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A Profile for the Mid-Terms: Sharron Angle, Candidate for the Nevada Senate

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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.

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About John Lake

John Lake had a long and successful career in legitimate and musical theater. He moved up into work behind the camera at top motion pictures. He has done a smattering of radio, and television John joined the Blogcritics field of writers owing to a passion for the liberal press, himself speaking out about the political front, and liberal issues. Now the retired Mr. Lake has entered the field of motion picture, television, and video game (now a daily gamer!) critique. His writing is always innovative and immensely readable!
  • John,

    This is a good thread…I hope it continues.

    : )just the opinion of a Human Bean

  • John Lake

    Re John Wilson (#45):
    “..maybe if I force them to be like me they’ll see the light.”
    That’s it exactly. I often mention the teen aged Islamic extremists in Mogadishu who threatened to be-head anyone who refused to pray several times daily.

  • What about the innocence of children. John Wilson? You seem to fail to put this into your equation.

  • John Wilson

    John Lake notes: “How ironic; Armageddon, the end of the world brought about by what was hoped would sustain us — organized religion!”

    I’m afraid it’s even bigger than religion, it’s human nature. People seem to think “if everyone were more like me the world would be wonderful; maybe if I force them to be like me they’ll see the light and then there will be world peace!”

  • Baronius

    Jeannie, those are all moral judgements. You believe that leaving a fossil-fuel-free world for our children is good. You believe that killing people over faith is wrong. You encourage tolerance and love. These are statements of your values. You have no problem making them. That means that you accept the guidance of ethical codes in making decisions.

  • John Lake

    I hope the editors don’t get on me for that substance-less and irrelevant comment, #39.
    I might have mentioned that I range from ethical and pragmatic to remotely religious
    without even trying. But organized religion usually de-volves, as opposed to the more positive, evolves.
    Buggin (from the movie Clueless, Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy): “aghast, eyes poppin out!”

  • Baronius,

    One more thought before I go:

    The human condition has always left us afraid of the unknown…looking at the world through different eyes is very difficult. that’s why I am soo resistant to your points and you mine

    We can’t sustain our environment and governments much longer without, real fundamental change. We need to first, get off of the fossil fuels, second, make this world more compassionate for all, and third, stop killing each-other over who’s faith is right or wrong.

    Jesus, taught tolerance, and love for one-another…i fall way short of these goals. :(see you later, Baronius.

  • Cindy,

    I borrowed you little, human bean. 🙂

  • Baronius,

    Do you support those things? of course not!

    My comments deal with changing popular opinion, Baronius.

    I have a a great deal of respect for you as a *human bean*…please don’t get mad at me again.

  • John Lake

    “A human bean.” I’m buggin!

  • Baronius

    Of course you’re telling me how to live, Jeannie. Do you support pollution? war? greed? racism? Of course not. You take ethical stands all the time.

  • Baronius,

    Hope you are not offended…I was only calling myself an idiot, not you.

  • John,

    The name of God has been evoked billions- of-times in this world and usually for political power over others.

    My belief in God is personal to me, and I don’t use that faith to justify my idiotic behavior. I’m just a human bean 😉

  • Baronius,

    That’s not true at all. I am not telling you how to live. In fact, maybe you would like to tell, me and everyone else who is not of your religious persuasion how to live.

    have you considered this possibility?

  • John Lake

    “I fear that the next world war will be all over religious differences”
    (Still having that italics situation, I see.)
    I harbor a similar fear. How ironic; Armageddon, the end of the world brought about by what was hoped would sustain us — organized religion!
    I have mentioned before on these pages that any view of life that is un-realistic, un-substantiated, incapable of being proven, is in fact incompatible with the belief in order; that is with the belief in God!

  • Baronius

    First of all, I said that we’re nothing like a theocracy. I didn’t say that we shouldn’t fear over-zealousness.

    Secondly, as far as I know, churches aren’t going to be allowed to make endorsements of candidates. It’s just something that one candidate said.

    Thirdly, the statement that religion and politics need to be separated is awfully broad. There’s a world of difference between a person voting based on his beliefs and a church controlling a government. The first is up to the individual; the second is forbidden by the Constitution.

    Lastly, I’d bet that you have no problem with making decisions about good and bad on a day-to-day basis. I know you have strong opinions about good and bad in politics and society. You don’t have a problem with someone following an ethical code. Your problem seems to be with me following my ethical code.

