As we approach the national conventions of the major political parties we are seeing the candidates attempt to position themselves on the various issues as well as keep America in suspense as to who their respective running mates will be.
I have already written about why I believe John McCain would be the best choice for president. I believe his experience, honesty and ability to cooperate across the aisle without compromising core issues would go a long way in helping this country move forward out of our current funk.
As I consider Barack Obama, I see some causes for concern. First, let me say that I find him to be a personable, intelligent man who is a very eloquent and at times inspiring speaker.
Many have attempted, some legitimately so, to point out some extreme aspects of the Obama package. His connections to Jeremiah Wright, slumlords, socialistic icons and others have been well documented. However, it is not his extremism that concerns me. There is too much gridlock balance in Congress for him to be able to advance any radical positions that he may hold. I believe the mainstream of America is probably too solidly centrist to tolerate extremism on either side.
I do take issue with his positions on moral issues such as abortion and gay rights and would have some concerns over what type of judges he would be likely to appoint, but in all fairness, the Republicans have had opportunity to right these wrongs over the last eight years and have failed to do so.
What does concern me is his lack of experience and confidence in where he stands. While it is not unusual for politicians to change their minds over time on various issues, it has been somewhat alarming to see how Obama is vacillating so freely on issues like abortion, gun control, offshore drilling and others. These changes have not occurred over a course of years, but literally in months and even weeks, presenting the senator as a morph from an extreme liberal during the primary to a moderate in the general election. One can’t help but wonder if this is not merely an attempt to appeal to the undecided voters who stand in the middle. Obama has attempted to present himself as an agent of change, and indeed it appears he is.
His inexperience is also coming to light. In his recent trip to Europe, he blew off a scheduled visit to one of our military hospitals. Even if we give him the benefit of the doubt and stipulate that his motive for doing this was sincere, I still would submit that it was the wrong choice. Our soldiers deserve the best attention that our leaders can give them. While he has his sights set on being president, he is still a U.S. Senator who has every right and responsibility to visit our troops. I am not a soldier, but I cannot help but think that if I was one and was lying wounded in a hospital far from home, I would even be glad to see one of the Clintons. Whether or not they were sincere would matter little, it would be important to me to know that my country had not forgotten me.
To me, this raises questions about Obama’s ability to make the right decisions where our military is concerned. Contrary to what Wesley Clark would have us believe, I do think John McCain’s military experience is a powerful factor in this case, rendering him much more suited for the job of commander-in-chief.
I am not convinced that Obama is the secret monster that many make him out to be, but I do not feel confident at all about his abilities to lead our country. I believe that as the candidates continue to debate the issues, his inexperience will become even more highlighted.
The question is, will anyone notice?
What concerns me about Obama is that he is a closet Muslim who was sworn into Congress on a Koran and refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag.
His lack of experience does concern me, but so do the other things you mentioned. His liberal ideology, his connections, his vacillation; it’s all part of the package.
Will anyone notice? Some will, but not enough. In a society that prefers style over substance, you don’t have to fool all the people all the time. It is sufficient to fool the majority of the people till election time.
Your remarks are certainly well-tempered. As this old lady sees it, he is a “rock star.” I’ve said that from the beginning, and if people don’t stop and listen, I’m afraid that will carry him into the White House.
I’m not overly excited about McCain, but I believe he is the best man for the job, all things considered.
Hi Gordon – I generally agree with you about Obama. I am not so wowed as you are about McCain.. I think that his foreign policy is similar to the Bush policy. I think that we will see McCain’s campaign get really nasty if he falls behind in the polls.. what he did to Romney in the primary was sad.
Two Veep candidates will get my attention if they are nominated – Romney and Hagel.. but I doubt that either will get the nod.
I am not happy with these mediocre candidates to led our country and the free world.. glad I believe in prayer 🙂
Cameron, you said, What concerns me about Obama is that he is a closet Muslim who was sworn into Congress on a Koran and refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag.
Been reading your e-mail, huh?
Beverly, I am inclined to agree with you about his “rock star” status. He does seem to be riding as much or more on his celebrity power than he does on his political prowess.
KB, McCain’s veep choice will be important. In fact, I don’t recall an election where there has been so much interest in who the vp will be. I guess McCain’s age is contributing to all of the hullabaloo.
Like you, I’m glad I believe in prayer. I certainly believe that the solution to this country’s problems is spiritual not political.
Gordon, I am thankful to know that we have a God who is sovereign, and that no matter who is elected their heart will be turned by God Himself.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Prov. 21:1
If I were not sure of God’s sovereignty in this election I would almost be frightened.
Intersting passage from Proverbs Tim.. I kind of sift it together with this one from Isaiah 40..
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
Bro. TA and Bro. KB, those are great scriptures to contemplate during this time in our country. I appreciate y’all sharing them.
If we could get a few men like the two of you to run for office it would be nice.
Gordon, Why would we want to lower our positions in life to become President or any other office?
KB, That Scripture from Isaiah is great too. It is amazing to see the sovereign hand of God at work throughout the Bible, and in our lives daily.
Bro. TA, I would certainly agree with you that for those who are called, there is no higher calling than to preach the word. Like Paul, I rejoice that God has counted me faithful, putting me in the ministry.
I’m so glad I came back to read the Scriptures from the last two commenters. We need to remind ourselves of those verses as time marches on.
Send me your donations Gordon and when I get enough I will mount a campaign 🙂
Bev, they blessed me, too.
KB, spoken like a true politician. 🙂