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While our nation is at war, American families are being forced out of their homes, and gas is inching towards four dollars a gallon, we have more important issues to talk about than Obama's ex-pastor. I was personally troubled by Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s warped view of the world, and I understand why many Americans were angered by his message, but it’s ridiculous to think the former pastor's sentiment is a representation of Barack Obama's values or judgment. We would be no more justified in criticizing the whole of Christianity for Reverend Wright's comments than pundits and rival campaigns have been in criticizing Obama for vitriol the former pastor spewed. This election is about war, the economy, healthcare and our global climate crises. It's time we focused on these issues instead of what Obama's outlandish ex-pastor said.

Guilt by association is one of those unfair political tricks characteristic of the swift boating and character assassinations that got us eight years of incompetence with a rancher from Crawford. It’s an easy way to score cheap political points, and we can make dozens of connections between John McCain and controversial religious figures with bizarre beliefs.

John McCain gave the commencement address at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University after Falwell said America Deserved 9/11.  John McCain said he was "pleased" by the endorsement of John Hagee, who calls Catholicism, "The Great Whore". Hagee also says that New Orleans deserved what it got from Hurricane Katrina because, "New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God." John McCain campaigned with Rod Parsley—a man who believes the reason America was founded was to destroy the religion of Islam. John McCain describes Parsley as his spiritual guide, and Parsley believes that the purpose of American government is to make war in the name of Christ against other religions.

McCain's association with lowlifes, though, is irrelevant. We have real challenges, and it time for us to elect a President who will focus on our common goals and change the political discourse by putting an end to the use of religious differences and wedge issues as political weapons. We need a President who will speak honestly about the challenges we face, bring our troops home safely, put an end to cowboy diplomacy, make healthcare affordable, and tackle the global climate crisis head-on.  Without this kind of leadership, we are doomed to sustain our current path of putting political strife before making any substantive policy changes for the benefit of our country.

Originally posted to nhduson35 on Sun May 04, 2008 at 07:38 PM PDT.

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  •  Reverend Wright (0+ / 0-)
    was the distraction Clinton paid over four million dollars to Mark Penn to develope to help her campaing; coincidentally, it helps his other client; John McCain.

    this tactic is one that has worked for the corporate interests through many elections now.  It is how they peel off votes, split constituencies, and manipulate government policy and elections.

    This is a tactic Penn is using in developing nations, too.  Stirring up ethnic rivalries, then playing the split for gain.  If this policy is exported and works, why not do it at home.

    If we cease to feed this bullshit with our collective public attention it will go away.  
    they do it because it works, except when it doesn't.

    If it keeps working, you can watch your very own America eventually turn into warring factions that become violent, as they have in Iraq and in parts of Africa.  This is deliberate.

    Clinton's choice to use Mark Penn who is also working with McCain was a tip off to the motives in her campaign, which has nothing to do with any fidelity to Democratic voters, or the party.

    She is a trojan horse REpublican, and her goal has always been to foil our parties objectives: if you look carefully at the actual record of the clintons it heavily favors a Republican agenda over the interests of Democratic values.

  •  Reminds me of a quote (0+ / 0-)

    "Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest."
    Denis Diderot

    Harsh I know, but I certainly believe this most times.

    I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere ~ Thomas Jefferson

    by valadon on Mon May 05, 2008 at 01:11:38 AM PDT

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