Sunday, August 31, 2008

Thoughts on Election 2008 So Far

I plan to vote for McCain like I always have wanted to. 2008 may be the last chance our country has at honoring the generation that served in Viet Nam. No, military service (especially in combat) does not automatically qualify you to be President. Yet, every major conflict this nation has faced, at least one individual has represented those in the White House who took part in that war. Here's an imcomplete list, but accurate, nonetheless.

Revolutionary War: George Washington

War of 1812: Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison

Mexican-American War: Zachary Taylor

Civil War: Ulysses S. Grant

Spanish-American War: Theodore Roosevelt

World War I: Harry S Truman, and probably Dwight Eisenhower (don't know Eisenhower's whole bio)

World War II: Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush (Reagan, due to poor eyesight, was an Army Lieutenant who remained stateside, but nonentheless volunteered for service, thus his service to the nation is not in question)

Korean War: Jimmy Carter

Viet Nam: No one.

Persian Gulf, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq: There's still plenty of years ahead of us to ensure someone's election from these experiences.

McCain is 71, but his age is no issue. It'd behove me to point out to his critics in re of his age that the senior's vote is by far the LARGEST VOTING BLOC OF ANY DEMOGRAPHIC. DON'T PISS OFF THE ELDERLY BY TELLING THEM ONE OF THEIRS IS INCAPABLE. They hate patronizing and condescension, believe me.

Barack Obama, in reality, is the one running for Bush's third term. Any empty suit whose resume consists of an Ivy League education, recreational cocaine use, couple of terms in state office, one failed congressional bid, but with the added 3.5 years in the Senate where he's spent about half the time deciding if or not to seek the Presidency. No one can blame him for upsetting Hillary's apple cart; it's not like the Clintons were ever entitled to the Democratic nomination. After all, he did strike when the iron was hot. I would have, too.

So he was right about being opposed to the war. So was I. Should I be President? And why go and select Joe Biden as a running mate if you're against our being involved in Iraq. Biden voted to give authorization to go into Iraq. He tells us as he accepts his nomination for the Vice Presidency that Obama had the insight, the insight about not going into Iraq. Well, why didn't the Senator with 30+years of experience in the Senate not have the insight? Same reason John Kerry voted to give Bush the authorization to remove Saddam Hussein? Could it be he and Kerry wanted to be on the right side of history when the drumbeat for war was favorable to the public? Could it be that both he and Kerry tailored their message so that they gave the permission to go ahead and attack Iraq, while at the same time, if things went sour, they could separate themselves from George W. Bush?

The other thing about Biden is that he seems to like having it both ways. He's a statesman in the Senate. He's a rabid partisan in the Senate. All he is to me is a part-time statesman, and full-time grandstander. He has a terrific plan for an Iraqi political resolution - divide it into three regions among Sunnis, Shi'ites, and Kurds, and then develop a plan to divvy up oil revenues. But it's the grandstanding on the Judiciary Committee that I take most exception with. His constant badgering and belaboring about then-Supreme Court nominees John Roberts and Samuel Alito on abortion.

That's all for now. More random posts coming.

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