July 17, 2008

McCain's VP

Ronald Kessler's newest article presents an interesting idea: no vice presidential candidate will deliver the election for McCain.

According to Ken Khachigian, a highly respected Republican strategist who was Ronald Reagan’s chief speechwriter and a speechwriter for Richard Nixon, “So instead of looking for someone who fits a series of benchmarks, he ought to be looking for someone who’s not going to do damage to his ticket." Khachigian believes, “When mid-October comes around, I guarantee you people are not going to be voting for a vice president, or focusing on a vice president, unless that candidate is a problem.”

Personally I do believe that the VP candidate will make a big difference, but we shall see what happens this coming Fall.

July 09, 2008

Iran's Missile Tests Divide Obama and McCain

"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that Iran's missile tests highlight the need for direct diplomacy as well as tougher threats of economic sanctions and strong incentives to persuade Tehran to change its behavior."

"John McCain, the Republican seeking the presidency, said the tests demonstrate a need for effective missile defense, including missile defense in Europe and the defense system the U.S. plans with the Czech Republic and Poland."

I don't know why we can't have the best of both worlds here. Do you???

Personally, I believe that direct, assertive, and well thought out diplomacy should always be the first step.

Obama has the right idea with this. He's also right about posing serious "tougher threats of economic sanctions and stronger incentives to persuade Tehran", being that "U.S. exports to Iran grew more than tenfold under President Bush", the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Even though in this case diplomacy may not make a difference it still should be genuinely attempted. If anything, it may help assess Iran's standing or intensions giving us less room for histation for necessary precautions or advances we may need to make.

On the other hand, Obama has not aggressively addressed his intensions if diplomacy does not work. Whatever mild attention he's given this issues does not strike me as a capable military leader. He will need to show the American people more in this area.

Now where Obama leaves off at Diplomacy and threats of economic sanctions McCain picks up with actual precautions and preparations.

McCain stated, “The tests demonstrate a need for effective missile defense, including missile defense in Europe and the defense system the U.S. plans with the Czech Republic and Poland.

"Working with our European and regional allies is the best way to meet the threat posed by Iran."

McCain’s action would prepare us for the worst and give us the upper hand. His strategy would insure the best possible safety for the U.S., U.S. Troops, and our allies.

Why can't we use direct diplomacy and economic sanctions against Iran, as Obama implies, while simultaneously making military preparation and work with allies to prepare for the worst, as McCain implies???

This would be the best for us all.

July 08, 2008

The Master Plan

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Obama Eats His Words

Back in 2006 Barack Obama won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for his 1995 book, "Dreams from My Father". While dictating his audio book Obama didn't hold back and is heard saying some things that he will most likely regret saying. He recounts moments from his childhood where he didn't really seem to care much and is also heard retailing his first thoughts on Rev. Wright.

Those against him are planning on using his own words to hurt him in ads that they are creating. They plan on showing America the true colors of the man trying to 'Change' our country.

July 07, 2008

Fuzzy Race

Everywhere you go, polls show the presidential race is too close to call anything but a statistical tie. The latest poll of voters, for example, shows Obama with a five-point lead over his rival, McCain (50 to 45 percent), which grows even tighter when the two most prominent third party candidates are weighed into the equation.

The race for the White House, however, will not come down to votes taken by third party candidates such as Bob Barr (3 percent) and Ralph Nader (6 percent). Nor will it rest on sloganeering, promises fraught with pander, or change everyone can believe in, yet no one can understand.

What will decide the fate of the country is a vision that galvanizes Americans—desperate for change—into thinking about what they can do about the deepening credit crisis; the slump in home sales and home prices; skyrocketing energy costs; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; people’s poverty; immigration reform; Medicare and Social Security; discrimination; white collar corruption and blue collar rights; salmonella outbreaks; and everything that matters to America.

The latest CNN Opinion Research offers telling statistics about the race, but if you don’t believe the polls, go by your gut instinct—saying to vote for the candidate that’s not left, not right, just right.

Obama's Change

Obama is pushing the slogan 'change' everywhere he goes. At first this sounds good, but when you look deeper into it one starts to notice that his 'change' may not be the change that this country is looking for.

