Category Archives: John McCain

Landslide – Liberal Mandate

Obama and FDR – I have been saying that we need an FDR, and that Obama has the resolve and the intelligence to be as good a President as FDR. Franklin Delano Roosevelt won by landslides in ’32 and ’36. Herbert Hoover believed in “rugged individualism” and, in ’32, that the philanthropy of the wealthy would solve the nation’s economic problems. He did not pull the U. S. out of the Depression. FDR did, and did it, in part, by creating the safety net and regulatory infrastructure that George W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan have dismantled.

McCain has called Obama “a socialist.” He has also tried to equate Obama with Hoover. If this is correct, then Obama is a “free market socialist,” a “capitalist socialist.” But McCain was wrong on both counts. And it is John McCain whose ideals echo the failed policies of Hoover, along with his predecessors Warren G. Harding, and Calvin Coolidge, and their contemporaries, George W. Bush, Phil Gramm, Dick Cheney.

Describing the Republican Administrations of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover, FDR said “the Nation looked to the government, and the government looked away” and “government by organized mob.” This is what we have seen again during the last 8 years; both abroad and at home. In the war in Iraq and in the response to Katrina, in firing prosecutors, in wiretapping Americans, and in the “signing statements, and executive orders with which George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney have governed by fiat. And they have not governed well. Maybe they meant well, but that’s not good enough.

We need effective government. As Lincoln said, “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

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L is for Landslide!

New York. Election Day, 2008. 6:00 PM.

In Missouri 100,000 people went to see Barack. In Ohio last week 6,000 went to see McCain, and 4,000 were children taken out of school and bussed in. So it doesn’t look to me that there are people waiting on line for 2 or 3 hours to vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin.

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When I Look At Palin All I See Are Boobs

George W Bush and John “W” McCain

How do you feel about McCain’s Decision to put Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the Presidency?
It’s cynical.
It’s opportunistic.
It’s demeaning to women.
Karl Rove would be proud – and so would Stalin.

What does it say about McCain?
He’s a Maverick.
He’s an unabashed misygonist.
Hefner would be proud.
He has no respect for women.
He has no respect for the voters.
He has no respect for himself.
I don’t care about McCain. Obama will be good for the country – my country – and the world – my planet.

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McCain Endorses Obama

St Paul, MN. On Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Republican National Convention, US Senator John S. McCain, the Republican Party’s nominee for President, endorsed his rival, Senator Barack Obama, for President of the United States. Talk about ending partisan politics and reaching across the aisle, this is what McCain, who prides himself on “plain speaking” said “Let me offer an advance warning to the old, big-spending, do-nothing, me-first, country-second crowd: change is coming.”

The Republicans have held the White House for 20 of the last 28 years, and the White House or the Congress for 26 of the last 28 years. And McCain had the chutzpah to walk into their stronghold and say “Change is Coming!”

What a guy.

He has earned my respect.

Not my vote, but my respect.

Speaking from an undisclosed location, Vice President, “Big” Dick Cheney said “What the F*ck? Does the “S” stand for “Stupid?” Or “Sh*t-head?” President Bush said “At’s Right. What’s Wrong?”

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The Democrats v The Republicans in a Nutshell – Rudy Giuliani

Almost every speaker at the DNC said three things. Each said:

First that they respect John McCain.
Second that they disagree with McCain’s vision of America.
Third that McCain’s policies will be just like George W. Bush’s.

I am waiting for any of the speakers at the RNC to have a noble, a charitable, or an honest word about Obama, Biden, Gore, or any of the Democrats. A “Christian” word, if you will.

I will not hold my breath waiting for a Republican to say ‘Obama is a patriotic American with whom I disagree. His policies will be the policies of Bill Clinton, John Kennedy, or Franklin Delano Roosevelt.’

Thus far Lieberman lied about Obama when he said Obama “has not reached across party lines to get anything significant done.” He has reached across the aisle, and he has gotten things done – help for veterans.

Guiliani belittled Obama’s service as a community organizer, law school professor, Illinois legislator and United States Senator. As I see it, Guiliani has tarnished his own reputation.

But he and Lieberman are illustrative of McCain and the Republicans. They believe that they hold a monopoly on patriotism. They may be monopolists in terms of energy – that’s why they favor nuclear, coal, and oil – and they may believe that they are patriotic, but just as an abuser “loves” his spouse, their policies are disastrous.

And just as the spouse of an abuser must leave and protect the children, we must seek shelter from the Republican party.

