Day: September 17, 2010

Celebrating Constitution Day: The Need To Understand The Intentions Of The Founding Fathers!

Today is Constitution Day, the day 223 years ago that the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and started the process of ratification of the sacred document that we have lived under for 221 years!

There is great admiration and respect for the Founding Fathers, but the ideas of the Founding Fathers have been hijacked by many groups that claim to understand what the Founding Fathers believed and put into effect in 1787!

Many would have you believe that the Founding Fathers set up a rigid document that was not meant to be adaptable to changing times!

Many promote the belief that the Founding Fathers were setting up a Christian nation, rather than a nation with religious freedom!

Many want us to believe that the national government was meant to be secondary to states rights!

There is so much misunderstanding of what the promoters of the Constitution intended, and many believe that they would support the intentions of today’s social conservatives and the Tea Party Movement!

All of the above assumptions are totally false, as the Founding Fathers intended for a broad interpretation of the Constitution, as shown in Article 1, Section 8, the Elastic Clause; promoted a separation of church and state; and had no intention of promoting states rights which would defy the Constitution’s intention of one united nation! They were not narrow minded and bigoted, as social conservatives and Tea Party Movement people have proved to be!

The Founding Fathers had a forward looking view of the future, not the narrow minded, negative view of many today who keep on distorting the reality of the Founding Fathers and the Constitution! We must not allow these negative forces to destroy the true meaning of the Founding Fathers and the fantastic document they bequeathed to us!

Tom Coburn Wants To Hold Up Food Safety Bill: Is This NOT Insanity? :(

Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has a reputation for being one of the most loony members of the US Senate!

He is only adding to this reputation by his threat to use Senatorial privilege to prevent the passage of a food safety bill, as too expensive and giving too much control to the Food and Drug Administration!

This bill has already been held up for a year, and that means there are more chances of tainted food in the future if this is not passed!

As it is now, the FDA cannot inspect many food facilities for a decade or more, and there is great danger to the public from the lack of inspections and regulation!

How anyone could see the blockage of legislation to promote food safety, health safety, as acceptable is beyond understanding for anyone who is sane! ๐Ÿ™

This whole issue of senatorial privilege needs to be addressed in the future, as it is totally destructive of government doing what it MUST do–promote public safety, which should be defined as more than just defense of the nation! ๐Ÿ™

The Biggest Loser Due To The Tea Party Takeover Of The GOP: Mitt Romney!

As one analyzes the growing influence of the Tea Party Movement on the Republican Party, it is obvious who the biggest loser is with the emergence of this radical, anti government, anti incumbent fringe movement: Mitt Romney!

Romney is no Tea Party type, but instead is a solid, experienced businessman and competent governor, who dealt with the issue of health care in Massachusetts!

He is also often seen as a liberal from New England, although he has worked very hard to create the image that he is a solid conservative!

He is a Mormon who will have great troubles overcoming social conservatives who keep on espousing Christian values, and consider him as radical because he is a Mormon!

On paper, even though he has shortcomings, he seems to be the most qualified, competent candidate the GOP could offer as a challenger to President Obama! Romney has great business experience, and made the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics a success!

If the GOP used its intelligence, rather than its emotions, it would nominate Romney as the best of the group of potential candidates!

But it is clear that Mitt Romney has lost any edge he might have had, once the Tea Party Movement emerged as a significant influence, pushing the Republican Party far to the right!

So the GOP will lose any chance it had to win the 2012 Presidential election, and the worst scenario of all is if Sarah Palin somehow emerged as the nominee two years from now! ๐Ÿ™

Republican Presidential Candidates Must Be Asked: Is Sarah Palin Qualified To Be President Of The United States? :(

The Presidential campaign of 2012 is about to begin, as soon as the midterm congressional elections take place on November 2.

This country faces many tough challenges, and we need candidates for the Presidency who are fully qualified to deal with the multitude of issues that are faced by the occupant in the White House!

Certainly, we cannot expect perfection from our presidential candidates, but we have a right to expect basic competency and knowledge of economics, science, and international relations at the least!

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has not shown competency in any of these areas, and refuses to face the challenge of interviews with media that she deems as unfriendly! We cannot afford to have a President who is so lacking in skills, knowledge, and insights about national and international affairs as Sarah Palin represents!

The question that must be asked of EVERY Republican Presidential candidate–Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, John Thune, Bobby Jindal and any others–do you believe Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States?

If they refuse to answer, they should be rejected, and if they say that she is qualified, they should be rejected! If they say she is not qualified, call any of them who do so a profile in courage, as it would be the absolute truth!

We deserve the best, not just a photogenic quitter who has never given any evidence of any deep thoughts or ideas! We should hope that someday we will have a woman President, but not just any woman! Mediocrity cannot be allowed to govern the greatest nation in the world!

