So, I guess I am a pro-life, pro-choice, pro-education atheist. Oddly enough this particular centrist view often makes me stand out in a crowd – my family and close friends lean toward the right and I am viewed as the liberal left-wing nut and to most others I am viewed as the conservative, uptight right- wing nut. I suppose it is easier to categorize someone than take the time to understand their views. We hear a phrase, jump to a conclusion and pigeon-hole someone before they can get away. It is a shame that I am not a pigeon.
Anyone who puts their body, soul, mind and strength at lifelong risk on behalf of us all is worthy of double honor.Â They are to be esteemed in word and deed beyond a red, white and blue calendar day.Â As of now the lofty ceremonies only highlight a national disgrace. Â Â Â Â Â Â
Whether the veteran was a willing participant in war or a pawn of the President it matters not.Â Whether the war was just it matters not.Â Whether the veteran is permanently disabled it matters not.Â Whether the veteran is an addict it matters not.Â Whether you are a hawk or a dove it matters not.
I call on President Obama to make a one sentence policy proclamation.
â€œDuring the Obama administration no American veteran will ever go without proper medical care or go homeless, period.â€
classy move, bush.
Animals and plants in danger of becoming extinct could lose the protection of government experts who make sure that dams, highways and other projects don’t pose a threat, under regulations the Bush administration is set to put in place before President-elect Obama can reverse them.
The rules must be published Friday to take effect before Obama is sworn in Jan. 20. Otherwise, he can undo them with the stroke of a pen.
The Interior Department rushed to complete the rules in three months over the objections of lawmakers and environmentalists who argued that they would weaken how a landmark conservation law is applied.
Meanwhile, it isn’t necessary to evict the Creator from the public square, surrender Judeo-Christian values or diminish the value of faith in America. Belief in something greater than oneself has much to recommend it, including most of the world’s architectural treasures, our universities and even our founding documents.
But, like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian. The change Barack Obama promised has already occurred, which is why he won.
Among Jewish voters, 78 percent went for Obama. Sixty-six percent of under-30 voters did likewise. Forty-five percent of voters ages 18-29 are Democrats compared to just 26 percent Republican; in 2000, party affiliation was split almost evenly.
The young will get older, of course. Most eventually will marry, and some will become their parents. But nonwhites won’t get whiter. And the nonreligious won’t get religion through external conversion. It doesn’t work that way.
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Then my mom called. You might imagine I donâ€™t get along all that well with my mother, and youâ€™d be right. Weâ€™re cordial enough, but we donâ€™t really talk about anything meaningful. It was time for that to change. I told her about my work, and about my next project, a game that would literally change the course of history.
Then we talked about Obama. I told her that I felt Americans were living in the Matrix, working long hours, eating pablum, and dying useless for having fed the parasitic machine draining the lifeblood of a withering planet.
I told her that Obama was the first president in my lifetime I could look to for inspiration. I told her about seeing people like myself get involved in the politcal process for the first time. I told her about getting to know the truth about money, the economy, and consumption.
I told her I saw a light at the end of the tunnel, where the boom-bust cycles of exploitative capitalism gave way the steady, sustainable happiness of altruistic capitalism.
Then she got biblical, which was her undoing. No one can quote scripture like an atheist. Without getting into the full multi-hour explanation, I showed her that McCain fits the description of the antichrist much better than Obama.
Finally it came down to abortion and gay marriage. I explained that first, understand that Roe v. Wade is not a case about abortion, but about the federal governmentâ€™s ability to enforce the Constitution at the state level. Most laws are like this â€” their issues are far more complicated than will fit on a sign.
Still, it brings up a greater issue. It is not your job to govern other peopleâ€™s morality. The Bible is explicitly clear on this subject. Not only does it repeatedly warn against judging others, it also makes clear that vengeance is the exclusive prerogative of God.
You are being controlled, I told her, by people telling you how to think, how to feel, and how to act. Use your God-given mind to make your own decisions.
The Obama presidency is great news for almost everyone. It’s bad news for some odd ideological bedfellows: the Religious Right and the so-called New Atheists.
Into the all or nothing culture wars, and the all or nothing wars between the so-called New Atheists and religion the election of President elect Obama reintroduces nuance. President elect Obama’s ability to believe in Jesus, yet question, is going to rescue American religion in general and Christianity in particular, from the extremes.
There is no way to understand President elect Obama’s victory as anything less than the start of not just a monumental political change but a spiritual revolution as well.
The small smear of red on the otherwise blue electoral map looks more like a minor bloodstain on a dirty Band-Aid than anything resembling a national political party. Who voted for McCain/Palin in bigger numbers than they even voted for Bush/Cheney? Only one shrinking group: uneducated white folks in the deep south and a few folks in Appalachia. Take away the white no-college-backwoods-and/or-southern McCain/Palin vote and the Republicans would have been approaching single digit electoral college oblivion.
