God wants Iowa first
By Jason Clayworth
God's will is for Iowa to have the first-in-the-nation caucus, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson told a crowd here Monday.
"Iowa, for good reason, for constitutional reasons, for reasons related to the Lord, should be the first caucus and primary," Richardson, New Mexico's governor, said at the Northwest Iowa Labor Council Picnic. "And I want you to know who was the first candidate to sign a pledge not to campaign anywhere if they got ahead of Iowa. It was Bill Richardson."
Clearly Richardson wants Iowa to hold the limelight it has historically had. But now we know it is also God’s will for that to continue. What is the point of appealing to God to ground his own personal desire? Is the Governor claiming he has been the recipient of divine revelation? Is he using God’s will as a trump card to get everyone in line with his own will? Since he pledged not to campaign in any state that held a vote prior to Iowa, it sounds like he is getting nervous that might happen and wants to head it off at the pass. Well, if it is God’s will, what’s he getting nervous about?
If, for example, Fred Thompson had declared the above, we would not hear the end of the ridicule heaped upon this probable Republican candidate for president. The Dems would mock any Republican man who claims to know God’s will who also aspires to preside over our country. But Governor Bill Richardson will get a pass from the liberal press.
God has spoken (his word being recorded in the Bible) about all aspects of life, but he has not said anything about when primaries should be held in Iowa. Bill Richardson should pay attention to what God has said, which we all can review and contemplate because it is recorded. For example, Richardson will find that God has spoken about abortion and it is contrary to what Richardson has declared:
"I am pro-choice and will continue to support abortion rights and medical privacy for women. I am the only candidate explicitly committing to appoint only judges who consider Roe v. Wade settled law."
See his web site.
This issue is major; the timing of primaries is inconsequential. In the first case, Richardson doesn’t want to be bothered with what God has already said. In the second, he puts words in God’s mouth for his own gain. That is called making God in his own image.