Friday, February 01, 2008

2008 Presidential Endorsement REDUX!

Yes, my choice of Presidents for the atheist vote has "suspended" his campaign. What to do, what to do... After a brief period of WHAT THE @#%!, with a little bit of WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY thrown in for good measure, I decided to make my decision rationally. And no, it is not Ron "the separation of church and state is a myth" Paul.

My next endorsement may come as a surprise to some.

But at this stage, the most important thing, thinking rationally, is this: we can not have a President who will trample all over our civil liberties, get us into another endless war, and increase anti-American sentiment to the point that one of the rogue states we've sold nuclear secrets to drops the bomb on us. This translates to: the Republican candidate, be he Romney, Fuckabee, or McCain, MUST BE DEFEATED.

So I'm casting my vote for the lesser of all of the evils, who also happens to be the most electable Democrat after John Edwards, at this point, having actually inspired hordes of young voters and Independents to quit feeling disenfranchised and get out to the primaries. Perhaps this inadvertently had something to do with the writer's strike and the fact that the Democratic debates are the most exciting thing on television right now, but people are watching the debates in record numbers, and new voters are overwhelmingly casting their vote for one person.

Here are some quotes on the subject of religion, to introduce my second choice candidate:

"I was not raised in a religious household. For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness. However, in her mind, a working knowledge of the world's great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites. In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well."

"My faith is complicated by the fact that I didn't grow up in a particular religious tradition. When you come at it as an adult, your brain mediates a lot, and you ask a lot of questions."

"I went to a Catholic school in a Muslim country, so I was studying the Bible and catechisms by day, and, at night, you'd hear the [Muslim] prayer call. My mother was a deeply spiritual person. Her view always was that underlying these religions was a common set of beliefs about how you treat other people and how you aspire to act, not just for yourself, but also for the greater good. I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion. I'm a big believer in the separation of church and state. I am a big believer in our constitutional structure. I'm a law professor at the University of Chicago teaching constitutional law."

Okay, if you haven't figured it out already, these are all quotes by Barack Obama. Who is not a Muslim, as some would have you believe.

Obama has consistently voted in favor of the separation of church and state, he is pro-choice, he supports stem cell research, and unlike Hillary Clinton, he has taken Edwards's challenge not to accept money from special interest lobbyists (very important, this). He has also opposed the war in Iraq from the start. Hillary Clinton has never apologized for her vote to use force in Iraq, unlike my first presidential choice John Edwards.

It is with a heavy heart that I turn away from the more populist Edwards, but rationally, I have no choice but to "Barack the Vote."

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