Monday, September 15, 2008

Political News/Rant: NYT Article Illustrates More of the Same Republican, Paranoid Politics

Fellow Bloggers - A New York Times article today illustrates perfectly the warning signs of a potential McCain/Palin Administration, though the worst traits may emerge only after the demise of the Senator himself. I'm certain there are many religious zealots voting who would probably welcome his early departure, believing her to be some kind of menstruating messiah (sexist, but funny).

In it's article, "Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes," it is clear that Palin operates using the same Bush/Cheney style stick and stick approach. Carrots were never big at barbeques in Texas. The article states that:
"...when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.... Havemeister was one of at least five schoolmates Ms. Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages."

(To read the whole article, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/us/politics/14palin.html?_r=1&em&oref=slogin)

The Times rightly states that "Ms. Palin walks the national stage as a small-town foe of 'good old boy' politics and a champion of ethics reform," while the evidence clearly states otherwise. The article also points out how the Palin's have earned a reputation for striking out at perceived foes.

The whole thing stinks. Facts like these make my skin crawl. We do NOT NEED ANOTHER GEORGE BUSH OR DICK CHENEY IN THAT HOUSE! If you're a Republican reading this post, I'm begging you to read more - everywhere and anywhere, not just FOX NEWS - and get more FACTS before you vote for more of the same.

Political News and Monday's Rant #2 - Michael

2 comments:

harvey said...

you're not insinuating that Republicans only get their news & info from "friendly" outlets like Faux News, are you? he, he...

regrettably, it turns out that both conservatives and progressives, no matter how well-meaning or not, mostly get their info from sources more friendly to their preexisting points of view (Pew and Annenberg studies.) it seems that nobody wants to be challenged or angered or stressed when kicking back at home with their feet up or stuck in rush hour traffic.

alas, the remaining 8% of voters who remain "undecided" still -- self-defined idiots if they haven't figured out what's good for them by now -- are even less likely to search out thoughtful sources of election info. their main political ideas come from 30-second TV spots during the last few weeks of the campaign.

so that's what it's coming down to... again. God help America!

Michael Boh said...

Thanks - good points! I agree with you that most Americans get their news where they're comfortable, but in my humble opinion it doesn't make it right. Every American has an obligation today to do their own research. Nobody should trust one or two sources anymore. It might sound paranoid, but we live in a 1984-style technological world with spin, spin, and more spin. There are too many lies, lots of muddy water, and old fashion propaganda. If young soldiers die defending this democracy than I believe it's worth doing a little research to preserve. The Internet is good, bad and ugly, but it's still the best way to sort fact from fiction. Others? Michael