I started to think about politics this morning, and in particular Student Council. The reason I started to think of it was largely George Bush. Sure we all know the jokes about him, we all know that he is a horrible president, and may even become known as one of the worst presidents in US, history. But the fact remains that he got elected twice. So how exactly did he get elected twice when he is so horrible that no one in their right minds would have actually voted for him once?
I wish I could post a link of this interview, but unfortunately Viacom has been harsh on YouTube and thus Daily Show posts get pulled almost as fast as they get posted. However, if you saw this particular interview, it was worth the watch. Jon Stewart did an amazing job grilling McCain, and did a much better job at catching him on what he says far better than other media channels.
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YAY! In a speech talking about whether Heston as president of the NRA would allow the banning of guns for personal use, he so famously stated “in my cold dead hands.” Well you’re dead, and since everyone cheered at the statement, I assume that they too agree that once Heston dies we could ban the right for personal use of guns. He’s dead, so let’s get to it Senators, draft a bill banning it. We finally got the NRA on board with us from the words of their own president.
I’m watching a report currently talking about the Iran election and how they are trying to prove that they are using a democratic process to elect officials into power. However, the reporter noted that it really is a false pretense as the Iranian government banned any one who is not an Islamic conformist from running or appearing on the ballot.
This got me thinking however, this is very close to what happens here in the United States. We do get independents on the ballet, sometimes, but they often need to go through so many hoops that it is not worth it. Ralph Nader is full of these stories. He is currently needing to sue Texas in order to just get on the ballot. In 2004, Ralph Nader was sued by the democratic party for running for office. The Green Party is similarly squelched at every opportunity that the big two can get.
This can be looked at in a different light as well. Islamic conservatives are those who believe in the Qur’an in a certain particular way from what I can tell. But when you look at our own elections, when is the last time that a non-christian even ran for office? (For those people who believe spam email, Barack Obama is a Christian and those devices generally can’t enlarge your Penis.) If a Muslim tried to run for a real office, what do you think would happen to him? The southerners and Christians in this nation would likely have him hanged for trying. What about an atheist? Or a Scientologist?
Not that I hope a Scientologist or what not actually ran for office, the point really is if we are going to blast them for diversity, maybe we should look in the mirror. I mean heck this is the first time we’ve even had the likeliness of a black person or a woman running for president. And look how we needed to even make it happen… One is running off the success of her husband’s presidency, the other one talks white, acts white, and isn’t anywhere near one of the darker shades of Black. So it seems like the only way to get diversity in this country is if they don’t really seem like anything but a white male president?
Does anyone even remember the 2000 election? I remember not caring because both Gore & Bush looked and talked the same. They said the same things. I know this was the big issue of the debate… not who had the better stances, but which to take cause they seemed the same. I think Bush eventually won largely because he was more personable than Gore (the same reason he really won against Kerry as well). Now Bush turned out to be pure evil and this country would have been better off with Gore, but that is beside the point. We see this again currently between Clinton & Obama who really seem like the same candidate except Clinton seems more of an attack dog & Obama is more charismatic so Obama is winning. It seems to me that the main way we elect presidents is we line up a couple of clones and then rate them on charisma and that’s who we vote in. How is this choice exactly? You ask me the one who is more charismatic is likely the worse choice… this has been the case the last 2 elections, why not this one too?
From a personal stand point, I’ve been supporting the Green party since 2000. Not because I necessarily even know what they stand for past they are environmental and anti-corporation, both of which I endorse… but more because I believe in bringing true choice to this country. The democrat/republican monopoly in my eyes needs to be ended.
On Sunday I went to the Sundance Cinema with my roommate and saw Sicko. I thought it was fairly good, not as good as Bowling for Columbine but much better than Roger & Me, and slightly better than Fahrenheit 9/11.
Bush seems to be perpetually 3-10 years behind on this Iraq War thing. When the war started, he was about 10 years behind. He thought they had WMDs like it was the Persian Gulf War, and he was about 10 years away from having a plan to attack. Now miraculously he has come up with a plan to send in 20,000 more troops, something he should have done 3 years ago. And honestly, if he had come up with it 2 or 3 years ago, I would have supported him. But now, I could care less about Iraq’s “freedom.” Not that I think there is any freedom in being forced to adopt a government your conquerer tells you to adopt. I am sick of the war, it has no purpose at all. The proof of this is that the purpose seems to change within our own government every 6-9 months. There is no reason to be there, and they don’t want us there anymore, so why would we put ourselves in more? We don’t wanna be there (american polls prove this), they don’t want us there (them killing us proves this), why are we there? There’s no freedom, there’s no WMD’s, there’s no money (Bush did promise that we’d use the Oil in Iraq to fund the war).
One thing I gotta say about Bush’s pretty little speech last night is that he actually assumed responsibility for something. Will wonders never cease. Though I do take note that his responsibility is only that he failed to have plan in attacking Iraq. He doesn’t assume responsibility for the lies he told us when he got us there, or the lies he told us once we were there, or the lies he keeps on telling us on a daily basis. His lies are aparantly not his responsibility. I also find the timing more than a bit humorous. You think he’d show responsibility a year ago this time if he wanted to send in 20,000 troops? Hell no! But he needs the support of the House and Senate which don’t do his will anymore as if he is the king of America. So it is essentially a suck up. Well Bushy old buddy, pucker up because it’s gonna take a hell of a lot more than that.