I’m not thrilled with Rick Perry’s Christianism, but his otherwise libertarian instincts are damned appealing. After watching his announcement to seek the Republican nomination for president, I’d be tempted to vote for him, and I’m a liberal!
President Obama is highly unlikely to beat this guy next year, and Romney’s Mormonism dooms him among the Republican evangelical base. Michelle Bachmann passes all contemporary right-wing ideological purity tests, but lacks gravitas.
So, by a process of elimination, Jesus appears to be putting a big Texas smile on Rick Perry.
Ladies and gentleman, meet the man who is almost certainly going to be the next President of the United States.
Christianism, by the way, is a term coined by Andrew Sullivan for Protestant fundamentalism blended with nationalism. It’s an almost perfect word for the fake-out heretical Christianity that pervades contemporary America. It would be nice to see Sullivan’s word for this ideology gain traction. And, if you’re an adherent of this ideology, Sullivan’s name for you is Christianist.