Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Herman Cain Now Says the Almighty Called on Him to Run for President; But Rick Perry Says He was Called on by the Almighty First

Conservative Politicians Run Head First into the Absurd – And Do So Willingly

The Almighty is playing a role in Republican politics.  First it was Michele Bachmann who pontificated that the Lord had sent destruction to get everyone’s attention about balancing the Federal Budget.  Here is a direct quote of hers from an earlier post by The Dismal Political Economist

I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we've had a hurricane. He said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?' Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we've got to rein in the spending."

Then Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s wife suggested that Mr. Perry was called to run by the Supreme Deity, and that the difficulties Mr. Perry was having were a “test”.

The Texas first lady weaved together religion and politics in a speech at North Greenville University, characterizing her husband's decision to seek the presidency in August as a calling from God. Perry suggested her husband was being targeted for his evangelical Christian faith.

But Mrs. Perry acknowledged that other candidates might also be called.

He is the only true conservative – well, there are some true conservatives. And they’re there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose."

And if Mr. Perry’s failings in the campaign (he is now 9th in an 8 person race) were indeed a test, it seems safe to say that Mr. Perry has failed that test.  And so now the Lord has called a different candidate.

In a speech Saturday to a national meeting of young Republicans, Cain said the Lord persuaded him after much prayer.

"That's when I prayed and prayed and prayed. I'm a man of faith — I had to do a lot of praying for this one, more praying than I've ever done before in my life," Cain said. "And when I finally realized that it was God saying that this is what I needed to do, I was like Moses. 'You've got the wrong man, Lord. Are you sure?'"

The Dismal Political Economist thinks this is less about politics and calling, and more a case of revelation, the revelation being that the Creator has a wonderful sense of humor.

As for Mr. Cain, he then said this.

Once he made the decision, Cain said, he did not look back.

which those of us who know our Bible will say is a good decision.  After all, the person in the Bible who looked back was turned into a pillar of salt, and no matter what one thinks of Mr. Cain and his campaign, no one wants that, right?  

Meanwhile Mr. Cain continues to be fact challenged,

During his speech, Cain also criticized President Barack Obama for canceling the space shuttle program — a decision actually made by President George W. Bush— as NASA shifts its focus on travel farther from Earth's orbit.

But when you have been anointed a Presidential candidate by the highest authority there is, facts don’t really matter.  In fact, they really just get in the way of a good Conservative campaign.

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