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Just last year, after a long and deserved wait, we ousted our long time government and it’s leader, Johnny boy. But that isn’t the end of our political woes. Soon we must endure another grueling election, the only thing is, we don’t get to vote in this one. The USA Presidential Election is as important as our own federal election was, if not more! Not only does USA and its president effect us, it greatly effects the rest of the world, as we all know very well. They are one of the permanent nations in the UN board and currently they can (and do) do basically anything they want!

The presidential race is broken down into two major groups. The Democrats and The Republicans. Currently they are choosing their candidates for president in the primary elections. Generally the Republicans consist of people of religious belief of varying extremes. The most extreme being notably, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.

Thankfully, Mitt Romney, a Mormon, recently dropped out of the runnings. This guy is basically bananas but as we all know there is no lack of “bananas” in the presidential race and no lack of crazies who will vote for them. Romney says awesomely fallacious statements such as,

“I am concerned that, unless America changes its course, we could become the France of the 21st century,”

What does this mean!? France is the France of the 21st Century. I cannot fathom what he means by this. Is he concerned that America will become cultured and have public health care? It sounds like this is something the American people should want! But again this is a man who thinks his god lives on a planet called Kolob and will give him his own planet to rule when he dies.

Mike Huckabee is a huge danger to America’s future and to the world. We have seen how an openly evangelical American President can effect everyone by just looking at George Bush’s track record. G Dub cut funding to government science programs and did away with the Presidential Science Adviser as well as banning stem cell research. Huckabee could be even more dangerous than Bush because he wants to change the American constitution so that it more accurately supports the Bible. I’ll let this quote do the talking.

“… I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”

What a bloody nut job. While I highly doubt that Huckabee will win the election, it is still worrying to think that people will vote for him, I know some Australians that would given the chance.

The democrats seem to be the safer choice for both Americans and the world. In my opinion, Clinton is the favourable option. This is because she openly supports a scientific future for America and in turn the rest of us, and she is the only presidential candidate to vocally support evolution as the fact it truly is. It’s going to be a tight race between Obama and Clinton though, so we can only sit and hold tight while we wait for the American people to decide the fate of the western world. It is a sad thought, but we are so heavily influenced by the USA that this might be one of the most important elections for Australia! If only we could vote in their elections then maybe it would be fair.




    • Andrew Parle
    • Posted February 10, 2008 at 7:48 pm
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    Huckabee’s (and Romney’s) religious views aren’t going to be of great import either in the US or elsewhere. Huckabee can’t change the constitution, no matter how hard he tries – that requires legislation (Congress) and the agreement of 2/3 of the states. Ain’t gonna happen.

    So it doesn’t seem terribly rational to prefer one president over another because of things which really don’t matter. There are differences between the Democrats and Republicans of critical importance, such as how to address the challenge of Imperialist Islam. Wouldn’t it make more sense to choose on those lines?

    • skelliot
    • Posted February 10, 2008 at 8:51 pm
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    I think it’s important to factor in all of the candidates policies when choosing who to vote for. However, it comes down to our main thinking points that generally decide who a person will vote for.

    Religion does have huge importance when it comes to government and people who hold the same views as those candidates will most probably vote for them! On the topic of changing the American constitution, it’s not about if he can change it, but that he wants to.

    While I think the problem in the middle east is a big factor in the upcoming election I really don’t think it’s the most important part for the American people. It would make more sense to choose along the lines of “who will fix our country”.

    As an aside, to call it “imperialist Islam” is humorous to say the least when America could easily be seen as “imperialist” in current times.

    Thanks for commenting.


  1. To be fair to evangelicals, there have been prominent liberal Democrats who were evangelical. Jimmy Carter, though his presidency was riddled with failures and frustrations, promoted transnationalism, social justice and progress /because/ of his religious faith, not in spite of it.

    That said, Huckabee is nuts. Luckily, McCain has the nomination locked up. So its going to be a debate between a Democrat and a Republican instead of a debate between a Democrat and Jesus.

  2. love to see the race for pressie to be between Obama and Clinton… wow! imagine! off the subject a little but… wow! imagine!

  3. PS i know they are on the same team… but i was “just imagine” if they were or could run against each other… that would be interesting to watch.

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