March 15, 2008
I have a friend who is conservative both theologically and politically. For him, abortion is the most compelling and urgent moral issue of our day and it is the single issue, above all others, that will determine how he will vote in an election. He believes that every potential human has the moral status of a human and therefore abortion is murder. He believes that Jesus died as a substitute for us and a punishment for sin. On Good Friday he tells the children of his congregation that as they think about Jesus on the cross they should think about how that should be them up there because everyone of them was ‘born in sin’ and God’s goodness or honor must be satisfied with the shedding of blood. On these and many other issues I have said to my friend that if I agreed with his premise, I would have to agree with his conclusion. I neither think that a zygote, while a potential human in most instances, has a moral status that trumps all others, nor do I believe that God needs bloodshed to satisfy honor or expiate sin.
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That said, I am persuaded that Barak Obama should be the Democratic nominee. While I would prefer Hillary Clinton, it seems that her only chance is to persuade enough super-delegates to go against the popular democratic vote which I fear would be a pyrrhic victory at best. I find it difficult to imagine that either democratic candidate would see Hillary Clinton as Vice President, but shouldn’t they begin having private conversations about a role for her? How about her at the State Department (with Bill as a kind of ‘roving ambassador’ or perhaps ambassador to the UN)? I’m sure there are a million reasons why this, or something like it, isn’t a good idea in the world of realpolitik, but surely something that allows both to campaign with integrity in the fall should be worked out and worked out soon. Individually they both have liabilities against McCain. (He, of course, has his own challenges as well.) Together there is a chance that getting our troops out of