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Politics and prejudice


Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

After watching the Democratic and Republican conventions, I realized that the word impartial does not apply to me. I watched the Democrats with what I hoped was a critical eye and liked what I heard and saw. I watched the Republicans with an attempt to be fair and objective and disliked much of what I heard and saw.

Obama's choice of Joe Biden as a running mate should reassure voters who have worried about his level of experience. McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate has raised enthusiasm among social conservatives. In their speeches, both running mates were articulate and appeared confident. I found nothing distasteful in Biden's speech. When Palin trivialized the good work Obama did as a community organizer in South Chicago, I had to turn off the TV.

When Hillary Clinton came onstage, I found the extensive applause pleasing. When Sarah Palin came onstage, I found the wild applause inordinate. Bill Clinton's speech reminded me what it was like to have an intelligent president. Laura Bush and Cindy McCain did their best to enliven the delegates on the first night of the Republican convention, while the country's focus was on Hurricane Gustav. On the second night, President Bush's televised speech was appropriately modest. Michelle Obama graciously introduced herself and her husband to the Democratic delegates and the nation. Fred Thompson's speech was boring. Obama's speech had the right measure of generalities and specifics while McCain gave few specifics.

McCain seems full of contradictions. He advocates change and reform in Washington, yet he has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time. One theme of his campaign is that his experience would make him a good president while Obama's lack of experience means he isn't ready for the presidency. Then he chooses a young, inexperienced woman as a running mate, who could possibly become president. McCain is indeed a war hero, but his concern for veterans isn't as great as he would have us believe; he has voted for veterans only 20 percent of the time in contrast to Obama's 80 percent. I am happy to see an increasing number of blacks and women in politics. I wonder, though, how much racism and sexism affect their careers. The press, I think, mistreated Hillary, in part, because she is a female. Reporters questioned the honesty of an emotional moment she had and their constant calls for her to quit the race were unfair considering the number of her supporters. In rec .....
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It's the economy, stupid

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

There are four months to go in the George Bush debacle, perhaps the worst presidency in the history of our country. At this writing, investment bank Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch has been taken over by Bank of America at di ..... 
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You might as well tell the truth

Fri, Sep 19th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Well before the two major political parties held their coronations each party put out ads on radio and television touting their candidates' positions and simultaneously offering information about their opponents' positions and programs. Most of us w ..... 
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Is she really the next best?

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

The selection of Sarah Palin for McCain's running mate was a surprise to almost all the pundits and most of the politicians. Her introduction to the country at the Republican convention was a smashing success according to the media. She did a good j ..... 
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Palin a risky choice for the McCain ticket

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

"It was a reckless decision."

"It looks like a hail-Mary pass."

"It's a weird choice."

"It does nothing for the ticket."

These are a few comments I have heard about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin to be his vic ..... 
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Voting is both a privilege and an obligation - be informed

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Thomas Jefferson said, "Information is the currency of democracy."

And in an E-mail essay on Winston Churchill's 1947 comment that "Democracy is not perfect, but it's better than any of the other methods that have been tried so far," the co ..... 
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Shame on Edwards, shame on us

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

John Edwards got busted by the National Enquirer. It's rather a sad thing that news sources are getting their leads from such an empty publication but I've suspected as much when watching the network news and seen headlines in papers as large as the ..... 
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Our civic duty requires informed decisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

In the August 11, 2008, edition of this newspaper there were three commentary pieces that had me thinking for quite some time after I had read them.

In the first, former Congressman Lee Hamilton asks us to pay attention to what politicians ..... 
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Independents will elect the next president

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
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"There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest poli ..... 
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