It is in the interests of political parties and
candidates to know what the public wants. So it comes back to us: we
are the public. What do we want? More importantly, what are our wants
The American media are largely ignoring these fundamental questions.
This is a piece for Catholic voters, and since that ‘bloc’ figures so
prominently into the American presidential elections, this is good
insight into what constitutes the morally informed vote.
Elections are being held in a number of countries. But New Zealand
found a good bellwether in Church teachings about true human rights
based on fundamental dignity that is not conferred by government, but
must be upheld by it. A reference against which we should measure how
we’re doing right about now in the US presidential race.
This snip from a New York Times piece about the value of winning over Catholic voters in this election has a message beyond these words:
Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, lost the Catholic vote badly to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, like Mr. Obama, is a supporter of abortion rights, during the primaries in states like New Hampshire, Missouri and Ohio. In Pennsylvania, Catholic voters preferred Mrs. Clinton to Mr. Obama by a 40-point margin.
Both are supporters of “abortion rights”, which points to the division among Catholic voters. And this article skims through the ramifications of that, but remains misleading in its handling of a critical issue. Like where it says Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput’s “views had not changed.” They aren’t his views, his words are the constant teaching of the Church. Which is not relative to the political climate.
LifeNews has an informative editorial about where the two presidential candidates stand on the Supreme Court and abortion.
I’m always interested in conversations about judges, so this piece caught my attention.
When pro-lifers think about the importance of
presidential elections, near the very top of the list is the kind of
Supreme Court nominee the candidate would send to the Senate. (Lower
court appointments are also hugely important.)
An important point. From where does the president draw his nominees
to the Supreme Court? Usually the federal judiciary. (Harriet Miers was
The next President will nominate hundreds of lower court
judges who will rule on state legislation promoting or limiting
abortion…The choice could not be clearer.
“In no way do I think that John McCain’s campaign was being racist,” Obama said in his first meeting with reporters since predicting that McCain and other Republicans would try to scare voters because Obama looks unlike “all those other presidents on the dollar bills” — most of them older white men.
“I think they’re cynical,” he said. “And I think they want to distract people from talking about the real issues.”
Hold on. Note that Obama took the initiative to predict “that McCain and other Republicans would try to scare voters…” because Obama looks different than all the presidents on American currency. Come on. That’s goading. And distracting.…
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Call it a contest, but the prize is not cash or even material. It’s the intellectual satisfaction of transcending politics to speak with clarity about what really matters to the people in this election.
The presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain traded charges over who was guilty of injecting race into the presidential debate and blamed each other Friday for its increasingly negative tone.
What’s wrong with this picture?
Where to begin…
McCain has accused Obama, who aims to become the first black U.S. president, of playing politics with racial issues for predicting that McCain and others in the Republican Party would try to scare voters by saying the Democrat “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”
Two weeks after the California Supreme Court announced its decision to allow same-sex couples to “marry”, opponents of same-sex marriage succeeded in placing on the November ballot a proposed constitutional amendment which states: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” If passed, the measure would reverse the recent court decision.
Mr. Obama recently made his position public in a letter sent to a San Francisco homosexual activist group.
“I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states,” wrote Mr. Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
What makes this divisive and discriminatory? Those are relative terms, usually applied to people who don’t agree with the accuser.
…of course the one that counts comes in November. But the daily number crunching the media engage is as a constant ‘beauty contest’ between Sens. Obama and McCain just started to get a bit more interesting, even if it’s only a blip.
Obama returns from a highly successful Middle East and European tour, on which he dazzled foreigners, and Reuters reports that McCain has been the (or a) beneficiary.
Democrat Barack Obama’s highly publicized foreign trip does not appear to have increased confidence in his ability to be president and may have helped energize supporters of Republican John McCain, according to a poll published on Tuesday.
Allowing for the margin of error, the poll shows the candidates statistically even now.
Now they’re directing attention to rising prices, higher debt and taxes.
Barack Obama’s bid to place a new Social Security tax on
very high incomes is either a bold or foolhardy plan to reform the
retirement fund system, depending on who critiques it.
But its potential impact is almost impossible to gauge because he is
providing few details on basic questions such as what the tax rate
might be, what types of income would be taxed and how the taxpayers’
benefits would be affected.
But the good news is….some big media are starting to ask those questions.
Sen. Obama’s Berlin speech got plenty of coverage and much of it fawning praise. Some of the world’s serious journalists have actually plucked a few lofty lines out of it and grinned about how ‘Pollanyish’ they may be, though they’re still praising the candidate and the message of world peace and unity all around.
John Bolton isn’t a journalist, he’s a former United Nations ambassador who worked in a great hall with representatives of that world looking for strategic steps toward that elusive peace. He’s concerned with the lack of scrutiny the man who may be president of the US is enjoying.
Although well received in the Tiergarten, the Obama speech actually reveals an even more naive view of the world than we had previously been treated to in the United States. In addition, although most of the speech was substantively as content-free as his other campaign pronouncements, when substance did slip…
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