Friday, June 20, 2008

Random Thoughts

A few random thoughts…

When the Democrats took control of Congress back in 2006, they talked a lot about how they were going to clean up Washington, fix the problems Americans worry about, and provide unceasing resistance to George W. Bush’s policies. They haven’t been able to do much to fulfill the first two promises, but that isn’t really surprising given Nancy Pelosi’s and Harry Reid’s general incompetence. What is staggering is the fact that they haven’t fulfilled the third promise either—they have done almost nothing to oppose Bush. The latest example of this is the FISA reform bill which passed today—after months of promising absolutely no immunity for telecom companies, the Democrats simply caved and gave Bush most of what he wanted.

A lot of people have drawn comparisons between Barack Obama’s political talent and that of Bill Clinton. While taking nothing away from Obama’s political skill, which is considerable, it’s hard to imagine any politician more adroit than Bill Clinton. (Reagan, maybe). Obama has run an excellent campaign, and deserves credit, but Clinton destroyed everyone who stood in his way. (There is a reason that Newt Gingrich didn’t run for president this year). Obama has potential, but it is far too early to compare him to the master.

The whole issue of drilling for oil is frustrating for me—it seems so obvious that the best way to handle high demand is to increase supply. However, Congress doesn’t seem to agree that the best means of handling the oil problem is more drilling, and nothing anyone says (and public opinion is overwhelmingly favorable to drilling) seems to make a difference. I don’t really like Newt Gingrich, but his petition demanding an increase in drilling is a fantastic idea, and it’s worth signing. (H/T Maries Two Cents)

There are some books that are absolutely brilliant, and Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny is one such book. Wouk is (in my opinion) one of the best postwar writers, and The Caine Mutiny is his masterpiece. Every character is drawn perfectly, and the plot is unforgettable. There are very few books that everyone should read, but I think that The Caine Mutiny is one of those. It is absolutely wonderful.

Many people (mostly found within the ranks of paleoconservatives, such as Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul) think that the Israeli lobby a disproportionate amount of control over U.S. foreign policy. These people believe that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were staged solely (or least party) for the benefit of Israel, and that simply withdrawing support from Israel would safeguard the nation against further terrorist attacks.

This line of thinking is valid, up to a point. The Israeli lobby does have a great deal of influence (though not nearly so much as many paleoconservatives seem to think), but for reasons quite different than the ones usually given. The U.S. values Israel because it provides the U.S. with a valuable first line of defense in the fight against Islamic extremists. If the Islamic world was abruptly pacified, Israel would lose its value to the U.S., and suddenly Israel’s demands would not be met with such respect by Washington.

Many people don’t realize this fact, however, and instead argue that there is some Jewish conspiracy undermining foreign policy. Jews are never nearly as powerful as anti-Semites make them out to be, and they aren’t in this case.

Apparently, NASA has discovered ice on Mars. This sort of thing is interesting, but it makes one wonder how far ahead our space program would be had we not abandoned the Apollo program.

John McCain’s official blog is quite interesting, which is unusual for campaign blogs. (It is written by the Weekly Standard’s Michael Goldfarb). But every post seems to involve Barack Obama’s shortcomings—isn’t there anything good about McCain? The official GOP website is even worse—Obama is mentioned numerous times, while McCain is hardly referenced.


At June 20, 2008 at 8:32 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Considering that most people who I know that are planning on voting for McCain are doing so because "he is not Obama", then McCain's website focusing on the negatives of Obama seem about all McCain has going for him.

At June 21, 2008 at 5:49 AM , Blogger DD2 aka Debonair Dude said...

At the end of the day, the choice will be, between voting for Obama or McCain...Period. That is the choice we have. It is what it is. I don't think we can afford to sit out the election, or be STUPID enough to think that writing in a vote is going to mean a DAMN thing! That is not only dumb, but stupid and lacks any sense at all. The protest vote among Conservative voters will only give us a President Obama, and that won’t work with me. I know that there are millions of conservatives who will not vote for McCain, and that is not only their problem but it’s mine as well.
Sure you can find people who you would rather see in that office, but that just ain’t gonna happen. Like I said, it is what it is. The only choice is Barack Obama with his Marxist ideas and his gang of whoever or John McCain, who at least we know who he is, We can not afford to think that we don not agree totally with McCain or Obama's polices, but that’s not the point. We have to choose who is the best to lead us and I believe John McCain is that person. At least he won't have us wearing rags on top of our heads.
And i know that a President McCain will keep this country safe from terrorist. So if you are more comfortable sitting home and writing in names like Fred Thompson or Alan Keys, go on and have a good time doing so. Then go back to your blogs and start bitching and moaning about how the country is going south and to hell in a hand basket.

Go ahead and play the idiotic card that says, "well, maybe an Obama victory will wake up the Conservative and Republican party and teach them a lesson and teach them to pick a better candidate” Who the hell are you fooling other then yourselves?
The strategy of losing in the end, so that one can win later, or next time is stupid, brainless, and likely to be devastating to our country. Sure, I know that John McCain is not perfect. But he is so freaken better than the alternative that it’s not funny.
If you want to call him a RINO then do so, BUT! What do you call Obama?

At June 21, 2008 at 8:01 AM , Anonymous Point of Interest said...

As DD2 said, and said it better than I could: "At the end of the day, the choice will be, between voting for Obama or McCain...Period"

who cares if you are Republican, Conservative, Independent, RINO, or whatever the point is to stop Obama from winning
Will the real "Obama" please stand up!!!! George Soros and all the left wing-nuts are supplying the money. Folks, don't be stupid!!!! Obama is a dangerous man and it will only go downhill from here. He his backing off every one of his "change" issues. I do not want this man in the White House come January. He does not have the skill set, the political acumen or capability to guide this country through troubled waters. And we are currently over our heads. Wake up! Barack Osama is the most dangerous Politician in the history of this nation.

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