In what has turned out to be an unprecedented election cycle John McCain has been standing opposite of a candidate that has not had enough time or experience in Washington politics, has issues with extremist religious backers, and is not what the media would call a pale male.
(So he made her his vice president.)
I sit here and joke, but it really has been a historic year in many ways. In fact it's the historic opportunity that approaches us in which I wish to speak to you all now.
To date on both my personal blog and at speaking events no fewer than 50 self described conservatives residing in at least 8 states (Including, but certainly not limited to New York, Florida, and Georgia.) have confided in me that they were so unenthusiastic with McCain getting the nomination, that they were thinking of staying home or voting for third party this year. So as you can probably guess, when I say "historic opportunity" I'm not just talking about the fact that we will have either a woman as vice president or a person of non euro decent as President after the votes are cast.
But I am talking about our chance to dramatically change American politics as a whole. You see one of the biggest factors in the problems we have with today's politics is rooted in the fact that we still have a two party system. With only two parties running the whole show the choice is always yin or yang, with no balance anywhere. This has also severely damaged Christianity in the process.
We read rules like "don't murder" in the Bible, and the hardliners claim that means we should shun a young lady whose had an abortion and hold her beneath our contempt. The other side reacts to the opposite extreme and Christians divide and line up. Other times we'll read things like Bishops shouldn't be given to alcohol and the hardliners will conclude that alcohol itself is a sin. Again the other side takes the opposite extreme and Christians line up. We sometimes read that adultery and promiscuity are frowned upon, then shout at the top of our lungs that people whom we label as homosexual should be treated as second class citizens.
Then we have our pattern not just forming, but permanently set till we have extremists in our churches claiming if you vote for the candidate he opposes you're all going to hell.
You remember those armbands the kids used to wear; they said WWJD: What-Would-Jesus-Do. We should be asking ourselves what would Jesus really do?
If there is any chance for change in our two party system this year it simply must come from the conservative side. Of all the third parties we have we need only one of them to get 15% of the popular vote this year then that's the ball game, we'll get more choices in 4 years and maybe on into the future. Right now the Libertarians look most likely to get the %15 needed, but I wouldn't dream of telling you who you should vote for.
In the end there are certain things that no politician can fix; the politics of hate, the devaluing of people who do not share your ideology, and the gleet thrown into the public conversation under the guise of logic. (There is nothing logical about hate. Hate is an emotion and actually clouds the judgement.)
Obama or McCain it doesn't matter, if you wish to fix this problem then we all need to work together. But a step in the right direction is ultamately a step in the right direction, and that is all that I'm promoting here. Merely a step, but even the longest journey starts with just a single step.
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