What Do You Think?
edited: Thursday, January 03, 2008
By Scott D. Zachary
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Posted: Thursday, January 03, 2008
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I'd vote for a squirrel if he knew where to put our nuts, because we need to squirrel away some nuts.
I never did ask you--are you a Democrat or Republican or Independent or what? Who are you rooting for?
I make my vote based upon 4 things--what are his/her thoughts with respect to all the issues, what is his/her experience, would I like to see him/her on my favorite news station every evening, and would he/she be a great team leader (the team being the United States of America team)?
I'd hate to have to listen to Guiliani's (spelling?) lisp every evening, and even though I'm warming up to Hillary a little bit (probably only because everybody's pouncing on her), I'd still hate to see/listen to her every evening, but she has definitely been there, so she would transition easily into the position.
For a little while, I was cheering for Fred Thompson, but he doesn't seem to have the oomph (Aunt Marvelene's term) that a president should have, but maybe a laid-back president might be a good thing--and maybe not.
On the other hand, I am extremely impressed with McCain's oomph for a man who is 70-plus, and he's a fighter pilot, a prisoner of war, and a very experienced senator. But, unfortunately I think he's a little old to be President of the United States--too much potential for calamity, and it would definitely depend on his running mate who has a relatively high probability of becoming the President. If I really liked his vice-presidential running mate, he might have my vote.
Personally, I think we need a president who is an orthodox Christian so he can represent the vast majority of us, so Romney loses my vote on that account. Besides, I don't like Romney's hair-do even though it's almost identical to mine--maybe it's time to change my hair-do.
If I were a masochist I would vote for Edwards because his smile hurts my face every time I see him. He's a lawyer through-and-through, and that puts him at the bottom of the ocean with the other thousand lawyers that would make a good start.
Obama doesn't have much experience, but he speaks well, and he could bring this country's race's together, even though I haven't seen any evidence of it yet.
So after much ado, for the moment I am leaning heavily toward Huckabee. I like the fact that he was a Baptist preacher and the governor of my favorite state for 10 or 11 years. I like his crisp sense of humor. I like his down-to-earthness. I can relate to him and I think he relates to me. I like his grin. I think he could lead us into becoming a greater country (spiritually, militarily, economically/environmentally, and nationally). We need somebody who is strong-minded but soft-spoken, so Mike gets my vote--for now.
From my way of seeing it, this may be the most important presidential election ever. We're looking at some of the biggest dominoes that this country has ever seen...oil/gas prices skyrocketing, many hundreds or thousands of people all over the world wanting to blow their stupid brains to pieces to become martyrs or to have a bunch of virgins at their disposal. I think it's a little more basic than that in many cases--to save their family from threats of being killed, but we'll never know for sure because they're dead now. And then I also think that the world's people are getting too big for their pants. They've forgotten the value of humility. Everyone who is alive has forgotten what a depression is like. Aunt Marvelene was my best friend for many years and we spent a lot of hours on the swing on her front porch, mostly me listening to her experience and wisdom. This country is at the top of it's game, but we're going down--and we're going down fast, and that's why I think this presidential election is so critical.
I'd love to hear your analysis of the presidential candidates.
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|Reviewed by Keith Rowley
From my (foreign and removed) standpoint, you are so right when you say that " this may be the most important presidential election ever".
This is a battle for the soul of the most powerful nation on Earth - and having watched the candidates on CNN, I am appalled at the generally poor standard of the candidates.
Be that as it may, the people of the US have a stark choice before them:
1) Sink deeper into theocracy, intolerance and war.
2) Take a chance on liberal values and a less certain but possibly better long term future for all.
The choice of the American people affects the whole world, so I make no apology for commenting on their political affairs.
|Reviewed by John Martin
|Since you asked...Good Grief Man, you hit it right on the head. That’s the best evaluation of the “Candidates” I’ve heard. At this stage I still view Huckabee as a canadate of interest. I always look for a “defining event’ that reveals a person’s true integrity, that shines through the tons of garbage thrown out by campaigns and the media. Integrity is the most important factor in good leadership. Ronald Reagan had tons of it and told us what we needed to hear, rather than what we wanted to hear. That turned the country around. He also made sure that the people around him were chock full of integrity, too. To date the only one I’ve seen that had actually demonstrated it is Ron Paul. I haven’t had the time to make a full evaluation yet, but I do know of one demonstrated instance. Many years ago he had a company the was in deep financial trouble. To save it he agreed to sell a guy 40% of the company for fifty million dollars. It took more than six months red tape for the deal to close. During that time the company turned around and that 40% had grown in worth to $250,000,000. The guy he sold it to was pretty nice about it and told him, “You know what? I’ll split the diffence with you and I am going to give you $125,000,000. Paul told him, “We shook hands on $50,000,000 and $50,000,000 is the price.” That is integrity! I am sure sooner or later the media is going come with some kind of trash from his past…i.e., “When he was 16 he kicked a cow” or something like that. But the fact is the man has shown he has integrity. As to the rest, so far they have clearly demonstrated a strong willingness to agree with everybody on everything. Yes, they are all for ending world hunger and world peace at no cost to us. They all talk the talk alright, but I have yet to see any of them walk the walk. When you truely believe in nothing, nothing is all you have to offer. Once more, you are right on target with your analysis of the “candidates“.|
|Reviewed by Beryl McMullen
|i live in Canada and I follow it all- I won't go into the politics- But why does it cost so much and take so long to choose a leader when here in Canada and the U.K it only takes three months?|
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|WOuld love to say something but not my place being from another country!!
Happy New Year to you and your family!!
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|I belong to the "MIGHT AS WELL" party; might as well party, might as well have fun, etc...so I am not much into or for ANY of the candidates unless they are supporting the legalizing of my fovorite smoke, and there are none thinking in that direction it seems, unfortunately...Ed|