The Republican FOXNEWS Debate

September 6, 2007

   Well as fair and balanced goes that was an atrocious display of hypocrisy.  What Brit Hume and Chris Wallace did to Ron Paul was at best a telling reminder that journalists pack a lot of power in the political arena, and at worst was a violation of the public trust.  How they personally feel about Ron Paul isn’t pertinent, and their intolerance of his pposition and the attitude they displayed toward him was unprofessional and demeaning of the profession.

    That being said, what you are reading elsewhere simply isn’t true.  First, Ron Paul was asked 2 questions during the first half hour of the debate, and was given ample opportunity to display his stance on the issues that were presented in the debate.  The only question I didn’t get to here his response to that was important was illegal immigration.  Further, the moderators allowed him to enter into a debate within the debate with Mike Huckabee, and while I personally thought Ron got the better of it, the pundits bought into the apple pie and honor presentation of Mike Huckabee.

   Now lets get on to the fun stuff.  Biff Romney looked like a total buffoon.  After each of his answers, many that received no response from the audience, he nodded and made faces denoting how wonderful he thought his answers were.  His answers to all the major issues left people with the words “how will you do that” on there lips, and all things considered he was the worst of the crowd.  I didn’t have any feelings for or against Biff going in, but his performance ranked down around the bottom with Dr. Paul in my eyes.

    I know Rudy is getting slapped around some, but I was fairly impressed with him.  His response to why he made NYC an open city for illegals made a ton of sense.  You can only do so much at the municipal level without the aid of a malfeasant federal government, and I think he handled the situation there as well as could be expected.  His foreign policy positions are as hawkish as everyone elses, and all things considered he is likely the only person in the debates who has a record of success leading anything more important than a small southern state.

    I would die before I voted for Huckabee.  I thought he did well last night though, and took Ron Paul on head to head, which no one else seems willing to do.  He is erudite, charming, and corn pone witty, and is likely to do well down south where what beer you drink can sway voters.

   Duncan Hunter might very well be a psychopath.  His response to the hypothetical about Iran said nothing about diplomacy, but instead revolved around precision guided munitions.  I think they all showed their hypocrisy on the nuclear issue.  I’m somewhat doubtful that the Iranians could exhibit less control than the nation that lost 6 nukes for several hours the other day over America’s heartland.

   John McCain.  What a man.  He definitely stands out from the crowd, and if decency and charachter were the only issue he’d be my choice hands down.  That’s not the case though, and his stances are going to make him a somewhat marginal candidate in the long run

Brownback who?  Like my son said  ” a preacher in the white house strikes me as a violation of the seperation of church and state.”

    Ron paul yet again.  I’ve been being attacked quite openly on some blogs for saying this, but the fact is I’ve been telling his supporters for months that those that control elections in America (no, not the voters, but thats funny) will not let him get close.  This was proven last night by the FOXNEWS conspiracy.  Dr. Paul has had every chance to put forth a feasible and considered platform, and instead chooses to continue with his “sheer folly” approach.  You reap what you sow, and Ron Paul last night received the derision that he has so long courted.

    The debate wasn’t as broad as the democratic debates have been with well over half of the time spent on military related issues and immigration.  None of these people stand for any domestic reforms that will help anyone so it’s probably best that they don’t speak about them.

    Fred Thompson was the big loser for seeking the least common denominator vote on Jay Leno.  If I had to pick a big winner I’d say Hillary Clinton.  Not only do none of these people look like they could beat her, but Bill was on Larry King Live at the same time the debate was going on, and made it very clear that he would play a big role in the foreign policy and domestic agenda of a Clinton administration.


Ron Paul wins FOXNEWS Debate

September 6, 2007

  By what is apparently double the nearest competitor.  At last look he had 33% of the vote to 16% for Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani, with John McCain at 15%.  That would be considered a win by anybody I would think.  Popularity in New Hampshire is not an easy thing to come by.

But wait.   There is more.  Every question Brit Hume asked was asked either derisively or facetiously when speaking to Ron, and every answer given was combative and circuitous.  Ron really didn’t answer the questions he was asked, but rather rephrased them to fit the answers he wanted to give.  He was shrill, petuleant, and argumentative.  His viewpoint appeared to be self serving and cowardly, and during his debate within a debate with Mike Huckabee he came off as irrational and whiny. 

    This was not only an unpresidential showing, it exhibited almost perfectly why he is for ending the war on drugs.  He appeared very in need of something to get him back in touch with reality.

    BTW, the poll was a nationwide phone in poll in which you can call as often as you like, but you have to pay for each call. 

No dog in the fight

June 25, 2007

   I think Brit Hume was right on point with whats wrong with our political system.  Its not the point he was making though.  He tried to ridicule Michael Bloomberg for saying the discussion shouldn’t be just left vs. right.  Bloomberg happens to be right about this, but the talking heads in the media, and our elected representatives consider that intellectual sedition.

    I’m not sure it was always the case, but we know entirely to much about each other.  There is a little card to get discounts at the grocery store, a card that works like money (ugh), library cards and movie cards and so on ad infinitum.  All the little cards have little numbers that identify us.  All the information gleaned from these little cards is used to target us.  Every keystroke hit on our computers registered and catalogued and stored on some larger computer somewhere.  This enables the left and the right to push the buttons they need to to get our support.  People worry about the Patriot Act?  We’ve been having our privacy invaded forever….the patriot act is nothing new.

   The bad news is the vocal left and the vocal right make up maybe 15% of the population between them.  Yet they set the agenda.  They write the laws.  They fund the idiots that make decisions for which way our nation goes.  Why?  Because the 85% in the middle who don’t really identify entirely with either group substantially has only those two choices.  On the rare occassion that someone else runs on a third party ticket he generally works only as a spoiler.  It’s also why some ultraconservative like Ron Paul can be hailed as the new messiah.

    What this country needs is about 10 political parties with no legislated obstructions keeping them from running.  It works elsewhere…almost every other allegedly democratic society has oodles of choices.  I like Britain’s method, and I would so love to see George Bush in the well of the house of representatives being feasted on like poor tony blair in the house of commons.  What a treat that would be.

    We’ll never have it though.  Americans are by and large, to lazy, to busy, or to self indulged to do what is best for the country.  To insist on decent leadership.  To wholesale vote out the obstructionists that currently inhabit the halls of power.  Many of them have been raping us for so long we no longer even ask them to clean up when they’re done.  Several can barely walk to the lectern.   They can hardly speak without drooling on themselves, yet they keep getting elected.  Either the electorate is really as uninformed as I believe they are, or its all a big scam and they choose senators in the back room of O’malleys. 

   We destroyed any chance of good government when we made voting a right rather than a privilege.  We place the last nails in the coffin every time we allow ourselves to be given just two choices….a nitwit and an idiot.  Kerry/Bush. Gore/bush…you get the picture

   If you think you are in the middle, do everybody a favor this time around.  Vote in your local elections for anyone that is not a democrat or a republican.  It won’t change things right away, but its a strong step in the right direction.