Can This Dude Really Win Your Presidential Vote?

30 10 2008

Turning left to Obama-Biden, I see a son and his father on the same ticket. And to right McCain-Palin, I see a father with his daughter; or more appropriately a boss and his bespectacled personal assistant. Needless to say, these presidential running mates are the wackiest combos at best to aim for the highest office. To make it worst, the mainstream media had it all twisted by making this election looks like a race between Obama and Palin – living the two white-haired dudes – McCain and Biden – in the smoke.

Exactly six days to go, it looks like infinity to Obama while the days click like seconds for McCain. If the election were conducted today, the pollsters say the black-haired dude would pull it off big-time! Thus, there is a legitimate reason for the white-haired candidate to gasp for every breath of air which appears deflating rapidly. From the grand scheme of things, only ‘Bradley-effects’ could toss-up this election. Otherwise, Barack could pull a landslide. Well, opinion polls can be very flattery sometimes; people just tell you what you what to hear or whatever comes to their mind. You get the picture, given the fact that ‘Obama’ is arguably the hottest name of this decade. The question is: are these pollees would actually walk their talk? If yes, then Obama gets a done deal.

On the other hand, McCain who assumed an ‘underdog’ title despite his elongated experience and age is not highly favored in recent polling surveys. Notwithstanding underdog appeal could factor in to sway voters to the losing guy’s corner – perhaps out of sympathy. But McCain can’t just bank on that alone. To resurrect as a comeback-kid, this dude needs to scram his overused maverick blabs. Extremists, radicals, and loners are how some people view mavericks. Such characteristics could scare off would-be supporters.

In addition, McCain need to lam that tax-cut bullshits and ‘spreading the wealth’ rhetoric. Most Americans are no-fools. Intelligent voters could be insulted when politicians beat the taxcut drum. It is like saying hey, I’m buying your votes for few hundred$ bucks. So what happens after that? George Bush’s hyped tax-cut and that never insulated the economy from recession. Well, except you are “Joe the Plumber” who made a big deal about paying his civic dues, tax-cut is not going to dent a whole lot of different in one’s life. Paying taxes is a civil responsibility. So get over it. And nothing wrong in spreading the wealth either. It is good for average Americans as most make less than $250,000/yr; and these folks are the main voting block anyway. Actually redistributing wealth would stimulateth the economy rather confining it to the opulence top ten percent. BTW, tax policy is all about spreading the wealth to lower class; it’s been that way for centuries. Therefore, ‘SpredingTheWealth’ fear tactic now adopted by McCain camp could favor his opponent as the argument makes McCain more pro wealthy than middle/working class.

As for the VPs, Joe Biden has his own missteps but he seems to hold it well overall. Other side, everything about Sarah Palin is overblown: from her cloths/hair style to the messed up interview. All fault to McCain’s strategists who tried to remake a made-woman. Kathy Curic ain’t God. I think Palin would have dealt perfectly with the media on her own if there were no strategic restrictions from her handlers. To diffuse unfit-for-office syndrome, she needs to take off those glasses, which stereotypically make her looks less presidential. Most Americans would prefer glassless iron-like lady (think Thatcher!) in the oval office than a softy.

On a more personal note, I don’t know who gets my vote in this election. Both candidates have proven worthy of the highest post. Simply saying I’m voting Obama because I am Black! would be a racial understatement. Same goes to any white dude. As days go, so are the emotions and tensions running high. Eventhough it seemly all set for Obama while McCain people pray for ‘Bradley effect’, the votes that count most due on November 4th. Voters should weigh important issues and vote with their heads. Either way, there would be millions of heartbreaks by this time next week. It’s not going to be the end of the world. President McCain or President Obama would serve United Statesjudiciously. Every citizen’s acceptance of either president would be a support, for nation, which would go a long way.

Have a nice vote.





Dick Cheney Wants Another Fight After 2 Wars

11 08 2008

I thick some leaders need to take cue from Abraham Lincoln who said “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Mr. Tough Guy, VP Dick Cheney is beating another war drum. With unfinished wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cheney is talking tough about Georgian-Russian war which started last week. In a TV report yesterday, while President Bush made a softer tone that “we strongly condemn the bombing outside of South Ossetia, Dick Cheney said: “Russia’s military action against Georgia (in Europe) must not go unanswered.”

I think such a statement is undiplomatic and should not come from a guy who once avoided behind drafted to war. There are better ways to show solidarity for a country, not by bullying. As for the Russian, they have been put into the back-burner since the end of cold war while United States has been flexing military might all over the world. So a slight provocation gives the former Soviet Republic excuse to come back, a show of force to remind the world that Russia is a super power too, unfortunately at its neighbors’ peril.
(Picture above shows Russian tanks unit fired toward Georgia.)

 

 

Quote of the day:

“Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.” Abraham Lincoln





Obama, The Devil, We Don’t Know

3 03 2008

As Obamania epidemics stir this nation and the world beyond, perhaps I am one of the few blacks, if not many, who haven’t been gripped by the fever yet. Consequently, I have been in conflicts with some of my relatives, friends, and my girlfriend who are African descents. And my Caucasian friends, when talking politics, would try not to offend me by talking favorably of Obama knowing fully well that I am a native African (expect me to be very proud, uh?). I usually waste no time to tell them that I am not a big fan of Obama – but, thoughtfully, I appreciate what appeared to be their sense of solidarity nonetheless.

Don Imus has a point when he called Senator Hillary Clinton “The devil.” Yes, at least, she is a devil that we know. On the other, Imus loves Senator John McCain who has been on his radio show many times; and he regards the war hero as a good friend. But to many Americans, John McCain is another devil they know so well. If either of these two devils becomes the U.S. president, we could predict what to expect within the next 4 years – partly because the two senators are well-seasoned politicians who know the real problems and issues facing the country, and they have spent more time on campaign trails to hammer issues and resolutions. As for Senator Barack Obama, all we know so far are: his book “Audacity of Hope” and the mantra “Yes We Can.” We can what? It is no news that Obama can win the nomination/presidency but he hasn’t been specific on exactly what will happen after that.

One of Senator Obama’s selling points is that, unlike the experienced senators, he is not a Washington insider. Therefore, he is more suited to change things in Washington to politics as unusual. Well, we heard this cliché many times 8 years ago when George W. Bush capitalized on his Washington-outsiderness to portray Al Gore as “same-old same-old” DC insider. We all know what has been going down ever since.

Now, the question is: Are Americans ready to make another unanalytic gamble on leadership this time in the mist of two wars and a looming or potential recession? So far, the most conspicuous thing about Barack Obama is his oratory; he sounds more of a spiritual leader than execution leader. No doubt, Obama’s epidemics could be strongly contagious. At times, I have to think straight not to fall under his spell, but some folks are not that fortunate. Nevertheless, there is still time for the tranced voters (represented by Obama Girl” above) to think deeply and put their sentiments aside for once. As the master-of-words talks make his way to the White House, hopefully some of us will wake up from hallucination and see the “devil in the detail” before it’s too late.

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“Hope is good companion but poor guide.” – —-John Mauldin