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It's time for an "elite" president


Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Political discourse, besides becoming more confrontational, has become more Orwellian. It seems almost a requirement to name programs in a manner that obscures their intent.

The Clear Skies Initiative, that has obstructed the Clean Air Act for the last five years, is the first that comes to mind.

Compassionate Conservatism, promoted by a fellow who claims everyone in the United States can get health care, all they have to do is go to the emergency room at their local hospital also pops right up there.

This is the same guy, while visiting Iraq amputees in Walter Reed Army hospital, claimed to also have an injury associated with the war; his was a cut made while clearing brush at his "ranch". Well, he never claimed compassion had to be associated with empathy or a sense of proportion.

The twisted, nonsensical, and misleading word play that has me chafing is the conflation of "elitist" and "elitism" with snobbery and, of all things, lack of empathy. Close behind is the denigration of intellectualism. Elite, elitism, elitist, and intellectual are now used in a derisive way interchangeably when the politico is pandering to "the masses".

We have to change. I want a really smart President and it can't come too soon.

We now have a President who openly brags about being a less than avid student.

We have campaign advisors who scramble to show their candidate is just an average Joe or Josephine. Hence, we have the spectacle of the first female to run for the presidency in history belting back neat shots of Crown Royal to show she is one of the boys.

Now, to become elected, the thinking is you have to be the one everyone wants to have a beer with. The unspoken assumption is that during the hops guzzling the candidate will refrain from the use of words containing three or more syllables. This is supposed to endear them to the "average" voter.

Obama has been called an elitist because he referred to unemployed/laid off blue collar workers as "bitter" and because of their bitterness taking refuge in religion, xenophobia, and guns. I thought religion was to comfort people in times of trouble and stress; xenophobia and guns are another story.

Obama was trying to explain the reasoning behind his instructions to young volunteer workers and how they should approach Pennsylvania's stressed blue collar workers.

Apparently, he has not learned the tricks the old politicians use: find three .....
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The marvels of small things

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Take a look at your desk/work table. Notice all the small, marvels, things you can hold with one hand, which make our lives easier. Many of them have been developed in my lifetime, or not long before. A few are very ancient. I wonder how many other ..... 
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The beginning of the end

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The news from our leaders regarding the war in Iraq continues in the same old vein: just hang in there, it will all turn out OK. General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker, during their appearances before Congressional committees this past week, essent ..... 
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Everyone loves a loser

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Our collective mean streak sure does show itself on television. I know you think we're nice people. I think I'm nice, my friends are nice and some of my relatives are nice but somebody is enjoying the blood sport of televisions "You are a Loser!" fr ..... 
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The Three Trillion Dollar War

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

A new book, by Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Blimes, a public policy professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, called The Three Trillion Dollar War - the true cost of the Iraq conflict challenges the Bush administration's ..... 
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Looking back five years later

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Now that we've come to the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War, it's time to look back and see what we have obtained by prematurely abandoning the search for Osama bin Laden to invade Iraq. At least we should see how the predictions of great minds that ..... 
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Water, water, everywhere?

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Recent newspaper and television stories have reported scientific concerns with the appearance of medications, both human and animal in our water supplies. These are only a tiny drop in the enormous bucket of the problem. I believe that in the future, ..... 
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And We Prayed

Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
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Many of us, of certain age and blessed or handicapped as long time Minnesotans, know religious diversity as Lutheran vs: Catholic. What the Lutherans had in numbers the Catholics battled with fully uniformed nuns and movies starring Bing Crosby. Eve ..... 
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Them that serve

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It must be difficult to be an elected government official. They must be responsive and accountable to various constituencies including themselves. These include the people whom they represent, which also includes people from their state or district ..... 
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