Archive for April, 2008

Pennsylvania Puppet Show

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

The spectacle of the Democratic Party primaries would be great theatre, were not the stakes so high. One candidate tries to raise voters’ hopes, the other cloaks herself in a coat of many hues. It’s Grand Guignol on a national stage.

Bitter pill

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Barack Obama is taking heat for saying small-town Americans are “bitter” because of their economic situation, causing them to cling to guns and religion as ego props. Unfortunately, the first part, the bitterness felt by many Americans, will not be discussed, because it’s overshadowed by that very clinging to “traditions.”

To tell the truth

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

McClatchey’s David Lightman on why Pennsylvania women are turning against Clinton:

Jane Dovel, 68, an artist in Doylestown, turned away from Clinton after hearing the New York senator’s reaction to Obama’s comments that Ronald Reagan had been a “transformative political figure.”

Clinton fired back that Republicans hadn’t had better ideas. “I don’t think it’s a better idea to privatize Social Security,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a better idea to eliminate the minimum wage.”

That’s not what Obama had said, recalled Dovel. “What Clinton said was a blatant lie,” she said. “From that moment on, she was history. She was not to be trusted.”

Obama’s increasing ability to convince these women that he’s on their side has contributed to their shift away from Clinton.

An inaccurate throw-away summation by the author. The issue is more basic than whose side Obama’s on. Clinton has defeated herself. Have we ever seen such consistent lying, with such terrible consequences, as we have these last seven years? Is it any surprise that people are sick of it?

No one really knows what a politician will do if elected. But Clinton’s lies are too frequent and too egregious to ignore in a presidential candidate. They reveal serious character flaws, uncontrolled ambition and arrogance. And they are an insult to our intelligence.

Meanwhile, there’s another candidate in the race, who is known for telling the truth, and from whom both Democratic Party candidates lifted much of their platforms. Once again, the press ignores him. We get to hear about Clinton’s lies, which is good. But not the honorable third-party candidate’s truths. The press has already selected your election-day options. That, too, is arrogance, and an insult to our intelligence.

Pushing Petraeus

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

According to press coverage, “the House Armed Services Committee is pushing Petraeus a little harder on troop cuts.” Great. We elect members of the House to represent us. In 2006, the Republican Party lost control of the House and Senate, largely because of the Iraq War. The Bush Administration responded to our voices by increasing the number of troops in Iraq and concocting the Surge. The Surge was supposed to buy time for the Iraqi government to gain control of the country. Regardless of what else may have resulted from the Surge, it failed to achieve that end.

It should be brilliantly clear by now that the Executive Branch unilaterally runs the country, and the people have no voice. (more…)

Drink up

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Drink more coffee

Researchers at the University of North Dakota have found caffeine may inhibit Alzheimer’s. (more…)