I think Father Morris Has a Point

I’m not going to argue the Constitutionality of either candidates’ respective proposals as to how “faith-based initiatives” should run, but I will say that, if you assume the veracity of the premise of a “church state separation” being part of the Constitution, the skirting, at least, of the line thereof by Obama by virtue of his support for these initiatives seems inconsistent when compared to his intent to limit those groups which are a part of these initiatives, on the basis of an apparent desire to respect Constitutional Amendments relating to equal protection:

Now, make no mistake, as someone who used to teach constitutional law, I believe deeply in the separation of church and state, but I don’t believe this partnership will endanger that idea – so long as we follow a few basic principles. First, if you get a federal grant, you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion. Second, federal dollars that go directly to churches, temples, and mosques can only be used on secular programs.”

 I agree with Morris so far as goes his belief that such restrictions as above are contrary to assisting in the effectiveness of these programs. With their initiative models design centered around their religions, these “faith-based” organizations need their capacity to control not so fettered as Obama would mandate.

To the question of the apparent inconsistency, perhaps the most obvious question to ask Obama is why even support these programs in the first place?

As for me, I don’t have much interest in the existence of the programs, but question how reasonable it is to allow them because of supposed success only to risk destabilizing that success.

Morris’ column: http://foxforum.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/07/07/faithless-faith-based-initiatives/

Thanks to the Focus on Obama’s Associates, I’m Taking a Stand

Dear Jesus H. Christ,

 I was committed to voting for you this November, but I cannot ignore your father’s, God Almighty’s, treatment of Job. Because you refuse to fully denounce The Lord for how he treated such a fine and faithful man, and leave his holy kingdom, I must reluctantly put the rosary round my hand and cast my vote for Satan. It pains me to do so, but I have no choice if you won’t do the right thing. Why did you sit by his right hand for 2000+ years?


Bill Clinton Advises You to Chill Out, I Advise You to Grow Up

Many Democrats and Liberals dislike Chickenhawks and Warmongers, but many, as it seems, are acting like Chicken Littles. Try to face reality here. You, Democrats, aren’t going to like everything that comes from, or is associated with, Clinton and Obama. You should also understand you can point to unethical and logically weak reasoning as often as you want and still can’t persuade some people of the veracity and wisdom of your positions. But the worst part of the behavior of some of you is that it needn’t exist if you would not only relax, as Bill Clinton says, but also reject notions of disunity and subsequent chaos in your party. This doesn’t mean you have to go against your principles and choose Clinton over Obama, and vice verse, it means you don’t let your anger take control of you; use it as a motivator, don’t feed a poison vine that might not even exist. Foolish fighting will only help create the seed of that malovelent plant and assure its deadly purpose. If you succumb, your judgement will deserve to be questions more so than that of either of your Presidential candidates. 

Guilt by Association vs. Judging Ability

While I agree much of the criticism against Senator Obama remains based in the fallacy of ‘guilt by association,’ I also do not think that defense alone wholly precludes the legitimacy criticism of his association with Pastor Wright: not because it would be appropriate to assume Obama believes as Wright does with his controversial statements, it would not, but because there does appear to be unresolved, or unresolvable, questions about Obama’s judgement. Perhaps the strongest question from this: If confronted with something unequivocably offensive, would Obama be quick and forceful in his condemnation, even against wise or foolish council.

But, on the matter of judgement, it is Senator McCain whom disturbs me most.

People shall debate how over zealous and vitriolic the statements are of the religious persons who are in some ways affiliated with the McCain and Obama campaigns, but to have heard that McCain’s argument against a comparison of his situation with Parsley to that of Obama’s with Wright, is based in large part on McCain admitting virtually full ignorance of Parsley’s preachings, sermons, what have you, and having met him only a few times, whereas Obama at least knew Wright well (knowing, though, that complete understanding of others is difficult to impossible), is a worse case of judgement than the supposed blindness or denial that Obama could be accused of. At least Obama’s apparent mistake is analogous to hiring a relative you knew well but over estimated. McCain’s error seems like one of a panderer who did not know well his partner, and who acted with political expedience.

To Those Who Claim to Just be Honoring the Full Name of Barack Obama

I want to thank you for giving the man the courtesy and respect he deserves, and give you the same by addressing you by your full name.

So thank you, Bull “Fucking” Shitters. Thank you.

Democrat vs. McCain: How Should the Democrat Campaign?

Well, it looks as if John McCain has a good chance of being the Republican Presidential Nominee. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul having even less chance, with Paul having less of a chance than Huckabee.

On the Democratic side, it looks like Hillary has an edge over Barack Obama, but the final winners of either party’s primary really can’t be known this soon. Can it?

My present assumptions are a Clinton vs. McCain presidential campaign.

If the Republicans do put McCain on their ticket, will his cross party appeal greatly affect how the Democratic nominee campaigns? Should it? What strategy should that party’s nominee employ against McCain?


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