Americans are asked over and over, “Is America ready…” for the first black President, the first woman President, the first Catholic President, the first Mormon President. the first Socialist President?
The list goes on and on.
What seems not asked this election cycle is whether America is ready for its first Jewish President?
Also not being asked is America ready for someone who gives an answer to the God and faith question that is more like that of an agnostic?
With both questions it is the same person, who happens to be giving the Democratic front runner a race for the finish line.
That candidate is Bernie Sanders, who happens to also be an avowed Democratic Socialist.
When asked by The Washington Post about God and faith, Sanders responded, “I think everyone believes in God in their own ways To me, it means that all of us are connected, all of life is connected, and that we are all tied together.”
Sanders, like so many of us today, does not participate or belong to a particular organized religious body. He was born and raised Jewish, but is not practicing.
When appearing with Jimmy Kimmel, Sanders responded this way when asked the God question, “I am what I am. And what I believe in, and what my spirituality is about, is that we’re all in this together.”
A very passionate man is rallying thousands of young people, who are also more ambiguous about God and faith. If he can do as Barack Obama did and turn the enthusiasm into actual voters, he very well could be the Democratic presidential nominee.
Sanders would, if elected, fill out the answer to three of those questions – first Jewish, first Socialist and possibly first agnostic President.
From the Cornfield, the questions remain.
Is America ready for the first Jewish President?
Is America ready for a non-traditional, perhaps agnostic, President?