Questions on Obama v McCain
The President must understand the Constitution of the United States of America.
Every Citizen must understand the Constitution of the United States of America.
Work as a Community Organizer is Service.
Monopolists are not Patriots. Nor are people who outsource jobs.
Bush was the worst President of the United States, and McCain will be just as bad.
Bush was the worst President of the United States TO DATE, but McCain will we worse.
Bush was bad, McCain will be worse, and Sarah Palin will be even worse, unless you own stock in oil companies.
Lieberman should be stripped of all his committee seats in the Senate.
McCain’s economic brain, Phil Graham is right – we are a nation of whiners.

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Palin and the GOP: I Can Hardly Wait

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the featured speaker at the Grand Old Party conference tonight. I can hardly wait. Click Here for the Washington Independent or Here from Anne from Alaska on Sarah Barracuda Palin Images

I imagine Gov. Palin will talk about “Family Values” and being a “Hockey Mom.” She should talk about becoming a “Soccer Mom” because if we follow the Bush McCain energy strategy the tundra will melt and soccer will replace fishing in Alaska. Who cares if we lose New Oleans, Florida, the Outer Banks, the Jersey Shore, and Cape Cod. We got Alaska. Some of it’s high and dry. As the song goes:

Who cares about those Polar Bears.
I got my baby seal fur coat.
I got mine and I got no cares,
Got no room left on this new houseboat.

From “Sunbathing In Siberia” by XB Cold Fingers. Used with permission.

Palin will talk about energy. For Palin “energy independence” is nuclear power, with tons of radioactive waste, “clean coal,” with the high costs of mercury, and carbon sequestration, and offshore drilling, including the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR. I don’t expect to hear her talk about solar power and wind power. I don’t expect to hear her talk about “Global Warming” or the need to move from fossil fuels to modern energy sources.

“Clean Coal” is like “Abstinence.” It’s not realistic, and therefore it’s bad policy.

Palin will probably not mention trying to fire Alaska’s Public Safety commisioner Monahan because he wouldn’t fire the state trooper who divorced her sister. She will probably talk about fighting corruption and her support of Senator Ted Stevens. It looks like, at least part of the time, she fights corruption in Alaska by sending it to Washington.

Palin will talk about her willingness to serve, and her experience: her B. A. In Journalism from Idaho State, her winning “First Runner Up” in the “Miss Alaska” contest – she didn’t even Win! Her experience as Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, a metropolis of 7,000, almost two years as Governor of Alaska. How exactly does Sarah Palin compare to Joe Biden? His family is bigger than Wasilla, Alaska. I am supposed to believe she can take over as President of the United States and Commander in Chief if something happens to McCain?

I don’t get McCain. He complained that Obama is popular, called him a celebrity, compared him to Paris Hilton and Brittney Spears. Then in his first “Presidential” decision, he picked a woman Brittney and Paris could relate to. Altho, given their lifestyles or profession both Spears and Hilton have more overseas experience. Maybe he saw Hilton’s ad and decided to pick her, but she turned him down. Or maybe he thought she would be even better than Cindy as Miss Buffalo Chip?

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

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Hurricane Gustave and the Grand Old Republican Party

It’s one thing – and the right thing – to cancel “festive” events in the face of natural disaster. However, rather than cancel the speeches, the Republicans should present their vision of how the government should respond in a crisis. The silence is deafening.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt put it, “the nation looked to the government and the government looked away.” The Republican vision, FDR said, is “that government is best which is most indifferent.” Just as he described the Republicans of the 1920’s – those who kicked Teddy Roosevelt out of the GOP, he describes the. Republicans of the 1980’s, the 1990’s, and today. Not all, just the ones at the top of the party; both stalwarts and mavericks.

The Democrats have a different vision. As FDR put it: government that guarantees
Freedom of speech and assembly.
Freedom to pray (or to not).
Freedom from fear.
Freedom from want.

In more prosaic terms: defend the Constitution, build a healthy economy, preserve a clean natural environment, maintain a strong and effective national security infrastructure, and an effective emergency response team.

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The Mind of McCain

If something happens to me, this little lady can take over. But I’m only 72. I’m tough and I’m strong. I was a P. O. W. for God’s sake. And Obama:Columbia, Harvard Law, taught Law School. Big deal. Sara went to college. Got a Bachelor’s in Journalism from Idaho. Was Mayor of her city – 9000 people, and Alaska’s Governor for almost 2 years. She supports Stevens and she fired that guy Manegan cause he wouldn’t fire her sister’s ex-husband. She’s loyal and she understands power. That’s all I ask. That’s what I need.

