Wednesday, June 06, 2007

 Usually I don't write about politics on my blog, but since this is my only forum for expressing my opinions, I thought I'd write a few thoughts down:

I've been following the Republican and Democratic debates closely, and I'm learning a lot about the candidates. For instance, Hilary seems incapable of admitting she was wrong to vote for the war on Iraq. She says if she knew then what she knows now, she never would have voted for the war. Well, there were a lot of others that seemed to see through the BS at the time, and voted against it. Take Barak Obama for instance--he voted against it from the beginning. Or, Ron Paul. He also voted against the war from the beginning. Jonathan Edwards voted for the war, but has fully admited in the debates he was wrong to do so, and commends Obama for being right about the war from the beginning. There is something to be said of a candidate like Obama whose voting record clearly backs up what he says. For a candidate like Hilary Clinton, she not only voted for the war, but refuses to admit she was wrong to do so. Because of this, I don't trust her. I'd love to be able to fully support her, because I think a female President is long overdue in this country, but I don't make my decision on a candidate based on gender alone.

There are few candidates this time around that stand out as being capable of bringing about the serious change that this country needs. Giuliani is a joke. I can't take any of his uneducated statements about the war seriously. He comes across like he hasn't done his homework. Apparently, he hasn't even read the 9/11 report. So, Giuliani for President? I can't picture this guy in the White House. I didn't think it could get worse than Bush, but it very well could with Giulliani in the House. The Republicans love their family values candidates, and this is a man that has been married 3 times, once to his 2nd cousin. Why is he leading in the poles? And McCain? I don't know what's happened to him in the past few years, but some are now calling him insane. "Insane McCain." After all, he's behind this proposal: ""ISPs and perhaps some Web sites" would have "to alert the government of any illegal images of real or 'cartoon' minors" or face draconian penalties." If these techies don't alert the feds, they face up to a 300K fine. There goes another civil liberty.

I never thought I'd be siding with a Republican candidate, but Ron Paul is my choice candidate right now. I agree with just about everything he says. His ideas aren't so radical, but in comparison to the other competing candidates, he is extremely radical. It was Ron Paul that said the terrorists do not hate us because we are free, they hate us because we are over there--because of bad foreign policy. It's not the fault of the American people that we were attacked--it's the choices our government has made for decades by meddling in their affairs that have caused them to hate us so much. Of course, Ron Paul's statement directly shoots down the "war on terror" slogan that Edwards has referred to as a bumper sticker. The point is, you don't wage war on a concept (terrorism). As Bill Maher said, if Americans were smarter, Ron Paul would be leading in the polls. He is actually a Libertarian, but runs as Republican so he doesn't spend all his time trying to get on ballots like Ralph Nader. Pull up some youtube clips and watch him speak--he's exceptionally rational, a quality you rarely see in government leaders, as well as extremely bright. This is a guy that knows his history. He's served 10 terms as a Congressman, and was a physician (delivered over 4K babies) for many years. He's a man that ALWAYS votes by the Constitution. Here are some examples taken from his website http://www.ronpaul2008.com/ :

He has never voted to raise taxes.
He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
He has never taken a government-paid junket.
He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

He voted against the Patriot Act.
He voted against regulating the Internet.
He voted against the Iraq war

And another thing--91% of Americans say they believe in God and will not vote for a candidate that does not profess a belief in God and Christianity. Wake up America! Although faith matters, these candidates that profess their belief in God should not be trusted. They've been briefed on what they need to say in order to get the vote. If they need to say they pray to God daily to make the American people feel warm and fuzzy inside that they have a Godly leader, they will and they DO. Do not vote for a candidate based on what their religious preference is. Their religious beliefs should not in any way influence how they lead a nation, and it doesn't anyway, because these people play the game to WIN. Look at ALL the issues before you vote. Watch the debates. Know your candidates, and do not vote based on one issue alone. The only thing worse than not voting is an uneducated voter. Be an educated voter!



Landon Kuhn said...

You should write about politics more often. Great job.

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