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Thursday, October 07, 2010

Video: GOP Land Commissioner Candidate Matt Rush Running to 'Restore Christian Nation'

Matt Rush extols creation of "Christian nation"

We are Matt Rush's enemies.

Rush, a right-wing Republican who is running for New Mexico land commissioner against highly respected and Democrat Ray Powell, appeared in the political video above as part of an apparent online reach out to fellow Christians, or at least his particular brand of Christians. His spiel -- no doubt reminiscent of the "motivational speeches" he gives for a fee -- includes a call to battle against "the enemy." At least according to what's contained in the video, it appears that Rush thinks "the enemy" is any American who isn't dedicated to creating a "Christian nation" out of a nation founded on freedom of religion (and freedom from religion) and the separation of church and state.

Why is Matt Rush running for land commissioner? You really need to watch the entire video to get the full flavor and extent of his remarks (not to mention the treacly background music), but here are a few nuggets:

If we want to be a Christian nation again, Christian people have to start standing up, runnning for office again ... if we ever want to become a Christian nation again. That's the reason I got involved in politics.

... For those of us who are Christians and we are proud to say we are Christians, we need to start standing up being proud of it again and we need to take the fight to the enemy. So I encourage each and every one of you to get involved.

We've got to start standing up because we are one nation under god and we need to make sure we take that back to our legislative process.

Notice that Rush doesn't discuss any issues pertinent to the job of land commissioner. I guess he thinks it's enough that people know he will battle to put his brand of Christianity in the drivers seat, and to hell with all those other Christians who don't agree with his Christian nation schtick, as well as all the Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, non-believers and humanists out there. Anybody who doesn't hold the same extreme religious views Matt does are "the enemy" and must be vanquished from government and the civic scene. Right?

Matt Rush, Christian Liar
Besides being absurd, dangerous and perhaps even anti-American, Rush's claim of moral and religious superiority is undermined by his own public dishonesty. He can't even tell the truth about his alleged educational achievement. Rush was caught in the act of lying, telling the Albuquerque Journal he has an associate degree in agriculture from Lubbock Christian University when the paper was getting info from him for a candidate profile. He doesn't have an associate degree (or any other degree). And yet he's reportedly been touting that achievement for years.

Matt Rush is also known for getting most of his campaign cash from moneyed oil and gas interests. The Journal's profile of him includes this info:

Businessmen from eastern New Mexico drafted him, according to Rush, and his campaign is being fueled in part by hefty contributions from oil and gas producers.

So, Mr. Christian Nation is having his political campaign funded by some of the very people who have a strong interest in how the state's vast land holdings will be managed and leased by the land commissioner. Doesn't sound very moral to me, especially for a guy who wants to remake America to match his extremist, right-wing religious ideology.

October 7, 2010 at 12:26 PM in 2010 NM Land Commissioner Race, Political Ads, Religion, Republican Party, Right Wing | Permalink


OH. MY. GOD. Save us from your followers!

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Oct 7, 2010 12:37:52 PM

I hope he "comes up a little bit short" again this year.

Posted by: Doug | Oct 7, 2010 2:48:36 PM

Please note he doesn't even know how to spell State Land Commissioner.

Posted by: Hemingway | Oct 7, 2010 2:50:35 PM

Now see, if he had gotten his degree, maybe he would be able to spell!

Posted by: Sean | Oct 7, 2010 4:46:28 PM

When exactly was this country a Christian nation? I thought the First Amendment was all about refuting an official state religion.

Posted by: Danny Hernandez | Oct 7, 2010 5:07:04 PM

This guy was hand picked by Patrick Lyons, need I say more. One nation "under God" The Under God part was put in by Eisenhower to show the communist Russia that we were not a "Godless" nation. When I first went to school in the first grade and said the pledge it had no under God in it. Our founding fathers were careful in the Constitution and the declaration of Independence to make sure there was not one religion over another. They, the republicans don't want government interference and i don't think there should be religion interference.We are not all christians and that is a good thing.We are many religions and they should all be respected because that is our choice.

Posted by: Stephanie DuBois | Oct 8, 2010 10:22:55 AM