The Purpose Driven Debate
Okay, so it wasn’t technically a debate, but this was America’s first real look at the two major party presidential candidates, side-by-side.
I admit that I haven’t seen it. I watched a few clips pertinent to what I am going to talk about here, but I have not had a chance to see all of it.
When I heard that Pastor Rick Warren was the interviewer, I thought, Ick. Why?
C’mon, pastors, stay out of the political spotlight. Did you not learn anything from those who came before you?
Does anyone even know why he did this forum? I can’t seem to find that information.
A story in the Boston Globe reported that the forum took place in the church’s sanctuary. That is just so wrong, I don’t even know where to start. These guys about cover it.
I am not a big “tall wall” person, but even I think that asking the candidates what Christianity means to them, in a candidate forum, just doesn’t sit right with me.
That said, I have read around the internets, from people on both ends of the political spectrum, that McCain did much better than Obama in that format. If that is indeed the case, it does not bode well for Obama, given that there will be many more forums to come before November.
When asked which Supreme Court justices he would not have nominated, Sen. Obama named Clarence Thomas.
Let me transcribe.
Uh, I don’t think that he, uh..uh..I..I don’t think that he was an ex…, a strong enough jurist or legal thinker, uh, at the time, uh, for that elevation.
Notice how he avoided completing the sentence “I don’t think he was an ex…” Could it be he was about to make the same criticism of Justice Thomas that people are making of him – the he lacks experience?
Victor Davis Hanson asks, at Pajamas Media, “Why would Obama think, given his own credentials, that he was better qualified for President than Clarence Thomas was for the Supreme Court?”
Define Rich and Don’t Avoid the Question
The left is a little upset that, at the Warren forum, John McCain defined rich as over $5 million – except that he was joking! He is laughing (not maniacally)! Rick Warren is laughing (a lot)! And, here’s the clincher, he says, “but seriously,” afterward!
(Here’s the clip – it’s at 1:33)
Steve Benen, who also didn’t get the joke, took issue with the fact that McCain avoided the question.
Yeah, kind of like when Obama avoided the question of when human life begins, stating that “answering that question with specificity is above [his] pay grade.”
Monsignor Francis Maniscalco, former spokesman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and now public policy director for the diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., called the comment a “dodge that wasn’t even intellectually respectable.”
And it’s only August, folks.
Education and Attention-Different Children
By now, I am sure you have heard about US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ outstanding performance in Beijing and his record-setting 8 gold medals. (Read the article – it is unbelievable!)
But did you also know that he has ADHD?
The New York Times had an amazing and inspiring interview with his mother, Deborah Phelps, about her son’s struggles with school as a child. It is an absolute must read.
She will never forget one teacher’s comment: “This woman says to me, ‘Your son will never be able to focus on anything.’ ”
Fast forward to today.
Too many adults looked at Ms. Phelps’s boy and saw what he couldn’t do. This week, the world will be tuned to the Beijing Olympics to see what he can do.
And, boy, what he did do. Simply incredible.
It is tragic that our society is so willing to discard children with attention differences because we are unwilling to change our vision of what learning should look like.
Michael Phelps’ story is a perfect example of what ADHD children can accomplish when they are allowed to find their passions and develop them. Unfortunately, many children are cast aside by the education system and do not have the opportunity to find and have nurtured their strengths, instead finding themselves labeled as damaged goods.
That is why educational alternatives are so important. We must move beyond the notion that the public schools are sacrosanct and embrace options that will produce more success stories from children who fail to thrive in the current educational model.
Funniest Obama video ever. (This is not a “right-wing smear machine” piece either.)