I've lost what little respect I had for James Dobson!

@jerzgirl (7666)
Gloucester City, New Jersey
July 21, 2008 9:17am CST
Mr. Dobson swore he's rather not vote in November than ever support John McCain. I may not like his stance in thinking others should bow to his opinions, but if that's what he believes and he sticks by it, then I respect that he is consistent. No longer..... Dobson shifts positions, may endorse McCain By: ERIC GORSKI (Sun, Jul/20/2008) Conservative Christian leader James Dobson has softened his stance against Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, saying he could reverse his position and endorse the Arizona senator despite serious misgivings. "I never thought I would hear myself saying this," Dobson said in a radio broadcast to air Monday. "... While I am not endorsing Senator John McCain, the possibility is there that I might." Dobson and other evangelical leaders unimpressed by McCain increasingly are taking a lesser-of-two-evils approach to the 2008 race. Dobson and his guest, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, spend most of the pretaped Focus on the Family radio program criticizing Democratic candidate Barack Obama, getting to McCain at the very end. In an advance copy provided to The Associated Press, Dobson said that while neither candidate is consistent with his views, McCain's positions are closer by a wide margin. "There's nothing dishonorable in a person rethinking his or her positions, especially in a constantly changing political context," Dobson said in a statement to the AP. "Barack Obama contradicts and threatens everything I believe about the institution of the family and what is best for the nation. His radical positions on life, marriage and national security force me to reevaluate the candidacy of our only other choice, John McCain." Earlier, Dobson had said he could not in good conscience vote for McCain, citing the candidate's support for embryonic stem cell research and opposition to a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, as well as concerns about McCain's temper and foul language. Dobson said on the radio program he must consider McCain's record against abortion rights and support for smaller government, and added McCain "seems to understand the Muslim threat." He also indicated McCain's choice of a running mate will be a factor. Of his new position, Dobson said in the statement to the AP, "If that is a flip-flop, then so be it." Both the Obama and McCain campaigns declined comment Sunday. Dobson is considered a powerful voice in conservative evangelical Christianity; his radio broadcast reaches 1.5 million U.S. listeners daily. Critics argue his influence is waning, pointing to a younger generation of leaders pushing to broaden the movement's agenda. Last month, Dobson accused Obama, in a 2006 speech on faith and politics, of distorting the Bible and pushing a "fruitcake interpretation" of the Constitution. Obama replied that Dobson was "making stuff up" and portrayed his speech as an attempt by people of faith, like himself, to "try to translate some of our concerns in a universal language so that we can have an open and vigorous debate rather than having religion divide us." Article's URL: http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/32-07202008-1565660.html
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@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Jerzgirl, Why would you lose respect? Did you lose respect for Obama when he waffled on most of his campaign rhetoric? Of course not! Mr. Dobson knows one thing; for him to NOT endorse McCain helps put Obama in the whitehouse and that is one scenario he can't stomach! At least he doesn't deny his former position as Obama usually does!
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
21 Jul 08
Rodney it is just one more double standard.
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@jerzgirl (7666)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
21 Jul 08
GewCew - don't assume you know me or anything about me. I agree - that is why he is probably going to support him against his better judgment. But, his venomous spew on the air about refusing to vote if McCain was his only Republican choice was bad enough - now he not only says he'll probably have to support him, but makes known his displeasure at it - as though someone else is making him. So, am I to assume he does NOT have a mind of his own?
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@ElaanR2 (277)
• United States
22 Jul 08
Gewcew, when it comes to double standards, nobody beats you and your Conservative Mylot Attack Machine gang. You claim to be proud of your country yet you think the country's educational system is so bad that a Harvard-trained lawyer is no better than a first grader. You claim there is no need for Americans to learn a foreign language but you're holding on to the English Language(which originates from Great Britain) as if 1776 never happened. Where did your love for freedom go? You fool no one but yourself.
