Saturday, April 12, 2008

HRC: Stay On Topic!

Hillary Clinton would do well to stick to politics and not theology. Obama may have stated his point in an unusually crass and sloppy way, but her response shows me that those Methodist Sunday School classes were a very, very long time ago.

"Obama's comments "are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans," Hillary Clinton said, "Americans who believe in God believe it's a matter of personal faith. The people of faith I know don't cling to religion because they are bitter. People embrace faith not because they are materially poor but because they are spiritually rich."

How can she possibly imply that Americans hold one set of values and beliefs? How can she claim that his remarks do not reflect the sentiments of a significant, albeit unmeasurable, segment of the American people? How can she lump all American faith in God into one monolith of "personal faith?" Do she not recognize that thousands of Americans conduct themselves in various manners that make it clear that they believe that their faith ought to go beyond the "personal" and make an actual difference in the public arena and other people's lives? I know (and know of) countless people who have embraced faith precisely because they are "materially poor." And I'm not sure I've ever met anyone who embraced faith because they thought of themselves as already "spiritually rich." Many folks grow into a sense of spiritual richness as a result of embracing faith, but not as a precusor! Even in his sloppiness he was closer to an accurate assessment of blue-collar frustration than she is to how faith works for most people I've ever known.

This is getting so tired. She claims she dodged sniper fire in Bosnia and the MSM air footage that makes this out to be a total lie. BHO makes a sloppy remark about the specific contours of blue-collar frustration and HRC uses it to present herself as a theologian. Geez, can we just get to the convention!?!?