Most of what is said in primary debates is completely irrelevant by the time the general election comes around. But what has been striking to me is not what any of the candidates have said, which of course is full of crazy talk, but how the audience at these debates has reacted to a few key things. It’s truly unsettling.
Here they are last wednesday when Brian Williams asked about Rick Perry’s record on executions.
Now, whatever your thoughts on capital punishment are, I hope you find it disturbing that a crowd of people is so jubilant in the death of so many others. But it didn’t stop there. Last night’s debate on CNN, it happened again when Ron Paul was asked about what to do with an uninsured person who needs medical treatment. The crowd cheers at the idea of just letting him die.
This is not someone who has been convicted of murder, just someone who either couldn’t afford a high premium or was mistaken in thinking he wouldn’t need the coverage. And this is the crowd of people who most identify as Christians. You know Christ, right? The guy who preached things like love, compassion, forgiveness, caring for the sick and poor, and loving your enemies.
Can you imagine what the Tea Party would do to a guy like that?