Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Regardless of whether or not you agree with gay marriage, this brings a larger issue to the table. The idea of giving the wording of the constitution (state or national) to the whims of the masses is a horrible idea. There is a reason we are a representative democracy: mob rule does not work. I'm not saying that the average person is not smart enough, but there needs to be a buffer between ever changing will of the American people and something as sacred as the constitution. I'm sure it's tempting to try to go around the courts in this manner, but in the long run it will bring nothing but trouble. If banning gay marriage is that important to Californians, they should elect legislators who make that part of their platform.
A prime example of this is the $700 billion payout. Many people argued that if we did this, other industries would also start wanting bailouts and would probably get them. Looks like they were right. If we don't put the brakes on this right now, we will end up with a government controlled economy.
The government cannot insulate America from hard times forever. Eventually this slump is going to have to run its course. The longer we put off the inevitable, the worse its going to be when it does happen.
Still, I doubt it would have made a difference either way, even if Obama's aunt would have been deported. He had no control over his aunt's actions. If anything, it would have only generated sympathy. People for whom immigration was an issue this election had no real choice anyway. Would they rather vote for a guy whose aunt happened to be an illegal alien or a guy who actually crafted a huge amnesty bill?
Monday, November 10, 2008
You can read the whole story here if you really want to, but I can summarize it for you: Since 2004, the U.S. has carried out secret missions around the world targeting terrorists. These missions were authorized by the president.
This is supposed to be news? Maybe I've seen too many movies, but I was under the impression that the special forces were constantly involved in secret missions around the world, trying to keep us safe. In fact, I'd be more worried to learn they were sitting on their asses doing nothing.
I can understand black people's jubilation over his election. It shows that a lot has changed in this country in regards to race. While the event is certainly remarkable, the man has a long way to go to prove he is.
Friday, November 7, 2008
This sends a dangerous message to children that it's ok to play with sticks, perhaps the most nefarious toy since the rock. Surely there's some kind of online petition floating around somewhere we can sign to have this stopped? I mean, what's next? Don't even get me started on string...
I highly doubt Obama agreed with the things Wright said, but that's not the point. For years, he used this church to get ahead in Chicago politics. That's hardly 'new' politics. I just wish Wright would have crawled out from under his rock a week ago, so we could have been discussing this then.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Good for him for pointing out the ridiculousness of policies like that. The real purpose of mandatory sexual harassment training has nothing to do with preventing sexual harassment from occurring, but removing the liability of the companies these people work for in sexual harassment lawsuits. It's asinine to treat everyone like potential sexual harassers, as if the ones who are don't know what they are doing. "Gee, I didn't realize grabbing that woman's ass was wrong. Thanks to this training I'm now enlightened!"
Many people think John McCain lost because this was an anyone but a Republican election. To some extent, that's probably true. Throw in the fact that people got the chance to vote for an historic, charismatic candidate and I'm sure both of those things made a big impact. Those things are only factors though, because John McCain ran trying to out populist a real populist.
Most people dislike, distrust, or even downright hate the government. Instead of arguing with Obama about who was going to use the government to help people more, he should have differentiated himself by telling people how he was going to help them by heading to Washington and dismantling the government piece by piece. In the beginning, he kind of halfheartedly did that, but after the economy became such a big issue I guess he figured people didn't want to hear that and started to demonize Wall Street. A better route would have been to demonize the government, who really was to blame. McCain should have flooded the airwaves with clips from this video showing democrats talking about how safe and secure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were.
The next Republican to win the presidency will be one who is not afraid to underline the basic ideological differences between conservatives and liberals.
While I still think he would have made a better president than Obama, simply for policy reasons, he obviously isn't a leader if he can't inspire more loyalty than this from the people working for him. I sincerely hope that if he is silly enough to make another run for the Republican nomination, Republicans aren't silly enough to vote for him.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I feel bad for all the gay people who rushed to get married after the judge declared the first ban unconstitutional. I do, however, like to see states deciding these things for themselves. Hopefully this doesn't end up in the Supreme Court which will ultimately result in nine people deciding the issue for the whole country.
But is it too much to ask for someone who is truly conservative but can also speak well? Sarah Palin needs to learn to speak in complete sentences before she even thinks about running for president. I'm not saying she's a bad public speaker. In fact, she sounds great when she's giving a speech. However, when she's making off the cuff remarks I'm constantly reminded of the youtube video of that beauty pageant contestant from South Carolina stuttering about 'the Iraq.' Whether this is a reflection of her intelligence or she just needs a lot more practice, I have no idea (although I suspect it's the latter). Barak Obama, with all his umms and uhhhs, at least managed to complete his thoughts when communicating.
We all knew he was going to win and I thought I had already accepted it. I still felt disappointed as hell this morning, though. I couldn't bring myself to watch his acceptance speech, but I did watch McCain's concession speech. I think I'd have been less angry if I'd watched the acceptance speech instead. It almost seemed like McCain wanted Obama to win. In fact his whole campaign seemed that way. There were so many legitimate issues that McCain just decided not to bring up. He wanted to be the 'better man' I guess. I've got news for John McCain, you didn't get nominated to be the better man, you got nominated to win.
John McCain likes to talk about putting America first, but in this election he put his own ego first. If he really cared about America, he would have been as ruthless as necessary to make sure we didn't have a President Obama. Instead he was more worried about what people thought of his honor and dignity.
As disappointed as I am, I remember how much it irked me to see people saying such mean and vindictive things about President Bush. I vow not to do the same thing. I'm sure I'll have lots of things to disagree with President Obama about, but I'll never let my expression of those disagreements sink to the level of some of the left's attacks on Bush. The majority of people chose Obama to be our president and as Americans we should respect that and the office he holds.