From Get Fuzzy today:
In case you don’t know, Bucky has this thing against ferrets.
From Get Fuzzy today:
In case you don’t know, Bucky has this thing against ferrets.
Thanks to Mr. L for this one.
I just wish that I could actually talk about the issues with my Obama supporting friends. But it seems all I encounter from that camp are smear stories and personal attacks on the candidates and their families. I don’t really understand that. When you listen to Barack speak he’s said repeatedly he doesn’t want the campaign to be about dirt and “red meat” as the media has been calling it, but instead about the issues.
But maybe that’s too hard for a culture entrenched in on-demand content and ubiquitous internet. Maybe because the candidate himself isn’t offering any frivolous attack, the supporters feel the need to do so. Not that the Republican side isn’t doing the same. I’m sure that’s happening too. But I haven’t seen as much of it… at least not yet.
But I’ve already seen Cindy McCain called a “tranny” and criticized for purchasing a designer dress (with her own money, I might add); making fun of the fact that the RNC purchased a stock photo of a black couple riding bikes for one of their videos (as opposed to filming actual supporters?); loads of making fun of Palin; and then just your typical “fear-mongering,” “big oil,” “same old thing” jargon.
But nothing on the real issues. Just a bunch of straw men, built up to distract everyone. Or maybe it’s just most of the people I know don’t pay attention to the actual substance of this year’s election. Maybe it really is all about the PR and better videos and nice suits and making fun of the other candidate just because he is the other candidate.
I know this has been the state of politics for a long time in the US, but with all of the talk of change and peace and needing something different to happen I probably raised my hopes too high that something would actually change. But no. Media is media, and people are as susceptible as ever. More and more I see that few want to take responsibility for themselves or their actions but are content with shifting the blame or just being selfish.
If you’ve read this and it’s generated any thoughts, I’d like to hear them. Either way. If you’re someone that thinks about the issues in the campaign, I’d like to hear your thoughts as well. Leave a comment or use the contact link above to email me.
I’m sick of opening up Facebook and seeing snide news story posts with even worse comments by the poster. Because on Facebook you really can’t trust that anyone knows the issues. And you can bet they have no interest in finding out about them.
So what really is my problem with this year’s Democratic campaign? I’ll try to think it out here.
Disclaimer: I am not a registered Republican. I think of myself as an independent. I weigh the issues, reality, tone and context of the candidates.
In the past I’ve talked about how Obama doesn’t say anything and he’s spawned this hipster, popular, indie following. It’s true. I stand by it.
Well okay, I’ll back off on the “doesn’t say anything” comment. He has in the couple of months started outlining his plans, fantastically idealistic as they may be. And some non-hipster people are following him too.
My real issue this year is the falseness of it all. It’s ridiculous. It’s gloss and polish and rhetoric. It’s (sadly) the same way I communicate with visitors to the agapefest website. I don’t speak the same way I shape the tone of my posts there. And Obama does the same thing. He connects on one level but underneath that’s not what’s going on.
His money plans don’t work. He wants to lower taxes for the middle class. Except his idea of the middle class is a lot lower than what most of us would think. So low that my parents who couldn’t afford to send me to college yet made too much for me to get government aid would not make the cut. Instead, their taxes would go up. My taxes would go up. And I make jack. Really. I work in Christian higher ed. They don’t pay so much.
Energy is cool. Let’s be conscientious with our resources. Except in the meantime, over the next 10 years while we’re researching this technology, let’s raise taxes (which will decrease jobs by the way), let prices continue to go up on good, not drill so our gas prices continue to rise, and make government bigger. So says Obama.
While we’re at it, let’s continue to inflate the government and pass legislation on everything. When such legislation is passed, our rights are taken away. And when our government grows bigger and bigger, our money goes into their pockets and our freedoms go away. That is what Obama is for.
I have a problem with increasing funding for welfare, UHC and other similar forms of aid. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not against helping people. But I am against giving people handouts so they can just continue to live their messed up lives. The democratic party would like to increase those forms of aid and claim that it’s about helping people and making society better. On the topic of Universal Health Care, do we really want to be forced into a mediocre healthcare program? Do we want every person put on the same level? Do we want to get rid of the notion of an “American Dream” where any man can raise himself out of his current position and climb to new heights?
Is it even the government’s job to provide for those people, many of whom are taking advantage of the system? Ask nurses who work in healthcare – they see those people everyday. Instead of programs being created to reform these people, programs are created to give them just enough money to be comfortable with abusing the system.
And so society doesn’t get better. It’s like pouring our money down the drain. If that money instead went into the programs to help people get jobs and lives it’d be different. If it wasn’t an encouragement to the majority of these people living off of government aid to stay on government aid I’d feel different. But it’s a waste. Especially when it’s at the expense of more jobs and lower taxes for everyone else.
Ask yourself a question: Are you lazy? Do you not want to take responsibility for yourself?
Obama will try to put that grandfather’s dream of a utopian world where the workers unite. Yes, everyone will be put on the same level. The rich will be punished for being rich and poor will get their money to raise their plight. He will violate the sound core of capitalism for the sake a proven failed system that always looks good on paper and always sounds good to young, idealistic ears.
Our markets will be closed off to other markets. Our goods prices will even go higher. Our bureaucracy will regulate trade strictly. This will harm the global economy. “Fair” trade is a myth. There is no such thing as “fair.” Someone is always discriminated against because a human is dictating the meaning of fair.
