In an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday, Ohio Governor (and supposed presidential candidate) John Kasich demonstrated exactly why he’s failed to capture the imagination of America’s conservatives. Plainly, he doesn’t understand that we’re engaged in a war for the preservation of our culture.
Asked whether he would sign a religious freedom bill similar to the ones that have come under intense scrutiny in North Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere, Kasich said he wasn’t terribly interested in protecting the rights of the faithful.
“We are not having this issue in our state about this whole religious liberty,” he said. “I believe that religious institutions ought to be protected and be able to be in a position of where they can live out their deeply held religious purposes. But when you get beyond that it gets to be a tricky issue.”
When you get beyond what? How do you protect religious liberty without protecting it?
As he continued, Kasich basically indicated that Christian business owners and citizens were making a mountain out of a molehill. “Why do we have to write a law every time we turn around in this country?” he asked. “Can’t we figure out just how to get along a little bit better and respect one another? That’s where I think we ought to be. Everybody chill out, get over it if you have a disagreement with somebody. Unless something pops up, I’m not inclined to sign anything.”
Kasich’s point is well-taken; our country probably would be better off if everybody just let everybody believe what they want. Problem is, that’s not what’s happening. The LGBT cartel, with the full weight of both the federal government and corporate America behind them, is forcing entrepreneurs, faith-based companies, schools, and government employees to abide by their rules. Christians are losing their businesses and their jobs because the tenets of their faith are suddenly at odds with the LGBT agenda. For millions of conservatives, the thought of saying, Fine, you guys won this round is simply not an option.
We don’t elect presidents to stand up on their high horse and lecture us on how we need to stop caring about the things we care about. We elect presidents to represent us. To fight for our values. To lead our country in the direction we feel is best. When a candidate essentially rolls his eyes at the voices of the electorate…well, you get the pathetic campaign of John Kasich.