Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Ted Cruz want to shrink the size of the federal government by eliminating several cabinet departments, although neither could remember just which ones he wanted to deep six.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich wants to go the other way and create a new agency of government, one that will be totally useless, an utter waste of taxpayer money and further antagonize people around the world who think America is already too arrogant and domineering.
His Department of Judeo-Christian Values – we'll call it that for now since Kasich hasn't come up with his own yet — would be tasked with promoting the Jewish and Christian belief systems where they're really in demand: China, Iran, Russia and the Arab world. They're really going to love him. And us.
Billions of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Confucians, Baha'i, Taoists, Shinto, Zoroastrians and Atheists will build shrines to Kasich for leading them to the enlightenment
"We need to beam messages around the world" about the freedoms Americans enjoy, Kasich told NBC. "It means freedom, it means opportunity, it means respect for women, it means freedom to gather, it means so many things."
Kasich's agency would have a "mandate" to promote "western values and ideals" like democracy, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association, he explained. The government preaching "Judeo-Christian Western values" would appear to contradict the First Amendment to the Constitution, starting with separation of church and state, according to legal experts interviewed by the Washington Post.
Part of Kasich's mission to spread his set of moral values to the rest of the world apparently includes his own 180-degree shift on admitting Syrian refugees to the United States. He was for it before he was against it. Just two months ago he said the US should welcome those forced to flee the Assad regime and the civil war engulfing their country, but this week he did an about face and joined a couple of dozen other Republican governors and his fellow GOP presidential wannabes in opposing Obama's proposal to admit 10,000 by the end of next year.
I wonder why he changed his mind. Could it be because Republicans reflexively oppose anything Obama wants? And if Obama wanted to ban all Syrian refugees they'd attack him as callous and insensitive to a human rights disaster? How cynical of me.