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Bill, What In The World Are You Thinking?

Bill,

So, what’s the deal now?  We’re getting a little ticked off at your behavior lately.  What in the world are you thinking?  We have defended you for years during and after the dreadful impeachment, only to see you now trying to sabotage Barack Obama’s historic candidacy?

During the primaries when you exhibited some strange behavior, you already lost some good will, do you really want to squander the rest?  Despite your questionable actions during the primaries, we embraced and celebrated you at the convention when you seemed to come around but your recent statements make us wonder about your sincerity.  On several occasions now you not only failed to embrace Barack Obama fully as our nominee but, when given the chance, sometimes repeatedly, to state that you thought he was qualified to be president, you basically refused to do so.  Those are really actions by a small man.  Believe it or not, there is room in the Democratic party for a great former and a great future president.  Those two things are not mutually exclusive.  And then the other day, when prompted in an interview whether you could offer the same praise to Barack Obama as you have lavished on John McCain again and again, you couldn’t get yourself to do so, again.

If you can’t show Barack Obama the respect he deserves, why don’t you go ahead and officially endorse John McCain and get it over with?  Then you can hold hands with our former vice presidential candidate Joe Lieberman who has already done so and everybody will know once and for all that you’re not putting country first, but yourself, just like your new best friend John McCain.

Of course, forget about what’s left of our good will and your legacy ….. 

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Senator McNasty, Meet President Obama!

Well, in the end McCain actually did show up for the debate after all that ridiculous noise leading up to it.  And when he did, it was a good thing ….. for Obama!

Okay, as for substance – Blah, blah, blah.  Most people who were already sure whom they will support prior to this debate, pretty much knew where both were on the issues and knew the fundamental differences between them (i.e. McCain = Bush, Obama = not), and people who were leaning towards one or were undecided, probably won’t remember exactly what was being said by whom.  What they will remember, though, is this

ONLY ONE CANDIDATE ON STAGE LOOKED PRESIDENTIAL !

And that was Obama.  While both candidates certainly are able to handle the affairs as president (gosh, the bar is so low now after the past eight years), this first debate was probably the most important one for Obama as this election is all about him.  People who didn’t know much about him before wanted to see whether he is this naive, radical airhead who doesn’t know anything about anything as he had been portrayed by McNasty and Co., or somebody who is in full command of the issues and whose opinions are in line with where the population is at this point.  People wanted to see whether they can imagine him in the White House, being able to make rational, thoughtful, pragmatic and sometimes tough decisions for the benefit of the people, as Commander-in-Chief, and as a good representative of our country when meeting with foreign leaders (badly needed).  And on all those issues Obama by far exceeded expectations.  In addition, he overcame his perceived weaknesses by connecting with people, dropping his sometimes a bit professorial style by giving crisp answers that were easy to follow and to understand, and being just a very likable guy that people can feel comfortable with.

AND WE LIKE TO ELECT THE LIKABLE GUY !

As for McCain:  Even though his Republican base was quite satisfied with him as he hit all the usual Republican stereotypes, I think most other people came away a little annoyed.  Condescending, angry and small, that’s how I would describe his demeanor and I have a feeling that it won’t sit well with people, and early results from focus groups underline that point.  When watching him, I almost had a feeling that he might be thinking “How dare this guy even stand on the same stage with me?”  It showed a lot of disrespect towards somebody who like himself, is a candidate for president, and in Obama’s case after a very hard fought primary season, running the best organized campaign in the history of politics, and at this point favored to become president.  So, I think a lot of people got ticked off by the lack of respect.  His constant use of “naive” and “you don’t understand” fail to have an impact when the other guy shows a complete command of the issues.  It would work better if you use those words with somebody where it actually applies, and I’m picking a name here at random ….. Sarah Palin.  In that case, everybody would be in agreement.

DON’T DEMONIZE THE OTHER GUY IF HE’S LIKABLE, BECAUSE THAT SAYS MORE ABOUT YOURSELF THAN HIM !

Much has been made about McCain not being able to look at Obama throughout the entire debate.  Now, while nobody can look into anybody’s soul, there can be two simple explanations for that.  1.  Some people who demonize others can only do so without looking at that person.  2.  It’s a sign of feeling inferior to the other person.  In reference to the second point, I read something very interesting from somebody who has studied behavior in monkeys (I’m not making this up).  According to him, lower ranking monkeys avoid eye contact with higher ranking, superior monkeys.  I thought that was an interesting little fact.  

Bottom line is this:  Watch a clip of an exchange between those two with the volume down and just look at demeanor and body language.  You don’t have to be an expert in that field to see that we will be making history big time this year with

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA !

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The Gambler And The Nut

        
….. A dangerous combination.

I’ve always been wary of gamblers who risk all or nothing when feeling cornered.  Sometimes it may work, often it ends up in disaster.  Whenever reading a story about somebody who gambled away a small or big fortune, I always think about how difficult it must be for the people around him to live with somebody so unbalanced because this reckless behavior most certainly will show up in other aspects of his life as well.

