Monday, August 25, 2008

A Little Bit of Politics

Alright, I'm putting the target squarely on my back. I know that there are some of my fellow church members and other Christians that read this blog from time to time, so I am getting ready for the fall out.

Since I've stated some of my positions in the past, maybe this won't come as too much of a shock. On the other hand, the idea that a Christian (and a preacher, no less) could support a Democrat is always shocking to some. First, I truly have to say that I am disappointed beyond what words can express at the candidates that we have to choose from. Having said that, I cannot imagine an America after another four years of the same Administration. And make no mistake--Senator McCain has supported President Bush 95% of the time in the past few years. A vote for McCain is a vote to continue in the economic woes that have come upon us.

As a labor union kind of guy, this Administration has constantly attacked my family budget. No raises for the past three years and none in the remainder of my career as an Air Traffic Controller. Insurance costs have gone up each, you know the song--second verse, same as the first.

I am so disappointed that the conservatives are so easily duped into believing the political rhetoric and never look to see that the actions just don't match up with the promises. There are no conservatives in Washington! (By the way, conservative is not interchangeable with republican any more than liberal is with democrat!)

Here is a press release from the President of the AFL-CIO on the selection of Sen. Biden:

AFL-CIO PRESS RELEASE: Statement by AFL-CIO President John Sweeney On Selection of Sen. Joe Biden

In asking Sen. Joe Biden to be his running mate, Barack Obama has affirmed the judgment it takes to be President of the United States and an understanding of the team it will take to turn around America.

Sen. Biden is not only one of the most experienced foreign affairs experts in our country, he’s an eloquent and unwavering defender of working families and opponent of the Bush Administration’s war on workers. He’s a man of great faith and modest means who has lived his life in direct contrast to those who support Bush and his would-be successor, John McCain. He’s honest and outspoken and he’s never forgotten his working-class roots.

Joe Biden will be received and supported wholeheartedly by the working women and men of America and our unions. We are more enthusiastic than ever about electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden and getting on with the job of changing America to work for all.

Also a link to the previous NATCA President's Blog and a rerun of an post that he ran many months ago.

If reading all of this doesn't start the tongues wagging, pulling onto the church parking lot with my Obama bumper sticker surely will!

Ready. Aim. Fire!



Rich said...

I will be the first one to fire at you, and believe me when I say that my marksmanship is much better than last night's would-be Obama assassins!

(Hears boo-ing coming from the crowd)

What... too soon? :)

Kevin said...

I'm tired of being held hostage by Republicans for my pro-life vote. To me there is no more important vote but I can no longer allow myself to be used by administrations such as this one as push their agenda in such a disingenous way.

It's doubtful that I'll be casting a vote for Obama but I can guarantee you I won't be voting for McCain.

It's a free country, John. I appreciate your honesty and integrity.

Anonymous said...


I find the assumption that Republican, or even conservative views align with Christian doctrine to be offensive. People choose to look at one or two issues and ignore the incredible depth of Christian social teaching.

But lets hand it to the Republican message machine for their success in brainwashing many evangelicals into believing that it is un-Christian to vote for a Democrat.


Mike said...

I used to vote a split ticket. I still consider myself middle of the road. But after Reagan I haven't voted for a republican since. They are just bigger liars and cheats than the democrats could ever hope to be.

Anonymous said...

My former pastor, Brian McLaren, is part of a group called the Matthew25 Network. They aired an ad in support of Barack Obama during the Saddleback sessions. (sorry, have forgotten my html tags)

Stewardship of the earth, justice for all, human rights--last I checked, those were probably Christian values too.

Let us know how it goes on Sunday and the weeks that follow.


Bilbo said...

I sort of agree with Mike...the Republicans are all liars and cheats, and the Democrats are all whiny simpletons. Want one of my "Vote for Nobody" cards?