In the last couple weeks, the Repulicans and Democrats at their National Conventions have been tripping all over themselves in speeches talking about their “humble” middle class, or lower, beginnings. Meanwhile our family, and the campaign in general, live right smack dab in the middle of, well: lower middle class… On a tour of northwest Ohio the past few days, I stumped at “Pioneer Days” in Kalida, Ohio (pop. a couple thousand). I passed out campaign cards and talked with Jane, a relatively new celebrity in town. “Jane” and her husband were pictured standing next to their powder blue 1951 Chevy in the middle of a new town mural which had been “unveiled,” so to speak, earlier in the day as a kickoff for the festival. That’s right, while Obama was rubbing elbows with NBA stars and Romney was back stage with Clint Eastwood, I was with: Jane in Kalida… Today I awoke early to our camper being surrounded by a group of cars and people chattering away in the back of a Wal-Mart parking lot in Ottawa, Ohio. I bounded out (the best you can “bound out” at six in the morning) with a handful of campaign cards. Only to find this was a group of men from the Amvets Club, and their wives, waiting for a tour bus to take them to Traverse Bay in Michigan. I smiled, gave them the campaign cards anyway and waved as the bus headed out… Later at McDonald’s, while having a cup of coffee, I overheard the people at the booth behind me talking about Paul Ryan. I walked up to the table and said: “Funny you should be talking about politics…” (I’m not shy.) After passing out some campaign cards there, I headed home… Yet despite all this campaigning, the polls still show we’re behind. Go figure. Note: There was that wobbling during the DNC about taking the word “God” out of the platform, or not. You know, its such a tough call with the Democrats. They want to make sure everyone has access to quality healthcare. They are intent on wanting to help those on the margins in the inner cities. They are for helping immigrants. And these are all, in essence, admirable — and very much in line with the gospel message. The rub is that most of them are also in favor of: dismembering innocent little babies in their mothers’ wombs. What a tremedously stark dichotomy. And one where, by attrition, you couldn’t help but take God out of the equation. I mean, c’mmon.