Friday, February 1, 2008

Super Tuesday and the latest debate

Those of us who will be voting in the Democratic primary on Feb. 5 have two candidates to choose from. People in New Hampshire had more choices. There must be a better way to organize the primaries, so that people from all states have a range of choices. Maybe we could divide the country into 8 regions, and have a different primary day for each region. That way it would be more evenly divided. Also, the order of the regions could be different in different years.

The two candidates that I have to choose from aren't really that different from each other. They define their difference as being about experience vs. change. Obama says "I think what is at stake right now is whether we are looking backwards or we are looking forwards," while Clinton says we should need someone who can solve problems from day one. I think I prefer the experience over the change. The claims of change strike me as empty rhetoric. Politicians always like to claim they will bring change. I'd rather have someone who knows how to do the job.

So many people seem to think that being a good Christian means devoting your energy to condemning other people as sinful. In contrast, I think Christianity is about helping others. I liked what Hillary Clinton said tonight: that she opposed a law against providing any sort of assistance to undocumented immigrants because "that would have criminalized the good Samaritan and Jesus Christ himself."

Apparently there have been people concerned that Obama is secretly a Muslim. It seems like a strange worry to me. Anyhow, to address that concern, Obama gave a speech a while back saying how Christian he is. I didn't like the way he seemed to accept the premise that it's important to be Christian in order to be qualified to be President of the United States.

But I think both of them care about helping the downtrodden, getting people good health insurance, and ending the war in Iraq. Either way, it would be refreshing to have that kind of president.

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