A Case For, And Against, Sarah P…I mean John McCain for President.

January 8, 2009

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I would say this has been a long time in the making…but it really hasn’t and it stems from more or less a lack of enduring interest in the subject. BUT, since I’ve done all the writing I need to for the month, I figure, why not.

I figure I should start in saying that in the early stages of the presidential campaigns I was pulling for this guy. And I don’t think that’s really saying too much? He is charismatic, he ‘reaches across the aisle’. And despite the minor scandal he was involved in he’s a pretty straight forward, clean cut guy. What peaked my interest in him the most was the way he went about his politics. He wasn’t afraid to take the same side as the democrats, and even aid democratic minded bills and policies. He was, in my opinion, in the upper echelon of the republican party. He was just the right amount conservative and spoke out against nonsense. The favorite of mine was when he spoke out about the conservative christian ‘leaders’ like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. The former I’m convinced is burning in hell. In any case, he named them to be ‘agents of intolerance’. The exact sort that hindered progress and development of our great country. How amazing that a republican would turn and smack the religious right that has historically been the spine holding up the republican party. And myself being the sort that has a very large problem with the sort of extremest christian nonsense that while based upon a love and responsibility for thy neighbor, encourage hatred and ignorance. Anyone who knows me knows who most of this is directed at.

In any case. How amazing. A seemingly progressive, experienced, conservative in just the right sort of way while also being a war hero candidate. 2006 rolls around as he starts to plan his campaign and he panders to the exact same things he spoke out against. John McCain playing the roll of candidate for the presidency is not who I would vote for. Especially with some sub-par, unintelligent every-woman hockey mom. That was one of my biggest issues, John McCain is old. Which isn’t necessarily a mark against him. But his VP needs to at least appear competent. While many people will say, anyone can be the president…there is a reason that not everyone will be. I don’t want some uneducated, ignorant bible basher for VP or the Presidency. I want someone charismatic, intellectual and worldly. Somebody who FULLY comprehends the task before them. And what it means to be a Vice President. Oh and that Africa is a continent. That there is a world outside of Alaska, and that just because you can ‘see Russia’ from your porch, doesn’t mean you know everything about them…or that you even fit into any equation involving them.

Some of you now are saying, well he’s just sexist. You would be incorrect. I however have a very low tolerance level for shenanigans. Or for the over 16 crowd, Bullshit. The republican party stunk of infighting, unpreparedness, and a general lack of common sense. In fact a lack of knowledge of the voting public, who is no longer it seems run by stuffy old ignorant people and the christian right. It is now filled with youth, informed intelligent youth who don’t just follow blindly because someone says God Bless America. For the risk of this turning more into a less organized rant I’m going to wrap this up.

John McCain is like Communism.

Fantastic on paper, in practice however…well you know how that goes. Oh and Sarah Palin is an idiot.

(I apologize for the amount of…hostility. I’m still a little bitter that the John McCain I knew and loved wasn’t with us for the election. I do however respect the man and thank him for his duty to the country and his upcomming influence in government. I hope he will continue to reach across the aisle and work progessively with democrats.)


The Reason for, and against, Barack Obama and Joe Biden. (A two-part series)

October 17, 2008

So, this is sort of…an experiment for me I suppose? In part to see If I myself am seriously bias. And in another way to shed some light on the upcoming election for those who are perhaps undecided or uninformed/under informed, etc etc etc. Since I do have several friends who knows heaps about one side of the debate but when it comes to listening to the other sides they suffer some short term deafness? Being independent and fairly moderate I hope to clear up some concerns, rumors, lies, and so on. I hope you guys who refuse to comment and are shy will come out of your shells and speak up. On that note lets get this ball rolling!

