Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash
What an unfortunate turn to a productive discussion.
I actually miss living in the "Left" vs. "Right" world - Having positions laid out so neatly to adopt as my own, clearly delineating "us" and "them" ... but as we grow older and live a little, our litmus tests change and sometimes those litmus tests don't fall neatly into either "Left" or "Right" categories.
Could I vote for a Christian who is likely to gut programs people I care about need? Would I vote for someone I disagree with on so many other personal and idealogical issues if their victory would more or less ensure those programs won't be gutted?
A guy at my church asked me once how, in good conscience, I could vote for someone who supports abortion rights (something this guy feels very, very strongly about). I answered with the question, "How could you vote for someone, in good conscience, you know will promote public policy that will harm your child?" I'd considered both questions. He hadn't, which was kinda my point.
I guess what I've realized is that somebody suffers nomatter who wins. Two things I like about Obama - he's smart and he's optimistic. In my book, that's a good start. Doesn't mean he has my vote ... it just means he hasn't lost it (yet).