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DaDooRonRon Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 03:51 PM
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Hey look! - I respond to a Republican email - from Canada, even

First, the email:

This guy is so absolutely correct that it defies one's imagination !

Democrat or Republican? The question is shockingly easy!

Theo Caldwell, National Post (Canada)

An obvious choice can be unnerving. When the apparent perfection of one option or the unspeakable awfulness of another makes a decision seem too easy, it is human nature to become suspicious.

This instinct intensifies as the stakes of the given choice are raised. American voters know no greater responsibility to their country and to the world than to select their president wisely.

While we do not yet know who the Democrat and Republican nominees will be, any combination of the leading candidates from either party will make for the most obvious choice put to American voters in a generation. To wit, none of the Democrats has any business being president.

This pronouncement has less to do with any apparent perfection among the Republican candidates than with the intellectual and experiential paucity evinced by the Democratic field. "Not ready for prime time," goes the vernacular, but this does not suffice to describe how bad things are.

Alongside Hillary Clinton, add Barack Obama's kindergarten essays to an already confused conversation about Dennis Kucinich's UFO sightings, dueling celebrity endorsements and who can be quickest to retreat from America's global conflict and raise taxes on the American people, and it becomes clear that these are profoundly unserious individuals.

To be sure, there has been a fair amount of rubbish and rhubarb on the Republican side (Ron Paul, call your office), but even a cursory review of the legislative and professional records of the leading contenders from each party reveals a disparity akin to adults competing with children.

For the Republicans, Rudy Giuliani served as a two-term mayor of New York City, turning a budget deficit into a surplus and taming what was thought to be an ungovernable metropolis. Prior to that, he held the third-highest rank in the Reagan Justice Department, obtaining over 4,000 convictions.

Mitt Romney, before serving as governor of Massachusetts, founded a venture capital firm that created billions of dollars in shareholder value, and he then went on to save the Salt Lake City Olympics.

While much is made of Mike Huckabee's history as a Baptist minister, he was also a governor for more than a decade and, while Arkansas is hardly a "cradle of presidents," it has launched at least one previous chief executive to national office.

John McCain's legislative and military career spans five decades, with half that time having been spent in the Congress.

Even Fred Thompson, whose excess of nonchalance has transformed his once-promising campaign into nothing more than a theoretical possibility, has more experience in the U.S. Senate than any of the leading Democratic candidates.

With just over one term as a Senator to her credit, Hillary Clinton boasts the most extensive record of the potential Democratic nominees. In that time, Senator Clinton cannot claim a single legislative accomplishment of note, and she is best known lately for requesting $1-million from Congress for a museum to commemorate Woodstock.

Barack Obama is nearing the halfway point of his first term in the Senate, having previously served as an Illinois state legislator and, as Clinton has correctly pointed out, has done nothing but run for president since he first arrived in Washington. Between calling for the invasion of Pakistan and fumbling a simple question on driver's licenses for illegal aliens, Obama has shown that he is not the fellow to whom the nation ought to hike the nuclear football.

John Edwards, meanwhile, embodies the adage that the American people will elect anyone to Congress -- once. From his $1,200 haircuts to his personal war on poverty, proclaimed from the porch of his 28,000-square-foot home, purchased with the proceeds of preposterous lawsuits exploiting infant cerebral palsy, Edwards is living proof that history can play out as tragedy and farce simultaneously.

Forget for a moment all that you believe about public policy. Discard your notions about taxes and Iraq, free trade and crime, and consider solely the experience of these two sets of candidates. Is there any serious issue that you would prefer to entrust to a person with the Democrats' experience, rather than that of any of the Republicans? Now consider the state of debate in each party. While the Republicans compare tax proposals and the best way to prosecute the War on Terror, Democrats are divining the patterns and meaning of the glitter and dried macaroni glued to the page of one of their leading candidate's kindergarten projects. Does this decision not become unsettlingly simple?

My response

This guy is so absolutely nuts that it defies one's imagination.

Christ, where does one start:

Giuliani - Let's see - bonking his mistress while still married , cross dressing - ah, Republican values all! Oh, and be sure and ask the firefighters what they think of him - you know, the same firefighters who died in the the towers because Rudy wouldn't upgrade their communications equipment, as he was too busy getting rid of the car window washers that so bothered the white upper crust who fund him. That won't stop him from uttering 9-11 at every opportunity, however.

Romney - Ah, "multiple choice Mitt" - the man who re-invents himself for every primary. Oh, and isn't it nice that he was a "venture capitalist" - a little digging will of course show that Bain Capital was involved in acquiring "low performing" companies, dismantling them (can you say cutting workers to optimize profits boys and girls - sure you can) and then selling the stripped down models for big $$, since they now turn big shareholder profits without having to be encumbered by all those silly workers. Oops, almost forgot - exactly how many of his five boys served in the military? C'mon - he's a Republican - do I really have to tell you?

Huckabee - The earth is 6000 years old. Homosexuality is a choice. We should remake the Constitution in God's image. Do we really have to go on with this nut-ball?

McCain - The surge is working! We need to stay in Iraq! Hug me, George! - I don't care what you said me about in South Carolina during the last primary. Yes, John "weather-vane" McCain is just what we need - Bush in his 70's. I hear that John is even beginning to practice destroying the English language and drinking heavily so as to further the similarity.

Oh yeah, this Calwell is a real gem - I can hardly wait to read his next "in depth" analysis. Boilerplate Republican bullshit - he must be on the "speed dial" list when they send out talking points. I wrote better than this when I was in the 4th grade.

Please stop sending me this rubbish.

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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 03:55 PM
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1. Please understand that this man is a minority here.
A loud minority, of course, but still a minority. As soon as I read the name and the paper, I knew we were all in for more of this ultra-right-wing junk.....dja moo, the same old bullshit all over again.
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DaDooRonRon Donating Member (418 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 04:05 PM
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4. Yes, I understand that
A quick Google of his name and paper revealed that.

The person that (I believe) sent it to me is originally from Canada, but has lived in the U.S. for many years. It is the first time I became aware of his political beliefs, however.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 03:56 PM
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2. Republicans
are now turning to Canada for their talking points?!?! Guess that's when they're not making fun of them for their "socialized" medical care.

Bookmarked in case I get this. Hope you don't mind my plagerizing your response. :thumbsup:

Mz Pip
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VP505 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 04:04 PM
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3. Wonder how far
up his ass he had to reach to find enough rhetoric to write that verbose nonsense?
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Dark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 04:31 PM
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5. I thought Clinton was the one who fumbled on the drivers' licenses question?
Silly me, I'm bringing facts into this debate.
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 04:35 PM
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6. the National Post is practically a fascist pamphlet
Edited on Sat Jan-26-08 04:35 PM by provis99
Sort of like Canada's version of the Washington Times combined with the American Spectator. Everyone who writes for it is demented. A warning to all who are curious: save yourself from reading the National Post's crap; you'll just go nuts.
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 04:44 PM
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7. I actually read it once..........
I received a free copy, as a promotion. After reading parts of it, I gave the paper back on my way out of the mall, and politely declined the "free" copies that were to be delivered to me.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 06:06 PM
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8. The National Post isn't there to make a profit as most newspapers are. It is
there to try and move more than a few Canadians to the neocon fold. People generally get that here.
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