Monday, October 27, 2008
In tonight's comment on Countdown, Keith Olberman made a special plea to the McCain campaign to repudiate this fear-mongering as unacceptable.
But I have little faith in this plea being answered. And for that reason, every time I refresh CNN, I hold my breath -- scared that the headline will announce my personal nightmare where fear triumphs over hope.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I am only hoping that the Moonstruck employees who remain in their jobs (in the Portland area) realize what a callous, evil company they are working for and walk out the door at their earliest opportunity. I for one, will never consume another Moonstruck product again. I hope that anyone who reads this will join me in making the company pay for their transgressions.
I'm one that believes in a lot of middle ground when it comes to right and wrong, but this is just plain wrong.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
My curiosity got the best of me, and I asked myself: What exactly is the liberal feminist agenda in this country?
So I headed on over to the National Organization for Women -- considered by many on the right to be a leftist organization comprised of radical feminists. According to their website, here are the top six issues on the NOW agenda:
- Abortion rights/reproductive issues
- Violence against women
- Constitutional equality
- Promoting diversity/ending racism
- Lesbian rights
- Economic justice
Saturday, October 18, 2008
"We may one day look back on this presidential campaign in wonder. We may marvel that Obama's critics called him an elitist, as if an Ivy League education were a source of embarrassment, and belittled his eloquence, as if a gift with words were suddenly a defect. In fact, Obama is educated and eloquent, sober and exciting, steady and mature. He represents the nation as it is, and as it aspires to be." - L. A. Times (read full text)
"Obama is deeply grounded in the best aspirations of this country, and we need to return to those aspirations." -- Chicago Tribune (read full text)
Both of these major newspapers have a history of conservative leanings. In reading the full text of the endorsements, three reasons for picking Obama emerge: 1) Obama is a consensus builder who thinks and consults before he acts; 2) John McCain has abandoned his integrity in the quest for validation from the far right; and 3) the irresponsibility and obvious political pandering involved in the choice of Sarah Palin as running mate.
I'm highly skeptical of polling numbers, but all signs point to an Obama victory two weeks from now. I have a feeling that had McCain remained strong in the face the far right, we might be predicting a McCain victory on November 4. But as both the Times and Tribune comment, this is not the same John McCain that used to garner the respect of citizens and organizations across the political spectrum.
Here's a video of a congresswoman from Minnesota talking about what constitutes "anti-American" views.
Ideas and issues are gone. We are now in the home stretch of fear and distortion. The GOP has evidently decided they can't win issue arguments, and so have resorted to attacks that are essentially indefensible. How do you even defend against the accusation that you are anti-American? What is the definition of pro-American. Don't we all -- with the exception of an isolated few on both extreme ends of the political spectrum -- want what is good for this country? We may disagree on how we get to the "good of the country" -- but that doesn't mean we are anti-American,
I just hope the GOP fear-mongering doesn't work this time. The past eight years (or at least since 9/11) are a direct result of the people of this country caving into fear politics and giving the government the power to destroy their constitutional rights. We can't afford to go further down that road.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Lately I've been craving discourse -- mostly of the political variety. But mostly I miss intelligent conversation about real topics, conversation that avoids the inane and asks tough, challenging questions. Conversation that makes you dig deep in the defense of your beliefs. Frankly I'm tired of living in a society where our politicians are afraid of appearing "too intelligent" as if having deep, well-developed ideas was a disease worthy of innoculation.
So, here's my invitation. Join me for a conversation.