The defining moment of the recent Republican candidate debate was, at least to me, when the following question was put to John McCain by Chris Matthews, quite evidently without any forewarning, “Do you believe in evolution?” It was as if time stopped, and in that brief instant before it resumed one could plainly discern that thoughts were racing through the heads of the candidates. And one could almost, by watching facial expressions and body language, read those thoughts. The candidates on stage with McCain were mentally giving thanks that they had not been singled out for such a question out of the blue, and hoping that they would be spared in the follow-up. The poignancy of the moment was stunning.
The look on Mr. McCain’s face was worth the price of admission to the event, if in fact payment for admission was required. It was the look of a deer caught in the headlights of an onrushing truck on a busy highway. In that brief instant John McCain was contemplating his political future. He had to decide, and do it quickly, if he in fact believed in God, or if he did not. Would it benefit him politically to stand up for God and stand down to the half-baked theories of men, or could he gain more momentum by standing down for God and embracing the mumbo-jumbo of Darwinism? You do have to give it to old John; he made no bones about the fact that his lust for the office of president far outweighed his love of God. With very little thought, other than a very slight, but perceptible, hesitation he denied before the entire world any faith in Almighty God, the creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in and upon the same. Wow! Is all that I can say.
The next time that John McCain uses the name of God in a speech, an address, an announcement, an ad or a phony public prayer to ingratiate himself with voters, we will know him for the hypocrite that he is. Apparently it was Darwin and his cockroach theory that sustained John through his captivity in Viet Nam. God had nothing to do with it.
At this point John added a little preachifying to the occasion. He, realizing the magnitude of the blockbuster that he had just delivered, followed up with an ingratiatingly and patently phony little homily on how much he appreciated nature and enjoyed communing with the great outdoors. It was almost as if when he engaged his mouth he could just not put the brakes on his tongue. Which nature were you talking about, John? The one created by an accidental non-directed cosmic explosion, which sprayed terrestrial bodies into precisely located, but unplanned, positions, orbits, rotations, and speeds for complete harmony and equilibrium? Ah, yes, it has to be that man-made version of the birth of the universe because you just told the world that you do not believe in a God of Creation.
Meanwhile back to the stage of pain, where we have a bevy of candidates, who might otherwise be enjoying John’s discomfiture, but who are instead anxiously contemplating their turn at the hands of the same Matthews who had just nailed John’s feet to the floor with his question. All are hoping that inquisitor Matthews had been satiated by the affects of the clever trap that he had sprung upon John McCain, a trap that exposed the true nature of John McCain to the world. But just when it appeared that the rest might escape having to put up or shut up the rug was pulled from beneath them when another moderator opened the question up to the group by asking all those on the stage who disbelieved in evolution to raise their hand.
The boys responded with comedic jerkiness, for an instant it was as though I was watching an out of time vintage movie. With furtive glances at their compatriots they responded less than enthusiastically. Three raised their hand rather hesitantly like a schoolboy who doesn’t know if he is doing the right thing or not by volunteering to answer a teacher’s classroom question. To their credit Sam Brownback, Tom Tan Credo, and Mike Huckabee affirmed their disbelief in evolution by the raising of their hand. The next day Huckabee called a news conference and desperately tried to back off of his commitment by complaining about the fairness of the question and it’s pertinence to the presidency, saying that if he were to be elected president he would continue to encourage the teaching of evolution in public schools and that he would make it illegal to teach Biblical creation in the same. So, we now know that Mr. Huckabee lied when he raised his hand, but this is typical of most politicians, most are inveterate liars. Mr. Tan Credo and Mr. Brownback, to their credit, did not backtrack. The rest of the candidates shuffled their feet and dragged their knuckles rather than respond one way or another.
The fact is that such a question at a Democratic debate would go over in humdrum fashion. The national media naturally assumes that all Democrats are devoid of any commitment to Biblical principles. But, since they believe that some Republicans may still secretly embrace Biblically espoused values, such must be exposed as heretics to secular progressiveness. If every one of the Republican candidates that night had flunked this liberal media test, they could have concluded the debate with honor.
Throughout the Internet in the days following the debate the entire godless secular community squealed and howled like banshee monkeys. Their vitriol and their language were atrocious and their shrill invective was exceeded only by their monumental ignorance and stupidity. They were absolutely enraged that the “majority” of the ten Republican candidates had the audacity to disbelieve evolution. That they believe three out of ten to be a majority points up their mathematical prowess and makes me better understand why Mexican aliens are brought in to take their jobs. Every time one makes a case that evolution is specious the secularists go spastic and throw themselves upon the compost pile to prove that they are the living descendants of reptiles and anthropoids. They may look like apes, they may act like apes, they may even smell like apes, but they are not apes. Nor are they descended from Apes. They are human beings descended from Adam, and they are, if they don’t change their ways, going to spend eternity contemplating their rejection of the Living God.
Jim Schwiesow is a retired sheriff with 46 years of law enforcement service. He served with the Unites States Army with the occupation forces in post war Berlin, Germany, and has a total of nine years of military service, which includes six years in the U.S. Army Reserve.
His law enforcement service includes: three years in the military police, fifteen years as an Iowa municipal police officer, and twenty-eight years as the duly elected sheriff of Sioux County, Iowa.
Jim has written a number of articles, which have been published in various professional law enforcement journals.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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