Craziest Congressional Candidate Ever?

This one is mostly for fun, but the Intelligent Designer — blessed be he! — does manage to make an appearance.

In the Neosho Daily News of Neosho, Missouri we read U.S. rep hopefuls speak out. And one of them really speaks out.

This is the result of a survey the newspaper sent to three candidates running for the US Congress in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District. The three are: Democrat Scott Eckersley, Republican Billy Long and Libertarian Kevin Craig. Long didn’t respond, so we only have responses from the Democrat (Eckersley) and the Libertarian (Craig).

We’ll skip the usual blather and give you only the excerpts that interest us. Here we go, with a wee bit of bold added for emphasis:

Question: What is the greatest threat facing the United States today and how can Congress address it?

Craig’s Answer [in part]: The federal government says it is illegal for public school teachers in Neosho and throughout America to teach students that the Declaration of Independence is really true: (1) that the existence of God is a “self-evident truth” (2) that our rights are the product of intelligent design (not the government) (3) that all Americans are obligated to conform their lives to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” (4) that our actions must one day pass judgment with “the Supreme Judge of the world” (5) that all Americans should have “a firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence.”

That’s why we’re posting about Craig. All the rest is no big deal. Come on, now — admit it. You’ve never before seen a crazier understanding of the Declaration. It imposes theocracy! He even slipped intelligent design in there. This guy is very creative!

Regarding Craig’s other responses, most were pure libertarian, and a few were … well, unique. For example:

If you want bigger, more powerful, more atheistic government in Washington D.C., you should not vote for Kevin Craig.

The original intent of the Framers should govern our interpretation and application of the Constitution (link to his website on that issue). My website is probably the largest candidate website on the Internet. It states my position on more than 300 important issues.

Here’s the home page for Craig’s website. As you scroll down, you’ll see that it looks like the political analog of the Time Cube.

The rest of Craig’s answers to the newspaper’s questions are mostly libertarian stuff, but very hard-core. You know you want to click over to the Neosho Daily News to read it all. Hey — don’t pass this up. You may never again run into a theocratic libertarian.

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10 responses to “Craziest Congressional Candidate Ever?

  1. Craig has been that crazy for at least a decade. Way back in the infancy of the internet, when we were still using steam-powered computers, I had a series of extended discussions about religious liberty with him on the old AOL boards.

    Go to his site and search for “edarr1776.” That’s my old handle. He’s still preserving some of those discussions.

    And they are loopy.

    Back then Craig was quite warm on the dominionists, and Gary North, and R. J. Rushdooney. I’ll wager he still is.

  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Back then Craig was quite warm on the dominionists, and Gary North, and R. J. Rushdooney. I’ll wager he still is.

    Very strange for a libertarian. Very strange for anyone.

  3. Gabriel Hanna

    Very strange for a libertarian.

    Herd of cats.

  4. It must be fun to live in his district. I googled the Republican, Billy Long, who didn’t answer the questionaire, and came across this mention of him… On January 13 and on January 15, 2009, Republican congressional candidate Billy Long, a registered World Poker Tour professional, propped down $20,000 to play poker in a professional tournament at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi.

    So, you have a dominionist Libertarian; a professional gambler Republican; and … the democrat, Eckersley, is a gentleman who apparently filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the governor (while he was an attorney in his administration), settled for half a million dollars, and is now running for office as a democrat but he calls himself an independent.

    I bet they have entertaining ads.

  5. Kevin Craig: “My thesis is a defense of ‘Laissez-Faire Theocracy’.”

    Next he’ll treat us to a defense of oxymorons.

  6. Frank J says:

    Kevin Craig: “My thesis is a defense of ‘Laissez-Faire Theocracy’.”

    I like it! Competition among Inquisitions. A witch-burning stake in every back yard along with the customary bar-b-cue. Heresy insurance policies. Implements of torture on sale at Walmart.

  7. Ed Darrell said, “Craig has been that crazy for at least a decade. Way back in the infancy of the internet, when we were still using steam-powered computers, I had a series of extended discussions about religious liberty with him on the old AOL boards.”

    I thought the name sounded familiar. Oh my. He hasn’t changed a bit.

    There are many theocratic libertarians. They are people who espouse the philosophy of Ayn Rand whilst wrapping her in the arms of Jesus. Yes, they are strange — be it from a Christian POV or a libertarian POV, but they are out there.

  8. WorldNetDaily’s Vox Day claims to be a theocratic libertarian (and yes he has misrepresented evolution to peomote unreasonable doubt). Like nearly all theocrats he prefers the kindler, gentler word “Christian” to “theocrat(ic).” If Jesus is anything like most Christians claim, I don’t think he’s approves of that word game.

  9. techreseller

    Craig makes me ashamed to think like a libertarian. What a kook!. I spend a fair amount of time on libertarian blogs, but this guy takes the cake. He would get laughed out of any East Coast libertarian meeting.

  10. Relax. Billy Long (R) won that race.