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“Today’s Useful Idiot; John Kasich”: Turns Out He’s As Loony As Any Of His Companions In The GOP Presidential Race

Too bad: John Kasich, the Republican presidential aspirant who seemed comparatively sane, turns out to be as loony as any of his companions on the GOP debate stage – perhaps even loonier. On Tuesday, the Ohio governor boldly proposed a new federal agency to “promote Judeo-Christian values” overseas. Evidently Kasich believes that this religiously-based propaganda initiative – which he would direct toward the Mideast, Russia, and China – should promote “Judeo-Christian Western values of human rights, democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion [!] and freedom of association” as a counter-terrorist measure.

Of course, if such an “Agency to Promote Judeo-Christian Values” were sent forth to advance the Christian and Jewish religions abroad, that effort would not only alienate Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and adherents of other faiths, but would raze the constitutional “wall of separation between church and state” built by the nation’s founders.

While any such program would be destined to fail miserably as public diplomacy, Kasich’s articulation of this terrible idea must have excited the propaganda specialists of ISIS and jihadis everywhere, since it confirms their claims that the West has mounted a “crusade” against Islam. (No doubt it also thrilled the “strict constitutionalists” on the Republican far right, whose embrace of religious liberty only ever protects their own beliefs.)

That’s why Kasich, a “moderate” mindlessly pandering to the extreme right, is today’s useful idiot.

 

By: Joe Conason, Editor in Chief, Editor’s Blog, Featured Post, The National Memo, November 18, 2015

November 19, 2015 - Posted by | GOP Presidential Candidates, John Kasich, Religious Beliefs | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Another Republican trying to make a “nationalism of hysteria and fear”!

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    Comment by lrfalstad | November 20, 2015 | Reply

  2. Looking into the destruction he’s put upon Ohio, you realize that he truly is deserving of his seat in the Republican Clown Car.

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    Comment by Barneysday | November 19, 2015 | Reply

    • I hope they’re carring insurance for that car. It’s heading for total destruction!

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      Comment by raemd95 | November 19, 2015 | Reply

  3. This is unfortunate as I was viewing him as the saner voice among the GOP field. He is just playing into the hands of a fervent base.

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    Comment by Keith | November 19, 2015 | Reply


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