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McCain can show how bipartisanship works


Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The election is now one for the history books. The pundits and party faithful of both sides are busy analyzing and rationalizing the results.

McCain was correct during the campaign - he is not George W. Bush. No matter who was elected change would happen. Change certainly happened over the last eight years. The problem with the administration and congressional Republicans has been the "my way or the highway" and "you are either with me or you are evil" attitude and behavior.

Under George Bush, those who questioned or opposed his policies were unpatriotic. The public has responded by electing a man who appears to be able to listen to criticism and opposition with the attitude he may learn something useful from his detractors.

Unfortunately, this election purge of narrow minds did not trickle down the ticket far enough in many cases. Michelle Bachman, a Bush acolyte, revealed her true colors on MSNBC by questioning the loyalty of Barack Obama and an undefined number of members of Congress who apparently have had disagreements with her ideology.

She brought back visions of McCarthyism. She continued in that vein during her victory speech after being re-elected by promising to "fight" a yet to be defined Democratic agenda. She still sees the world as black and white, good and evil, for and against, with nothing in between. She will yet become an embarrassment to Minnesota again.

It is unfortunate for the country that it appears the gains made by the Democrats in Congress were at the expense of the more centrist Republicans who were either defeated or retired. Senators like John Sununu and Chuck Hagel for instance. This leaves the red side of the aisle with more fervid partisans.

John McCain gave the most gracious and helpful concession speech I have ever heard. It was far and away his best speech of the last 20 months. I hope the Republican Party takes it to heart. I have some doubts.

Republicans hold enough seats to continue to filibuster the Senate. During the last two years they used the filibuster 95 times which, I understand, is a record for a two year period. If this continues and thwarts all initiatives that are not laden with amendment perks for individual Senators we are in for a long slog.

Republicans need to junk this ideology of division by using hot button issues like religion, guns, sexual orientation, and suppression of reproductive rights of women. There is nothing wrong with a .....
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Changing the Subject

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The holidays are coming. I can tell by the weather and the fully stocked shelves of canned pumpkin. Here we will be again, driving to an event with all those relatives that we love and carrying our lists of topics not to mention. You know, John and ..... 
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A Christian looks at politics and government

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

When I listen to and look at today's political campaigns, the first thing that stands out in my mind is the question: "Doesn't anyone know the Golden Rule'? That way of assessing one's own words and actions isn't even exclusively Christian. The tene ..... 
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The things you love about Minnesota are on the ballot

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

On November 4, Minnesotans will have a chance to invest in a better life for future generations by voting for a proposed constitutional amendment to fund Minnesota's water quality, wildlife, cultural heritage and natural areas.

The Clean Wa ..... 
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Violence and the media

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

There's much to be said about violence, not only in October - which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - but all year long. When I was asked to write an article about violence and its affect on children, I thought that I would focus on violence in ..... 
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Don't fall into the Palin trap

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

My family recently returned to Minnesota, the home of our birth, after nearly 13 years of dairy farming outside of Wasilla, Alaska. The straw that broke the camel's back - our Alaska Governor Sarah Palin!

It's a long story how we got to Alas ..... 
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Why do people vote against their own self-interest?

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In 2004, Thomas Frank published "What's the Matter with Kansas". It was an attempt to explain why Kansas, once a bastion of cultural liberalism has become a fortress of conservatism, both culturally and economically. Reading the book, one can't help ..... 
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So, you're a Maverick

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
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As we know all too well, Senator McCain and Governor Palin like to characterize themselves as mavericks. And, as many of you know, the first definition of a maverick is a calf that has strayed from its' herd. In other words, some poor little creatur ..... 
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People need to take responsibility for their actions

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

On my walk to the Post Office and back each day, I glance at the sidewalks, gutters, window sills, and planters along those three blocks. I pick up and discard cans, bottles, cigarette packs, and candy wrappers. Yesterday, I picked up three cans wit ..... 
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