i’ve hardly ever posted about politics. that’s not a good thing. i post about all kinds of stuff i’m opinionated about, and receive a good amount of grief about it. my lack of posting about anything remotely political is a semi-shameful revelation of my lack of engagement in political issues.
i had an inherited republican voting record, common to my evangelical pedigree. i’ve felt rather “done” with the republican agenda for some years now, but have been too lazy to do anything about it (including — i’m embarrassed to say — not voting in the california primary a few weeks ago because i’m still registered as a republican, so couldn’t vote for the democratic candidate i’d like to be our next president). while it’s difficult to claim that jesus would be one party or the other, i have strongly felt for several years that the much of the spoken and unspoken values of the democratic party are more biblical and jesus-y than much of the spoken and unspoken values of the republican party.
and, while this could very easily come off as johnny-come-lately jumping onto the bandwagon of popularity: i’m an obama supporter. i can’t be a single-issue voter anymore; and while our country and republican leadership haven’t done anything (or been able to do anything? place the blame where you will — it’s not critical to this point) significant about abortion, i’ve found myself embracing a broader view of the value of human life, which includes all the other aspects of valuing human life and god’s creation that seem to be much more inline with democratic values.
i just read this “why im pro-life and pro-obama” article by frank schaeffer on the huffington post. and, while schaeffer still tends to the overstatement and self-promotion he learned from years in the political arena of the religious right, he has some really good things to say.
i’m sure some will respond, “yeah, obama is a charismatic speech-maker; but does he actually have anything to say?” i think this is a popularist reflection of exactly what hillary and the republicans have been feeding us. yes, our political process is laden with overstatement from all sides. hillary claims experience. of course, if experience is all that’s desired, it seems mccain would be the better choice. and i don’t dismiss hillary’s experience — she does have it. but experience in how things have always been done is not what i’m interested in at this time. i’d rather have a good dose of inexperience mixed with passion and authenticity and leadership and values i care about.
i don’t think it’s fair to make the presidential race about gender or race (and have actually been pleasantly surprised that it hasn’t devolved to that very often); but i have to add that i think it’s embarrassing that the united states has never had anything but a white male president.
so there it is: i’m supporting obama. come on, texas and ohio: bring it.
a final disclaimer: while many of my posts here do, in one way or another, reflect views of youth specialties, this one is only me.