Sunday, June 22, 2008

The trap

Are we really a Christian nation? This debate often flares on the internet and university halls, both sides being fairly passionate. The short answer is no, officially we are not a Christian nation--the Founders made sure of that by guaranteeing freedom of religion without choosing an official version.

At the same time there's absolutely no doubt we are a nation molded from and guided by Christianity, a point often overlooked after conceding the above. Just look around America and notice how many cities and towns are named from the Bible or check out some of our state constitutions and amaze yourself at the early references to Christianity. To ignore that influence would be idiotic.

On that point many are making hay with this statement from Obama, preserved (for now) on You Tube:

While poorly stated (within the context of this clip) he's basically right. We should be careful not to pile-on Obama just because. Knee-jerks can be damaging in this political climate, especially with the Obama campaign already setting the pre-conditions aided by MSM stories like this one
...nearly half of all Americans say race relations in the country are in bad shape and three in 10 acknowledge feelings of racial prejudice...
Interestingly, the WaPo story also says that 90 percent of Americans would be OK with a black president--count me in the 90--while about 50 percent say Obama would be a 'risky' choice. And here's where the obfuscation begins. This makes it seem like the Obamites are saying that to judge Barack's qualifications negatively proves one a racist. In other words, his qualifications are that he's black.

Can you believe this is the presidency we're discussing? The real question should be one of ideology, ie, the reason most of us in the 90th percentile don't want to see Ohama as prez is because we can visualize a government run by Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and someone further left of Gore. If a conservative black were running--different ballgame.

But that's a hard sell in the world of conventional wisdom. "Convenient excuse" and so forth. The Obamites will be more than happy to exploit the notion that non-support of a far left black candidate = racism, it's fruit hanging too low to ignore. The GOP should carefully consider that every commercial they produce, no matter the targeted area or audience, will end up becoming national and being attached to McCain.


LASunsett said...

//The GOP should carefully consider that every commercial they produce, no matter the targeted area or audience, will end up becoming national and being attached to McCain.//

Like the one in NC that McCain condemned but was unable to stop. Still, it was McCain's fault. This was straight from Obama's mouth.

But interestingly enough, I hear no one blaming Obama for the MoveOn commercials of late, the ones with baby Alex and the people saying they want to vote Republican because they are don't want women to have rights, etc.

Naturally, most intelligent people understand that Obama cannot do much about them, anymore than McCain could have done about the one in NC. But I do not hear Obama condemning them, like McCain did.

Just an observation, I am sure many would try to tap dance their way out of that one.

A.C. McCloud said...

Good point. The difference probably being that the media didn't egg Barama on into taking credit for it like they did with McCain. And that's going to get worse as the time gets shorter.