Mitt Romney lost the race for the Republican nomination in part because he appeared to be a flip-flopper. He ran to the left of Ted Kennedy when he lost the race for the Massachusetts Senate. He governed Massachusetts from the center. And like most of the other Republicans, he was running to the right of Bush and Cheney in his bid for the White House. The far right wants the war in Iraq, he wants the war in Iraq. They want war with Iran, he wants war with Iran. They want other peoples sons, daughters, husbands, wives, moms and dads to be sent to fight, he wants other peoples sons, daughters, husbands, wives, moms, dads to be sent to fight, die, or lose arms, legs, minds, and like most ‘chicken hawks’ he wants his own sons to stay out of the military and “do the best thing they can for the country – help me get elected President.” They don’t want health care in the US, he doesn’t want health care in the US. They want to close factories and ship jobs overseas, he wants to close factories and ship jobs overseas – which is something he did as a management consultant.
But there is no flip-flopping, there is no bowing to the will of the people by Bush, Cheney, or McCain. McCain is for the war. He knows that most people are against the war, and he even said that he would rather be for the war than be President. He will keep us in Iraq for the next 100 years (or until they run out of oil). Still, Bush and Cheney take the cake. When informed that 75% of Americans are now against the war, Cheney’s response is “So? (I am in power. Get over it.)”
He has a point. He is in power. We should get over it. … Or out from under it.
One of President Clinton’s biggest failings may have been that he tried too hard to please too many people; he tried to win over everyone. When faced with Ken Starr’s McCarthyite prosecution (or Stalinist persecution) rather then stand up and say ‘This is not a matter of national security and I will invoke my Fourth Amendment right to refuse to answer’ he hemmed, hawed, and then said ‘It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.’
To her passionate supporters, Senator Hillary Clinton is the best candidate for the job. To her reluctant supporters she is bright, dedicated, and would be a good President who will get us out of Iraq and restore America’s economy. To her supporters, both passionate and reluctant, and even to some of her detractors (those who disagree with her politics but who are willing and able to think objectively, which excludes the Fox News – Rush Limbaugh audience) Senator Clinton is bright and articulate. Some critics feel that while she certainly has the right to run, she projects the image that she is entitled to the Presidency. I sincerely believe that she has the best interests of the country at heart, that unlike certain sitting Presidents and Vice Presidents she is not dedicated to lining the pockets of her supporters.
Some people vote for the person they would like to hang out with. Personally I prefer hanging out with my friends and family to high powered lawyers, even slow talking (and slow thinking) lawyers from Texas and Wyoming who shoot their friends in the face, ‘out’ CIA agents (hello, that’s treason), and lead their nations to war. Personally I would love to hang out with the Clintons, watch a game or play a round of golf and talk about power – specifically the clean energy of the 21st Century, and the not-so-clean energy of the 20th Century. I would love to talk about building wind farms, solar farms, geothermal installations, and ocean current turbines, and why we should not be building nuclear and coal plants.
Some don’t like Hillary because she’s a woman, a lawyer, and very bright. Some feel intimidated by bright women. Some feel that we should have ‘good old boys’ in the White House, not ‘policy wonks.’ To them I say, wake up. It’s the 21st Century. We need bright decisive people in the White House.
Comedy Central is proud bring you the Mind of Mencia, and the Furman Files is proud to bring you the Mind of Hillary Clinton. Just like Senator Bill Frist, who can diagnose comatose patients just by looking at them on TV for a few seconds, I am proud to say that I am able to read the mind of candidates with comatose campaigns, just by listening to them talk on TV or radio – or even by reading what they say. ‘Amazing!’ you’re thinking. See, I knew that. And here’s what Hillary really was thinking.
“Bill once said ‘It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.’ I wouldn’t say that, altho as a lawyer, I know what it means. Now we Democrats, even conservative Democrats like me, know the value of historic facts, of the reality based facts. We also know that you also have to consider the context of any ‘fact’ and how to frame it in a campaign. You might call them the campaign centric facts. And this is where the Democrats differ from the Republicans. We, Democrats, believe in historic facts AND campaign facts. Republicans only believe in campaign facts. Campaign Facts.
“So this is what happened back in the mid-1990’s in Bosnia. There were children on the tarmac in Bosnia, and they could have been providing cover for snipers, snipers who were children once, and those children on the tarmac could have been planning on growing up to be snipers. And for me, it was an exercise in preparation for this run for the White House, so while I was standing there, I was also running, I was, in one sense, sprinting. Yeah, that’s the ticket. I was sprinting for the White House.
“So while you could say I mis-spoke, you must remember I’m running a cynical campaign based on fear and pessimism not silly dreams like hope and optimism. Fear and pessimism are the hopes of the future. Our only hope lies in fear. I think Dick Cheney said that. And it worked against John Kerry.
