Is Senator Obama “playing the race card”? Or is it Senator McCain who is? Who’s playing the religion card? The war-hero card? The age card? Or is it the youth card? I can't remember.
And how many cards are in this deck?
OK, so... here: Barack Obama is black, yes, he is. He’s African-American. On his father’s side, that is; his mother is white. He’s Christian. He’s lived in Indonesia and Hawaii. His middle name is Hussein. And he’s a few years younger than I am.
John McCain is white, and is also Christian. He’s divorced and re-married. He’s relatively old — he’ll be 72 at the end of this month — and his wife is almost 20 years younger than he is. He was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and he was tortured there. He was born in the Canal Zone.
And none of that makes any difference. None of it makes either one of them more nor less suitable to be president. So let’s stop with all these “cards”, and get back to the issues.
We’ve seen some of that, recently, as both candidates have talked about bringing science back out of the Dark Ages (officially, 20 Jan 2001 through 19 Jan 2008), and that’s good — it’s good that they’re saying that, and it’s good that we’re seeing the issues in the forefront some of the time.
So, yeah: issues. There are plenty of them. Science, medicine and health care, the economy, education, energy, civil rights, human rights, war and bringing the troops home, other foreign affairs... the list goes on, and we all need to know where the candidates stand on them so we can vote accordingly.