Well, that was fun. It wasn’t a debate. It was a forum, but thats a semantic thing. I have a few observations. Some of them might even come off as intelligent. We’ll see.
The I look presidential, I sound presidential, and I will be the next president award goes to (someone just shoot me now) Hillary Clinton. She did look presidential…except for the female and we’ve never had a female president thing I was pretty impressed by her. I still don’t like her, but you have to admit the pantyline made her seem more human. I would bet against anyone that underestimates her.
Universal healthcare may be the hammer that destroys the democratic party. How about limiting it to health care for the indigent, children, elderly and handicapped?
The I don’t really know how this works award goes to Barack Obama for saying he would directly meet with Chavez,Castro, Kim Jong Il, Assad, and Ahmadinejad. Hillary and Edwards we’re quick to jump on the diplomatic faux pas. It worries me a little that I knew all their names…my memory should be shot by now.
Who I could vote for award goes to – Joe Biden. He makes sense. He’s been around the block, he isn’t some rich fat cat looking to pad his fortune, and he’s been serving this country through a ton of personal strife. I like the idea of partitioning Iraq, since there is no other idea that has any chance of working. If it wasn’t for his voting record in congress he’d be the man. I loved “If thats your baby, you need help” and the followup “I hope he doesn’t come looking for me.” I also like his position on troops to Darfur
The “surprise criminy” award goes to Bill Richardson for not reciting his diplomatic resume no matter what the question was about.
The I not only look crazy I am crazy award goes to Dennis Kucinich for suggesting that people alive today deserve reperations for something that ended 142 years ago.
The I’m in control (anyone remember Alexander Haig) award goes to Anderson Cooper. This is no Wolf Blitzer. He handled things as moderator impeccably. This guy really never looks bad no matter what he is doing, and I can think of a gazillion journalists(sycophants) that need to watch him and try to emulate him. If you don’t believe me go over to you tube and get a copy of Sean Hannity’s interview with Huffington. He is the only idiot on the planet that could make her look intellectual.
The whineass award goes to Mike Gravel…even though i really like this guy. The reason you are not asked a lot of questions is because you are a marginal candidate. I liked his firm stance on the died in vain controversy. I know it’s hard to take, but if you die fighting for a cause, and have no affect on future events…then you probably from that perspective died in vain.
I’m not giving chris dodd an award. I’m just going to say that I was wrong to judge this guy by his behaviour in senate hearings. He’s lucid, earnest, and has a reasonable vision for the future if you remove all the stupid I have to say this to please my base rhetoric. Nice job Chris.
I think it’s cute how they all rail against special interests and corporations. I particularly liked the corporate carbon penalty idea. What I think a lot of people don’t realize is that the more we regulate our industries, and force them to pay the costs…the less able they are to compete in the global market that these same public officials created. I know it sounds good, but we are flat getting our asses kicked in global trade, and it’s because the countries that are eating our lunch are not being regulated the way we are.
Bill Richardsons 40K minimum wage for teachers. That sounds nice don’t it…ok…i have a confession…I’ve been working at my current job since January. I will make substantially more than 40K this year. Here comes the good part. I’m a painter. I don’t know about you, but I think a society that pays its teachers less than it pays its painters deserves whatever fate hell can dream up for it.
I want to find fault with healthcare for illegal aliens but i can’t.everyone should receive medical attention if they need it, and under current law, believe it or not…you do. Hospitals can not refuse to treat you. They can transfer you to another facility, but you have to be treated. Insured or not. In theory.
The gay marriage issue I’m going to do a flip flop on. It’s not governments business. I think what Obama said was right. If churches wish to honor gay marriage thats fine. It is a civil matter. I do think that they should have all the same rights and privileges as married couples, but think they should have all the same costs. Once entered into a civil union they should have to get a divorce to break it, and pay all the appropriate alimonies child support etc that the court deems appropriate . Thats what I call getting kissed before you get f%$ked.
I thought it was nice of all these wonderful religious people to think it’s okay for people not to be religious, and to think they should still have a voice in our society. It was very inclusive of them. *smack*
All in all it was entertaining. Some of it was funny, some of it was sad, some of it was just plain stupid. A typical presidential candidate forum.
The Ron Paul ultimatumJuly 25, 2007
My favorite line is “go read what he wrote about….” Do you really think that everyone that does not support Ron Paul is to ignorant to have taken the time to track his policy decisions, to read his speeches from the floor of the house, and to check out his campaign site? Is everyone that doesn’t support Ron Paul to stupid to formulate an opinion based on that research?
It just may be that we have read him. It could be that we just don’t totally agree with him. Is that so hard to believe? Maybe I think abortion is a personal choice. Maybe I believe people should have to go through rigorous checks before they are allowed to purchase an M-60 machine gun. Maybe I think the gold standard is an idiotic and outdated method of running a monetary system, and just maybe, and I know this is a stretch, I think state government running my life would be worse for me than the fed doing it.
He has a lot of ideas, but doesn’t explain how he will pay for them with his new small government. He wants to protect our coastlines and our borders, but doesn’t explain how he will do so without creating a gigantic federal bureaucracy to accomplish the task.
He has a lot of obfuscations and dodges for why he doesn’t vote on issues that are of grave concern to the american populace. He wraps himself in the constitution like it is the holy grail of federal politics, but then on his own campaign site he advocates gutting the 5th and the fourteenth amendments.
I’m sorry. I respect your opinions and your desire to follow this man who on many levels I agree with. unfortunately, I am of the opinion that he advocates a lot of things he can’t make happen. Ron Paul is quite likely a very good person. He is also a major league anachronism. A man who talks about change after 20 years inside the beltway. He is not the saviour of our country. He is just another small piece of the problem, albeit a fairly original one.
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