Christopher Ruddy's latest article is rather enlightening on this subject. If Obama becomes our next president will he really be what our country needs or will he just make matters worse?

July 02, 2008

Future Woman President

Even though the race is over for Hillary Clinton for the 2008 Presidential Election, there is still a strong possiblity for future women to run for president and win.

Political pundit, Dick Morris, makes some great remarks in one of his most recent articles saying, "The lesson is clear: Being a woman is not a handicap in running for president. It is, rather, a priceless asset. It is not, however, enough by itself to assure victory. " He goes through Hillary's campaign and points out her flaws of course, but at the same time shows good things. She definately paved the way for other women out there to come forward and see if they could be our future president.

June 30, 2008

Troop Support!

Even though many people are against our troops being abroad and many feel that they have no need to be there, it is nice once in awhile to see some support for them. These people who have honored to lay their lives to save ours have no choice where they are sent. So even if one is completely against the leader who sent them we should be supporting the men and women who serve to protect.

A great organization, Move America Forward, is one organization who is actively making an effort to let our troops know that they have not been forgotten by sending over care packages. If you would like to show your support check them out!

June 26, 2008

Supreme Court Nixes Louisiana Death Sentence for Child Rapists... I Say The Decision Is Unconstitutional

Today, the US Supreme court overturned the Louisiana law permitting the execution of child rapists. (Video Here) The opinion of court, delivered by Justice Kennedy, states that the ruling was made on the basis of the Eighth Amendment. Justices Stevens, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer joined the majority opinion while Justices Robert, Scalia, Souter, and Alito, who are conservative Justices, dissented.

It may be argued as to whether or not the death penalty it self is moral. However, the job of the Supreme Court is to interpret the constitution, not to decide upon what is moral and what is not. That decision belongs to the people through a democratic process. This is a case where the court is substituting its own morals for the morals of the people. The decision of the Supreme Court is unconstitutional. Since the death penalty has been ruled as constitutional, then it should be left up to the states to decide what crimes justify the death penalty.

The court arrived at this decision through deciding that a “national consensus” exists, which was derived through the fact that only 6 states allow the death penalty for child rape cases. However, as Justice Alito points out, state legislatures have had to live under the Coker decision for years. The Coker decision said that it was unconstitutional to use the death penalty in cases that involved the raping of an adult woman. They were afraid that any law allowing the death penalty for child rape would be struck down, like it has here. In this case, the fact most of the nation doesn’t allow the death penalty doesn’t show evidence of a national consensus because the states refuse to face the issue. Besides that fact, in the opinion for Coker decision, the word “adult” was used numerous times to describe the rape victim. This was intentional so that the same decision would not be applied to a case involving child rape.

Let’s change our frame of thought for a moment and face this from a moral stand point. In accordance with this decision, Justice Alito writes that a the criminal cannot be sentenced to death “no matter how young the child, no matter how, many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.” What of that? What if the criminal raped multiple children? Still, the court says that it isn’t enough to justify the death penalty.

If were to read the full description of rape and the serious injuries inflicted upon this girl, I guarantee you would be sick to your stomach. There aren’t a lot of things that disturb me. When I read the description of L.H.’s injuries though, I felt as thought someone has torn out my innards. Were I not at work, there probably would have been tears. The court says that in accordance with the 8th amendment, the punishment must be proportional to the crime. What crime, besides murder, is worse than the rape of a child? In fact, it could be argued the raping is child is just as heinous as murder. Who wouldn’t agree that a child rapist lacks just as much of a moral compass as a murderer? I could say that a murder can have a greater morals than any child rapist.

This decision is one that is flawed. This is a decision where the court is using its own morals as a stand-in for the morals of the national consensus. It erodes the power of the states and more importantly, the power of the people. This decision is unquestionably unconstitutional.

2nd Amendment Rights Upheld

Today, the Supreme Court stuck down the 37 year old DC ban on handguns. Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the opinion of the court and said that the Constitution does not provide for the abolute ban of hand guns. The case was brought forward when Dick Heller, who is an armed security officer, filed suit after his application to keep a handgun in his home and was rejected. That's right, he wanted to keep the gun in his home for personal protection, but the city wouldn't allow it. The court's ruling was a landmark decision and win for 2nd Amendment activists.