Archive for July, 2008

Obama Going Big In Denver

July 7, 2008

I got the e-mail today from the Obama Campaign stating that Obama will make his Acceptance Speech in front of 75,000 at a stadium in Denver and if I contributed before July 31 I might win a trip to the event. I am a little bit annoyed by this e-mail. I will donate when I feel like donating and I would rather not be thrown these stupid incentives.

I think it is a wise move to take the speech to the public and I hope it all goes well. The Washington Post has an article about the decision.

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Faith, Government, and Obama

July 6, 2008

Obama’s announcement that he will expand and improve upon Bush’s faith based intiative has many progressive liberals upset. I understand the importance of “seperation of church and state” but I believe some Dems might be over-reacting to this policy. Clinton-Gore actually first started giving federal funding to faith based social services and Bush just put his evangelical spin on it. Washington Post Op-Ed Columnist, Michael Gerson, has a good piece discussing Obama’s announcement: Paying Tribute to a Good Idea. Gerson writes:

In his speech, Obama — both presidential candidate and professor of constitutional law — affirmed the central intellectual commitment of faith-based welfare reform: that government can support the secular social work of sectarian groups within the bounds of the First Amendment. And this, he argued, is not merely appropriate but necessary, because some problems are “simply too big for government to solve alone.”