  • Bill B

    re #25 and the doing God’s will business

    There is a fine but significant distinction between living your life in a way that you believe is morally and ethically redeeming and placing the stamp of approval of God on same.

    It’s one thing to do and espouse what we think is right; it’s quite another to say it’s God’s will as if one were privy to some secret knowledge and as such know’s what’s best for the rest of us – especially when that sensibility starts to imbue itself in legislation that significantly effects our private lives in ways that are contrary to our own personal “God sensibilities”.

    Beyond that I think it’s hubris to even think we know what God is or wants – and for all you non-believers, if God even exists.

  • Baronius,

    If we are in no danger of religious over-zealousness, then why are Churches now going to be aloud to officially endorse candidates?

    Religion and Politics need to be clearly separated.

    And, your wording in that last comment really troubles me. If your GOOD, that must mean to you that anyone not religious is somehow, BAD?

    see what I mean?

    I fear that the next world war will be all over religious differences

  • Baronius

    John, I haven’t read enough to consider myself a Thomist, but I bet that my answer to your question lies somewhere in his writings. I believe in what St. Paul called “the law written in their hearts”, the notion that all of us carry an awareness of right and wrong. Aristotle said that we improve our aptitude for knowing right and wrong by regular practice. If you look across cultures, the understanding of what constitutes right and wrong doesn’t differ by much. I don’t know you or Jeannie, so I have no idea how good you are.

  • John Wilson

    25 -Baronius says: “I’m grimly aware of how often I fail at it.”

    But this disclaimer still maintains that you KNOW what gods will is. That you merely fail, sometimes.

    Do you think, perhaps that Jeannie or I fail any more often or worse than you? Do you think that our ignorance of gods will leads us into more error?

  • Baronius

    Handy and Zing – Sorry. I was looking down the comments and honestly thought that they were all made by Handy and Jeannie. I hate being misrepresented, and I hate having indirectly done that to you guys.

    Handy – Also sorry about not replying to #19. I haven’t listened to Angle, and have formed no opinion about her ability to serve as Senator.

  • Possibly you got me confused with zing yet again? We’re not that much alike!

    At any rate, neither zing nor myself were targeting you as an individual. It’s just hard to imagine you actually defending this particular candidate and her questionable religious squawking on the merits. Take that First Commandment thing she said! Ack!

  • Baronius

    Jeannie, many of our Founders were motivated by religious faith. Most of our citizens are. That doesn’t make us a theocracy. We’re a constitutional republic. As long as we adhere to the laws of the republic, which are organized under our Constitution, we won’t be a theocracy. See what I mean?

  • Baronius

    Handy, I certainly try to live by a moral code, and use the talents I have and opportunities that come my way. I’m grimly aware of how often I fail at it.

  • We are very amused by the possibility of Ms. Angle being interviewed by Rachel Maddow. “Come on, please,” urged Rachel tonight. “It’ll be a lot more fun that you think.” You betcha!

  • zingzing

    baronius, do you really think everything you do pleases god and is his will? or do you think you even know god’s will? someone claiming god has chosen them for a particular role is nothing but hubris and damn fine politics if you want to convince the stupid.

  • I understood you, Jeannie [I think]. My comments were addressed to Baronius.

  • Handyguy,

    I am misunderstood many times over when people read my responses.

    I meant that when I articulate, less is more, not that my less is more than your more.

    :0 nite

  • Another astonishing quote from Ms. Angle [she’s got a million of ’em]:

    And these programs that you mentioned — that Obama has going with Reid and Pelosi pushing them forward — are all entitlement programs built to make government our God. And that’s really what’s happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment.

  • Any candidate who said God called him/her to “run against Sen. XYZ” is appalling to me. Not just megalomania — mixing religion and elections. Slippery slope etc.

    I doubt that you really think this ridiculous woman is qualified to be a senator, not something you addressed directly. Have you actually listened to her?

  • Handyguy might think my answer short, but less is more.

  • Baronius,

    Because as my earlier comment states:

    The US is not a Theocracy.

    We remain free, and if religious zeal, can be kept at bay, then we wont have groups similar to the Taliban murdering those who don’t conform.

  • Baronius

    Handy, “sent him” is a little odd phrasing, but I hope that Barack Obama believes he’s doing God’s will. I’m sure he’s said as much, when talking about how God wants us to serve the poor and bring peace to the world. I don’t consider it a sign of megalomania. Rather, I would consider it odd for a politician who believes in God to think that he’s doing something other than God’s will.

    Jeannie, why shouldn’t Angle talk about what she believes?

