The liberal news media plays a political 'gotcha' game with conservative or even just Republican candidates that they do not with liberal or even just Democrat candidates. They did this last week (Feb 11, 2015) to thrice elected governor of Wisconsin and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Scott Walker, when they asked what he believed about evolution(news here, and recent columns here, here, here, and here). Let me lay out my take on the politics of this first.
You can believe in evolution and win a Democratic primary. You can believe in evolution and become president. If you believe in evolution, you might lose a Republican primary. You will lose a large enough percentage of primary voters as a Republican that it could sink your race. Quite a few people still reject evolution in this country, despite its stranglehold in the public schools, but almost all of them are Republicans. The media wants Scott Walker out as fast as possible, probably because they fear and hate him more than the other Republican candidates. They promote a Republican moderate until he passes through the primary into the general election, where they savage him as he has already depressed the conservative turnout.
Walker's present strategy, which I think he had already formulated -- this wasn't off-the-cuff, is as he put it, "to punt" on the question. He's not going to answer it. And then he adds something about faith and science being compatible, something like that -- he thinks you can believe both. Both. Faith and science.
I'd like to digress a moment, because a Christian worldview does not bifurcate faith and science. Those two aren't separate entities -- there is only one truth. You've already played into the world's hands, the secularist humanists, when you place science on a different plane than faith, as if science is the objective, fact-based, head-oriented side, and faith is the subjective, feeling-based, heart-oriented part. What explains it all is that God created everything, including earth, which then fell into and was ruined by sin, but all of that still can and will find redemption through Jesus Christ. That is the only explanation for everything.
I know, you think that Walker will lose if he answers differently and the point is to win. We're not hiring a pastor-in-chief, but a president of the United States. He's got to do what it takes to win, even if it means such a political answer such as he gave. Not answering gives Walker a sense of deniability, and then when the media hounds him, they might look like bullies and it could have a counter effect on behalf of Walker. You've already asked that question, he's answered, so please leave the guy alone. "After all, he's not going to allow his view on origins to influence his governing."
What Walker thinks he gains by losing could actually be, and I believe is, a loss by winning. He wins a battle by losing the war. It also runs against the Walker narrative of conviction and courage. It doesn't mean that I don't still like him better than the other candidates. However, I think he should go back to the drawing board and take a stand on a consistent Christian worldview, to study and formulate some beautiful talking points that will accomplish even more than his political answer. If he loses because of his answer, then he loses with the truth still intact, which is greater than he is. If he is operating according to God's cultural mandate in Genesis, he can fulfill it by bringing a Christian worldview to his career and work.
The right answer to the question about evolution dovetails with the historic American view of liberty. The founding fathers said God endowed men with inalienable rights. The Civil War was fought in part based upon that contract (I will delete comments in the line of a war of northern aggression). The thought of evolution undermines Americanism, the founding beliefs of our country. We did not receive our rights from government, but from God.
So what would be the succinct, wonderful wording of the right answer to the question about evolution? What should Walker say? What should he have said? I'm going to write an answer, but maybe you could help me. Think about it and write something in the comment section. You've got until Monday.