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Comparing the Candidates platform and the role of a V.P.

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As a voting American I am faced with a choice between the candidates which our two-party system has presented.  If I want a stake in the course my country takes I have to decide to vote for one or the other.  Staying home on November 4 is also an option, but then I will have no right to complain about the things I disagree with.  In the meantime I will compare the  accomplishments of one candidate against the accomplishments of the other. When I do, the merits of each become self-evident.

If I leave the emotion out of it and examine the policies of each candidate based solely upon their own words and not the words of political analysts or pundits or the opinions of others on the street then I believe I will be using the right process to make the best possible choice – not for me, but for my country.  If I can believe that my country provides the best possible economic environment and adopts policies which allows for its economy to thrive and to endure the bad times by enabling its people then the rest should take care of itself.

There are some people who were going to vote for McCain but then decided not to strictly because McCain chose Sarah Palin as a running mate.  It is difficult for me to fathom the decision making process behind it.  In the final analysis I believe such a decision is driven by emotion.  If it’s driven by intellect it either ignores the established role of the V.P. or is a failure to understand it.  It also ignores history. For some reason there is a belief the V.P. choice makes all the difference in the world when it comes to making policy and deciding America’s course.

Let’s look at the history.  What is the legacy of Carter’s V.P. choice which we still contend with today?  Do you even know the name of who he/she was? What is the legacy of Gore, Quayle, Bush Sr., Mondale, etc. which we can examine to help us determine if, in the end, it actually matters?  What will be the lagacy of Dick Cheney which America will feel the effects of years after he leaves office? What will be his lasting impact?

If we are going to be concerned with people whose decisions will impact America then we only have to look to another female for a proper perspective. By comparison she not only has more chance of changing our country than Sarah Palin ever will – Nancy Pelosi will make a lasting impact.  As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi determines which issues Congress will focus upon and then vote on.  She decides the content and schedule.  If she disagrees with a bill – for any reason, petty or otherwise – it will not see the light of day.  Good or bad, we will be dealing with Nancy Pelosi’s legacy for many, many years.

I have to admit, getting people to fret over and to focus upon John McCain’s choice for V.P. is a clever ruse which diverts us from the real issues.

Sort of like that ol’ Jedi mind trick.

Who’s fooling who?

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Written by Ben

November 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Whose legacy do we want to undo?

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When I look at the planks in each of the platforms from which we have to chose, it quickly becomes clear which of the two our country can best tolerate and at the end of the 4 years, will have less of a legacy to undo.

It’s about the country – not what government promises to do for me. I will do for me if the government will get out of my way and let me have the opportunities to do it. I do not need for the government to dip into my pocket any more than it already does and to give it to whom they deem worthy of what was mine.

If I took the attitude which Obama and his ilk wants me and the rest of the country to warm up to I would have taken the candy from each one of the Trick-or-Treaters who knocked on my door last night instead of giving them any. Better yet, I should have taken candy from one kiddos bag and given it to the other standing next to them. Boy – I can almost see the expressions on their faces now.

I will keep my money, my guns and my freedom. The Dems can keep their change.

Vote for the country’s sake.