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@anniepa (26282)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I'd agree with you totally except that I never had any respect for him to begin with. I tend to think most of these professional Christians are a bunch of hypocrites and in my opinion they're worse than a politician who "flip-flops" since they make these pronouncements based on their "religious principles" but when it comes down to it , they really have no principles at all. Annie
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@jerzgirl (7666)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Jul 08
Well, when I was going through the process of leaving the Mormon church and looking for answers, Focus on the Family was one of the places that helped me have reasons for my decision to leave. They offered counsel and, at that time, I felt their outward expression of Christianity most matched what I felt it should be. They were also a great help during my divorce. The parenting advice offered made sense and I enjoyed reading Dobson's books. But, it seems that since then Mr. Dobson has pushed more and more to the right (beyond simple conservatism) and gained far too much influence in the political scene (thanks in large part to GWB). The fact that he seems to think this country should follow HIS expectations and HIS interpretations has gone beyond where he once stood (still a conservative, but working with the individual, not with politics). I'm still grateful for what was - but am sad never followed through on the things he'd say he wanted to do - as soon as they'd impose rules on him, he wanted out. I'd make him stay for a bit, but he'd do absolutely nothing, so for what is. Does that make sense? I do wonder if he expressed in as strong of terms any misgivings towards Mitt Romney who, while ultra-conservative (apparently for politics only), is a Mormon, which is Christian in name only (I know - I'll get crap for that one, but it is what it is.) If not, then he is even more of a hypocrite than I've come to see.
@jerzgirl (7666)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Jul 08
What the ...... Somehow, a response I made from an earlier conversation found its way into the body of this one when I submitted it - how the H did that happen? So, when you get to where it's really confusing (talks about not following through on what he wanted), that's not related to this - that was about my son!! What's going on here?????
@jerzgirl (7666)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
22 Jul 08
I'm still grateful for what was - but am sad never followed through on the things he'd say he wanted to do - as soon as they'd impose rules on him, he wanted out. I'd make him stay for a bit, but he'd do absolutely nothing, so for what is. The highlighted part was NEVER in my original posting - it just showed up. So, the actual sentence is the UNhighlighted part.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
21 Jul 08
So because Dobson has decided to support McCain you have lost all respect for him. So I guess we could assume what you will lose all respect for a Hillary support that in the heat of the moment said she will not vote for Obama, then after awhile decided to vote for Obama.
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@jerzgirl (7666)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
21 Jul 08
I'm still deciding on Obama. Haven't finalized where I stand on him. Dobson disappoints me - he was so full of venom in his refusal to have anything to do with McCain, regardless of whether or not it would be of benefit to the Republican party. He made a big issue out of it, had a special show just about how he would rather not vote than support McCain. I was disgusted even then and stated that (don't know if here or elsewhere, though). But, if he had maintained that position, I would have at least respected his consistency.
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@jerzgirl (7666)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
21 Jul 08
I don't have a lot of respect for Hillary supporters either, even less for those who claim Hillary was robbed. Hillary screwed herself - no one else did that for her. I also have little to no respect for the obvious bigots who refuse to vote for Obama because of race. My landlords among them - claiming the only good candidate is a Democratic candidate, but when that candidate has a dark skin - forget it. Disgusts me to the bone. But, I have more respect for those who stick with their stories than ones who publicly claim they'll NEVER support B and then a week or so later cave in to pressure. I'm not saying someone can't feel one way now and down the road a bit decide they've been in error and make a new decision based on new information. But, someone who only changes their minds because of political expediency - that's a problem for me. Mitt Romney - a very liberal Republican to get elected in Massachusetts, all pro-choice and pro-gay - until he decided to run for the Presidency - then he's kissing conservative butt. So, no, I don't respect it. I lost respect for Clinton (Bill) for the same reason. He behaved more Republican than Democrat while in office. I also disliked that he misused his position of authority to have an affair. That's similar to a manager finagling a fling with someone in the office because he can and because he can close the office door and not be interrupted. I don't believe I use a double standard - or at least, I try very hard not to.
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
23 Jul 08
I wasn't aware of this. I use to have more respect for Dobson that the others but now I am not so sure. I too take the lesser of the two evils but with McCain's flip flopping I would think Obama is the lesser of the two. But I am liberal and not a "Christian". Thanks for the information.
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@ElaanR2 (277)
• United States
22 Jul 08
I generally mistrust conservative Christians the way I mistrust politicians. Too many people have found a way to milk close-minded people for money and they do it with no shame. As a Christian, I believe that Dobson's endorsement or the lack thereof will not hurt any candidate. Even before he made up his mind, the members of his congregation had already made up their minds. Some will vote for McCain and others will vote for Obama. Christians don't follow their pastors blindly. They can also read and understand the word of God.
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