Run Joe Run!

There has been some talk that Obama should drop Joe Biden from the ticket and select a new running mate. Biden still has many supporters, though, who want him to stay on. The trouble is they are Republicans.

 

I say Biden in 2016!

 

 

John Kerry and the Truth Team

John Kerry
John Kerry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I got an update from the Truth Team today, written by none other than former presidential candidate John Kerry.

Trust me: You and I learned the hard way eight years ago this August that in the new world we’re living in — one with 24-hour news cycles, the internet, blogs, the echo chamber, and now the new Citizens United-fueled Republican money machine — even completely baseless attacks can stick if people don’t call them out quickly enough. No matter how self-evidently false the attacks are, or how disreputable the people telling them may be, there’s no attack that can’t take hold.

Seeing the new outrageous attacks made against President Obama from a shadowy Republican-allied veterans group called OPSEC, which take issue with the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, remind me all too well of the notorious “Swift Boat” attacks I faced in the 2004 campaign. I honor and appreciate the service of my fellow veterans, but a false attack is a false attack — no matter who’s making it.

This would be the same John Kerry who testified about atrocities committed by his fellow servicemen. Atrocities that were apparently a product of his imagination. He can say what he wants about the “Swift Boat” attacks, but the fact that some of the men who served with him were willing to come forward to oppose his candidacy for the Presidency says a lot about just what his fellow veterans really thought of him.

 

There They Go Again

The American Atheists have decided to win converts and friends by putting up billboards mocking Romney and Obama’s religions. I read the story in USA Today.

Hey, President Obama and contender Mitt Romney, the American Atheistswant your attention. They’re unveiling a new in-your-face-to-the-faithful billboard campaign, timed to the national presidential nominating conventions.

Today’s press conference revealed signs that call God “sadistic” and Jesus “useless” as a savior (his image is show as toast, literally) and conclude that Atheism, by contrast, is “simply reasonable.”

Presumably, Catholics such as Vice President Biden and Romney’s running mate choice Paul Ryan, are covered in this hit on Christians such as Obama, a mainline Protestant.

But evidently the American Atheists don’t consider Mormons to be Christians, since they prepared a separate billboard attack on their faith. It derides their idea of God as a “space alien” and notes that Mormons offer a proxy baptism to dead relatives — a practice the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges has gotten out of hand with some believers inappropriately baptizing Holocaust victims and others not related to their own families.

 

But Silverman’s idea of “fun” may not align with that of the faithful his group loves to jab. As he said then,

We’re not the softies. We are proud to be the Marines of free thought, proud to be the edge of the sword.

The same group flew a banner over New York City on the Fourth of July proclaiming, “Atheism is patriotic.”

Now, MacBain says, the billboards are aimed at mocking the “silliness” of religion. In an email before today’s press conference, she wrote that questioning the religious views of men who want to lead the free world is essential because,

If a person believes stupid things, then we have every right to question his or her judgment, and that directly impacts how the non-religious voter votes.

More demands — like non-religious people to be appointed to the Cabinet and the Supreme Court — are at their website.

I have to wonder, do they honestly think anyone is likely to be converted by such tactics. Maybe they aren’t looking for converts but want more people to feel empowered to “come out of the closet” as Atheists. I think, that if I were an unbeliever, these sort of antics would make me wary of identifying myself as an Atheist. I might call myself an agnostic or non-religious instead. It seems that I am not alone in thinking that way.

Interestingly, for all the increasing public presence of unbelievers — billboards, rallies, conventions, etc. — the attention has not boosted their percentage of the U.S. population significantly in the last decade.

Most people who say they have no religious identity also call themselves spiritual but not religious, and many give the entire topic a big “so what” shrug.

On the other hand, I think that I prefer the honest Atheist over the wishy-washy spiritual but not religious types. It may be just a prejudice of mine, but I think that the SBNRs are people who seek the comforts of religion without the demands. That is, they want to feel good about themselves, but don’t want to have to follow any rules or do anything that might make themselves or others uncomfortable.

Biden Just Not That Bright

 

I love Rudy Giuliani‘s reaction to Vice-President Joe Biden‘s most recent idiotic remark.

It is interesting how Democrats call Republicans like Reagan, Bush, or Palin idiots, and yet people on their side like Biden or Al Gore routinely do or say the most idiotic things imaginable.

I honestly don’t know why Obama picked Biden as his running mate. He obviously is not up to the job of President. A senator from a solidly blue state like Delaware with only three electoral votes hardly helped him win the election. Insurance against impeachment or assassination perhaps?

Also, as a historical point, it was the Republicans who were the anti-slavery party. If there was anyone who wanted to put African-Americans back in chains it would have been the post-Reconstruction Southern Democrats.