Watching the events of the past few weeks especially, I have come to the conclusion that John McCain seems to have a gambler’s mentality and frankly, that should scare the living daylight out of everybody watching this ongoing soap opera.  When he thought he needed a game changer in his campaign, and ended up picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, he gambled that with only a few weeks to the election, he could excite his right wing base, and at the same time fool everybody else.  Unfortunately for him his pick turned out to be so unsophisticated, unqualified and nutty, that it only took about two weeks before the majority of normal thinking people looked through that charade and her rapidly declining poll numbers reflect that.  Everybody who watched her Charlie Gibson and now Katie Couric interviews should be genuinely frightened.

The second gamble came just this week when after stumbling through ten days of economic unease, going from “The fundamentals of the economy are strong” to “If we don’t act immediately, we will have another Great Depression” and coinciding plunging poll numbers, he “suspended” his campaign (not really) and injected himself into the nearly completed compromise agreement on the bailout and with that political stunt seemingly making things worse for those very delicate negotiations.  Political grandstanding, that’s all it was.  And are you really putting “country first” or are you putting your campaign first, John?  I think you ought to drop that line, it rings rather hollow by now.  Add to all this his threat of postponing not only the first presidential debate, but also the vice presidential debate (gee, I wonder why?) and you can clearly see that

MCCAIN’S GAMBLER MENTALITY MAKES HIM COMPLETELY UNSUITABLE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE !!!

As for the nut (The Iraq war is a task from God – Getting witchcraft protection from witch hunter pastor praying over her – I can see Russia from my house …..), she speaks for herself.  And every time she does, we all should be afraid, very afraid.  
   

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John McCain MIA On Letterman

“I’m more than a little disappointed by this behavior,” Letterman said.  “We’re suspending the campaign.  Suspending it because there’s an economic crisis, or because the poll numbers are sliding?  You don’t suspend your campaign,” he added.  “Do you suspend your campaign?  No, because that makes me think, well, you know, maybe there will be other things down the road – if he’s in the White House, he might just suspend being president.  I mean, we’ve got a guy like that now!”

David Letterman on John McCain suspending his campaign and canceling his appearance, September 24, 2008

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We Are All Socialists Now!


Map of Europe

Well, for the past few days, we’ve been witnessing “Financial Socialism” (“Crony Socialism” would be a better description) at its finest.  Whatever the final result of this gigantic bailout/buyout will be, one thing is for sure:

AMERICA HAS DISCOVERED EUROPE!

All these years we have been scared to death by Republicans railing against “Socialized Health Care,” the kind of health care that is a RIGHT in every other civilized nation (except ours where it’s treated as a commodity).  Being from Europe (Germany), I always find myself smiling at these scare tactics and often ask myself how many of this “If we had socialized health care, everybody would die” – crowd had actually been to Europe and were in a position to experience that “terrible” health care system.  If they had, they might have found a system, while not perfect, working a lot better than ours, with everybody being covered as an additional benefit.  But that’s a subject for another post.  🙂

So, I’m sitting here listening to the whole debate going on and while withholding judgment until the final draft is made public, it is a bit amusing to me how some of the very same people opposed to “Universal Health Care” are now big supporters of a “Universal Bailout” of financial institutions.  While probably necessary, it seems to me that the correct approach would be an informed, measured and deliberate one with adequate safeguards for the American public which finds itself on the hook with 700 Billion +, and not a rushed one being promoted by the Bush administration.

PAY ATTENTION TO RED FLAGS!

I have a very uneasy feeling about this whole situation and my instincts tell me that it doesn’t pass the smell test.  For starters:  With the Bush administration trying to rush this thing through Congress, is it just me or aren’t you also reminded of the Iraq debate and vote in 2002, just a few weeks before the Congressional elections when the Bush administration also tried to rush that through Congress and afterwards pinning the votes on Democrats, calling the ones who voted against it “unpatriotic” and the ones voting for it “equally responsible” for the debacle after the fact.  So my question is this:  Depending on how much spine the Democrats show this time – Will they also be blamed for things going wrong after the fact?  You see, I’m somebody who lives and learns from past experiences and I absolutely don’t trust the Bush administration on anything and question everything they do.  So, are we in for a surprise down the road?  And why the rush?  I understand that the markets have to be stabilized but you also want to do this right.  And do you want the people who had a big role in screwing this up or at the very least facilitating the fraud and mismanagement with their incompetence and failed ideology even at the negotiating table?  We also just now find out that this bailout plan had been in the works for months, at the same time when Treasury Secretary Paulson was out there telling us that everything was okay.  This whole thing just doesn’t smell right.

BOTTOM LINE:  TRUST, BUT VERIFY! – EVERYTHING!

For rational thinking people the following things should be a non-negotiable part of the agreement:
*No blank check
*Independent oversight board
*Limiting executive pay
*It should not only help Wall Street but also people on Main Street
*Profit sharing and ownership of the assets by the public

On a personal note:  EVERYBODY SHOULD BE MAD AS HELL ABOUT THIS!  I can’t help but thinking that somebody must be smiling in his cave right now.  Bin Laden couldn’t have done this better himself:  Two costly, deadly and mismanaged wars, the economy in shambles, and the country bankrupted.  I don’t like to say this, but I will anyway:  That’s what you get when you put an unsophisticated fake cowboy in charge of the country.  Somebody, who had a record of running every single business he ever owned into the ground and then being bailed out by his daddy’s friends on numerous occasions.  Maybe we want to go with a competent and smart President this time?  Just a thought.  With all this mess going on, we certainly need one!  And Barack Obama will need our help to clean it all up.

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