Archive for the ‘Political Reform’ category

Presidential Straw Poll

February 21, 2007

I recently added a new widget that allows you to vote for the your favorite presidential candidate on my personal blog, because this site does not support html.  Click the link here and you will notice the widget in the right hand column.  You can vote for one Republican and one Democrat, and you can vote once weekly.  Check it out and voice your opinion!

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Ohio Governor Ted Strickland’s arrogance

February 17, 2007

 

The arrogance of the politicians we elect never ceases to amaze me.  This guy is so arrogant in his belief that the Iraqi war is wrong, he won’t even accept Iraqi refugees…legal Iraqi refugees into his state.

“I think Ohio and Ohioans have contributed a lot to Iraq in terms of blood, sweat and too many tears,” Strickland said. “I am sympathetic to the plight of the innocent Iraqi people who have fled that country. However, I would not want to ask Ohioans to accept a greater burden than they already have borne for the Bush administration’s failed policies.”

That sounds like the whole “I support the troops, but not the war” mantra that we hear over and over, only in this case it is “I am sympathetic, but screw you!”.  Here is a guy that is putting his own radical anti-war beliefs above the humanity of welcoming these innocent Iraqi refugees. 

This is an example of when we need to remember the REAL actions and words politicians use when they have power, not the FAKE niceties they spew during their campaigns.

Elitism in politics

February 10, 2007

 

One of the more unsettling aspects of today’s political landscape is the blatant elitism that runs rampant through Washington.  Karl Rove recently said in defense of the President’s open border policy:

“I don’t want my 17-year-old son to have to pick tomatoes or make beds in Las Vegas.”

Yes, let’s let the lower class people do that stuff…we’re too good for that.  Please!  Even the author of the article, who is chastising Rove, refers to himself as being in the “educating elite”, and refers to Mexicans as “little brown people”.  The author acts as if they…as children, should try their hands at that type of work so they can relate to the commoners, but then they can skip up to the position in life they are entitled to.

And then there are the Democrats…Nancy Pelosi thinks she needs a bigger jet than the previous speaker of the house, because she has to fly farther (California vs. Illinois).  I don’t intend for her to hitch a ride across country whenever she needs to get from California to Washington, but it wasn’t like they were flying her in a two-seater…it was a jet!

How do we expect people like this to really represent us.  Granted, Rove isn’t an elected official, but it is still a good example of the mentality of the people we elect.  They are our saviors, and we are the lowly people doing work they wouldn’t think of doing, because it is beneath them…we are beneath them. 

When will they realize that the work everyone does in this country is incredibly important for our country to continue to be as great as it is?  One day maybe we will get back to politics they way our founding fathers intended it to be…where “we commoners” are more involved in politics, instead of the career politicians. 

I want to take their profits

February 5, 2007

 

Those were the words of Mrs. Bill Clinton when she was addressing the Democratic National Committee in Baltimore this past Friday.  Apparently, Mrs. Clinton feels companies are only allowed to be profitable to a certain extent, before she starts planning out what she feels are better ways to spend those profits, and confiscate them.

“I want to take those profits and put them into an alternative energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy alternatives that will actually begin to move us toward the direction of independence.”

What is bothersome is that there are really people out there that would vote for her for president, because of statements like this.  What I think is more appropriate is if we take all of the excess money Hillary and Bill have and start funding alternative smart energy with their money.  Then I would like to raid all of the unions in the country and take all of their acquired union dues and spend that on alternative smart energy.   Then I would like to go to all of the movie studios and actors and actresses and take all of their excess money and spend it on alternative smart energy.  Then I would like to go to all of the environmental agencies that fund junk science and take their money and spend it on alternative smart energy instead. 

We have a great nation, with a great capitalist system, and they will invest their own money on research and development projects that projected to be feasible, and profitable.  To think the bloated government will spend any of our money better than we can, is just stupid…plain and simple.

Does the left want us all to die from global warming?

February 3, 2007

 

I just read this excellent article by Deroy Murdock regarding the hypocrisy of the left on the issue of global warming.  Nuclear power, hydro-electricity, wind power…not good enough for the left.  Why isn’t it good enough?  Well, this just happens to be another example of politicians needing an issue so badly they can’t afford to solve it.  Personally, I don’t buy the whole man made global warming issue, but if these guys really believe it is “the greatest threat to the world”, then why not adopt policies that would theoretically reduce the threat?

Senator Ted Stevens, and the need for Term Limits

February 3, 2007

 

Here is an old post I wrote for another blog that dealt with the need for term limits.  This is just one small example why we need to have political reform on a massive scale in this country.  It is important that  we look at the destructive actions so many people in Washington have, when it comes to leading our country into the future.

Republican Senator Ted Stevens made headlines several months ago when he gave a speech in which he called the Internet a “series of tubes”. That wasn’t all he said…here is an excerpt I pulled from Wikipedia :

“Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got… an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? […] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.”

Senator Stevens was the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. This committee has a big impact on all of the issues that have arisen due to increased utilization of the Internet. Allow me to just put two and two together here…the same guy that made those comments was involved with making incredibly important decisions about the INTERNET!

OK, most of us heard about this a long time ago, but it really is a great example of why we need term limits. Senator Stevens is currently the longest tenured Republican in the Senate, having served since 1968. When you have someone that has been entrenched in Washington for 38 years, how can we expect them to be able to address issues that are important to the country? How can they still be in touch with us? They can’t. Term limits would allow people from all walks of life…including people with technology expertise, to serve in congress.

Politics and the New Media

January 30, 2007

How about a positive look into the future of politics in America?  I wrote in my first post that many of us are disenfranchised and feel helpless to change the way things are run in Washington, so how are things ever going to change?

We aren’t there yet, but the “new media”, including a tiny bit by blogs like this, will be an ever increasing factor in the way we elect people in this country.  Here is a link that includes some startling numbers that predict $1 billion will be spent on the presidential campaign over the next two years.  I’m not a proponent of campaign finance reform, but these type of numbers essentially eliminate everyone except those with money, power and influence in either the Democrat or Republican party.  Kind of lays to rest the whole notion of a government “for the people and by the people” doesn’t it?

So lets look at some of the ways technology and the “new media” will change this.

  • DVRs and other alternative methods of watching television shows mean less people will be watching these expensive political adds.  I know I managed to skip past most of them this past October and November.  
  • Blogs are bringing more information and opinions to the masses.  The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, and Reuters won’t have so much control over the political information I read.  If there is a story in say…Reno Nevada regarding Harry Reid for example I don’t have to rely on the New York Times to report it.  Chances are I will be able to find the story from a local newspaper online, that some blogger linked to.
  • The Internet in general makes it easier to find errors in stories and alternate points of views.  Bloggers have exposed over and over photoshopped media stories, inaccurate news reports, and lies in political campaigns.  You can’t just say something and get away with it anymore…speaking of which…
  • The Internet is allowing video and audio to find its way to the masses much easier than before.  You don’t have to take your tape to the news outlet and hope it get run on the nightly news.  Nope, you just go online and download it for the world to see.  Macaca anyone?

I’m just scratching the surface with these examples and the modes of communication just keep changing every day.  It is hard to keep up with it all.  Just think what the political landscape will be like when more and more people start catching on to how the new media operates and what it is all about.  I read a recent study that showed only about 27% percent of Americans read blogs.  That will change, and so will politics.