Old Democracy & Othrodoxy Blog- B.C. (Before Children & CEO of Home Status)

Monday, November 26, 2007Friday, February 2, 2007

2008 Race Overkill: Chavez’s Power OverextendsLeave it to our news pundits to be utterly obsessed with the next presidential race.

Already, the Democratic party is beginning to quarrel with each other over who is the most likely candidate and Republicans are still licking their wounds from the 2006 election cycle.

Meanwhile, the biggest news earlier this week should be the news of Chavez being given official dictatorship powers in Venezuela and what that means for our hemisphere both economically and security-wise.

However, we have the New York Times pondering whether former President Bill Clinton will “behave” himself should Senator Hillary Clinton become the first woman President.

I don’t know about other women, but I feel it would be a sad concession to propel one of the most dysfunctional marriages back into the power limelight of our nation. If they (Bill and Hillary Clinton) couldn’t keep their dirty laundry intact, how should we trust them again with serious national and international issues?

This may sound archaic and I certainly expect people to disagree with me, which is fine of course, but numerous proverbs in the East and West religions have always pointed to how a person conducts him/herself in their personal lives will often translate into what their public life produces.

Again, I just wish we could duke and debate about our current issues rather than speculate every single day about who is going to be better as our next President. We will have ample time for that during the official campaign season–but then again, perhaps some of our citizens need to be fed who the media thinks should be President rather than researching these individuals for themselves.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

“Don’t Underestimate”The democratic talking points for those in Senator Clinton’s court must be “don’t underestimate”.

The only problem is that these two words continue to be used to argue that Hillary should not be underestimated as a serious candidate for president in 2008.

While I believe she is certainly a formidable candidate and capable of such an office, I also think that we must all remember that we shouldn’t underestimate the average American voter either.

If short term memory serves us correctly, the 2006 election cycle proved that when pushed over the edge, most swing voters will turn on a dime and surprise even those who really meant well in their districts, such as former Congressman Jim Ryun of Kansas who lost his election in the shocking aftermath of Election day 2006.

Don’t underestimate the spent patience of Americans when it comes to the “dynasty” mentality that our politics have been suffering of late. We are barely out of the woods of being under the Bush dynasty, how do you think we can even attempt to endure that of a Clinton dynasty–and trust our first woman President to be a Clinton no less?

posted by Political Bean @ 4:32 PM   0 Comments

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

State Of The Union Address HangoverReflections Since 2000

Another SOTU has come and gone, the consensus is that many republicans went into this one weary and many democrats had already made up their minds prior to the President’s speech.

I watched the address twice thanks to Fox News Channel who showed it again in the same night (helpful for souls like me without the beloved TiVo).

President Bush was gracious and he was steadfast. Now those who disagree with him admit that he did right by the Madame Speaker Pelosi, but they call him a fool for sticking to the same ideas–especially in regards to Iraq.

What angers me about this constant barrage by naysayers is that they expect to be bowed down to each and every time there is a disagreement on policy. I just don’t know what anti-Iraq people want anymore. Do they really think that pulling out of Iraq or Afghanistan is really going to help our global image. Heck, many nations and tribal leaders as we debate could care less about whether we are in Iraq or not–their biggest obsessions are how can they exploit us or destroy us economically.

The US dollar continues to struggle in the global market exchanges. No surprise to me when we are so busy eating our Executive branch away like depraved cannibalistic tribes.

Do I think the Bush administration has made all the right choices? OF COURSE NOT. But neither has any other administration since the birth of our nation. The expectation that this administration should just halt itself completely and hand over the reins to another political party is nonsense.

The reality is, as I reflect on the speech last night, that Bush never had a fighting chance as our President in this nation. He was hated before he was sworn in. Mr. Gore harmed us more than even the disgraced Nixon decades ago, because he couldn’t just concede and abide by our Constitution. Instead, our Supreme Court had to get involved and once again we looked like blubbering fools in the global stage. What a great time to strike, when we are most weak and decisive.

That’s why I pray everyday that we continue to make head way into this War On Terror, because whether or not folks want to believe it–we are under attack and most weak when we trash our own government beyond just disagreements and healthy debates.

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