So, you may heard about the CNN forum in which Jim Wallis of Sojourners discusses poverty with the top 3 Democratic candidates tonight.
I am sure many people are excited to hear what presidential candidates think about issues such as poverty and faith (I am sure it will be an honest, unscripted time:). I, too, would love to hear what presidential candidates think about these issues. However, I am not interested in listening to Jim Wallis and the Media have a conversation with the 3 appointed possible nominees for one party 8 months before one vote is cast. It is even called a Presidential Forum on Faith, Poverty and Values (what values? The value of listening to those with the most money and loudest voice?).
I am not interested in Sojourners (whom I have given money to and discussed working with in the past- and respect) or any other faith based organization deciding to be part of the king making process by ignoring those that may have the best answers and focusing on those with the most money, resources, media advisers and power.
This is the same as a Focus on the Family event in which Jim Dobson interviews the Top 3 appointed Republicans on the issues of abortion and homosexuality, ignoring others that may have better answers because they have bought into the Mass Media machine and horse race instead of allowing us to decide for ourselves (it is the hey, I think 1 of these may be president and want access disease).
Even if there is a good chance I will be voting for 1 of those 3 in November 2008, I do not need to be embedded with them. I can listen to them (and everyone else). I can share prophetically with them. I cannot give them my loyalty or fawn over them.
This is very disappointing to me. VERY!*
*now I could have rushed to judgement. In fact, they could have called all 10 democrats and only those with the most money could afford to come to DC for the event. If that is the case, I am sorry.