Some very interesting answers by others.
Here are mine:
1. I am worried about his association with William Ayers…and the small amount (in my mind) of ‘distancing’ that Obama has put forth. Anyone
I am not concerned about Obama's past association with William Ayers. They were on a board together many years after Ayers was involved in the
Weathermen. Many people I have known in my life have done illegal things. Ayers' actions when Obama was a child do not reflect on Obama now.
2. I am worried about his association with Rev. Wright…meaning the 20 years of sermons/views had to assimilate some erroneous worldviews. Anyone
I don't care about any of the candidates' religious experiences or views as long as they keep their religion out of government. And by that, I mean
in the strictest sense of the first amendment.
3. I am confused that his directness/honesty about leading from a very-left liberal stance has not garnished more skepticism from the center?
I would have to know, specifically, what left liberal stances you are concerned about to answer this question. In general, I am not at all concerned.
I disagree with some of his views and agree with others.
4. I am disturbed, maybe confused is better for this one, that a high percentage of the journalist media is, from my watching, OVERLY FOR the
Obama campaign. Certainly, the American mainstream media tilts a tad left…but in the past…NOT to this extreme. The cable arm of the respected
National Broadcast System called MSNBC seems to me to be an arm of the Obama candidacy and positions? Anyone else agree? Disagree?
I agree that MSNBC is clearly supporting Obama. Much like FOX has, for many years, supported the GOP and their candidates. I'm not at all confused by
people or even media supporting Obama. He's pretty incredible, especially when we consider the last 8 years of Bush/Cheney. Over 80% of people in
this country are fed up with the direction this government has taken their country. It's not at all confusing or disturbing that they would
overwhelmingly support someone who is clearly very different from what we've seen for the past 8 years.
I'm confused that you're confused,
5. I am perplexed with the MOMENTUM created with a relatively new, young politician. Doesn’t it seem fast and somewhat ‘pressed’?
Obama has risen like a star. Sometimes people do that, regardless of their occupation. If a person is good at what they do, they get noticed and
supported to rise to the top. Some people are "naturals" in what they do. I believe Obama is a natural leader. There's no restriction saying that
politicians must spend so many years doing this and that.
The first time I saw him speak (at the 2004 Democratic Convention) I knew I wanted him to be our president. Everything I have learned abut him since
then has confirmed that.
6. I am impressed with his ability to dodge/dance/divert skepticism/criticism. Is he just that good?
I'm not sure what you mean here. He answers his criticisms just like everyone else.
Add: I am also struggling with the massive intrusion of our leadership into our money...are you all? Is this all linked?
If you mean the $700 Billion "bailout", yes, I was against that and I am disturbed by it. If you mean Obama's tax plan, I wholly support it. It's
time corporations and the wealthy stop getting all the tax cuts.
Originally posted by OldThinker
I just feel that a practice in Salem a few hundred years ago is off topic for a 2008 political campaign discussion, that's all..
You do know that Sarah's pastor prayed over her for her to be protected from witchcraft, right? That wasn't hundreds of years ago, if was 2-3 years
ago. Just FYI. I don't care about her religion.
Originally posted by Sonya610
We are a congregation which is Unashamedly White ...
What's wrong with claiming that one is unashamedly black? Should they be ashamed? Aren't people unashamedly white? I have no problem with a
congregation (which includes white people, btw), being proud of their race and their heritage...
As a woman, a person whose gender has historically been persecuted and treated unequally, I can understand standing up and claiming pride in my
gender. No one went after Helen Reddy when she proclaimed, "I am Woman, Hear me Roar"...
[edit on 26-10-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]