Tuesday, January 16, 2007

President Obama?

Today, the freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, declared his intention to run for the presidency of the United States in 2008. I believe he will win.

He promises to bring new order to the politics of Washington. He promises to promote cooperation across party lines. His lack of time in Washington actually serves in his favor as he doesn't come off as tainted and hindered by the politics of Washington (like John McCain does). Despite not having one notable national achievement legislatively, all sorts of people are casting their lots with him already. Oprah endorses him. Warren Buffett endorses him. Even Rick Warren (of "The Purpose Driven Life" fame) speaks very favorably of him.

He is good looking, intelligent, very articulate, and diplomatic. Couple these attributes with the current widespread displeasure with Washington politics and the White House, Obama is striking perfect timing for a successful run in 2008. Unless a candidate emerges, with similar attributes, he will win. Condoleeza Rice has potential to challenge him, but after her, the pickings are slim. She has stated very adamantly that she will not run for president.

Obviously I am disappointed by the very real potential of an Obama presidency. His viability as a candidate is a disappointment on several levels. First, his personal views and actions regarding important moral issues are troubling. As a state legislator Obama actively worked to preserve availability of abortion in all nine months of pregnancy. He opposed parental notification. He opposed any and all bans on partial birth abortion. According to columnist and fellow MBI graduate, Kevin McCullough, "in his run for the U.S. Senate Obama even asked his wife to pen a letter to Illinois voters that reassured them of his commitment to fighting for the right to abort children in the womb. Barack Obama has long supported the advance of the radical homosexual activist lobby in their pursuit to destroy traditional marriage. He supported the creation of "special rights" for people who engage in homosexuality for the sole purpose of putting them at the front of the line on issues of employment, housing, and litigation. He has also solidly backed the advancement of all "hate crimes" legislation, which ultimately may be used to silence clergy who believe according to their own convictions that homosexual behavior is wrong and preach so from biblical texts. Barack Obama has a perfect voting record against the defense of marriage." Second, the shortcomings and failings of the current administration have helped promote a candidate like Obama. Thirdly, the viability of Obama's candidacy highlights the failure of God's people to influence this culture for Christ in this country. Has the Church become so ineffective in America that society is willing to elect a person with such ungodly views on the most basic issues of life? I'm afraid so.

Perhaps this is another (wasn't 1992 enough?) wake up call for the Church.


rsswetnam said...

Nice overview. Thanks for the perspective.

Wayne said...

Hey Dog! I didn't know you were blogging. Who knew you had all that spare time.

AJF said...

Thanks Randy.

Wayne, old pal, you know I only work on Sundays!

TB said...

I have to agree with rsswetnam.

minuteman said...

"President Obama" will not happen, at least not in 2008. The Clinton political machine won't let it happen. Queen Hillary is waiting for her crown. You are right-on with your observation that the Church's influence in this country is almost non-existent.

Frontier Forest said...

Osama Obama scares me to death! His character, a kind, sensitive, charitable mix, between passion and pursuit of power seems to be the best of all... I pray those who think he is the answer for political perfection will look deeper into his background and his ideology than what seems to be on the surface.