Archive for January 2008

Yes we can!

January 26, 2008

The people of South Carolina have spoken. “Tonight, the cynics who believed that what began in the snows of Iowa was just an illusion were told a different story by the good people of South Carolina”, that is What Barack Obama said to a crowd of his supporters in South Carolina. Senator Barack Obama has won the democratic primary in a landslide with 55% of the vote. He beat Hillary Clinton by more than 3 to 1. Despite his sub par performance in the prior debate and attacks from former president Clinton. According to CNN the only category in which Clinton had a lead was among seniors.
I’m proud to think that young people, college students, college graduates, people under thirty are coming out to vote. People who have said that young people don’t care anymore about politics, that they can’t change anything were silenced and younger voters came out to vote at a level not seen in years. It’s heartening to see that young voters are throwing off the label of apathetic when it comes to politics. But it’s not just younger voters, middle aged voters and older voters joined them in voting for senator Obama.
Despite media coverage, turning this into a competition of white vs black, and men vs women, people voted for who they thought would be the best president. Blacks, Whites, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, they all came together to vote for Obama. It could best be summed up in one phrase.
E pluribus unum. Out of many, oneObama Wins South Carolina Primary


Dennis Kucinich Drops From the Race

January 26, 2008

Dennis Kucinich has offically dropped out of the race. While it’s a terrible thing that he had to drop out before Febuary 5th, it think it speaks millions more to how this race is shapping up to be. The race has become Barack Obama vs Hilary Clinton. But have we not realized what we missed out on? Experience? Bill Richardson has more expeirence than ANY of the candidates combined! Change? Dennis Kucinich was promoting an end to NAFTA, a single-payer not for profit health care system, and an end to the war now; not 2013. Yet now we have been left with two candidates, neither of whom take pre-emptive war off the table, neither of whom address the horror that is NAFTA, and neither of whom voted against the Patriot Act. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that we now have a black man and a woman running for President (although I doubt when the day came, people ever would have thought they had to choose one or the other) but I think it is important to question our values. Are we really a nation so terrified of terrorism that we’re willing to maintain an overseas empire, AND provide Universal Health Care for all? Are we willing to launch a pre-emptive war, against EVERY precedent America was founded on and guided on until the creation of the United Nations? In the words of James Madison, “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy Let’s be realistic here.

It is a sad day when the only sensible voice of dissent is silenced because he isn’t ranking high in national polls, or because the debate is being run by a company that disagrees with his opinions. Since when did these things matter in Democracy? In fact, Dennis Kucinich is the defintion of what Democracy is. I was reading another blog the other day, and they summed it up perfectly: “If no one in America had a television set, Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich would be the front runners of their respective parties, no question about it.”

Let’s Get Some Conversation Going

January 10, 2008

This blog seems dead, and that is very dissapointing to me! In an effort to get people involved I pose the question: Who do you support for President?

I’ll start: Ron Paul =)

And then, there were three….

January 9, 2008

(…main candidates)

New Mexico Governor joins Senators Dodd and Biden in dropping out of the race for the democratic nomination for president. Former Senator Mike Gravel and Representative Dennis Kucinich are all but out of the race with less than 2% of the total votes among them in Iowa and New Hampshire. This leaves senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton along with former senator John Edwards the only three prominent democrats running for president. This is no longer a Clusterf#*k to the White House. A three person race for the nomination is a far cry from the Republican party with:

I’ll Be The First To Say It: Ron Paul

January 5, 2008

So I’ve already had a pretty indepth discussion with Stephen about the Ron Paul Storm that’s been sweeping the political spectrum as of late, but I figured I would like to hear other opinions on the Six Million Dollar Man

I personally love this guy:

His foreign policy logic is impeccable (War = Pissed off Enemy, Peace = Diplomatic Enemy…who knew?)

Bring the troops home from Germany, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and of course, Iraq. It’s about time we stopped ruining our image and wasting money.

I’m a little more critical of his domestic policies…there definetly is a certain point the Federal Gov’t HAS to intervene, however; his theory that if the Airlines were allowed to excercise their Second Amendment Rights, perhaps the pilots on 9/11 could have offered more resistance, was incredibly interesting to me. (plus he wants to abolish the IRS…something Dennis Kucinich even made sound possible with a better allocation of budget funds)

My heart is still set on Dennis Kucinich…but as Stephen said to me, Ron Paul’s presence and dialouge has made this election just that more interesting. Bottom line: If we see a Clinton vs. Paul race, I may have to break many hearts.