Dumb Republicans And An Insecure America
Obama Now on GOP Radar U.S. News & World Report Republican strategists are taking Barack Obama more seriously in the wake of his impressive performance at yesterday's Democratic presidential debate in Iowa and amid his surge in support among prospective caucusgoers there. GOP veterans of past campaigns are, in fact, updating their detailed critiques in case the Illinois senator upsets Hillary Clinton and wins the Democratic presidential nomination next year. Among their talking points: Obama could be pegged as hopelessly naive on foreign policy and national security. One of Obama's pledges that have caught the Republicans' attention is his determination to spend much of his first year in office traveling the world to confer with leaders of rogue regimes in hopes of improving relations. "He wants to meet with every anti-American despot," says the former adviser to a Republican president who is informally advising a GOP candidate this cycle. "That's not something that most Americans would like."I don't dislike Republicans in a blanket way. I am open to taking a look at some of their viewpoints. I like it that W appointed some blacks and Latinos to some top spots. But he polluted the image in each case. Colin Powell and Condi Rice have blood on their hands, Gonzo went down in flames: he is no Latino role model. I like it that Bobby is ethnic Indian. He is a smart cookie, and I am not one of those Indians who think you have to be Hindu or not have an Anglo name to claim the Indian identity, but he is going to have to prove to me socially.
The Republicans are hopeless on social issues. They say they are pro-life but they are against vaccinating kids, for example. They are overall just racist and homophobic and xenophobic and myopic. Like one Gingrich Republican congressman said once, "I have been to Europe once and that is enough." Immigration is an issue I will pick a fight on. Either America is going global or it is not. But that is not the choice. Either America is going global in style, or it is going global kicking and screaming.
I laud Barack's new kind of politics and politics of hope that Barack talks about, and I respect that he is a Christian. But I am a Buddhist. My politics is the politics of nonviolent militancy. Let me explain this to you. When Barack says he would like to have Third World dictators for breakfast, he means he wants them across the table. When I say that, I mean I want them on my plate.
I am all for a new kind of politics, heck I am a student of it. I think it will take me a while to figure it out. I am going to really study the Obama moves as he works on health care as president. My nonviolent militancy does not stand in conflict with the new kind of politics. It is just that you need nonviolent militancy to engineer the Big Bang of turning a country into a democracy. After that you can go to phase two: the new kind of politics, the politics of hope.
But I will make exception for the politics of personal destruction also in America. You play that game, you are going to face nonviolent militancy. You are going to be met with ferocity.
This is how their playbook works. First you distort the person's position. Then you demonize the person. Then you attack.
Here's the distortion part: "his determination to spend much of his first year in office traveling the world to confer with leaders of rogue regimes in hopes of improving relations."
We will correct you on that one. We will give you the benefit of doubt. But we will not act naive. What if you have no intention of learning the truth on my guy. The truth is Barack is drawing on a tradition of America talking to Stalin, Khrushchev, Mao. America did not condone or become Stalin and Mao. But America talked.
If you refuse to educate yourself, you are going to get hit back. Hard.
W's crime in history will be that he took the Ameican eyes off the Al Qaeda for a military misadventure in Iraq. The Al Qaeda is stronger today than ever before. America is not secure. That is beyond naive. That is dumb and dangerous. Take off your fogged glasses and wipe.
Time to restore intelligence to the White House.
A Personal Message To Barack Obama
As a Third World guy I am telling you your father might not have had a choice. By the time you have gone through as many scholarships as I have gone through, you end up at a point where you no longer belong to you or your family, you belong to a people, everyone you left behind every step you moved up. He might not have had a choice at all.
A Personal Message To Malia, Sasha
Once upon a time there was a guy called Senator Barack Obama. After he became Senator he became rich and famous. He was on TV all the time. But he realized being Senator required he was going to be away from his two daughters half the week. And so he decided to become president so he could be with his two daughters every single day, so he could see them every day they came back from school. That's why he decided to become president.
The US Congress should allow the Senators and House members to engage in remote voting. Technology is sure there. And it makes democracy sense. The representative is actually in the district while casting votes. That makes a ton of sense.
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And they pretend to be on the same side
• ABC News: "Obama zings Clinton in final debate."
• Captain's Quarters blog (conservative): "Barack Obama probably won this debate, and Edwards maybe a close second."
• The Huffington Post's Off the Bus (liberal): "Candidates play nice, moderator plays it safe."
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