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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Obama and Huckabee win in Iowa

Barack Obama

Barack Obama is the only presidential candidate who I have heard in person. My friend Andrew Rice, who is running for the U.S. Senate, brought him to OKC. He would be a good candidate and a very good president. Obama and I share something else. We are both members of the United Church of Christ. I know him to be a man of deep faith which forms part of his committment to the work of Justice.

Mike Huckabee

Huckabee also is a man of faith. Like my father, he is an ordained minister. I am impressed with Gov. Huckabee's spirited campaigning. His politics is far from mine, but he represents real change, and I think that's his appeal.

An Obama v. Huckabee race would be very interesting. A former governor from a Confederate state which once gave its vote to George Wallace running against an African American from one of the Free States. As Abe Lincoln once said, "We cannot escape history."

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