Let’s be honest, if most conservatives had their way this nation would be nothing more than a theocracy run by the Christian religion. In fact, if you ask most Republicans they’ll proudly profess that this nation was founded on Christianity. That’s something I’ve always found baffling considering there’s not a single reference to Christianity, or anything related to it, mentioned in our Constitution.
You would think that if our Founding Fathers meant for this nation to be founded on Christianity, they would have included something about the Christian religion in the document that shaped the creation of our nation.
Though pointing out this indisputable fact rarely has any impact on the right-wing belief that the United States is indeed a Christian nation.
Facts and reality, who needs them, right?
But the truth of the matter is, no matter how often Republicans claim they “love” our Constitution (which clearly states that Americans have the freedom of religion), they really don’t like our First Amendment. Because of our First Amendment, conservatives have been repeatedly rebuked in their attempts to govern this nation like a theocracy instead of a constitutional republic based on a separation of church and state.
And this isn’t anything new, conservatives have been doing this pretty much since the beginning. Their ignorance on everything from slavery, to denying women the right to vote, opposing desegregation and legalizing interracial marriage to their stances on homosexuality have all been “justified” by conservatives (especially those living in the South and rural areas of the country) based on their religious beliefs.
Then when you look back at so many of these right-wing politicians (especially those who have presidential aspirations) these people often cite “God” as the inspiration driving them to run. You saw several GOP candidates in 2012 make this claim. Which is odd when you have multiple candidates from the same party all claiming that “God told them to run for president.” Either they’re delusional or God was very indecisive when it came to picking which candidate was going to lose to President Obama.
But what Republicans would really like to do is turn the presidency into the office of the most powerful preacher on the planet. They don’t want the president to just be the Commander-in-Chief, they want him or her to be a religious leader for the country. They want the president to use the White House as their own personal pulpit to force Christianity on millions of people who aren’t Christians.
The kind of government they want is set up where local governments pass unconstitutional laws often based on their religious beliefs, then they want a president who sits in the White House as the “Preacher of the United States” unconstitutionally supporting these laws at the federal level. And as most know the president nominates Supreme Court Justices who often tend to support the same system of beliefs as the party of the president who nominated them.
Sure, the Supreme Court is supposed to be impartial, but we’ve clearly seen that’s no longer the case.
But at the end of the day, when conservatives go to vote for a presidential candidate, they’re not looking for the best candidate to govern as Commander-in-Chief of the United States. They’re looking for a preacher to govern over the theocracy that they’ve desperately been trying to turn this country into since the very beginning.