Now first I will put to rest any rumors that still loom about Senator Obama…because I know people…that still think he’s Muslim. *sigh*:

  • BARACK OBAMA IS NOT MUSLIM NOW SHUT THE FUCK UP.
  • Barack Obama did not attend a terrorist or radical Islamic school in his youth.
  • He is Christian (not that it matters is a presidential campaign)
  • Bill Ayers…uh oh guess what:

Chicago Magazine reported that “just before the September 11th attacks,” Richard Elrod, a city lawyer injured in the Weathermen’s Chicago “Days of Rage,” received an apology from Ayers and Dohrn for their part in the violence. “They were remorseful,” Elrod says. “They said, ‘We’re sorry that things turned out this way.'” In the months before Ayers’ memoir was published on September 10, 2001, the author gave numerous interviews with newspaper and magazine writers in which he defended his overall history of radical words and actions. Some of the resulting articles were written just before the September 11 terrorist attacks and appeared immediately after, including one often-noted article in The New York Times, and another in the Chicago Tribune. Numerous observations were made in the media comparing the statements Ayers was making about his own past just as a dramatic new terrorist incident shocked the public.

In a letter to the editor in the Chicago Tribune, Ayers wrote, “I condemn all forms of terrorism — individual, group and official”. He also condemned the September 11 terrorist attacks in that letter. “Today we are witnessing crimes against humanity on our own shores on an unthinkable scale, and I fear that we may soon see more innocent people in other parts of the world dying in response.

  • There is much more about Bill Ayers for anyone who wants to do more research, I have no such interest. However Barack Obama did not begin his campaign at Ayer’s home. And the two only served on a community board together for an anti-poverty group in Chicago.

Senator Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence. But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost forty years ago is ridiculous. -Bill Burton

I’m inclined to agree. At any rate I’m tired of listing points so I will move on, as I think I’ve clarified enough.

Now Barack Obama, is pro-choice, which let me clarify to all you bible bashers, is not pro-baby killing. He is for creating a time line for leaving Iraq. Which is convenient since Iraq is trying themselves to govern and move foreign military out of the country. For the death penalty. He has a plan in place for a solution to the current economic crisis (this post is huge so if you care look it up yourself haha), doesn’t want to drill in Anwr, and offshore, and would like to rather seek oil independence and focus on alternative forms of fuel. Etc etc etc.

Obama and Biden are not by any means crazy liberals. They do however often have a difference of opinion, and that I suppose has been a talking point in the media and is viewed as negative? If you wear ugly clothing and your friend wear’s ugly clothing…who the fuck is going to tell you that you look ridiculous? I hope you understand that analogy. And I apologize for the increase in objectionable language but its late.

Moving forward, I think what people are most afraid of isn’t really Obama’s policies. Because he has some great ideas on several important issues. What voters are afraid of is that we don’t really know him. There are several unknowns and his experience is easily questionable. A big talking point is that he uses race to his advantage. And while I admire that someone with an African-American heritage is even a democratic nominee. I don’t at all look at Obama and say wow I wanna vote for him because he’s black or because he isn’t. I look at him as any other candidate and focus on important things, like his policies. Its easy for a country such as us to fear someone like Barack Obama, change is what we need and he is ideal in several areas. With such things as Bill Ayers, and heaven forbid Jeremiah Wright, coming into our sites we get scared. It’s easy also with smear campaigns and mud slinging that can be found so easily in this sort of election. But what we need to do, all of us, not just democrats or republicans, is sit down and research this crap. I know republicans you think he’s the devil and a Muslim and a terrorist and you’d much rather be screaming off with his head at a Palin rally than take any time to learn something. But I have heard way way way too much unintelligible banter from both Republicans and Democrats in regards to both candidates. I started off almost sure I was voting for McCain. But we will delve into that in my next post.

