes as requires by the bible. I don't even care if he falls asleep occasionally when he does attend church. So long as he will uphold his oath of office as president with the highest of moral values, he will get my vote!
Many Christians fear Romney because he is a Mormon. They don't trust Giuliani because he is a Catholic. They now believe that Huckabee is the most trustworthy because he is a Protestant minister. They like McCain, even though he tried to grant citizenship to over 12 million illegal aliens and now denies it. PHOOEY on all of them!
Last I checked, being a religious leader was not part of the President's job description. If "We the People" truly believe in "Freedom of Religion", then a candidate's denomination should not play significant a role in our thought process. It is time for all Americans to consider the position of President and evaluate each candidate's ability to best carry out the task at hand. It's time for America to elect the candidate who will make the best President.
I’m with you. As a hard core Jesus freak, I’d rather have an atheist surgeon working on me than a Christian, if he was the best in the world. That’s an extreme example, but the principle holds.
Hunter may not have ever been a “professional minister”, but his life speaks for itself. He’s getting my vote, if he’s still in the race by the primary.
Perhaps some reporter should ask sen. Clintoon who's credit card she will be putting all of these presents on.
There was nothing subliminal about it.
Huckabee has surged because he won a couple of debates and hes got evangelical support. If a quick rise can happen to the liberal pro-life evangelical Huckster, it can happen to the conservative pro-life evangelical Hunter.
According to Intrade, the winner of the December 12th GOP debate was... Duncan Hunter.
Why the smart money is on Duncan Hunter
In this poll Hunter is up 3% and even with Paul and Thompson.
To discriminate based on a candidate’s core values, principles or positions on issues is what the elections are all about. To discriminate based on denomination goes against the core of America’s sovereign existence. Voters are quick to judge politicians for hypocrisy, while they themselves violate the premise of The Constitution. Sad, isn’t it?
When you stand up for what you believe and say what you think, there will always be people who try to discredit you. I have learned that if you can't take the criticism, you need to keep your mouth shut. I choose to speak up, therefore, I accept the criticism thrown my way. In fact, my favorite thing about writing is reading the rebuttals written against me.
By the way, I disagree with many aspects of the Mormon faith and I am concerned for the salvation of all Mormons, but I am still voting for Mitt Romney on January 15th.