Obama: Under My Plan Electricity Rates Will Skyrocket Monday, Nov 3 2008 

Again, not my words. His. You can read a complete transcript (really complete, “uh”s and all) of the segment here, including the part about how his plan will bankrupt coal power plants.

Did anyone notice what happened last time energy costs skyrocketed? Worldwide rise in food costs, for example?

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Who will “reach across the aisle”? Monday, Nov 3 2008 

A few weeks back I was listening to Bush’s former press secretary, Scott something or other I think is his name — an interesting fellow, he seems to take every chance he gets to do something to impugne Bush. Nothing out of the ordinary in our polarized political world…except for the “he is his former press secretary” part. Meaning (I presume) a Republican. One wonders what was going behind the scenes there! Anyway, this was shortly after this fellow announced he was supporting Obama for President. In an interview I saw with him, he cited as his primary reason for voting for Obama that he wanted a candidate who would “reach across the aisle,” and he believed Obama was the person who could do that.

I watched with my jaw literally agape.

Has Obama ever sponsored a piece of legislation with a Republican? Has he ever compromised in order to meet a Congressional Republican halfway to get something accomplished? Not that I know of. (Remember, this is the person with the most liberal voting record in the Senate. He even voted to prevent babies who survived an attempted abortion from then receiving medical care! That’s pretty darn far left.) But wait! There is a candidate who has in fact demonstrated through deeds — more than once! — that he will reach across the aisle to get things done. That candidate is John McCain. It’s one of the things I admire about him. Senators and Representatives should work slavishly for American citizens…not slavishly for a political party.

Anyway, I’ve been meaning to write something about this for some time now but have been too busy. I am voting for McCain in this election, and I hope you will too. If you’re a liberal who’s fairly far left on the political spectrum, Obama is your candidate, no doubt about it. If you vote for Obama, vote for him for reasons based in reality, vote for him because you agree with his political positions. If the number one thing you’re looking for is “reaching across the aisle,” then McCain is your candidate, no ifs ands or buts.

I’m voting for McCain because:

(1) he believes when it comes to babies in the womb, it’s the baby who has the right — the right to live

(2) he’s highly qualified — political experience and military experience — and has shown sound judgement in his past decisions

(3) he does what he thinks is right — even when it’s unpopular (loudly supporting the “surge” in Iraq, for example, when naysayers said it was a lost cause and another Vietnam, and [see “judgement] it’s worked) — it seems to me he’s had to tone this down a bit in the presidential election, but I believe it’ll be back in full force when he’s president

(4) on a whole set of social and economic issues he is a conservative (in some nuances not as conservative as some would like, but nothing that makes me overly concerned as a social and economic conservative)

(5) I admire him as an American and a human being — for serving his country in Vietnam and going through what he did there and coming out of it in sound mental shape if not 100% physical. Okay, this in and of itself is maybe not a reason to vote for someone. (And if he held Obama’s political views, I wouldn’t.) But patriotism is important in a President, and there’s no doubt he’s got it.

(6) McCain — in my analysis — has never defined himself with the label “Republican.” To be sure, his views line up with the Republican Party and not with the Democrats. But I believe he has defined himself by his beliefs and by a will to get things done. As someone who needs no help from the Republican Party platform to determine her beliefs — and is not necessarily in step with every plank (I fully support the 2nd Ammendment and the right to bear arms but I would require a licensing procedure just like for driving a car, for example) — this is something I respect.

I could probably write more but I’ve already said more than I initially intended to. If you care about your country, please vote your conscience on Tuesday, if you haven’t already.

Obama Will Bankrupt the Coal Industry Sunday, Nov 2 2008 

His words, not mine.

Check it out.

Election Maps Monday, May 12 2008 

I always find myself fascinated by all those maps showing which candidate does better where, and those polling experts who say things like, “In northwestern Fayette County in Kansas, where a large textile mill went out of business two years ago, Obama is doing better among white women between the ages of 45 and 50 whose identified favorite pastime is playing checkers.”

Check out this post that shows some really interesting maps from Obama/Clinton voting in this year’s primaries.

Pennsylvanians Clinging to Religion Sunday, Apr 13 2008 

I don’t think I need to say a word. This article (and its links) pretty much says it all.

Obama & Faith…in 2007 Tuesday, Apr 1 2008 

This is a pretty interesting article, written almost a year before the big blow-up over Rev. Wright. Only one thing particularly stood out to me as something I wanted to comment on, and it again gets to the divide between conservative and liberal Christianity. Obama apparently earlier wrote that he wasn’t sure what existed before the Big Bang, and he’s got his doubts about the afterlife. This leaves me very confused. This is simply not what I understand to be Christianity. Does that brand of “Christianity” include a God that exists for a finite period of time? A God who was somehow created, or perhaps Himself resulted from the Big Bang, the great un-caused effect? What salvation does a person who writes such things believes he received? Just an earthly salvation in some sense? Then salvation from what, and for what, and to what end? To me this just turns God into a big imaginary teddy bear or something, nice to cuddle when you’re feeling down but otherwise of no great or lasting consequence.

He also wrote (speaking of the time before he says he became a Christian) that he didn’t want a salvation “too easily won,” by which I assume he means won by him. (If he’s truly come to Christ, maybe he wouldn’t put it that way now — maybe he now understands that salvation isn’t something we can “win”.)

Anyway, this is a Christianity that doesn’t seem to share a lot in common with what I understand the term to encompass in its basics. I’ve never been able to really grasp the mindset of liberal Christianity, the ability to dismiss large swaths of Scripture as outmoded or allegorical while clinging to other parts as true and life-changing. It is also interesting that Obama (with Jim Wallis) was interested in pursuing some kind of “liberal Christian coalition.” I may be just blinded by my own worldview here, but I can’t imagine such a coalition ever succeeding. The “Christian coalition,” to the extent that it still really exists, had a pretty clearly defined point of unity, drawn from a conservative reading of Scripture. Liberal Christians, because they are much more open to different beliefs…I’m just not sure they have a sufficient degree of unity around the “Christian” part. Not to mention they (generally at least — I hate to lump so many disparate people into that ubiquitous “they”) believe other faiths are equally valid…so what is there to coalesce around? At the end of the day isn’t it really only the political beliefs + Jesus was a nice guy (possibly even the Son of God…though he may not have existed before the Big Bang and may not actually be preparing a room for us in heaven) who cared about the poor?

I really would like to understand this better from the viewpoint of liberal Christians. Not that I’m looking to change my own viewpoint, but understanding another’s views (again, generally speaking!) is a Good Thing.