Friday, July 22, 2011

More on Dishonoring God: Rick Perry Edition

Apparently Rick Perry like Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Santorum is hearing God's call.  Apparently, I'm in a minority in believing that this claim constitutes hubris. In The Daily Beast, Michelle Cottle writes,
Better still, Perry’s assertion that he has been “called” also sends a signal that the governor is not unnaturally fixated on this whole presidential dream. He’s running because he sees it as God’s will, not because he needs an ego boost or a purpose in life. He is not, God forbid, personally ambitious—like say, the cold-blooded meritocrat currently inhabiting the White House or a certain flip-floppish ex-governor frantic to hold onto his front-runner status.
You could see Perry pushing this message in another quote to come out of his interview: “I’ll be real honest with you,” he told the Register. “I don’t wake up in the morning—never did and still don’t today—and say, ‘Gee, I want to be president of the United States.’”. . .
For many Americans, however, Perry’s professed ambivalence will be as irresistible as ice cream on a hot day. It is an enduring political irony that, despite being a nation of strivers, Americans find naked ambition distasteful. Especially in presidential candidates, visible hunger can be a turnoff, an indication that the pol in question is too desperate for the job, too power-hungry, or just plain needy.
 Reading between the lines, it seems that the claiming God's call is not only hubris, it's an effort to hide one's pride.  I always thought that God created humans to serve him; apparently, certain politicians believe God exists to serve their political advantage

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