In reflecting on the problems of the Bush Administration, a thoughtful person might ask "What has contributed to the errors in judgment which have lead to this terrible war in Iraq, the huge national deficit, the increasing inequality of the rich and poor, the national shame of the bungling of helping our own citizens in New Orleans after Katrina, the stripping away of civil liberties, the promotion of rendition and torture, the increased divisiveness which has lead to the character assassinations of public servants and discrimination against gays, the corruption of the Department of Justice, the corporate take over of the FCC and our media, the anti-science policies of the FDA and Health and Human Services, the terrible mess created in our educational system by No Child Left Behind, the lack of health insurance for over 46 million Americans, the loss of our Middle Class, the planetary threat of global warming on our environment due to carbon dioxide emissions, and our continued dependence on foreign oil and lack of alternative fuel supply and better gas mileage here at home?
Could it be that President Bush's reliance on his faith rather than on rational thought to develop policy for the management of complex issues be the cause? In our next elections perhaps voters should consider the fundamental beliefs of candidates as a means of discerning their competence to manage complex issues in a rational, effective way based on knowledge, wisdom, and good judgment. The failure of our current policies is based on a failure of leadership, and that failure of leadership is based on the failure of the leader to have a framework for decision making that is based on the scientific understanding of the world rather than superstitious theological beliefs.
It would be appropriate to expect that in the 21st century we have leaders whose cosmology is based on scientific understanding and not on irrational beliefs. Jacob Weisberg had some interesting comments in his article in the March-April, 2007 issue of The Humanist entitled "A Mormon President?"
"Others, myself included, would not, under most imaginable circumstances, vote for a fanatic or fundamentalist - a Hassidic Jew who regards Rabbi Menachem Schneerson as the Messiah, a Christian literalist who thinks that Earth is less than 7,000 years old, or a Scientologist who thinks it is haunted by souls of space aliens sent by the evil lord Xenu. Such views are disqualifying because they're dogmatic, irrational, and absurd. By holding them, one indicates a basic failure to think for oneself or see the world as it is. By the same token, I wouldn't vote for someone who truly believed in the founding whoppers of Mormonism.
... Romney has every right to believe in con men, but I want to know if he does, and if so, I don't want him running the country."
Of course, a similar analysis can be of George W. Bush since he has stated that God has ordained that he be President, and the Christian right have been identified as his base. The rise of Christian Nationalism is a serious threat to our democracy and has very serious ramifications for stem cell research, reproductive rights, euthansia, militarism, discrimination based on biblical beliefs rather than democratic ideals, education such as teaching of creationism rather than science in schools, and separation of church and state.