Another two-blog day! On the same subject, yet -- theocracy vs. the republican democracy of our founding fathers.
Rick Santorum made it abundantly clear that he sees the USA as a christofascist theocracy and himself as the potential Pope of that theocracy when he said: "The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country."
It's abundantly clear that he has taken no time to read Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason, the writings of Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln, etc. He said he almost "threw up" after reading JFK's 1960 statement in which he declared that he was committed to the separation of church and state.
Clearly, he is not committed to that foundational American ideal!
He further denounced our sitting president as being commited to "... some phony theology ... not a theology based on the Bible."
He sees himself as the arbiter of what is real and what is "phony theology."
That means, if he were president, he would consider himself as a pope and the US government as his Vatican!
I remember all too well the fiasco of Ed Mecham as governor of Arizona. We still suffer from perceptions he brought to our state as the de facto Mormon bishop of Arizona.
To one degree or another, all republican candidates see themselves as the guardians of faith -- a concept that led to centuries of warfare and heinous oppression our forefathers fled -- that should be the basis of this country's government. If any of them pull the wool over the eyes of America, we will steadily see the imposition of religious tyranny in the guise of patriotism.
See this article for more details: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/26/santorum-church-and-state_n_1302246.html