Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

The Morning After

Barack ObamaI’m not usually at a loss for words but today might be a rare exception… well, maybe not. To be honest the events of yesterdays election and the two year campaign running up to it have left me unexpectedly dazed.

Two years ago if you had told me that our next president would be a pro-abortion, anti-military, socialist I would have said “sure, could happen, after 8 years of uncontrolled Bush hating how can a conservative win?”

If you had told me that this person had spent his youth smoking pot and hanging around with anarchists, spent 20 years in a black power, hate America church, had a wife who had never been proud of America until the day her husband started running for president, and had land deals and associations with crooks and unrepentant domestic terrorists, I would have said, “sounds like a stretch, no way he’d get the nomination.”

Had you then told me that the major US television news networks and newspapers would unapologetically praise this candidate at every opportunity, suppress any story that was negative while making even the mildest of controversies of his opponent into hour long specials, that they would refuse to do any investigative journalism into his past or present affiliations yet would demonize even his opponent’s supporters, I would have said, “you’ve been reading too many George Orwell novels, sure the US media is biased but they still have some professional decency.”

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Facebook and Politics

Facebook DuelI love Facebook. I have been able to connect with so many past acquaintances and friends it is amazing. What I love most about Facebook is the ability for me to share my life with my friends in a way that I have never been able to before. I see a window into their experiences and beliefs, and they into mine. Lately I have had a number of really good discussion with some of my friends, for those who are not in on the Facebook scene, I thought I’d re-post some of them here.

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By The Numbers: Obama and Palin vs the last 100 years – Experience Table

My Scoring:
Points (per year) Category
+3 Vice Presidency
+2 Executive position
3 Federal Government
2 State Government
1 Local Government
1 Year served in Military

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By The Numbers: Obama and Palin vs the last 100 years

Sarah Palin addresses the Republican National Convention.  Sept. 3rd, 2008

Sarah Palin addresses the Republican National Convention. Sept. 3rd, 2008

With all of the talk of experience these last few days on the internet and in the media I was prompted to start a little research project. Mayor Rudi Guliani tonight at the Republican National Convention stated that Barak Obama would be the most inexperienced U.S. president in at least the last 100 years. Well, I did a little math and it turns out that he was close to being right. As for Governor Palin, I don’t know how you can argue she was not a smart pick after her speech tonight, but for those doubters out there how does she match up to history?

Well, out of 37 Presidents and Vice Presidents of the last 100 years Governor Palin’s experience level upon entering office ranks 26th, and Barak Obama ranks 34th. But wait, Sarah Palin isn’t running for president so that’s not a fair comparison.

Of the 17 U.S. presidents in the last 100 years and the current 2 nominees, Barak ranks 18th, with Woodrow Wilson in the 19th position; and even arguing that Woodrow Wilson is less experienced is a stretch. In 1913 when he was elected, Wilson’s political experience was as a one term Governor of New Jersey after having served as president of Princeton University for 8 years. That in itself is pretty impressive. And how about John McCain? To my great surprise, he ranks FIRST! Yup, the candidate for President with the most experience in the last 100 years!

Now to be fair what does the Palin/Biden match up look like? Well of the 20 U.S. Vice Presidents in the last 100 years and the current 2 nominees, Sarah Palin ranks 15th out of 22 and Joe Biden ranks an impressive 3rd!

So how did I arrive at these conclusions? Well before I tell you that, here are some fun stats:

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The Fight Goes On

To say that I am disappointed with tonight’s Presidential Primary results would be a huge understatement. However, tonight is not the end and the fight for Reagan conservatism and the values that I believe in will go on.

In the days leading up to today’s election I gained an increasing sense of optimism. The polls were showing a trend towards Mitt Romney and with one conservative leader after another endorsing Mitt I was hopeful that the Republican base would put their support on the one conservative left in the race. In great measure I was right. Exit polls show overwhelmingly that conservative voters did vote for Mitt Romney. Unfortunately, the Republican party isn’t as conservative as I had hoped. I was surprised by the large numbers of professed liberals and moderates that swayed the vote to John McCain. The “base” isn’t as much of a base anymore, its my impression that Reagen conservatives are more of a life line, desperately trying to keep the Republican Party anchored to an ideology that is becoming less and less popular and seen more and more as being fanatical or out of step with the way the rest of the world is run. Principals of free market economies, limited government, less government spending, lower taxes, strong national defense, an orderly and controlled immigration policy, strengthening the family, protecting the sanctity of life, appointing strict constructionist judges, and a belief in the incredible potential of the individual all seem to be slipping to the wayside. I have been a Mitt Romney fan for a long time now but more than that I believe in conservative principals that I feel are essential if our country is going to remain the free, prosperous country that we are today. I would have been very content to support a Guiliani or Thompson campaign because I feel that these two men, like Romney, had a sense of what conservationism is about. Granted, none of the republicans running in this election are 100% conservative on all of the issues, nor do I think that it’s necessary, however as I see McCain gaining momentum in his bid for the white house I see a bleak road ahead.

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