“Our only hope lies in fear. And in me. Our only hope lies in me. I am entitled to this job, and damn-it, I deserve it. Look at that brainless idiot in the White House. And the old man on the other side, my ‘good friend’ John McCain. He’s still fighting the Viet Nam War. And Obama – what does he know? He speaks well, he writes well, he’s bright, people trust him. Well there’s more to leadership than that. There’s more to leadership than being a bright, tough, honest, decisive and articulate visionary. There’s being tough when you want to cry. And crying when you want to be tough. I can’t see Obama crying. There’s forcing people to do your will when they think you’re wrong and you yourself have doubts. So vote for me. You may regret it, but you’ll regret it less with me than with McCain or Obama.
“McCain is still fighting the Viet Nam war. It was a dumb idea in the 1960s, and it’s a dumb idea today. And they make good sneakers in Viet Nam. And Obama … Barack means ‘lightning’ in Hebrew, and he sure does throw lightning bolts when he speaks. Still, every time I look at his supporters I want to cry. They have such high expectations for him, they will be very disappointed in anything that goes wrong. And the Republicans in Washington, they will do everything they can to make him fail. They’ll criticize his wife, his pastor. They’ll make fun of his name. They’ll send in silly little girls willing to do anything, and I mean anything, to make him happy. Men. They’re so dumb. But they can be useful … even fun to have around … when they do what I want them to do, not when they get in my way.”
I traveled to an alternate universe, and heard candidate John McCain thank former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton for their ‘left handed’ endorsement of his candidacy. At a campaign fundraiser for ‘Liberals who don’t trust Clinton‘ McCain said:
“We wish to thank former President Bill Clinton, and Senator Hillary Clinton, for their support, however, we wish to point out that we are the only candidate really capable of being Commander-in-Chief. We feel that WE are the man for the job.
“Obama may be young, bright, and eloquent, and he may really understand the problems of today and the solutions that will position us in the future, but since he is about half our age, and he talks in the first person, not the third person, and most important since this is our last chance for the Presidency, we feel that Obama is not the man for the job.
“While she is closer to us in age, and less comfortable in front of crowds, and need I say it, female, we also feel that Hillary Clinton isn’t the man for the job.
“And as for the difference between Sunnis and Shiites, who cares? We can’t tell the difference. It’s like the difference between the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese, or the Vietnamese, the Chinese, the Koreans, and the Japs. They claim there’s a difference, they may be able to tell the difference, but who really cares?”
Senator John McCain touts his foreign policy experience, yet he doesn’t know the difference between the Sunnis and the Shiites in Iraq and Iran. Sunnis are a majority in the Arab and Muslim world. Most of the Arabs, Turks, Kurds, and Iranians are Sunni. Turks, Kurds, and Iranians are not Arabs. Iraqis are Arabs, except for the Kurds, and most are Shiite.
Not knowing the difference is kind of like not knowing the difference between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland. Or Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Mormans and Jews in the United States. Or Puerto Ricans, Italians, and Irish Catholics in Brooklyn.
The difference between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats can’t keep it in their pants, while Republicans are trying to stuff their pants (pockets).
– Bill P, Esq.
Policy is too important to be left to the politicians.
– Larry F. NEsq.
It’s not that one in six Americans don’t have health care, it’s just that they don’t have health insurance. And if 1 out of 6 don’t have health insurance that means 5 in 6 people DO have Health Insurance.
Bush and McCain have a national health care plan – The Emergency Room. The way you can see a doctor on BushCare / McCainCare when you have diabetes is when you’re in a diabetic coma. And if you have high blood pressure you can see an emergency room physician for primary care immediately – following a stroke or heart attack.
This shows America’s wealth. Why go to a physician for a $50 office visit when you can go to an Emergency Room – at 10 times the cost? Or 100 times the cost? You may see it as spending $5,000 – enough for a good used car – or $500, rather then $50, but what’s money when your life is at stake? And if the choice is health care, medication, or food, well, you’re probably overweight – that’s how you got diabetes or high blood pressure anyway (it’s really your fault).
And remember, treatment and medication are elements of GNP. So if you have diabetes wait until you’re in a diabetic coma. It’s your patriotic duty. If you have high blood pressure, wait until you have a stroke. Your treatment will cost $50,000. That adds $50,000 to the GNP. It’s what you can do to fight the war on terror. Like voting for the GOP. Pre-emptive care would only add $200 or $1,000 to the GNP. What’s more important? Our nation’s GNP or your health? It’s a no-brainer. If you’re a true patriot it’s GNP! Especially if you’re a wealthy patriot and can afford a doctor. Or can go to Canada for health care. And if a worker drops dead, the general health of the remainder of the population improves.
Remember – what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. And by that logic, America is stronger today than it ever would have been if Gore had been given the White House in 2000 or if Kerry had won in 2004.