Sarah Palin will never hold national office nor will any Republican at the presidential level for a long time to come. Why? Because America has uneducated jerks in it but is not a nation of uneducated jerks. The Republicans are done, hoisted on the petard of their own “southern strategy.”
The Religious Right, the racists, the anti-gay hate-mongers are now not only marginalized but thoroughly out of step with even members of their own former constituency. For instance the Gordon College student newspaper (Gordon is an influential Evangelical College north of Boston) endorsed Obama this year. Many young evangelicals voted for the Democrats. James Dobson, Fox News, Limbaugh et al. were utterly powerless to do more than stir up hate. They are losing the next generation of their “base.”
i seem to recall using the word “disaster” about Palin during her nomination acceptance speech, and the flood of palin bashing started there.
the media was full of “bashing” (or as some of us call it, “criticism”) as soon as she entered the public stage.
i have read many opinions on this, and lots of conservatives seem to think that obama has not faced the same kind or level of criticism.
i’ll admit: he has not.
that’s because he has less about him that’s worthy of criticism, and less that’s so darn *easy* to make fun of.
i mean, first of all: she’s dumb.
we can all see it.
katie couric’s interview of her was painful to watch.
there’s no getting around this: sarah palin is not a super smart woman.
she’s of decidedly average intelligence, and perhaps even below average social awareness.
it was obvious from the beginning and as stories about her “divaness” come out its even more obvious now.
i mean, YIKES, this woman almost became president??
she’s likable, and folksy and fun.
and not fit to govern.
for the record: i also am not fit to govern.
but i wasn’t a major party’s vice presidential nomination.
even if your vote against mr. obama comes down to “life issues” and it’s basically “only” abortion and the gay stuff that you are concerned about, you still have to admit that the man is bright and a good leader.
and even if abortion is ALL you care about, surely you have to know, way in the back of your mind, that sarah palin was a scary prospect.
i agree with john crane that palin may have gained more votes for mccain than she cost him, but i’ll pull one of your tricks and admit that i think anyone who would move their vote to that ticket because of, and not just in spite of, her presence there was simply unwilling to be intellectually honest with themselves.
or unable, perhaps? our worldview clouds our perceptions, and none of us can see Truth, after all.
the under-educated and un-informed (willfully so, in many cases!) sections of our population are whom, by and large, liked sarah palin.
those with educations and the wherewithal to dig into these matters were scared.
also, she may well be the best candidate the GOP could send up in 2012 — and that’s because whomever they send up will be a throwaway, knowing full well that there’s no chance obama won’t win a second term.
its 2016 that matters and it’s mitch daniels who will be running.
you read it here first.
According to a CNN exit poll, 42 percent of voters said that the nation’s financial woes had finally become frightening enough to eclipse such concerns as gay marriage, while 30 percent said that the relentless body count in Iraq was at last harrowing enough to outweigh long ideological debates over abortion. In addition, 28 percent of voters were reportedly too busy paying off medial bills, desperately trying not to lose their homes, or watching their futures disappear to dismiss Obama any longer.
“The election of our first African-American president truly shows how far we’ve come as a nation,” said NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. “Just eight years ago, this moment would have been unthinkable. But finally we, as a country, have joined together, realized we’ve reached rock bottom, and for the first time voted for a candidate based on his policies rather than the color of his skin.”
“Today Americans have grudgingly taken a giant leap forward,” Williams continued. “And all it took was severe economic downturn, a bloody and unjust war in Iraq, terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan, nearly 2,000 deaths in New Orleans, and more than three centuries of frequently violent racial turmoil.”
I learned in just those three hours that this election is not about what we think of as the “big things.”
It’s not about taxes. I’m pretty sure mine are going to go up no matter who is elected.
It’s not about foreign policy. I think we’ll figure out a way to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan no matter which party controls the White House, mostly because the people who live there don’t want us there anymore.
I don’t see either of the candidates as having all the answers.
I’ve learned that this election is about the heart of America. It’s about the young people who are losing hope and the old people who have been forgotten. It’s about those who have worked all their lives and never fully realized the promise of America, but see that promise for their grandchildren in Barack Obama. The poor see a chance, when they often have few. I saw hope in the eyes and faces in those doorways.
My wife and I went out last weekend to knock on more doors. But this time, not because it was her idea. I don’t know what it’s going to do for the Obama campaign, but it’s doing a lot for me.
Jonathan Curley is a banker. He voted for George H.W. Bush twice and George W. Bush once.
I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. â€œCan I interest you in the chicken?â€ she asks. â€œOr would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?â€
To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.