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Friday, June 08, 2007

GOP Presidential Debate Review

Today, I finally had the opportunity to watch the rest of the GOP presidential debate I had recorded earlier. Below is my (recorded?) live-blogging of the debate.

Huckabee definitely moved up a few points in my book for this stunning display:
MR. FAHEY: Thank you. Governor Huckabee, at a previous debate, you and two of your colleagues indicated that you do not believe in evolution. You’re an ordained minister. What do you believe? Is it the story of creation as it is reported in the Bible or described in the Bible?

MR. HUCKABEE: It’s interesting that that question would even be asked of somebody running for president. I’m not planning on writing the curriculum for an eighth-grade science book. I’m asking for the opportunity to be president of the United States.

But you’ve raised the question, so let me answer it. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” To me it’s pretty simple: a person either believes that God created this process or believes that it was an accident and that it just happened all on its own.

And the basic question was an unfair question because it simply asks us in a simplistic manner whether or not we believed — in my view — whether there’s a God or not. Well let me be very clear: I believe there is a God. I believe there is a God who was active in the creation process. Now, how did he do it, and when did he do it, and how long did he take? I don’t honestly know, and I don’t think knowing that would make me a better or a worse president.

But I’ll tell you what I can tell the country. If they want a president who doesn’t believe in God, there’s probably plenty of choices. But if I’m selected as president of this country, they’ll have one who believes in those words that God did create. And as the words of Martin Luther, “Here I stand. I can do no other.” And I will not take that back.

MR. BLITZER: Governor, but — but — (applause) — I think the specific question — the specific question is do you believe literally it was done in six days and it occurred 6,000 years ago?

MR. HUCKABEE: No, I did answer that, Wolf. I said I don’t know. My point is, I don’t know; I wasn’t there. (Laughter.) But I believe whether God did it in six days or whether he did it in six days that represented periods of time, he did it, and that’s what’s important.

But, you know, if anybody wants to believe that they are the descendants of a primate, they are certainly welcome to do it. I don’t know how far they will march that back. But I believe that all of us in this room are the unique creations of a God who knows us and loves us and who created us for his own purpose.
I personally am a Young Earth creationist, but I do believe there is enough wiggle room for Huckabee because he still interprets Genesis literally. I was very impressed with Huckabee’s performance. Watching his hand motions, you could tell he was a pastor.

Brownback had this to say about evolution:
“I think it’s interesting that we are doing this here at St. Anshelms. That saint had a philosophy of “faith seeking reason.” And that’s the issue that’s missing here, if I could highlight that point. I believe we are created in the image of God for a particular purpose. And I believe that with all my heart. I’m someone whose had cancer in the past; I’ve had a season to really look at this and study it and think about the end of life. And I am fully convinced there is a God in the universe that loves us very mucha and was involved in the process. How he did it, I don’t know. One of the problems we have with our society today is that we place faith and reason at odds with each other. They aren’t at odds with each other. If they are, check your faith or check your science.”
Brownback is half right. Yes, faith and science are not at odds, but you should check your science, not your faith. Faith is by its very nature a priori—a fundamental principle. I personally find it far easier to trust the inerrent word of God than the feeble, error fraut graspings of man. And I say this as a double science major.

Ron Paul is a godless heathen* coward who misquotes the constitution.

CNN quoted a UN report as a source—laughable, if they weren’t passing themselves off as a legitimate news agency. They asked “is science wrong on global warming?" Science? So suddenly the UN is the voice of every scientists on Earth? If so, God help us. See this story I linked to earlier, “They Call This a Consensus?,” which refutes such arrogant claims.

Giuliani is a baby-murdering leftist masquerading in a red tie and a “support the troops” pin.

When McCain starts looking like a trustworthy conservative, its either time to get your eyes checked or head for the hills. I just got new glasses.

Gosh our nation is in rough shape.

CNN’s time distribution was beyond a doubt biased in favor of their favorite three-- Romney, Giuliani, and McCain. What do they think they’re doing? Trying to keep the conservative candidates at the kiddy table?

Romney doesn’t understand the cause of oil prices—or the free market—better than your average fourth grader. Ditto for McCain. It’s kindof pathetic to say that Ron Paul is right and everybody else is wrong, but here, I’ve got to say it.

Whoever the moderator with the hedgehog hair is, is an idiot. Huckabee gave a good answer to the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” questions four times, and the moderator kept asking Huckabee to "answer the question."

After watching the Fox News debate, CNN’s pathetic display was shamefully unproffessional. “Does anyone here support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military? Anybody???” Come on! I would be embarrassed to serve in that network.

* Note: I have no idea whether Ron Paul is sincerely a closet Christian, and I am not judging his salvation. I’m judging his presidential aims.


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