Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

In a world rife with bigoted extremists who want to destroy us and our way of life, it is mind-boggling to think that Barack Obama could get voted back into office.

I’ve followed politics since I was very young and never before have I seen an administration more shifty, more two-faced, or more inept on foreign policy matters. For the record, I am no fan of George Bush’s either.

This week the Las Vegas Review-Journal published an editorial calling Obama a narcissistic amateur, saying, “This administration is an embarrassment on foreign policy and incompetent at best on the economy – though a more careful analysis shows what can only be a perverse and willful attempt to destroy our prosperity.” (more…)

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The nonpartisan website OnTheIssues (http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm) has a quiz that will help match your values with the presidential candidate who most closely represents them:


The quiz makes the distinction between social and economic issues and by clicking on corresponding links you can find out what a particular candidate believes.

What a useful tool for undecided voters as well as people of all parties who want to clarify their stance on an issue. It may not be scientific, but it’s insightful. Pass it on and vote your conscience!


We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate. -Thomas Jefferson


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Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal nailed the general feeling of “huh?” I had about the State of the Union speech tonight: a speech about everything is generally a speech about nothing. It was like a huge, fluffy pastry that, once bitten into, was found to be hollow on the inside. I’m still hungry. No, I’m not kidding. I’d just eaten dinner and literally went back into the kitchen for something more. What do you call that, psychosomatic hunger?

Our last two presidents have been terrible public speakers. They both insert pauses into the strangest places and for that reason I’ve found both Bush and Obama hard to listen to. On top of the interesting speaking style, I find that Obama’s eyes don’t seem to believe in what he’s saying. I noticed this at times with Bush too, but there’s a disconnect between the content of Obama’s address and his eyes, expressions, and gestures. If he were a preacher I’d think that he didn’t believe the gospel he was preaching. (more…)

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This week Law.com featured a brilliant website called MapLight, http://maplight.org/.

Don’t let the fact that this came out of Berkeley scare you. MapLight follows the money trails from organizations and corporations to legislators and legislation. In other words, you can see where political contributions are coming from and what they’re intended for.

Click around on the various tabs and you can learn detailed information on each legislator, such as who their contributions are coming from and geographic information on which area finances them. You can find out which industries are the top contributors to which legislators. There are news stories and information on bills in the works. Both information junkies and citizens who just plain care what goes on in government will enjoy how this website connects the dots. (more…)

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(Originally published November 3rd, 2010… and I can’t say the 2011 election has been any better.)

Cue the sinister “investigative reporting” synthesizer note…

The TV screen oozes forth in black and white, centered on a tilted photograph of a disheveled man in an “I’m with Stupid” t-shirt who looks like he just had his eyes dilated… (more…)

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