Posted by: drew | February 3, 2008

Republicans for Obama

I found RepublicansForObama.Org this morning, and there’s an interesting thread on why Republicans are voting for Obama, including this post on how Republicans have lost their way with regard to fiscal conservatism:

The republican party is full of a bunch of jokers right now. Sure, Obama is very liberal on a lot of issues, but he’s got to be more conservative than the bozos who were in charge of congress since ’94 (and who then lost it) on several different issues.

The most obvious is how the republicans have squandered all of our money. Say what you want about Bill Clinton, but at least he did what the republicans never seem to be able to do– get a balanced budget. It’s hard to believe that Obama will be as dumb as the republicans have been with our nation’s money.

And another one which expresses frustration with how the GOP has tried to apply faith to policy:

As an evangelical, I am thinking of supporting Obama precisely because he does not fuse America and American ideals with the Kingdom of God. Nor does he dismiss the importance of faith in challenging our values and behaviors.

Instead, in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln, he seems to understand that our task is not to invoke the name of God by claiming God’s blessing and endorsement for all our national policies and practices-saying, in effect, that God is on our side. Such thinking leads inevitably to absolutism, self-righteousness, bad theology and “bombastic” foreign policy.

Rather, Obama seems to take the position that we should pray and worry earnestly whether we are on God’s side. Such a posture leads to much healthier things such as humility, reflection, repentance and even accountability; things we’d all like to see return to the politics of our day. This is, what I think, part of Obama’s vision of a new politics. A vision that can unite us all around the story we find ourselves in.

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