Basic questions in reference to presidential character and personalities are broken out by party, age, income, background, ethnicity, and gender. A full chapter of the research refers to the incumbent President, Donald Trump.
The cross tabs on the Democratic party rendered some rather puzzling conclusions.
On the question asking what characteristics are most favorable to you for a presidential candidate:
Enthusiastic and or Comfortable
Business executive 31% 56%
Socialist 45% 25%
Evangelical Christian 37% 54%
Muslim 67% 49%
It is not surprising that the Democratic party would favor a socialist over a business executive, particularly given the fact that three announced Democratic candidates tout socialist philosophy. At least they stand on the avowed tenets of a socialistic government.
What is curious is that, by an almost 2-to-1 preference, Democrats prefer Muslims to evangelical Christians. On what matrix of principles do they come to this conclusion?
Christians believe that all men and women are created equal, regardless of race, creed, color, sex or religious beliefs. In the Christian faith, women have equal rights. A broad and general education is sought for all children. The Constitution of the United States was ordained, and therefore, the liberty it mandates must be protected. Christians also believe in and are obedient to the democratic processes of the United States Republic. Israel has a right to exist. A family is the center of its own moral authority.
Many Muslims in the United States today are God-fearing, law-abiding citizens who care about their families and their security and prosperity, just like every other American. They coexist peacefully with others in their community. They own businesses, pay taxes, and contribute to a blended culture. They deserve respect and every right provided by the Constitution. In these rights exists their equal opportunity for the pursuit of happiness in the culture that they desire to raise their families.
The ultimate benefit and record of cultural and religious assimilation does not explain the Democratic preference for a Muslim characteristic of Presidential character.
Islam, in its doctrinaire emphasis, does not recognize men and women as equal in society in the same context as American culture. Education is controlled by the theological state. Islam does not recognize the doctrine of separation of church and state. Sharia law supersedes sovereign law. Jews and Christians are identified as infidels. Gay rights are not a priority. The ideologues of Sunni and Shiite divisions are in bitter dispute. Liberty and freedom are not paramount principles to be protected at all costs. Freedom of will is not recognized as critical to personal relationships.
Why then favor Muslims over evangelicals for a Presidential characteristic? It is The Left’s Characteristic Conundrum.
The public today identifies equally as Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, about one-third each. The discussion generated by the recent research also centered on whether Democrats would rather nominate someone who believed like they each individually do or nominate someone because he or she is more likely to beat President Trump. Little attention has been paid to the fact that the public at large does not favor the characteristics they desire in a candidate. For instance, a socialist was only viewed favorably by 25% overall. So far, the early Democratic candidates are playing to their base.
Thirty-three percent of the American public self-define as born again evangelical Christian. Sixty-two percent believe in God and worship in a mainline religion. This religious identification in America is not just a remnant of America from 1776. Colonists not only practiced their faith, but their faith was also integrated into the laws of the State constitutions of the colonies. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, incorporated the legal structures of state constitutions, and therefore, the cultural principles of rights to freedom of religion as protected liberty.
Those who believe that the economics of socialism versus capitalism are the only principles to be dissected are missing the point. Capitalism, governed by the morality of Christianity, produces free enterprise. Free enterprise provides and maintains the framework of free will in society. Free will is critical to personal relationships. Personal relationships are crucial to Christianity and will always be defended by Christians as a constitutional right.
Make no mistake about it. It is not by accident that the first words of the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, critical and necessary to the passage and acceptance of the Constitution were: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
Professing socialism in its creed of redistribution of wealth is one strategy of defining government cause and effect. Professing Muslims as preferable to Christians, without substantiation of the connection to the Islamic creed, is a strategy of an enigma.
America today needs clarity on cultural purpose. Puzzling quotients further exacerbate the political divisions in our country. For democracy to work, positions taken by leaders should be sound, concise, and directive. Candidates should have the courage to stand on their convictions and let the people decide.
We should support candidates who believe in freedom, liberty and free will. We should seek leaders who have the faith and confidence in our constitution to trust the authority of individual families.
These are the essential characteristics critical for every President of the United States.
My name is Marc Nuttle, and this is what I believe.
What do you believe?