We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I find the whole Israel jewish prayer thing interesting. Just the other day, a Reform Rabbi, Anat Hoffman, was arrested at the Western wall for "praying". It seems to me that with all the various forms of Jewish faith, that their world is fraught with constant conflict even within their own society never mind trying to get Arabs to agree to building a synagogue at Temple Mount.
As a Lutheran, I am so upset that the Lutherans are idiotic enough to side with the Palenstinians against the Jews. The Bible constantly emphasizes that God wants Palestine to be for the Jews. Does the Bible mean nothing?
This is the kind of nonsense that leads to empty churches. The people in the pews do not agree with the leadership on many issues, including this. WE take our Bible seriously.
Down at the church level, nobody pays attention to the national leadership, and the churches, the services, the Sunday School, the adult Bible study, etc are inspiring and profound. But how long can this continue with such awful leadership at the top?
I see these two being very much related - think Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
Jimmy Carter had a lot of folks support him the first time, yet the second time a lot of his supporters just vanished.
The same is true about Obama - only the diehards are still willing to openly support him (there is a serious lack of bumper stickers where I live in NJ) Many states that Carter won the first time easily went for Reagan the second time.
True there is no John Anderson this time to pull votes away from Obama; but, maybe many previous Obama supporters will simply not bother to vote thereby having the same effect as a third party did in 1980.
Lastly, the doom and gloom is too much like Carter's "tighten your belts" mentality vs. Reagan's "morning in America" which was a bit stronger than Romney's "we can do better." Hopefully, "we can do better" will have the same effect.
Or maybe I am just too optomistic to hope for a landslide with Obama only winning a couple of states (you know, the places where dead people vote)