Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Once again its getting close for us to chose a president of the USA.
There has been SOOOO much written about how wonderfully naive all of Obama's supporters are and how we are drinking the kool-aid.
I have tried real hard for the past few months to not "knock" McCain supporters. I dont agree with his politics but I realize that they are as passionate about their man as I am about mine...
But the main thing is I respect them and really dont begrudge them in their choice for president.
That brings me to this ....We have been vilified, mocked, laughed at and ridiculed from people on the right because of the man we happen to support.
That is harmful and hurts the fabric of the democratic process... in my opinion.
We have been called socialists, we have been called baby killers, we have been called stupid.
Any why ? because we chose to believe that someone can POSSIBLY bring real change to Washington??
That after 8 years of sliding consumer confidence and lost wages we should vote for a man who might do something different...something that could bring a renewed sense of self worth to this country.
I am a Christian man and I would like to think that Jesus would be more concerned about feeding those who cant feed themselves...lifting those up, who for whatever reason cannot do it themselves....That he would love us all, regardless.
I cant speak for Christ....but his message is one of Love ....and I am sticking with that.
We should not be a country known around the world as a place that invades and takes over....imposes our ways on them...makes them become something they are not.
We should build our nation up and help places by showing them how great it is to have the best schools in the world ....showing them that with the best work force in the world you can feed the planet . We should lead by another example.
We should let democracy speak for itself.
I am sad to hear people question a friend who has supported Barack Obama longer than anyone I know. This is not him jumping on any bandwagon. He was telling me 4 years ago that this man is good and represents something different.
But ...it would not matter if Hillary was the person on the ticket....It would not matter if it was Jon Stewart ...or the Pope for that matter....
The right has torn apart good decent individuals for years and it will always continue ....
John Kerrys patriotism was questioned 4 years ago with the swift boat ads....for what ? He came home from fighting in a war that George Bush avoided, that Dick Cheney avoided...and he came home and voiced his opinion that the war in Vietnam was wrong and should be stopped.
In Georgia 6 years ago Saxby Chambliss questioned the patriotism of his opponent, then current US Senator Max Cleland .....he said he was not pro american....Max Cleland served several tours in Vietnam and as a result he lost not one...not two ...BUT THREE LIMBS!! Guess who lost that election??? Sen Chambliss is in a though fight this year to hold his seat ....
I think the reason is this ...folks are just tired of the status quo....They are tired of the crap they have heard for 8 long years. When people are worried and scared the first instinct is to lash out ...I think thats what we are seeing ....McCains camp is trying hard to revive the Rev Wright talk ....cause thats all they have. People want to hear how you are going to fix things not what you think is wrong with your opponent.
Most economists and leading financial experts have said that Obamas plan makes sense in the long run. While its not perfect...its better than the other side.
We need something different.....call me naive!
and for poops and giggles ..here are some more quotes that I like
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."-Theodore Roosevelt, 1918
"Because I am tired of working for candidates who make me think I should be embarrassed to believe what I believe, Sam. I'm tired of getting them elected. We all need some therapy, because someone came along and said that liberal means "soft on crime." Soft on drugs. Soft on communism. Soft on defense. And we're gonna tax you back to the stone age because people shouldn't have to go to work if they don't want to. And instead of saying, 'Well, excuse me, you right-wing, reactionary xenophobic, homophobic, anti-education, anti-choice, pro-gun, Leave-it-to-Beaver-trip-back-to-the-fifties!' we cowered in the corner and said, 'Please. Don't. Hurt. Me.' No more. I really don't care who's right, who's wrong. We're both right, we're both wrong."