Our dependence on foreign oil is a fact right now. A fact that not only affects our economy but our safety. Obama wants to release this dependence. So do the Republicans. The difference is what each wants to do in the meantime. Not surprisingly, the Democrats opt for the position that will not only make the consumer poorer, but will also make the country itself poorer. If we do not drill here, we are either stuck being dependent on foreign oil over the next ten years while new energy technology is researched and developed (because we are not as far along as one might think), or we will have no oil and will be sitting on under developed energy tech that dimply does not work. And that means higher prices all around.
If you think that we need to pull our troops out of the middle east you need to broaden your context. Widen your view. With Russia already making eyes at us, the Evil Empire could very well rise again to challenge the US. And not amount of smooth-talking is going to fix that. You can delude yourself about that, but first, take a look at history.
Instead of getting worked up over the perceived issues, we should look at the big picture.
First thoughts: Palin’s classy. Her style is really Jackie Onassis. And she’s really fiery. Her first sentence was forceful. Her opening commentary on McCain shows genuine (or at least perceived genuine) support. She’s disarmingly sweet. I think you can really feel connected to her. Even in the pacing of her speech. Not too informal, but not pretentious whatsoever.
She introduces her son from the get-go and links him with the personal concern. And how perfect is it that he is being shipped out on Sept. 11, and one week from today? Planned maybe? She’s got a good looking family too.
The speech-writers did a particularly good job though. Introducing her family right off the bat. CNN has been going on and on and on about how we don’t know her. That’s certainly been remedied.
She’s forceful. Full out. The jabs written for her are firm and funny. And she moves on to hit every point that the media has been blabbering about. She sounds credible. Like Jessica pointed out – from a speech communication standpoint, two thumbs up.
That luxury jet? That was over the top… I put it on ebay.
She certainly has the smaller-scale executive experience needed. She may actually be over-qualified for the Vice President seat. Her record is impressive. I mean really. Can you deny it? She knows energy economies. If she doesn’t have “foreign relations experience” she certainly seems to understand at least key strategic aspects of our frustrations with Russia. Not to mention the oil lords in the Middle East.
I saw this on Twitter -
travisfinstein Palin pretty much out ‘Obamas’ Obama. The difference: substance
What is Obama’s strategy? We already heard from Rudy that Hope really isn’t a strategy (can you believe it???). Palin nails it. This is what I’ve been saying for months:
The answer is to make government bigger. And take more of your money. And give you more orders from Washington. And to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.
Palin is extremely competent. She’s more than competent. She’s able. And that’s important. And she backs her running mate. John McCain’s “not looking for a fight, but he sure isn’t afraid of one.” Biden certainly didn’t back Obama just after the primaries. I remember it. But now he has to. That kind of flip-flopping just makes me so uneasy. It’s like they have a nice, tailored suit and flashy smile on the outside, but underneath it’s all a mess. And I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a fact.
It wasn’t the strongest speech ever. But it was very good. And it served its purpose well.
It was interesting watching Twitter tonight. Jessica and I watched Project Runway during the Huckabee and Romney speeches and then watched those during Rudy’s speech. Everything in order though.
So I’m watching Rudy’s speech thinking it was going to be terrible and offensive. But he made a great case outlining why the low taxes conservative approach helps grow the economy, made some funny jabs… Then he talked about terrorism – but come on, that’s his platform. Guiliani has to talk about that terrorism issue. Even in the midst of this, he was right. It was a REALLY good speech. Extremely persuasive. And especially for him.
But those Twitter comments man… it hit me. I guess for a lot of people it’s really hard in this election to separate reason and thinking and understanding on the issues from their emotions. And a lot of democrats are emotionally attached to Obama — and his really incredible PR machine. It doesn’t matter what the actual issues are. Obama speaks well and looks good and has “made history.”
Change is not a destination, just like hope is not a strategy.
We’ll see how Palin goes.
I’m not a Republican because I grew up rich. I’m a Republican because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life poor waiting for the government to rescue me.
I’ve posted a few snippets to this blog from my high school history teacher’s posts. He’s a really insightful guy when it comes to politics and the big picture. In the light of CNN and just about every other news agency reaching and digging to find fault in John McCain’s pick for a running mate, it’s nice to read something maybe not less biased, but a bit more rational.
Anyone that has been in my class for long knows that I have been touting Sarah Palin for the VP pick of the GOP for a long time. So today, finally, I am actually excited about this election season. (I am on record as officially “tepid” concerning the campaign of John McCain)
So, why, exactly have I supported Sarah Palin for so long you might ask?
Sarah Palin has the additional upside of having true outsider credentials. No one will be able to claim that she is either a Beltway Insider (both John McCain and Joe Biden face this charge), or a Machine Politician, a charge that Barack Obama faces in David Freddoso’s recent book.
In any case, I definitely recommend reading it. He makes some points you’re not going to read in the newspaper or see on FOX News (like any of you actually watch that channel) or CNN.
Xanga: Still Thinking – Palin is the pick
My friend Ryan lives in Denver and he shared this video on his blog.
Did they not think this would fly around the internet? This isn’t France. Those people were peaceably assembled. They were invoking their constitutional rights. And they were threatened and bullied and attacked by the people their tax dollars go to pay to protect and serve the public. It’s an atrocity.
Randall makes a few good points on his blog as well. As soon as the protestors got in the way of traffic or started blocking streets they went past peaceably assembled. But I’m also sure the police could have handled it a bit than enclosing the crowd between buildings on the left and right and two lines of cops in full