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Reader comment on item: Confirmed: Barack Obama Practiced Islam

Submitted by A befuddled American voter (United States), Jul 31, 2008 at 13:07

First off, I must emphasize that Barack Obama is a Presbytyrian; not a Muslim. And even if he were Muslim, who should really care? I wouldn't care if Barack were a Muslim, just as I didn't care that Mitt Romney was a Mormon, or that the many Catholics who voted for Reagan in 1980 didn't care that he belonged to a Protestant church.

My point is that in times like this, we are wasting our time and our energy on trivial, polarizing party politics, and I accuse the right and the left of doing this. This is not the time for attack politics. It's 2008, the economy sucks like it hasn't sucked in 75 years, we are paying the price for unforgivable recklessness on the part of banks and homeowners, our healthcare system is in the toilet, the social contract between employers and workers is all but gone (education being a lone exception), our children have enough trouble finishing high school, it seems like half of my college friends dropped out for financial reasons (I graduated in 2007, recieving a Master's degree in 2008).

people are skipping meals to pay their mortgages, young people without college degrees are hustling in the streets the cost of everything is through the godda*n roof, we're no closer to finding Osama bin Laden (even though we've made modest progress with the Iraqi surge), and we've got hundreds of billions of dollars worth of foreign debt to China (don't forget that Hitler hosted the 1936 Olympics, mind you). And here we are worrying about religion!

I am not writing this response because I am an Obama supporter. Indeed, I will undoubtedly be voting for Barack in November (in spite of my long-held and undying admiration for John McCain, a generally frank and honest politician, and one of the bravest and most dedicated servicemen in U.S. history). While I am not afraid of seeing McCain win, I worry about his age and health and think he should make Tom Ridge his VP (so we don't end up with some unelected radical in the event that he wins and then dies in office). I also feel a time for change is due, just as it was in 1932, 1960, and again in 1980.

Should we worry about national security and foreign policy? Absolutely! I hate terrorism However, we need to get our heads out of our rectums and fix ourselves before we worry about fixing the world. We have so many things to worry about that Barack Obama's religion should be at the bottom of the list. We'd better get back to reality before we have a proletarian or anarchist revolution of the worst kind...I mean it.


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