  • Baronius #12: LOL

    I can just imagine the reaction if Barack Obama had declared that God had sent him to defeat John McCain.

  • Whatever this woman believes is personal and should be kept that way.

    The US is not a Theocracy.

  • Glenn,

    They do and have all along, haven’t they?

    clergy to be able to officially endorse political candidates? Gee, having religion involved with government worked out SO well on so many other countries.

  • Baronius

    Glenn, as a Christian, don’t you believe that you’re doing what God has called you to do?

  • John,

    After reading your article, I realize just how dangerous Angle is to all of our freedoms.

    We have a number of “religious figures” in our area writing letters to the editor on a weekly basis…no religion in their letters, just cut our taxes.

    Well in NY all this shrink our government is backfiring as villages and townships are trying to eliminate each-other, problem is nobody wants to lose their positions.

    : ) If Republicans were in , I bet big government wouldn’t be such a big deal.

  • John Wilson

    Apparently, this means my chicken deal with the doc is off.

  • Baronius

    Glenn – Apparently, yes no yes yes yes.

  • John Lake

    The Republicans continue to favor less regulation. This just seems foolish. They really prefer the way it was under Bush.
    They appear to have no agenda, no plan, no responsible leadership.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Isn’t Sharron Angle the one who said “no abortion even for rape victims”, that victim pregnant with the rapist’s child should “make lemonade out of lemons”?

    And isn’t Ms. Angle the one is a member of the Oath Keepers, whose members take oaths to refuse to take orders THEY feel are “unconstitutional”, including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states’ sovereignty, and “any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.” Come to think of it, the ‘Oath Keepers’ view would require them to ignore the Civil Rights Act….

    Isn’t she the one who, in the face of the BP oil spill in the Gulf – which is now the largest accidental oil spill in human history – called for further deregulation of Big Oil? We all know that the MMS did not do their duty by letting Big Oil off the hook on so many occasions…but is the answer yet MORE deregulation? After all, if Big Business gets away with this much with the regulation that we have, exactly WHAT proof is there that they’d behave more in the interest of the American people if there’s even less regulation? This particular conservative aim is nothing more than a fantasy.

    Isn’t she the one who wants clergy to be able to officially endorse political candidates? Gee, having religion involved with government worked out SO well on so many other countries. And speaking of separation of church and state, she also wants teachers to be able to speak openly about religion with their students…and personally, I would NOT want, say, a Catholic teacher having the opportunity to try to convert MY kids day after day after day. But somehow I suspect that Ms. Angle would say that her rule wouldn’t apply to Muslim teachers.

    And she believes that God has SENT her to defeat Harry Reid. Uh-huh, yeah, she’s on a mission from God!

    Yep! “God sent me to tell you to let Big Business do what they will, teachers can talk to YOUR kids about their religion, people don’t have to follow federal law if they don’t like it, and by the way – that fetus you’re carrying from that guy who beat the crap out of you before raping you at knifepoint, well, you’ll have that baby whether you like it or not, so just make the best of it!”

    But let’s all remember that she’s NOT a BAD extremist! How do we know this? Because Dave Said So!

    Some of her views are extreme in a good way, however. Extreme devotion to the Constitution, for example, really can’t be faulted.

  • No, John, that was the other tea party fruitcake whom Angle defeated in the primary. They apparently grow a lot of ’em in Nevada.

  • John Wilson

    Is Angle the one who recommended bartering a chicken with your doctor? I’m seeing the doc this week and I want to be prepared.

  • The look on Carl Cameron’s face said a lot. When Angle explained her ideas about how the free press should work — let me give you a list of questions I want you to ask me, and then let me promote my campaign donation web site — Fox news veteran reporter Cameron was unable to hide his astonishment. She really meant it! She expected Fox to provide her an infomercial.

    Harry Reid should have been easy to defeat this year. She’s such a loon that he now leads her in most polls.

  • Some of her views are extreme in a good way, however. Extreme devotion to the Constitution, for example, really can’t be faulted.


  • John Lake

    In anticipation of such criticism, I went to some lengths to provide links to reliable sources.
    I might suggest that her sponsors, and those who prepare her web site, have made effort to tone down her positions which are indeed extreme.

  • John, I think you misunderstand Angle and are also repeating a lot of things which are basically spin from her primary opponents.

    Case in point would be her comments on Marijuana legalization. As she has explained since then repeatedly, what she meant was not that she wanted to ban alcohol but that she thinks that both types of abusable substances should be legal and regulated.