Thank you for this article. As a life-long Democrat (by default, wouldn't want to "waste" my vote on a third party) and a proud and passionate "lefty," I am continually amazed and frustrated by those who attempt to portray Obama as my political bedfellow and question why I was an Edwards and then Clinton supporter rather than going in for his carefully scripted, intellectually empty "message of hope" from the beginning. Now I have a bit more ammunition to use in my response.
Obama is certainly not the savior of the world the way his loyal followers, and, I regret to say, leftist pundits in Europe (where I have been living for the better part of the last decade) proclaim him to be. He was not even the most "liberal" front-runner. Though I long ago accepted that American politicians have no choice but to pay lip service to the religious lobby, I did not register as a Democrat to see one of my party's platforms become "faith and family values," as the Democratic National Convention has settled on this year.
Like the author, I too fall firmly into the "atheist, agnostic or nothing-in-particular" category, and I am tired of watching the party I spent long days volunteering for as a teenager (long before I was old enough to vote) taking my support for granted while pandering to reactionary, conservative Christians in the hope of winning a few votes.
Obama is just part of the problem--the entire Democratic party seems to have forgotten what it is supposed to stand for. Neither of the Clintons' fine speeches nor anything Obama may say tonight is enough to convince me an Obama presidency will represent my concerns. I will remain a registered Democrat, but, come November, for the first time in my life I will be voting for a third-party candidate.
San Diego, CA
Aug 28 2008 - 1:17pm