1, 2, 3

If Hillary is the Democratic nominee, I will vote for her. I think that she peaked in the 2008 race and will not be the nominee in 2016. I prefer Bernie Sanders to Hillary and I prefer Jim Webb to any other candidate, Republican or Democrat. My choices in order of preference are:

1. Jim Webb

          2. Bernie Sanders

          3. Hillary Clinton

Age versus experience

To be a leader in the Mormon church, one must be old (and white and male). In Congress, the seniority system was the rule, but that has changed for the better (or the worse under the GOP). Which is the better system? I believe that in a democracy, the people should be able to choose their leaders to fit the demands of the times. If we allow seniority or age or other rules systems to determine our leaders, we will not get the leadership we need.

“We Are All Charged With Pushing Forward”: President Obama Delivers A Speech For History

Originally posted on mykeystrokes.com:

“This whole week,” said President Obama, “I’ve been reflecting on this idea of grace.”

That was the turning point of Friday’s eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, the Charleston, South Carolina minister who was, with eight of his congregants, murdered by a racist terrorist two weeks ago. It was the moment a memorable speech became a speech for history.

“According to the Christian tradition,” the president-turned-preacher explained, “grace is not earned, grace is not merited, it’s not something we deserve. Rather, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God.” Grace, in other words, is that which bridges the gap between creation and Creator, the staircase connecting the soil to the celestial.

And it is amazing. So the heart leapt when, moved by some ephemeral thing cameras could not see, Obama launched into a soulful, heartfelt and, yes, off-key rendition of one of the foundational hymns of the church. “Amazing grace,” he…

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