Those of you who are regular readers here know that I welcome conversation and debate on a wide variety of topics of interest in Anglican Blog Land. My interests on Preludium is to argue for "autonomy in communion," and against the hostile takeover of the Episcopal Church or its "replacement" by a purity code church claiming to be Anglican.
I mostly don't comment on political campaign matters here but have been clear that I am supporting Senator Barack Obama for President. Having said that once I have left it to others, whose blogs are differently focused, to carry that torch. But I feel the need to speak out now on the matter of mud on the campaign trail.
For a whole variety of reasons I am voting for Obama but until recently I was not voting against McCain. That is, I was supporting the one, not opposing the other. Matters in the past several months however have made it necessary for me to speak more clearly: I am voting for Obama because I believe he is best equipped to provide clear and thoughtful leadership. But now I am voting against McCain because he is seriously flawed and takes the lead from mean spirited and hostile advisors.
His choice of Governor Palin was ill advised, or worse a matter of raw political expediency.
His attacks on Senator Barack Obama have continued to attempt to identify him with terriorist. Two days ago a new mailer went out with shameful inference: Terrorists don't care who they hurt + Obama doesn't care who they hurt + Obama not who you think he is = Obama is ....." The slick and sick logic of this mailer is the last straw.
Now it is clear. McCain is running a campaign of smear and fear and I want nothing of it. McCain has now forced me to be in opposition to his candidacy at its core. I had hoped to be for Obama without having to be against someone I thought a fine person. McCain is spreading fear and lies and sits with his hands in his lap while his Vice Presidential choice slings mud.
The lies and the mud slinging have gone over the edge. Enough.
Vote for Obama and against McCain. Or better, taking this from Mad Priest,