A certain percentage of Americans would agree with that, but others might not be eager for a theocracy but would vote for a candidate who said what they wanted to hear as they ignored that person's religious zeal, or as it was toned down for the campaign.
So how popular will Michele Bachmann be as she runs for the Republican nomination? And if she wins that, how will the numbers play out in a general election-- assuming that Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee (not a given) who also says he is a Christian but at the other end of the religious spectrum***?
Keep in mind, as best I can understand this lady, she is the real deal. She believes this way. This isn't about getting the vote. She has lived her life following the dictates of her religion following teachers like Francis Schaeffer (who I also read back in the days). Bachmann isn't a hypocrite about it. This is her life truth which makes her the logical successor to Mike Huckabee for the religious right.
Palin, who might be more popular, cannot really stand up to Bachmann if there is a debate between them as clearly Bachmann knows her doctrines, is very intelligent, and can argue a viewpoint consistently. None of this you betcha for her.
Now I do not know if she is a christianist or a Christian because I haven't seen enough of her discussion on how she can get past the commands of Jesus for instance to feed the poor or heal the sick; but if a voter is a rock hard, religious fundamentalist, who has their mind set on doctrine put out by religious leaders of the last say 50 years, she's a logical choice.
The issue though is how many Americans do believe the Bible is the absolute last word for what should be done regarding government? The world does seem to be in a time of division with those who have turned totally from religion, such as myself (and yes, that means not New Age either) and then those who believe religion dictates every choice possible (and that's not just Christians). I think the religious types are in far greater numbers-- if you count all religions anyway. I think for an atheist to be elected president is as unlikely as a gay at this point anyway.
A theocracy demands a leader who can govern according to a god's dictates. That leader must either get messages from God or believe all the answers are in a holy scripture written or dictated by god, which they have the ability to interpret. Voters who want someone like that, or have a leader, who claims it, will have to evaluate how close they think that person is to God-- and even if they believe in a god, do they think it's how he/she/it operates?
There are those who want to end Democracy in this country because voters don't use good judgment, and want instead a government that governs more like they think it should be done. A god ruled political force would be right up their alley. How big a percentage of Americans is that? At one time I would not have thought the United States would go for it, but recently I read 92% of Americans believe in God. Where does believing in God lead someone?
For some, a theocracy seems to represent security. If
*By extremism, I do not mean someone who is violent but rather who takes their religious views to what I consider an extreme level by denying what they see, what science has proven, and they depend instead on their faith. They will deny evolution, science, not worry about global climate change with a god there to tweak things and a possible rapture before it gets too bad. Current religious leaders often help them form their doctrine using bits from their Scriptures to suit their agenda. To me, it is at the extreme end of believing to think that every word in the Bible or any 'holy' doctrine has to be literally true.
** theocracy-- a form of government in which a state is understood as governed by immediate divine guidance especially a state ruled by clergy, or by officials who are regarded as divinely guided. God is in short recognized as the head of state.
*** the other end of the spectrum where it comes to say Christianity would be one who read the Bible, tried to live as Christ taught, might belong to a church but as with Reagan may not attend regularly, but might still believe in prayer but not as an absolute must happen way.