Why should we vote for him? Because he has great policies and to be honest, you want change? There is no better face for change than Barack Obama. We worry also about Joe Biden. Barack Obama didn’t pick Biden because he’s the Cheney to his Bush. He picked him because he has a vastly different opinion and much more experience. The sort of reaching across the aisle that should be admired. Especially in admitting basically that you want someone who will keep you in check as your second in command. Why don’t we vote for him? Because we don’t know him, he doesn’t have the experience, and his history on paper looks bad. Despite that, however, we must take an editorial eye to EVERY SINGLE THING WE HEAR. From both sides of the election. There are so many fabricated facts and misleading ads being run. Its your obligation as a voter to be an INFORMED voter. I urge you greatly to put aside your bias’ and look into the past and policies of both candidates. (real candidates, crazy green party and Bob Barr need not apply)

This site has every policy for every candidate and their views.

I may or may not add on to this later, depending on how complete and logical this all sounds, but for now that’s it. My next post will focus on John McCain and Sarah Palin. Feel free to comment with opinions, comments, corrections, anything!


What to expect from McCain/Palin ticket supporters on Barack Obama? “Kill him!”

October 14, 2008

So as of lately, I’ve come to expect several things from McCain and Palin. Where once I was optimistic that John “Maverick” McCain would ‘reach across the aisle’ (or reach around heh thanks Nat), I now only expect nonsense. Seriously, no one should be shocked that the Rebublican ticket is now about 10 points behind Obama and Biden. Granted I’m fairly even handed when it comes to shenanigans and I do agree that Obama, and eff knows his wife have said their share. But out of a camp that has called Barack Obama: a terrorist, a muslim, the antichrist etc etc. Now they chant ‘kill him’ and ‘off with his head’. Fantastic. This is the sort of nonsense that is almost incomprehensible to me. Its not just crazy redneck ignorant people, who are definitely a percentage of Republican supporters. Upon further investigation, it’s…Christians? Yep, those same people who boast a love of neighbor and doing unto others etc etc. They pray for McCain to win the election at the start of rallies…I wonder what they will say when he loses…At any rate here’s some info on what happened. And honestly…what the fuck are we as a country with this shit.

Chris Hackett addressed the increasingly feisty crowd as they await the arrival of Gov. Palin.

Each time the Republican candidate for the seat in the 10th Congressional District mentioned Barack Obama the crowd booed loudly.

One man screamed “kill him!”

To the nonsense!


Fact Checking Part Deux!

October 8, 2008

As usual, and as I’ve come to expect, several misleading remarks were made in regards to Foreign Policy, Earmark Spending, The Economy, etc etc. So for you I provide the facts! On both sides. Here’s a sample:

At times, the truth became elastic. For instance, McCain said that one solution to the country’s financial crisis is to “stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don’t like us.”

The Associated Press reported that McCain was referring to the U.S. purchase of oil from hostile countries and that the $700 billion figure is misleading. One-third of the total that the U.S. spends on oil imports — a total much less than the inflated figure — goes to countries that are not hostile to the U.S., such as Britain, Canada and Mexico.

NPR: Fact Checking the Second Presidential Debate


Obama and McCain part deux.

October 7, 2008

Just a quick excerpt from the debate. After…errr live blog commenting on Ryan’s Blog of amazement, (megorious.com on my blog roll), I’ve really decided this debate was sort of benign? Obama did very well but McCain was sort of just angry and rude? At one point he referred to Senator Obama as “that one”. As usual he called us all his friends, I think McCain is a little unbalanced. He needs to level off if he wants to stop the hemorrhaging in his own campaign that is now trailing in the polls. John McCain shuffled around awkwardly,while Obama pretty much sat and observed while McCain spoke. The aggression is definitely intensifying as we move forward in the campaigns and as election day moves closer. It’s evident, more and more so, that this election will be one of the most important elections of our time, if not the most.

Oh and also, If you decided to play the “My friends” drinking game, remember to use something slightly less alcoholic next time…because after hearing it about 43 times I can’t walkk.
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Keith Olbermann *thumbs up*

September 11, 2008

Normally I’m against any sort of news personality with an opinion. But I’m impressed with the poise, intelligence and intent of Keith Olbermann. I’m a moderate politically, so i try to stay pretty balanced. But he raises several good points and I definitely commend him on his bravery in speaking out when few others would.