The Almighty and the Bully Pulpit

The “bully pulpit” is American life is a position of authority and public visibility. The current commander of the bully pulpit is President Barack Obama.

The President caught my attention several weeks ago when I heard him quote his Vice President, Joe Biden. “Don’t compare me with the Almighty,” the saying goes. “Compare me with the alternative.”

There are only a few Republican contenders left for the GOP nomination to unseat Obama from the bully pulpit, and none of them compare very favorably with the President, let alone with The Almighty. So why would any of them want to call The Almighty to the witness stand?

But Rick Santorum, a defeated candidate for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat from Pennsylvania, nevertheless, went there. After three years of his opponents whispering that Obama is a Muslim (what’s wrong with that?) and not a Christian as he has always insisted, Santorum is now accusing the President of being some kind of “brand-x” (my expression) Christian, questioning Obama’s Christian values, suggesting he’s not a genuine, real believer, like most true, White Americans.

In a recent speech, Santorum accused the President of being motivated by a phony theology not based on the Bible. “It’s not about you. It’s not about your quality of life,” Santorum said. “It’s not about your jobs. It’s about some phony ideal, some phony theology. Oh, not a theology based on the Bible, a different theology, but none–no less a theology.” Santorum was campaigning at a Tea Party rally in Ohio, and he was talking about Obama’s environmental policies…Oh, now that makes perfect sense–Not!

Santorum obviously has not studied the U.S. Constitution lately. That document is clear. It was the “original intent” of the Framers of the Constitution that no federal employee, whether elected or appointed, career or political, can be required to adhere to or accept any religion or belief. Period. Article VI, Paragraph 3 of the Constitution says plainly: “

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” End of conversation.

Rick Santorum, who is Catholic, has got a lot of nerve talking about anyone’s “phony theology.” Why it was just around 50 years ago when John F. Kennedy’s fitness to be President was being questioned by the good, Bible-thmping, White Protestants in this country. But the Constitution said in plain language, from the very beginning, “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office,” in the United States..

What Obama’s opponents have been saying, sometimes in coded language, and sometimes just openly and bluntly, is that everyone CAN SEE that the President is DIFFERENT from the REST OF US. This point was punctuated emphatically by Santorum’s new national press secretary who made a gaffe of her own when she was trying to clean up her boss’s “phony theology” blunder. Alice Stewart, who had worked for Michelle Bachmann’s presidential campaign before signing on with Santorum, said Obama had pursued “radical Islamic policies,” during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

“There is a type of theological secularism when it comes to the global warmists in this country,” Stewart said. “That’s what he (Santorum) was referring to. He was referring to the president’s policies, in terms of the radical Islamic policies the president has.”

Translated–”YOU SEE the President of the United States when you look at Barack Obama. WE SEE a radical Muslim, who probably wasn’t even born in this country.” The show’s host didn’t notice anything unusual about the comment at the time, and it was only later that the Santorum campaign called back later to clarify the record.

White people in America are upset. They stole this continent from the Indians. They stole the Black people from Africa, enslaved them for 310 years of free labor, and they made themselves and this country very, very wealthy.

Furthermore, environmental change is real. No more cheap energy America!

The gravy train has come to an end, and White folks want the clock turned back to the way things used to be. That’s not going to happen, even if Obama is a one-term president. Black folks are not going to go back. And climate change will not be reversed by some Republican hot air, from the bully pulpit.

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