I am a political independent. And fiercely so. I’ve voted for a couple Republicans and a couple Democrats and lots of Independents, including, proudly, Jesse “The Body” Ventura. At the state level, most recently, I voted for a Republican state senator (Geoff Michel), a Republican congressman (Jim Ramstad), and a Democratic U.S. senator (Amy Klobuchar).
But I am supporting Barack Obama for president. Why? Because Obama has so many of the qualities that we need in a president. He is committed to uniting the country around a vision for the future, he is committed to foreign diplomacy rather than empty posturing, he plays politics by a different and more noble playbook.
Why not Hillary? Because I am convinced that the same amount of good would be accomplished with Hillary as president as has been accomplished with a Pelosi-controlled Congress: nothing. Pelosi is a polarizing figure and, thus, not an effective leader. Have you noticed? Nothing is happening in Congress; well, I shouldn’t say nothing, cuz they are passing Bush legislation that throws cash at Americans in a pathetic attempt to stem a recession when they should be attacking the real fiscal cancer in our country: too much personal and national debt, not enough personal and national saving.
Why not McCain? I have long admired John McCain. I support his campaign finance reform packages, and I love that he has consistently worked across the aisle with people like Russ Feingold. The fact that Rush Limbaugh hates him makes me love him more. But I cannot abide McCain’s stance on the war in Iraq. I just think that he’s too loyal to the military (as he should be) to see that this $9 trillion war is crippling my children’s future.
We need a president who unites. And we need a president who has better judgment about military intervention.
We need Obama.
from page 210:
The word liturgy comes from the Greek leitourgia, which literally translates to ‘‘work of the people.’’ This probably comes as a surprise to some readers who think it would be more accurate to say that the liturgy is the ‘‘work of the priest’’ while the congregation just sits passively and listens. But a sign of emergence at COTA [Church of the Apostles] is that the liturgy is truly the glue that binds the community. At the end of our conversation, I ask what concrete practices make COTA what it is. ‘‘The liturgy’’ is the first response. ‘‘It initiates individuals into community—brings one context into another.’’ There’s a rhythm in COTA’s liturgy, says someone else, that moves from communal singing into ‘‘open space’’ in which individuals get to ‘‘work out what’s between them and God.’’
More info HERE.
Over the long weekend, Tanner (7) and I burned some frequent flyer miles and went to San Diego. We were warmly hosted by the Oestreicher family, and they even let us drive their Mini around for the weekend.
On Saturday, we visited SeaWorld. While it was about -13 in Minnesota, it was a balmy 70 as we wandered SeaWorld. Tanner loved it.
That night, we joined Max and Marko at Monster Jam. No big surprise: Gravedigger won. But the best moments were when Taz flipped over…
…and when Escalade caught on fire.
And on Sunday, we fulfilled Tanner’s dream to visit Legoland. He received his first driver’s license, built a cool Lego ship, and generally had one of the best days of his life.
It was a blast! And a special thanks to Marko and Max (and Jeannie and Liesl).
Date and Time: Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7:00pm
Barnes & Noble
5377 Tamiami Trail
Naples, FL 34108
Store Number: 239.598.5200
Contact: Jessica Ford (239) 597.2040
Format: Talk, Audience Q&A, Signing