The Rise of Obama and Huckabee
UPDATE: Although I intended to talk about Obama and Huckabee and do in the last quarter of the hour, most of this show is properly labeled, “Do Nothing, Congress! Part 2”
Today is the last Presidential debate of 2007. And there has been a steady rise in Democratic support for Barack Obama and Republican support for Mike Huckabee. Both men have an uphill battle for the White House. But what does this excitement and support for each of them say about their respective parties?
It says that the Democratic Party is full of young, idealistic voters who want to be inspired again by their Government and the Promise of America as a place for Peace, Prosperity, Celebration of Diversity, Prudent Fiscal Management, and Equal Opportunity for All. They are excited by the fresh face of a new generation and believe Obama breaks free from Government as Usual.
And that the Republican Party is full of Fundamentalist Christians who want a more “Christian”, theocratic Government inspired by the Promise of their peculiar (and historically inaccurate) version of Jesus Christ, a place where Women and Gay People are Punished for Having Sex, where Neighbors Mistrust and Spy on Each Other, where the Rich Become Richer and the Poor Become Poorer, and Where Everlasting War and Massive Debt eventually lead to the Rapture.
There are plenty of more mainstream Democrats and Republicans who don’t necessarily share these ideas, but it is telling just where the excitement and inspiration in each Party lies.