Extremism in government has ascended to new and greater heights these days. It seems that many Republicans now determine a candidate’s eligibility for the presidency by a thorough examination of his religiosity. In our nation where separatism of Church and State is specifically referenced in our Constitution, this development may be troublesome to some. It seems odd that we adapt a superior attitude to Muslim and Arab sects which see supreme leaders as earthly representatives of the Creator, and yet here in 21st century America, that is the very direction toward which we seem headed.
Texas Governor Rick Perry is moving forward in polls as an unannounced candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination. Rick Perry recently called for the good people of Texas to pray for rain. Nothing wrong with that. As Governor of the State, Perry declared April 22-24 to be “Days of Prayer for Rain in the State of Texas.” At that time Texas was experiencing devastating draught and wildfires.
Governor Perry has taken the plan a step farther; he has made the coming August 6, “A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Our Nation.” With no small degree of eloquence, Perry has asked Texans to pray for “The healing of our country, the rebuilding of our communities and the restoration of enduring values as our guiding force.” Perry’s co-chairman of the days of prayer designations is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council; Perkins concedes that public demonstrations of faith will make a “big difference” to evangelical and social-conservative voters.
Rick Perry is a champion of States Rights and the 10th Amendment to the constitution. Federalists such as Perry seek to remove considerable power and authority from the central federal government in Washington and to assign much stronger authority and privilege to individual States. The term "federalism" describes a system within government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units, such as states.