Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Face of a Future U.S. President?

Today, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack (D-IA) announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for U.S. president. Meanwhile, my eldest daughter, Molly White (12-Left), has said for 2 years that she plans to pursue a career in law & politics with an eye on eventually winning the White House. Well, I changed my mind repeatedly as a youth as to “what I wanted to be when I grew up,” and, as a pacifist Christian, I have reservations about my child wanting any office that requires swearing an oath or being Commander-in-Chief of military forces–both of which seem clearly to run counter to the Sermon on the Mount.

But Molly is already involved in the Kentucky Youth Assembly and will travel to Frankfort (capital of the Commonwealth of Kentucky) in December for a mock legislation where she will try to pass a bill. She is taking citizenship in a representative democracy (a republic) far more seriously than I did at her age. She has all 23 amendments to the U.S. Constitution memorized.

So, is this the face of a future president? Time will tell. She certainly couldn’t do worse than the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue–or most who have held that office in my lifetime.

(Alas! Neither of my children show interest in following their mother into the pulpit or studying philosophy and theology like their father!)


November 30, 2006 Posted by | politics | 7 Comments