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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sacred Ballot?

Saw this bumper sticker on a 20-or-so-year-old white Econoline van (with one black rear door panel) on the BQE yesterday. I think Jesus would 'jam Econo,' as Mike Watt, our most Christlike punk rocker, does.

Sure, the post is "King of your Life," but it got me wondering, what would it mean to elect Jesus to public office? Not on the issues--gun control, social security, gay marriage, immigration--we all have our idea of where he would stand on these. No, I mean what would be the status of an elected deity.

Let's skip over residency requirements. I mean, if John McCain, born in the Panama Canal Zone, was eligible to be president, someone born in the occupied West Bank should be a sandal-in (think of all the U.S. money that goes to Israel and the territories--even more than goes to Alaska).

What about term limits? Would they apply? Or would Jesus, like Bloomberg, convince us that he was the only one up to the post. It would be a tough act to follow.

The Holy Trinity is an issue (for Catholics, anyway). Electing the Son, we also elect the Father and the Holy Ghost. Is this like electing Bill and getting Hillary for free?  (No one worried too much about electing Mitt and getting Ann.) Undoubtably Michelle is the best thing about the Obama presidency.

Would he need to be sworn in or does that just sort of take care of itself? (John Roberts breathes a sigh of relief.)

The separation of Church and state shouldn't be a problem. After all, we've had preachers elected to office before. Didn't Jimmy Carter lead Sunday services when he visited Plains?

Ah, but what to make of, "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and unto God..,"when God takes up residency in Caesar's palace (as it were)? I'm not sure, but I suspect it's going to involve a lot of paperwork. Here's Mike Watt from We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen:

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