Thursday, November 6, 2008

The 2008 Presidental Election: The Most Dumbed-Down Ever!

I couldn't start a political blog right now without bringing up the donkey in the room: Barack Obama's historic win. Obviously, I didn't vote for the guy and I can't stand him. I don't want to talk about all my reasons for not liking him right. What I want to talk about is people's reaction to him and their subsequent votes for him. Thing is, I just don't get it. I think that this has got to be the most dumbed down election in a long, long time.

I'll have to give it Obama: Never before has a canidate ridden to the White House on a campaign so devoid of issues and substance. It was all about change, after all. When I logged onto my facebook after election day, all of my 20-something peers were all ga-ga about change coming. Anything else other than Obama's message of change was trashed. Any questions about his past was negative campaigning. Any talk of policy was partisan politics. The end result was a mass of hypnotized voters.

Need Proof? How many times was Sarah Palin assailed for not having enough experience to be Vice President? Well, she has has as much executive experience to be Vice President as Obama has to be president. At least she was a leader of something (Alaska) for a couple of years. Obama didn't even complete four years in the senate (and half of those years were spent campaigning for president). That didn't matter to Obama voters.

This one might be a stretch back into the past but it proves a point just the same. In 2000, the press pop-quizzed Governor George W Bush, asking him who the president of Pakistan was. Since he didn't know, they used this to say that he didn't have enough foreign policy experience. Fast forward to 2008 and Obama, during the campaign, claims that the War in Iraq is hurting the war effort in Afghanistan because it's causing a shortage of Arabic translators. One problem: They don't speak Arabic in Afghanistan (Afghan Persian, Dari and pashto mostly, FYI)

California, of all states, put gay marriage on the ballot in their state. Half voted that it should be illegal. They also voted for gay marriage-loving Obama. Huh?

52% of the United States voted for a guy who believes that the Constitution is too restrictive. Is the irony of the fact that this guy will put his hand on the bible and swear to uphold and protect the constitution on January 20?

Howard Stern takes the cake though. He sent one of his guys out on the street with instructions to ask people on the street about Obama's stances. The only thing was, he passed off McCain's stances as Obama's. These people voting for Obama didn't know the difference and voiced support for them anyway!

The only good thing that I can say about Obama is this: Since he hypnotized well over half of my state, I didn't have to chose the lesser of two evils. Voting for McCain (who I dislike) was kind of pointless because I knew he had no chance of winning Vermont. So, I was able to vote my conscience and not feel like I was throwing away my vote.

Why I'm Conservative!

First of all, I'd like to welcome you to my newest blog where I'll write about my political viewpoints. I think that more often than not, people don't base their political viewpoints on principles but rather their life experiences and their needs. This isn't to say that there's anything necessarily wrong with that although people confuse needs with wants and life experiences may have been lived incorrectly. I also think that leads people not not really understand why they're voting for or believe in.

A good case in point would be Whoopie Goldberg. I don't think that she's a bad person. In fact, I think that her story is quite admirable. She was a single, teen mother who used welfare to make ends meet (just like my parents did when they had me at 17). Obviously, she was too motivated and driven because look where she is now. She's votes Democrat because she knows that Democrats are far more supportive of welfare than Republicans are. She likes welfare because it helped her. That's her life experience.

Unfortunately, she's, like my parents, are a bit of an anomally in the welfare recipents world. Some people are ambitious, intense, driven, or PRINCIPLED and won't settle for being average, ordinary, or just getting by. Many (most?) will only do what they need to do to get by. The fact is that there are a lot of welfare abusers who could work (or work smarter, as I've learned) but don't have to because they don't NEED to. Having such a safety net sucks whatever ambition out of them.

That is my belief, even though I spent the first year of my life being fed by the federal government. My belief's shape my political opinion. Why I lean towards being conservative is because I think that the problems that many people face are of their own making. If there is a common theme among liberalism, it's that your problems aren't of your hand. You've somehow been screwed by a force more powerful than yourself. You can't do anything about it because you're not powerful enough to do anything. Therefore, you need a powerful force fighting for you, usually the government.

Let me point out one thing: I may be conservative but that doesn't mean that I'm a republican. I tend to vote republican but increasingly, I think that they're becoming more like '60 era Texas Democrats: accepting of big government as long as it's "good" big government. They charry-pick on conservative issues. At the end of the day, they're too similar to some Democrats. That's not me. Personally, the Republican vs. Democrat arugements are getting old for me.

I hijacked Al Gore's title for a good reason: I'm going to write the things here that I think need to be said, not what people want to hear. there's way too much of that going on in politics these days and I'm sick of it. I think that it also hurts America and the World.