And hey, she’d look even better than Cindy as Miss Buffalo Chip!

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Drilling for Solar Power and Mining the Winds

I’ve been thinking about George Lakoff’s ideas on framing the debate, as presented in “Don’t Think of an Elephant” and I think about solar power and wind power more than I think about food.

I just heard that there was a big fight in Minneapolis over drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, ANWR. The rank and file and the “machers” of the Republican Party, the people I call “Republicanista,” want to drill in ANWR. Their presumptive standard bearer, John McCain, wants more offshore drilling. He wants to drill in Alaska, and in California, Florida, New Jersey, and everwhere else. McCain, however, is opposed to drilling in ANWR “at this time.” (Be very careful when a politician says “At this time.” This phrase, “At this time” when used during a political campaign, means “At this time during a political campaign.”)

I think we should be building more solar and wind power systems, we should be using ocean current, cogen, and conservation, and figuring out how to do “Deep Geothermal.” And most of the people I talk to, regardless of whether they are “conservative,” “progressive,” or “liberal,” as long as they are “intelligent,” agree that solar and wind power are available now, and are pretty good for the environment, the economy, and national security. Even John McCain. But not the movers and shakers of the Republican party.

McCain want 20% of our electricity to come from clean renewable sources by 2030. Barack Obama has a more aggressive goal: 25% by 2025. Al Gore makes Obama look conservative. He thinks we can do 100% in 10 years, sees the US “Clean and Green by 2018.”

I agree with Gore.

And I have figured out how to get McCain and the “Republicanista” on my side. We should just call it “Drilling.” “Drilling for solar power!” After all, the roofers, mechanics, and electricians use drills when assembling solar energy systems and wind turbines. Who says you have to drill down? Why not drill up? Google “mines” the Internet. We could be Mining the Winds.

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The Monica Effect

Dateline August 8. The Ivory Towers of Academia. “Those who don’t learn from history,” it is said, “are doomed to repeat it.” The tendency of history to repeat itself is well known, but not well understood. Considering the roles played by women named Monica in the Administrations of current and recent U. S. Presidents, specifically, the role that Monica Goodling played in the Bush Administration, the Justice Department, and the United States of America, and the role Monica Lewinsky played in the Clinton Administration, the White House, and the good ole USA, I have prepared a scorecard that compares the two Monicas; Goodling and Lewinsky. Dubbed “The Monica Effect,” this phenomena, while perhaps trivial and admittedly hard to swallow, must be studied.

Monica Lewinsky: willing to do anything, Anything! for The President.
Monica Goodling: willing to do anything, Anything! for The President.

Monica Lewinsky: Bimbo, certified in many bars, worshipped The President. Still does.
Monica Goodling: Attorney,
admitted to The Bar, worshipped The President. Still does.

Monica Lewinsky: Didn’t know anything about the Constitution. Didn’t need to.
Monica Goodling: Didn’t know anything about the Constitution. Didn’t want to. Altho she was an attorney.

Monica Lewinsky: wore a blue dress for a private meeting with the President in the White House.
Monica Goodling: wore a white dress for dinner with Karl Rove and a blue suit for public testimony with Congress in The House.

Monica Lewinsky: was there when The President violated his sacred vows of marriage.
Monica Goodling: was there when The President violated his sacred oath of office.

Monica Lewinsky: dismissed by The President before he got caught.
Monica Goodling: dismissed by The President after she got caught.

Monica Lewinsky: broke no law but violated the rules of decorum and good taste.
Monica Goodling: broke the law and violated the Constitution of United States.

Monica Lewinsky: stimulated the President’s breaking the law by committing perjury.
Monica Goodling: allowed the President’s appearing to obey the law by preserving his deniability.

Monica Lewinsky: not pardoned by The President because she committed no crimes.
Monica Goodling: in line to be pardoned by The President because she “may” have committed crimes.

Monica Lewinsky: helped George W. Bush get elected as he boasted of integrity during his campaign, and as Al Gore distanced himself from the President.

Monica Goodling: may help Barack Obama get elected as he campaigns on “Change We Can Believe In” and as McCain distances himself from the President.

* This is a work of satire. Obama is a Professor of Constitutional Law who has demonstrated organizational skills, management expertise, and good judgment. McCain is a career politician who claims to be an independent minded “maverick” but who has voted with the Administration 97% of the time. Who would make a better President? From whom would you buy a used car?

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