With today's announcement that you are resigning your position at Fox News to pursue a likely 2016 presidential campaign, I felt compelled to write to you to provide you with some insight as to what to expect from a potential millennial voter such as myself.
You see, Governor, I view myself as a political independent, much like 42% of the country. In addition, I also do not associate myself with any organized religion, much like 20% of Americans today and 25% of millennials. So, as your candidacy gets into full swing, I, along with my peer group, are curious to see how your campaign addresses issues that are important to us.
First and foremost, Governor, we are curious to see how your views on faith and politics intersect. Believe it or not, many of us who are not associated with an organized religion are still very accepting of those people of faith, especially if their words and actions accompany the overarching message that is associated with their particular religion. There are those like Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., and now Pope Francis who have used their faith to make a positive impact in the world. And so, Governor, what we as voters are looking for regarding your faith is whether or not your actions and deeds match the message brought forth by God through His son, Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, Governor, it seems like Jesus' message of peace, love, and understanding is not one you have adopted in your political life. In February of 2011, you claimed that Muslims consider Jesus an infidel when, in fact, Muslims consider Jesus to be a prophet. In March of 2011, you stated that President Barack Obama had a different view of the British people because he grew up in Kenya. And in December of 2012, a mere hours after the Sandy Hook Massacre, you insisted that a cause of the violence was because we had removed God from our schools.
Now, Governor, although I personally disagree with the aforementioned views, that's not to say these views won't win you some admirers throughout your presidential campaign. In fact, if 2008 is any indication, you again have the chance to capture states like Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and, of course, your home state of Arkansas. Those states, with their large voting blocs of conservative Christians most likely will see no problem in the aforementioned statements you made. In fact, if I had to guess, I'd say that not only would some of those conservative Christians agree with your statements, but some might insist that perhaps you didn't even go far enough.
You see, Governor, herein lies the problem. You see the world in absolutes, you always have. It's something that goes back to your first days in politics. However, Governor, these absolute views which you justify through religious doctrine, put you squarely at odds with a vast majority of the American electorate, including people of faith such as yourself. By stating it would be a "good day" if Roe v. Wade was repealed, you're putting yourself in a tough position with women. By comparing gay marriage to incest, you're putting yourself in a tough position with the LGBT community. By insisting the Ten Commandments be displayed in schools, you're putting yourself in a tough situation with those who favor a clear and undeniable separate of church and state.
But you see, Governor, you know all this already. You know the exact targeted demographic your campaign will appeal to. You also know that your political views will alienate you from a large segment of the population so that, once again just like 2008, you will not be able to win enough delegates to become your party's nominee. So the question becomes, why run at all?
Now, I know what you're thinking, Governor. You're entering the race to keep the candidates honest. To keep them from straying too far to the center in a general election. And yet, what would straying too close to the center mean for a Republican presidential candidate? Would that mean that he (and yes, it will be a he) might consider other factors when making an absolute decision on abortion? Would that mean that he would be more accepting of the inevitability that is legalized nationwide gay marriage? Would it mean that he would have a better historical understanding of how and why we have separation of church and state and why we need it to keep it that way in our nation's schools?
But as we've seen with the past two presidential elections, the Republican presidential nominee will stay to the right, especially on social issues. We know whoever the candidate is in 2016 will not fully support Roe v. Wade, marriage equality, or an absolute separation of church and state. Because the country is becoming more and more diverse and accepting, this candidate will ultimately lose and you, Governor, will go back to hosting a talk show on Fox News where you will be able to criticize the Democratic president in the White House for the following eight years.
So why are you running? The answer: Pride. Yes, Governor, you are a prideful man who believes that it is his job and his alone to convince people to live a righteous life based on your own personal interpretation of scripture. And yet, this life you want them to live is not the one they would choose for themselves. People today are accepting of other faiths, they don't actually believe our President was born in Kenya, and they agree with the separation of church and state, especially in our schools. For you, Governor, to run on this platform of absolute certainty that your views are the correct views and that those of others are wrong is simply arrogant.
Be wary of your arrogance, Governor. As Proverbs 16:5 states "Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished."
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