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".