Saturday, August 14, 2004

The Sad State of American Political Debate, Part MCMXLIX

Wow. If you guys start requiring loyalty oathes at your round-tables, I might start to get upset.

I would have to agree with you, though, that the lack of civility in public discourse coupled with the complete lack of political knowledge is sad. But let's look at what's really going on:

issueBushThe Truth
the problem with Radical IslamThe problem with Radical Islam is not that it is Islamic. Some of our nation's greatest allies, the Saudis, the Kuwaitis, and many others, are Islamic nations, nations of good people, strong people. Next question?Stop giving blank checks to the Saudi Royal family, who had determined that the way to maintain their position was through the use of religion. Stop propping up oppressive governments (Philipines, Middle East, etc. — notice that a lot of this isn't coming out of Malaysia, a mainstreamed Islamic country?). For the love of Allah, don't give support to religious "freedom fighters" as part of a larger global effort.
how to resolve the energy crisis to keep us out of the Middle EastWe need the people most familiar with the state of energy in charge. Several months ago, I began a hydrogen initiative. I have worked closely with Govenor Arnold Schwartzenegger. I believe that America can find all of the energy resources it needs once our hands are untied by environmentalists, as we recently did with ANWR, which has given us the independence we need on an energy front.ANWR only has enough fuel to maybe meet the energy needs of the United States for one day. On the other hand, the damage wrecked might never be undone. Kerry's talking about using corn and soy beans for fuel, which I think is a dead end, but he's doing more than just inviting Ken Lay, et al., to come write the rules.
how the Palestinians have any greater claim to Israel then the Jews doOur partners in Israel, the first democracy in the Middle East, I'd like to point out, have worked long and hard with their Palestinian neighbors. The Palestinians have continued to turn their backs on the road to peace, and for that they have, time and again, been sanctioned by the United Nations.Time and again, six nations (tops) votes against UN resolutions decrying Israel's actions. Israel might not be such a problem if they didn't go so far out of their way to perform genocide (there, I said it) against the Palestinians. If Israel wants to be secure, they need to start being nicer to their neighbors and nicer to the aboriginals.
which particular piece of the Patriot Act was being used in contravention to the ConstitutionThe Patriot Act has made Americans safer than ever before. It has given law enforcement the tools they need in order to make America safe. These tools have allowed us to foil many plots against the American people and continue to take the war to the terrorists.The Patriot Act, what with their roving wire taps, does go outside of the Constitution. But more than that, what good has it done? If the Patriot Act was so needed and so damn important, how the hell does Ashcroft have enough time left over to subpeona medical records to make sure that no one is having a prohibited medical procedure?
a plan [...] to win the warWe can't back down and show weakness to the terrorists. That's just what they'd want. If there were any changes in the government or our approach to the war on terror, it could send the wrong signal and then we could have a month of 9/11s.Get the entire world on board. Stop going after Moqtada Al Sadr, throw Chalabi in jail, and get as serious about winning the war as we are about winning the rebuilding contracts.

Does "Jerry" (ha!) know that you're Irish? Weird. I know you aren't German, and you don't sound like you're German. You do sound like you have your own point of view.

The big problem with Jerry that you've already figured out and that I am still learning is that in this election, the stalwarts will not change their opinions (you won't change yours, I won't change mine). The kook factor still doesn't count (sorry, Terry) and it's only the swing voters that count right now. Other than that, it depends on how many of the stalwarts are allowed to cast their votes.

Is there a solution to Iraq? Of course there is. There are several, including the Vietnam solution, which is all that I'm afraid would be done by this administration.

I do, however, have a great idea from my dad on why die-hard Republicans should vote Kerry this year: to save the Republican party. Since Bush won't get rid of Cheney, the Republican era would end in 2008, when a Democratic tide might push in — horror of horrors — Hillary Clinton!!!! The only way the Republicans can avoid that fate is to let Bush step down this year and then let Kerry screw up the country for four years. After that, a good Republican president can take the country over again. Brilliant, no?

We should focus on what we share: you hate Hillary Clinton? I hate Hillary Clinton! You like porn? I like porn! You rip MP3s? I rip MP3s! You think Ralph Nader's a nut job? I think Ralph Nader's a nut job!


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