Marco Rubio wants to bring church and state together. Ron Paul explains why this goes against our traditions and Constitution.
Chris Rossini:Sometimes it could get way out there, in fact Marco Rubio, he’s our next topic here. He shows just how far out there, the view of the President can get. He says I hope that our next president is some one that relies deeply in their faith. The job is so great, that no mere mortal has enough widsom on their own to confront the challenges and the responsibilities that are put upon the leader of the free world. Dr. Paul, we are mortals here, everyone that is watching and listening are mortals. We can all go and look up thr US Constitution online and read it and it specifies that it was written for mortals too. It lists this is what the president can do and if it is not on the list he cannot do it.
Ron Paul: He is right on that one point, no mere mortal can rule the world and rule the country and do all these things, but I think what he doesn’t realize that he is introducing something that is very subjective and very arbitrary and that is faith. I think faith is very important in our personal lives, it has something to do with building character and I think it is something that has existed, but what he is doing is blending this in and what you are implying it is not part of our tradition and not part of our Constitution, What he wants to do is bring church and state together, when he talks about faith he is talking about church, but faith is non definable and even in Christian community defining your faith is a difference what a Catholic would say, how they would answer and there would be a difference on what Baptists would say and also we have to protect the beliefs and convictions of people who don’t have faith.
If they are saying we have to use faith who is going to define it, is it the individual himself that it’s his particular faith? Then you have to get into it does your faith dictate that we have an obligation to support all the wars of the Middle East for religious reasons. That is based on faith too. It is a very, very dangerous statement, even though people would be receptive to this and because I think character is important, I think if your faith, or a politicians’ faith is reflective in anything they do, it will be in their character, maybe in the way they treat people and what their life was like and just in that respect.
It should not say that we will check on my faith and we will find out what our policy should be and I think a lot of that is going on, I think it happens on both sides of this clash of civilizations. I think faith is very much involved on our side, the West, which is a Christian West, it challenges the faith of the Middle East radical, not all of them in the Middle East are involved in Islam, but it challenges it because a few of them want to define faith. I think it is very dangerous. What we want from the government is that we want the protection of liberty and free choices and rejection of the use of force and not using faith as an excuse for using force.