The Obama campaign has been telling people judgment is more important than experience. They point to Obama’s role as a professor of constitutional law. What could be better preparation for the presidency, they ask, than that. With Obama at the top of the pyramid, all that peachy judgment stuff will just filter all the way through the government organization.
Except for one little thing. The Obama campaign is using churches for political rallies. Like this one:
This is an official campaign event from the official Obama campaign website. It’s a march from the Shiloh Baptist Church at 720 Mt. Vernon Ave. in Columbus, Ohio to the board of elections to vote early for Barack Obama. Breakfast at 8, march at 9. Free food.
Vote for Obama.
In Jesus name.
Does Shiloh Baptist church have tax-exempt status? If they do, and if they are saying to the government that they are not using their special tax-exempt status to get the taxpayers of America to subsidize their partisan support for a political candidate, they are lying.
But so what if a little church in Ohio cheats on its taxes, or lies, or claims to know who God wants to be president. What about the Obama campaign? What do they understand about separation of church and state? What do they understand about the establishment of religion clause? Where can they find a constitutional law professor to explain it to them? When is that Obama Judgment we keep hearing about going to trickle down into the Obama campaign organization, which if you stop to think about it, it a whole lot smaller than the executive branch of the federal government.
If the Obama campaign can’t get this right, what can we expect from an Obama administration?
Senator Obama has voted consistently against retroactive immunity for the telecoms, against warrantless wiretapping, and against unreasonable search and seizure. He has supported Senator Dodd ‘s courageous opposition to the FISA amendment. He opposes torture. He supports the Geneva Convention. That’s part of the reason Illinois keeps voting for him.
But what about separation of church and state?
Chicago has a north side baseball team: the Cubs. The Cubs are known as gentlemen, but they lose.
Chicago also has a south side team: the White Sox. The White Sox motto is “Winning Ugly”. The meaning of the motto is “We are not gentlemen, we do not play by the rules. When the ref is looking the other way, we get away with whatever we can. But we win.” With all those eloquent, Harvard-law-schoolish inspirational speeches, Obama must be from the north side, right?
I don’t think so.