Does it really matter who is the president?
With all of the bureaucratic bulk that makes up our government, how much change can a president bring about?
I know, I know - the next president could make some key Supreme Court justice appointments. That's kind of a big deal...
I like Barak Obama. I like his story, I like his attitude, I like his character, I like his energy.
I like John McCain. I like his story, his attitude, his character, and his energy.
Since they are human beings, they have dirt in their story, specks in their eyes, and flaws in their character. Which ones are worse?
And they are both politicians, which makes me wary of both of them. By virtue of their profession, they must deal with the powerful temptation to say what needs to be said in order to increase the liklihood of being elected.
And you really have to wonder about somebody who wants to be president as much as they do. Anybody who eagerly aspires for that kind of high profile position is somebody that you have to raise an eyebrow at and dabble in a little bit of skepticism.
About Obama - I don't like his idea of universal healthcare. It takes a terrible health-care system and instead of taking strong steps to really change it and improve it, he just wants to make sure that the same terrible system is available to everyone. (Yes, that is a cynical overgeneralization.)
About McCain - I don't like his support of the war. We should have never gone to war in Iraq in the first place. But, now that we are there, I think he is more capable of helping the USA "extract" it's military from the region. I do have my doubts, though.
And then there is the issue of our common heritage as Christians - me, Barak, and John all claim to be followers of Christ. How does my faith and following of Jesus inform my decisions about who I vote for in November?
God does have an opinion on economics, on labor, on justice, on health, on education, etc. What does God want of American Christians and our political realities?
Still haven't found the answers I'm looking for.