Now that it appears that two northerners, Obama and Romney, will be facing off for President of the United States in the fall of 2012, does this indicate a shift in political power in the U.S. back to the North? It wasn't long ago that all of our Presidents came out of the South or West.
No, but it does mean that we will have another idiot in office for at least 4 years.
I don't consider Obama a Northerner. He's from Hawaii and Illinois. And Romney, well he grew up in Michigan so he's sort of a mixed bag too. They are two cerebral-type politicians though.
Romney is definitely a northerner. MI and MA are undoubtably northern states. I see your point about Obama being from Hawaii when he was younger. But his political life was in IL, so I will count him as a northerner too.
I remember the era when the political weight was so tilted towards the South and West that becoming President without being from one of those regions was impossible. Even though the population trends have continued towars the South and West, it seems on the Presidential level being from those regions is not so important anymore.
I guess this whole change in it being okay again for Presidents coming from the North has something to do with the fact that it is also now okay for Presidents to be non-Protestant. That was a big no-no since the founding of the United States. Besides JFK, every President prior to Obama in 2008 was a Protestant (not sure about Obama's religion?). Now it looks like the U.S. is ready to give a Mormon a chance at potentially being President.
Oh, I don't know about the non-Protestant thing, it's way too early to see who's going to be president in 2012, however, I have nothing against Romney for being a Mormon or Santorum for being a Catholic, I think they understand the role of religion when it comes to government. I really don't care what region the President comes from, it's more the ideas that matter.
I think Obama is now a Protestant although he probably grew up Muslim.
I don't think anyone is sure what Obama's religion is but I don't think it matters at this point. I don't have a problem with Romney being a Mormon either. Like Cassie said, "I think they understand the role of religion when it comes to government."
I don't care what their religion is. I'll be voting for whomever is running against Obama. At this point, that looks to be Romney.
Hi Rock! If I may jump in here, your post may be close to being true but there are some borderline cases.
Four US presidents were Unitarians: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Millard Fillimore, and William Howard Taft.
Some might consider it a bit of a stretch to label Unitarians as Protestants since they reject the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus in favor of a singular God. Today’s Unitarian Universalist Association is the result of the consolidation of the Universalists and the Unitarians in 1961 into a religious organization with Jewish-Christian roots and no creed. It places a great value on the worth of human beings, promotes a freedom of belief, and supports individual and independent paths to the truth. Each congregation advocates ethical living as the supreme witness of religion.
BTW, President Obama is a Christian who chooses to worship privately.
We are living in a highly mobile society. Regional roots are no longer important to a candidate. Consider the fact that John McCain, thinking Barry Goldwater was about to retire, moved to Arizona to run for the senate. Both Bobby Kennedy and Hilary Clinton are pretend New Yorkers recruited for their Senate runs by the state’s Democratic Party machine. This political trend may very well be the reason why members of Congress display more alligence to the movers and shakers then they do to their constituents on Main Street.
Just a thought. I hope you have a great night.
I read the topic as "political shaft" and not shift. Too bad that there is no national write-in ballot so that the Dem-Reps can't give us a straw man "choice".
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