Our family attended a Christmas party with a twist the other night. It was with a group of young, “20-something” Christians who had started a home church here in Cleveland. One of the activities at the party was making rather neuvo-hip necklaces out of beads from Uganda. As people made them, others at the party would buy them — as donations to an outreach in Uganda… On a campaign tour through southern Colorado several years ago, I interviewed a woman in Durango who had just returned from a missions trip to Uganda. She said she stayed with a family that’s parents, and several of the children, had AIDS. And there was little food, little water, little medicine… and they all slept on burlap bags on a dirt floor in their hut. What’s more, this was not the exception in Uganda. I told the newspaper in Durango the next day that as president I would go to Uganda, sleep on a dirt floor in solidarity, and plead with the American people: to help more. Note: I saw a bumper sticker in Cleveland today that said: “Except for Slavery, Facism, Communism and Nazism — War Hasn’t Solved Anything!” The statement gave me pause.