The mid-term elections here in the States are less than 90 days away. These elections are crucial, and will sway for decades the course our nation will take, for better or for worse. The issues involved in these mid-terms are similar in most or all of the contests. With that thought in mind, it may be of interest to examine one specific candidacy; and one of the more interesting candidacies is that of Sharron Angle, who is determined to unseat incumbent Senator Harry Reid for a Senate seat for the state of Nevada.
Senatorial hopeful Angle has addressed the issue of religion, and it’s potential to influence elections. In many small remote areas of America, and of Nevada, religion is a formidable political force. With the majority of a town population practicing within a single domination, the church pastors have a powerful role. Travelers have noted that in areas dominated by this or that denomination, discrimination evolves. Non-church members may experience difficulty in finding employment, or housing. The church groups’ influence may extend even to local schools, and to law enforcement agencies, thus giving rise to extreme situations. If political groups can tap into this power source, they are assured of many, many votes. Republican candidate and notable Tea Party spokesperson Sharron Angle indeed believes that the clergy should be permitted to endorse candidates from the pulpit. She is among the most conservative of congress-persons and candidates, outspoken on the issue of boundaries between religion and government. She agrees with those who feel students and teachers in the classroom should be permitted to openly discuss religious issues, and she declares that teachers who are so inclined should publically “acknowledge the Creator”. At the present time, the federal government bans church endorsement of candidates, church involvement in political campaigns, and the expression of views on candidates from the pulpit. Angle sees her campaign as a spiritual calling; she accuses incumbent Harry Reid, and all Democrats, of trying to “make the government God.” And in this regard she specifically accuses them of usurping the role of God in the implementation, and continuation of entitlement programs. At other venues, regarding entitlements, Angle has stated she would phase out Social Security, and that people who receive unemployment benefits are “spoiled”.
Earlier in the current campaign Angle was forceful in her support of the Second Amendment, the right of Americans to bear arms; that is, the right of private gun-ownership. The Second Amendment protects the rights of Americans to gun ownership, so as to provide for a “well regulated militia” in the event of enemy attack. Likewise it promotes gun ownership so that in the event our government becomes intolerable, the citizenry will be able to mount an armed offensive; to conceivably unseat and replace the intolerable administrators. At one point candidate Angle suggested that good Americans should bear arms, and “take out” her opponent Harry Reid. At the time I quipped that she perhaps intended to “off him”.
Senatorial Hopeful Angle has been vocal in her opposition to Elena Kagan, who is about to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. In this regard Angle refers to Kagan’s stand on limiting gun ownership. She calls Senator Reid’s support of Kagan a “slap in the face to every NRA member.” She accuses Reid of claiming to support second amendment rights while in fact he stands against gun owners. She accuses Kagan of being incapable of separating personal views from the view of the law.
Many believe that the most pressing issue facing the U.S. today is the issue of job creation; the high rate of unemployment must be reduced. Those seeking jobs must have hope to continue in their determination to work. The Washington Post describes an interview of Sharron Angle by a celebrated actress, Dee Drenta, in which Drenta asked Angle what she would do to find work for the unemployed. Surprisingly Angle responded she didn’t have such a plan. Angle said it was up to “the statehouse” to incentivize “that kind of stuff”; she went on to suggest that the interviewer might fare better were she to question Nevada Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki.
The industry which provides alcoholic beverages to Americans of legal age, in states, including Nevada, is a giant industry indeed. It clearly dwarfs the powerful gun lobbyists; it may be on equal footing as the powerful Health Care industry. And yet Sharron Angle has made statements which if taken seriously could bring alarm to those bottlers. In an interview with Liberty Watch Magazine, when questioned about the legalization of Marijuana, she expressed her opposition to such legalization. She added, “I feel the same about legalizing alcohol.” She stated that she was elected (to the Nevada Republican Assembly) to protect, and she intends to protect.
61 year old Sharron Angle was the daughter of a Navy Man; he fought in WWll, and in Korea. Following his discharge, the family moved to Reno, Nevada. Sharron earned a degree from the University of Nevada, then married Ted Angle; The Angles have two children, and ten grandchildren. Sharron founded a one room Christian school in Nevada, where she taught 24 students for two years. She also tutored for Nye County Juvenile Justice. In 1998 she was elected to the Nevada State Assembly where she served until 2006. As an active member of the Republican Party, Angle currently serves on the Nevada State Central Committee, and is a past chairman of the Washoe County GOP precinct organization effort. She is a member of Gun Owners of America, the National Right to Life Committee, Nevada Republican Assembly, and the Fellowship Community Church.
We look forward then to the November elections; indeed the course of history is at stake. Sharron Angle continues to draw support from the Tea Party base which brought her victory in the primary election. The Issues in these coming elections are similar from state to state. But lest we forget, Nevada, the gaming capital of the world, is an atypical state, and Sharron Angle may even be described as an atypical, albeit colorful candidate.