Jul 3, 2008

A PRESIDENT for EVERYONE?

Our Country is in SERIOUS trouble.
And make no mistake it is OUR country. Not just the country of progressives and liberals but also the country of reactionaries and conservatives.

Barack Obama is running for President of All the People not just the liberals or progressives President and this is exactly as it should be. This is the change we can believe in.

The true divisions in our politics are far less liberal vs conservative than corporatist vs populist.
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Our Country is in SERIOUS trouble. And make no mistake it is OUR country. Not just the country of progressives and liberals but also the country of reactionaries and conservatives. Barack Obama is running for President of All the People not just the liberals or progressives President and this is exactly as it should be. This is the change we can believe in. The true divisions in our politics are far less liberal vs conservative than corporatist vs populist.

Wouldn't that be something else? A President who does not polarize the nation.

Patriotic
In favor of service to the nation
In favor of a strong military
In favor of involving people of Faith
Sounds downright right wing or does it?

Can Barack Obama do what seems impossible?

Can a military supporter be liberal?
Can an evangelical Christian be liberal?

I was raised a Southern Baptist in Tennessee and I always believed the teachings of Jesus Christ were far more in line with the Liberals' point of view than the Conservatives. Don't Liberals favor mercy, feeding the poor, healing the sick, comforting the elderly and the hopeless, and suggesting that accumulation of vast personal wealth is an inhibition to entering into heaven?

Why should we Liberals concede the Christian Faith to the Conservatives and why have we? Can Barack Obama change that dynamic - a change we can believe in?

Pundits pout that the 'move to the center' is problematic in promoting the idea of change, but real change would be a non-polarizing President who truly represents all the people - not a polarizing left leaning President who changes from a polarizing right winger.

My hope for the nation under Barack Obama is that as President he will take back the country from the special interests and the corporations who seek to profit at the expense of our people. I want to see a fair tax code that makes the rich and the corporations pay their fair share of the costs of the wars from which they profit.

I want the jobs to come back to America for the people who support the corporations by purchasing their products and services. If we need to support more young people through paying for service in Americorps, the Peace Corps, or the Military in exchange for money to attend college I have no problem with that either.

Barack Obama's move to make Patriotism, Faith, and Service a part of the progressive liberal agenda is a good thing and it is a change we can believe in. When you hear these fool pundits opine that these moves are an indication of more of the same call them out for the fools they are.

There is nothing unpatriotic or unChristian about being progressive or liberal.

A President for all the people who seeks to bring the bulk of the nation together by showing the people of Faith and the people who are patriotic that there is no reason a Patriotic Military person of great Faith cannot be a progressive/liberal and a supporter of Barack Obama.

Is that not a change we can believe in?
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