Thursday, January 10, 2008

Reflections on elections ...

This has been a fascinating week, thanks in part to the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. We are just not sure how this election is going to go for the Democrats, which, you must admit, is the far more interesting race.

Edwards lost out today on a nod from Kerry, which must have felt like a slap in the face, to say the least. Kerry is endorsing Obama ... interesting, considering he must be friendly with the Clintons.

Obama is ahead of Clinton by 1 delegate, although of course it's incredibly early in the contest. It may be one of those situations where we really don't know until the very last moment who is going to win the nomination.

As for the Republicans, we find it hard to believe that McCain could ever be considered electable. And who the heck is Huckabee? Giuliani is clearly out, even if he says he's still in. Romney will never be the nominee, and we all know why (isn't that a sad fact of American life, that we still give a hoot what religion someone is, or isn't?).

Meanwhile, there is hate email going around about Obama, couching itself in religious concern because of the church he belongs to--when really, it's just racism trying to come across as self-righteousness.

(This is Mary.) As a Christian, I find it impossible to identify with any of the fundamentalist rhetoric that has infiltrated our society in recent years. I have come to believe that, in fact, I actually am of a different religion. Basically, I believe in God's message of the New Testament, and I condemn no one, unlike many who say they are Christian.

I don't believe religion must inform politics, and I don't care at all if our president is religious, atheist, agnostic, whatever. As long as he/she has a solid set of morals and leads the country well, it makes no difference to me.

Next Tuesday we'll see more primary results. Super Tuesday may decide it all!


Anonymous said...

I'll let my buddy Ray Wylie Hubbard respond to this blog wiht his song:
Conversation With the Devil

I had a dream last night I was cast into hell by a jealous God.
He said, "Come on over here, son, let me show you around.
Over there's where we put the preachers -- I never liked those clowns.
They're always blaming me for everything wrong under the sun.
It ain't that hard to do what's right, it's just maybe not as much fun.
Then they walk around thinkin' they're better than me and you.
And then they get caught in a motel room, doin' what they said not to do.

"Now all the murderers and the rapists, they go in this fiery lake,
As well as most of the politicians and the cops on the take.
And all the mothers who wait 'til they get to K-Mart to spank their kids;
Instead of showin' 'em what to do what's right, they just hit 'em for what they did.
And all the daddy's who run off and abandon their daughters and sons.
Oh, anybody who hurts a child's gonna burn until it's done."

"Everyone is down here," I said, "who's up in heaven with God and the Son?"
"Oh, some saints and mystics and students of Metaphysics 101.
People who care and share and love and try to do what's right.
Beautiful old souls who read little stories to their babies every night.
What you won't find up in heaven are Christian Coalition right-wing conservatives, country program directors, and Nashville Record executives."

"Now," I said, "I've made some mistakes, but I'm not as bad as those guys.
How can God do this to me?, or can't she sympathize?"
He said, "You're wrong about God being cruel and mean.
Oh, God is the most loving thing that's never been seen."
I said, "Hot Shot, tell me this: which religion is the truest?"
He said, "They're all about the same -- Buddha was not a Christian, but Jesus would've made a good Buddhist."

Well, I thought about my future, I didn't seem to have much of one.
I looked around to leave but there was... no place to run.
I said, "I don't suppose I could go back and try livin' again...
Like reincarnation, I hear that's the way it's always been."
"I can't answer that," he said, "you're gonna have to wait for that response.
But it ain't any more unusual to be born twice than it is to be born once."

Well it looked like I was gonna be stuck here, as far as I could tell.
I thought I might as well suck up, you know, what the hell?
I said, "You know that song that Charlie Daniels did?
About how you went down to Georgia and played fiddle against that kid?"
He said, "Yeah, broke my heart but, you know, what're you gonna do?"
I said, "To be honest, I thought your solo was the better of the two."

Well, then I woke up, and I was lyin' in my bed.
I went upstairs and kissed my little boy on his sleepin' head.
I took this dream as a sign from God, so I thought I'd better pray:
"Don't ever speak to me directly, and thanks anyway."
Now so much has changed about me besides me just givin' up red meat.
Some get spiritual 'cause they see the light,
And some 'cause they feel the heat.

GO-Bama in '08

Jeff and Mary said...

Love the last 2 lines, especially, --Mary