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ELECTION HODGEPODGE

Since I haven’t blogged in awhile, I present to you a collection of random thoughts I’ve had lately concerning various issues that have come up in response to and/or because of the upcoming election.

I don’t think the term “intellectual” should be considered slander against a candidate for public office. God forbid we elect somebody that’s smart.

Know what I hate most about “Joe Six-Pack?” The idea that Americans can’t even watch a debate between the two men vying for the position of leader of their nation without doing something – like drinking a six-pack – that makes them even fatter and dumber than they already are.

Also, how many plumbers do you know? QUICK, a number! Nothin’? Exactly.

If the Town Hall debate is to be believed, then Undecided voters are borderline retarded and only “undecided” because they’re too weak to make anything resembling distinction in beliefs, let alone a decision.

People who think what’s going on now is “dirty politics” sure do have a short memory, and definitely don’t pay attention to their local elections.

The reason that 18-year-old kids think Ralph Nader has such great ideas is because they haven’t been put in a position to hear his broken record with phrases such as ‘corporate masters” for twenty years. His performance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” two weeks ago was embarrassing.

Offshore drilling should not be a major talking point in a debate. People aren’t so concerned about how much it’s going to cost to heat their home with gas this coming Winter as they are about having a home in the first place. You also won’t hear either campaign acknowledge that in the amount of time it would take offshore drilling to have an affect on our prices domestically – anywhere from ten to over twenty years – we should be at a point where we’re weaned off our primary dependence on oil. Not just foreign oil – OIL.

Speaking of which, I hope that when Sarah Palin met with the oil companies she didn’t do so without pre-condition.

Outside of the campaigns, nobody seems willing to recognize that for all we’re seeing as it pertains to the economic crisis in credit and real estate, we aren’t going to see the heaviest affects of it for at least a few more months.

It’s my belief that health care is a human rights issue. In this day and age, with all the technological advancements of the last few hundred years, there is no reason why we can’t say that it should not be considered a fundamental right for a person to be healthy and to survive without having a financial roadblock put up in front of them. It is also my belief that in a hundred years, everybody – regardless of political beliefs – will look back in horror that there was a time when if you had a health crisis or emergency, you actually got punished for it by being charged for care. Even worse, there were people who died simply because they were too poor to afford treatment that could have saved their lives and in some cases were already paying for care but had an insurance company deny them care.

I don’t agree with pundits, political analysts, and now John McCain – all of whom say that education is “the Civil Rights issue of the 21st Century.” Know what the real Civil Rights issue of the 21st century is? CIVIL RIGHTS.

More some other time.

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  1. October 16, 2008 at 3:33 am

    My great uncle was a plumber, okay?!!?!

  2. October 16, 2008 at 6:37 am

    It is also my belief that in a hundred years, everybody – regardless of political beliefs – will look back in horror that there was a time when if you had a health crisis or emergency, you actually got punished for it by being charged for care. Even worse, there were people who died simply because they were too poor to afford treatment that could have saved their lives and in some cases were already paying for care but had an insurance company deny them care.

    Thank you. I could not agree more.

  3. October 16, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I don’t agree with pundits, political analysts, and now John McCain – all of whom say that education is “the Civil Rights issue of the 21st Century.” Know what the real Civil Rights issue of the 21st century is? CIVIL RIGHTS.

    agreed, for the most part. but i think there is a hierarchy. besides, education was the civil rights issue of the 20th century (integration, anyone? now we have an Ivy league educated black man running for president).

    i’d say that privacy is the civil rights issue of the 21st century… the right to your identity, the right to keep the gov’t from spying on you, the right to marry someone of the same sex… it’s the Federal Intelligence and Surveillance Act and the Real ID Act, it’s RFID chips in our passports… it’s corporations gathering and selling your demographic information, it’s targeted advertising…

    i could go on all day.

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