Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Stopping Career Politicians Isn't Partisan

I've been hearing lately from the news media (and even some people I know) an odd notion. They say the idea we (but mostly I) present on this blog - sending home career politicians by electing new leaders with new perspectives - is partisan. How can it be? These people say it's a move by extreme conservatives to trick the voting public into replacing all the senators and representatives with people from the far right side of the ideological universe. I think the main excuse claimed for this idea is that we currently have a Democratic majority in both houses of Congress.

It turns out they're partly right. Given the composition of congress, most (but certainly not all) of the career politicians to send home today are Democrats. But I'm not for a sudden swing from left-wing to right-wing politics. I'm for a new, responsible, 112th Congress that's composed of real hardworking Americans, whose political stances that reflect the opinions and beliefs of the citizens who sent them.

If it were Republicans who were passing bill after bill against our national wishes, or a whole hoard of venerable independents fillibustering any legislation, for example, it would be our duty to fire them. Again, today, it happens to be mostly Democrats.

So please, get out and vote today. Take advantage of our distinct freedom. Remember that we have a responsibility to speak out when our leaders have failed to represent us.

I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but I am going to ask you to do some research. If your officials up for re-election this year are incumbents, they deserve a lot of scrutiny. If they've been in congress for a long time, they deserve even more scrutiny, and their opponent likely deserves your vote.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Quorum of Quotes

I got my fix of TV politics this morning while in the dentist's chair. (It doesn't take much.) As I flipped between major networks, a few interesting quotes were being discussed.

The first one was a quote by Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio (D), who is locked into a very tight contest between himself, independent Lincoln Chafee (who leads in the polls), and Republican John Robitaille, who trails them both. Interestingly, Caprio is widely viewed as more conservative than Chafee, but apparently still liberal enough to seek an endorsement from President Obama. After failing to get the president's endorsement, Caprio is now distancing himself from Obama. Caprio said to a Rhode Island radio station -- and defended his remarks during last night's debate -- that Obama "can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I'm concerned."

Furthermore, since Obama passed him up, Caprio is now touting an endorsement from Bill Clinton.

President Obama's latest partisan quote is sending quite the message. After being elected as a uniter and preaching incessant punchlines of "hope and change" from partisan politics, Obama is sounding much more divisive.

"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back," President Obama said to crowd of staunch supporters of his policies. (Yahoo! News seems to be one of the few (if not the only) major network or objective news analysis of this quote, but it's burning up the blogosphere.)

Obama also recently said to his Chicago supporters: "we need you to tell them that they can't vote just once and then just hope for change to happen." While it was a plug for early voting in reference to people who plan to "sit this [election] out," it almost sounds like a promo for ACORN's tricks last election of casting multiple ballots per person.

I wonder how many more of these very, um, forward quotes will be spoken in the next six days.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2 Weeks Out: Grab Bag of Intriguing Political Stuff

The above is a parody dissection of typical campaign ads. Watch it if you haven't already.

It's now about two weeks until the midterm elections. Can you believe it? To keep your mind sharp on national political issues, check out the following few links (and whatever else you find at them).

I've had a busy few weeks, but wanted to keep the interesting content coming, even if it wasn't my own writing this time. Thanks to a few friends (you know who you are) for sharing a few of these items.

I'm going to refrain from making further comment. If you've got something to share, put it in the comments section!

The Wall Street Journal Op/Ed: Why Liberals Don't Get the Tea Party Movement
Politico: Republicans put 99 Democrat-held House seats in danger
Der Spiegel: Karl Rove on Obama, the Republican Party; Tea Party "unsophisticated"
American Thinker: 'O,' He of Little Faith
Politics Spoken Here: Book Thrown at Obama During Rally

Reason Magazine article on John Dennis' unique blend of policies

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

One Month Until Midterm Elections!

They're coming, and they're coming fast.

The 2010 Midterm Elections are now exactly one month away. Time to get involved with local campaigns and work on completing your practice ballot. If your friends aren't registered to vote, help them out. The same applies if they can't get to their polling place without assistance.

A storm has been brewing, and the day we've been paying close attention to is nearly at hand. Congress has been acting, and we have been watching. Are we ready to Send 'Em All Home in 2010?

Watch for more frequent posts this month leading up to the elections.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let's Not Forget 9/11

On this day nine years ago, America was attacked. Thousands of innocent lives were lost. New York's firefighters and police officers risked everything to save the lives of strangers. Everyday business travelers mounted a heroic airborne defensive to save our nation's capitol. The brave members of our military sprung into action, driving al-Qaeda from many of its strongholds in Afghanistan and removing Saddam Hussein's oppressive regime from power in Iraq.

You and I may not agree with the details of our government's handing of foreign policy and national security, the length of the occupation of the middle east, or the ways in which America has changed since then. The entire country will probably never agree on whether a mosque should be allowed to be built on a site that was damaged by falling debris from the World Trade Center when it could just as easily be built anywhere else.

Regardless of our stances, we need to pause and reflect on the loss, the heroism, the pain, and the patriotism which arose when clouds of smoke desecrated a clear-sky morning in New York and Washington.

We must never forget.

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