By Alex Stanley ’12
With another election just a year away, Republican campaigning is in full force to try to beat President Barack Obama.
The candidates hold a tremendous amount of hate against Obama, with few reasons behind it, and a few have skewed views.
A couple of interesting candidates are Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Rick Perry is an extremely conservative candidate hailing from the state of Texas, where he resides as governor.
The Huffington Post recently released a copy of his college transcript.
He majored in animal science and primarily earned C’s and D’s—He even received a D in the principles of economics.
With poor grades, much of Perry’s presidential candidacy lies upon his policies.
In his book, Perry advocated for the abolishment of the 16th amendment—the federal income tax—which accounts for the majority of federal revenue.
Also, Perry does not believe in manmade global warming, according to The Huffington Post. He sees it as scientists manipulating data in order to generate funding for their research.
Any Brophy student who has taken a science class knows that humans have had at least some impact on the atmosphere.
Bachmann, a congresswoman from Minnesota, is one of the more serious contenders, showing it through winning the Iowa straw poll.
But even she has some skewed views. At a recent talk in Florida, U.S. News reported Bachmann as saying, “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people, because the American people are roaring right now.”
A devastating act of God being used to stop Washington from spending is a bit absurd.
After the comment, Bachmann came out saying that she was only joking, and hopefully she was.
Speaking of absurdity, Bachmann’s husband aired on the “Point of View” radio talk show and discussed his views on homosexuality saying, “Barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. And just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to go down that road.”
It is amazing that a person running for president can be so misinformed as to think that homosexuality is barbaric.
That was only two of many; here is my bone to pick with the lot of them: They all claim to hate Washington and big government, most notably their ire is directed at President Obama.
Looking through their various websites, one can find a few vague references to so-called “Obamacare” and unemployment.
While their dislike of “Obamacare” is understandable—what is tough to understand is their economic stances.
They claim to be fighting for the “everyday” man. But they want to cut taxes on corporations to spur job creation. Doing this will only increase the divide between classes. The heads of corporations will have less money to give to the government.
As well, it seems as if they are blaming Obama for the unemployment issues. There is a lapse in this thinking, being that they come from a party that prides itself on uninvolved government in the market.
Ups and downs are just a part of the market, and it is hypocritical to blame Obama for this.
The amount of hate though, is unbecoming of the circumstances.