I recently received an email listing Obama's voting record, implying it makes him unfit for being president. For the most part,to me, it makes him a breath of fresh air and a break from the policies that have squandered our national resources including money, troops and reputation as a caring, intelligent and strong leader in the world. It also breaks the trend of promoting the interests of some Americans while ignoring the needs and dreams of others, especially ones in lower economic and higher risk situations.
Obama, unlike the other candidates, openly opposed the Iraq invasion. It was very clear to him then that our administration was determined and only looked for excuses, including 9-11, to pursue its irrational desire. We have successfully broken a nation, quit counting innocents killed, sent millions from home as refugees and given terrorists precisely what they need to raise their recruiting advantage. We are paying a terrible price in an impossible effort to fix the damage we've done.
Without leadership who can deal honestly and up front with these realities we will continue to repeat the same mistakes and spiral deeper into the same national tragedies. We are being unfaithful to future generations. We are leaving a situation that will be arduous to overcome; a huge waste of financial and other resources and an image that draws a negative response from much of the world. A truly significant change in attitude, policy and direction is needed.
I see Obama's stated positions and the wisdom he demonstrates as consistent with the moral call of the Christian story and in line with the kind intelligent judgment that is a deep part of the heritage of American Christianity. I do not see this important parallel being nearly as strong in the attitudes and positions of the other candidates. Jim Hibbett, Riverton