Christine O’Donnell: Questions About Her Competency, Integrity, And Motivations! :(

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell is a new Tea Party favorite, but one who makes you wonder about the competence, integrity and motivations of this right wing Republican associated movement! ๐Ÿ™

Questions have been raised about her competence, including the fact that she has lied about being a college graduate, which she only became this year after finishing one more course and paying much belated fees and bills due to Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey from the 1980s!

Also, O’Donnell has not held a paying job for years, and seems to have used campaign funds to pay her personal expenses, including rent and credit card bills! And she has alienated campaign staff who have not been paid for their services in past campaigns for the Senate! ๐Ÿ™

O’Donnell also has in the past promoted a very narrow minded view of sexuality, including arguing against any sexual activity outside of marriage, including masturbation, and yet lives with a boyfriend, and seems unlikely now to be practicing celibacy, which she pushed as a religious issue in the 1990s!

She claims to be an expert on the Constitution, but has never written or expressed orally any specific knowledge of government issues, and just seems to be a professional office seeker, with three attempts for a Senate seat, but with no actual credentials! ๐Ÿ™

This woman is extremely attractive, but comes across as not very bright or knowledgeable, in many ways a clone of Sarah Palin!

The Delaware Republican Party repudiated her before she defeated Congressman and former Governor Mike Castle in the primary by a small margin of votes, and Castle will not endorse her as he states that she has lied consistently, which indeed seems to be totally true, including claiming that she had won two counties in Delaware against Joe Biden in 2008, when she won none of the three counties in the small state! ๐Ÿ™

Karl Rove, former adviser to George W. Bush, may be switching gears under pressure to back O’Donnell, after criticism of his strong stand against her competency, integrity and motivations, but the fact he has switched views does not take away from his earlier views, which seemed indeed legitimate!

Karl Rove may be objectionable in many ways, but he truly knows politics and candidates backwards and forwards, and his initially strong doubts about O’Donnell have to be seen for what they were! CHRISTINE O’DONNELL IS NOT QUALIFIED TO REPRESENT DELAWARE IN THE US SENATE! ๐Ÿ™

The Stark Facts About Child Poverty In America! :(

The new figures on poverty in America in 2009, the greatest percentages since the 1960s, is a shocking reality that must be addressed! ๐Ÿ™

One third of African American and Hispanic children live in poverty, while one sixth of white children and one seventh of Asian children face the deprivations of poverty!

This is totally unacceptable in a nation that likes to claim it is a prosperous and humane society, which offers opportunities for advancement as no other nation does!

In the midst of the Great Recession, it is not time to talk about giving more tax cuts to the wealthy, and ignore what we are doing to our nation’s children, who are the future of America! ๐Ÿ™

A new “war on poverty”, as was conducted under Lyndon Johnson, must occur, or we are losing our future as a great nation!

Sarah Palin’s Advice To Christine O’Donnell: NOT Acceptable For A Presidential Campaign! :(

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who backed Christine O’Donnell’s campaign for the GOP Senate nomination in Delaware, yesterday advised O’Donnell on how to campaign for the Senate against Chris Coons!

On Fox News Channel, Palin stated that O’Donnell should only be willing to be interviewed by Fox, and refuse to answer questions or be interviewed by the mainstream media! Palin made it clear that she had come to that conclusion based on how she perceives herself treated by the mainstream media during the Presidential campaign of 2008!

This is a very interesting development in many ways!

First, Palin blames the mainstream media for making her a victim, when it is her own fault, being poorly prepared to run for Vice President, being evidently poorly informed and lacking in knowledge on very basic information and issues! Is it the fault of the media that she could not name a Supreme Court case or some of the sources of media that she claims to read? Is her inability to articulate anything clearly the fault of others, or her own fault? The answer is obvious! ๐Ÿ™

Secondly, telling O’Donnell to refuse to answer questions and only agree to be interviewed by “friendly” media is an example, becoming more common among Republicans, conservatives and Tea Party Movement people! It is a level of arrogance that should NOT be rewarded! If someone wishes to be competing to be elected by the people, they have a a responsibility to answer challenging questions, show their level of knowledge and expertise, and agree to public debates! Just because they are made to feel uncomfortable or insecure does not give them the right to refuse to communicate with news media and the American public! ๐Ÿ™

And thirdly if Sarah Palin, as rumored, intends to run for President, is she going to be able to refuse to debate her rivals, and later President Obama? Is she going to be able to refuse to answer questions from CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, and numerous other media sources that she may not particularly admire? ๐Ÿ™

The answer is NO, as if she wants to be our President, she CANNOT boycott questions and challenges! She NEEDS TO PROVE her competence, talents, and abilities to be our Commander in Chief!

So if she does not wish to do so, then stay at Fox News Channel, and be praised and glorified by Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Glenn Beck! Do more television series, deliver more speeches before admiring audiences, and publish more books, and make loads of money! But don’t expect us to elect you President without a full vetting of you, by friends AND by enemies! ๐Ÿ™