“Sarah Palin’s supporters and critics need to calm down. She’s a celebrity, not a future president”, is the sub-headline of an article in The Christian Science Monitor on February 3, by Walter Rodgers.
In the article, he lets all of you Dear Sarah funatics and you haters, too, that Dear Sarah is good copy, good for TV. She is, he says, “like a good movie that you don’t want to end.”
For me, a Dear Sarah watcher, I have tried without success to stop watching. She is an addiction because you wonder what she will say and do next. Rodgers is right, only I see her as a funny sitcom, and I wait anxiously for the next episode.
Of course she isn’t presidential material. No matter, the other hopefuls will treat her as if she is the front runner for the Republican nomination for 2012.
In the history of presidential elections, she will be a minor footnote.
All I can say is run, Sarah, run.
After his speech honoring those in Tucson who were killed and injured and those who acted to subdue the lone gunman, the talking heads and radio mouths praised President Obama’s speech. Even those morons at Fox news got in on the praising.
The part of the speech that I liked best:
“But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together.”
If only the politicians on the left and right would heed his call for civility in the debates that will take place this year and in 2012 during the presidential election.
And some of you bloggers need to tone down your language, too.
What is going to take to convince those fools in South Carolina that the South lost the “War Between the States?” And secession was no act of bravery, it was an act of stupidity that resulted in the death of whole lotta young men north and south.
To the governor of Mississippi: man, pick up a good history book and find out how it really was for us Black folks in Mississippi, including your hometown. I sure hope he don’t make a run for president of the United States of America cause, baby, he either don’t know his history or he historically blind. I give the dude credit for releasing from prison the two sisters who were given life sentences for their part in an armed robbery that netted $11.00. But consider this: they shoulda never been given such a sentence in the first place.
The President of the United States called the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles football team and congratulated him on giving the felony, Michael Vick, a second chance after he served his time in prison for his participation in dog fighting. I don’t think Vick deserved the attention the President gave him. The President must have more pressing problems to deal with. After all, he is the most powerful man in the world.
I also don’t agree with the talking head, a Christian no less, who thinks Vick should be executed.
For the best analysis of the Vick situation read Richard Cohen’s article in the Washington post.
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During the war in Iraq, we never read any negative reports on the progress of the war. I suppose that in wars, it is the natural reaction of the administration to report only good news—the military is always progressing in its drive to defeat the enemy.
The Obama administration is no different. In the report recently released to the public, it claims progress is being made. However, certain of the President’s words should raise red flags. He said that progress hasn’t “come fast enough,” and the report describes the progress as fragile. The timeline for withdrawing troops next summer is on track.
Some reasons why we should leave as soon as possible: The President of Afghanistan is a crook, and runs a government based on corruption.
The Afghan people do not trust government, any government.
The Taliban and al Qaeda continue to have a safe haven in Pakistan.
Most of all, we can’t do what England and Russia failed to do: make Afghanistan a western-style nation.
The president’s critics on the right deride him as a radical socialist seething with anti-American rage. To them, he’s a frightening success who has transformed the federal government, ruined the economy, and undermined national security. To the left, Obama is a tragic failure who squandered his chance for dramatic change: no single-payer health-care plan, no heated battle against Wall Street, and endless war in Afghanistan. If the president is struggling these days, the critics say, it’s perhaps because he’s out of touch with Americans, and even at odds with his own principles.
In his article in Newsweek dated November 17, James T. Kloppenberg, defends President Obama’s presidency. As he notes, critics notwithstanding, Obama “is doing exactly what he said he would do.” He refers readers to Obama’s two books Dreams From My Father (1995) and The Audacity of Hope (2006) for confirmation.
The purists on the left and right accuse the President of not doing what they think he ought to be doing. They in effect want to tell him what he must do in the name of the American people (always be skeptical of anyone who says he or she is acting for the American people, or even more dangerous, acts as if they know what the American people want).
For those on the right, the main goal is to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. This means demonizing him and any policy he favors. Their idea of bipartisanship is to just say “no” to anything the President wants to do. Why? Because the American people don’t like what this President is doing.
The left’s self-defeating attitude is if the President doesn’t do exactly what he promised or, better yet, what they think he ought to do in the name of those nonrich folks, they’ll abandon him in the next election. Man, that’ll teach him and the next Democratic president a lesson. That this course of action will return the governing of the nation to the Republicans and Sarah Palin and her ick seems to have escaped them.
The right-wingers ain’t gonna change their attitude. But you on the left remember this: politics is the art of compromise.
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Sarah Palin amazes me. Not the woman herself. No, the phenomenon that is Sarah Palin amazes me. At the same time, it proves that in America anybody can run for president.
She is an obscure individual who managed to become the first female mayor of a city in Alaska and first female governor of Alaska, which indicates she seems to have political street smarts. This is amazing because, though her captured audiences think the platitudes and clever sound bites coming out of her mouth are profound, based on what I read in the mainstream press and online about her, she doesn’t seem say anything profound or significant.
After reading the article “How Sarah Barracuda Becomes President” by John Heilemann in the New York Magazine, I think she is running, not thinking about it, but actually running for President of the United States.
The real question is “is she qualified?”
Several Republican big wigs don’t think so, including her erstwhile running mate John McCain.
I have no way of judging her philosophy of governing because she avoids the mainstream press and avoids debates that would provide a clue to her philosophy of governing.
To show her true toughness and that she has the ability to govern the nation, she must engage in the rough and tumble that is politics; she must debate and answer questions from unfriendly reporters. Hiding in the Fox news studio and communicating via twitter tells me nothing about the woman who wants to be president of these United States.
Until she engages the unfriendly press, I must conclude that she has not shown she is qualified to be President of these United States.
Qualified or not, she could be the Republican nominee for U. S. President in 2012.
I read the following two stories in my hometown newspaper the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Them politicians in Nashville what suppose to pass laws for the people are trying to pass a bill called the “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” that says in the House version that residents have the right to refuse to buy health care insurance. The Senate version goes even further. It declares that residents of Tennessee can ignore the Federal law and directs the state attorney to file a lawsuit to stop implementation and defend citizens who refuse to obey the Federal law.
Why the legislators are going through this exercise in futility is beyond my understanding. The State Attorney done told them the law they trying to pass is unconstitutional and has indicated he will not file a suit to prevent implementation or defend citizens who disobey.
Some crazy dude named Huff came all the way to East Tennessee from Georgia to take over a small town called Sweetwater and free another dude named Walter Fitzpatrick who was on trial for inciting a riot. Walter Fitzpatrick believes Obama has no right to be president. He came to town to execute a citizen’s arrest of public officials who refused to indict President Obama for treason. Huff was armed with three hand guns and an AK-47.
Now here is the kicker: Huff told everybody he talked to including the State trooper who stopped him for a traffic violation and the FBI what he planned to do. So much for the smarts of birthers and militiamen.