Sunday, February 10, 2008

What ever happened to the old phrase "United We Stand"?

These last few days have shown just how divided Americans are over how to move forward. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continue to fight for the Democratic nomination while John Mccain continues to struggle in his quest to win over the conservative voters. The dissatisfaction with Senator Mccain was more than apparent on Saturday when Mike Huckabee scored symbolic victories in Louisiana and Kansas. With Romney out, Huckabee appears to be the only candidate left for the far-right of the conservative movement and Republican party to embrace.

From the AP/Fox News:

James Dobson, one of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders, backed Mike Huckabee's presidential bid Thursday night, giving the former Arkansas governor a long-sought endorsement as the Republican field narrowed to a two-man race.

In a statement first obtained by The Associated Press, Dobson revisited his declaration on Super Tuesday that he could not in good conscience vote for John McCain, the front-runner, because of concerns over the Arizona senator's conservative credentials.

Dobson said given the situation at that point, he was reluctant to choose between "two pro-family candidates whom I could support" _ Huckabee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

But Dobson wrote that Romney's announcement Thursday that he was suspending his campaign "changed the political landscape."

"The remaining candidate for whom I could vote is Governor Huckabee," Dobson said. "His unwavering positions on the social issues, notably the institution of marriage, the importance of faith and the sanctity of human life, resonate deeply with me and with many others ... Obviously, the governor faces an uphill struggle, given the delegates already committed to Senator McCain. Nevertheless, I believe he is our best remaining choice for president of the United States."

So that's it, huh? The far-right of the conservative movement is perfectly willing to abandon John Mccain for a man who has actually suggested that the Constitution needs to be more in line with the word of God...a man who by his own admission knows very little about foreign policy. Never mind the real political terrorism and the blood-soaked regimes that support it...the most important issues to these people is preventing same-sex couples from marrying and protecting unborn fetuses and embryos.

Finding Unity:

No matter who wins the election in November, it is essential that he/she finds a way to bring everyone together and appeal to all sides. While his intentions have been good, its hard to dispute that George W. Bush has divided this country to an unprecented level. Today, we have far-left protesters attacking military commanders simply because they have positive news to report from Iraq, we have crazed loons preaching 9/11 conspiracy theories, and we have right-wing Christians proclaiming that marriage and abortion are the most important issues. But perhaps the most harmful rhetoric comes from the anti-Bush crowd and their claims that the Bush Administration is "hyping up" the terror threat, even as Al-Qaeda and other groups continue to carry out horrific atrocities across North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, while directly threatening Europe and Western interests abroad. Bush has done a terrible job at bringing people together, there's no doubt about that, but the people who are opposed to him have inflicted just as much harm on the unity in the "United" States. What was once open-minded political debating is now nothing more than ranting, hatred, and anger. That point was made obvious back in October, when CA congressmen Pete Stark accused President Bush of getting "amusement" over the deaths of soldiers in Iraq, as ridiculous as that sounds.

It's fair to say that the debate over how to solve the problems facing this country is not about right and left, but right and wrong. We're never going to get anywhere unless our leaders spend less time defending their ideologies, admit that everyone has made mistakes, and start working together.

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