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If you have decided that you won’t vote for President this year because all of the candidates are horribly bad, then I ask you to consider write-in candidate Shane Scott. He is 100% American for 98% of America. See what I mean here:
Find more Shane Scott for President videos on youtube under the username “shaneforamerica”.
I had an appointment to have a lunch meeting with some friends today. When I arrived at our chosen rendezvous point, one of the guys was nowhere to be found. He has a tendency to occasionally be flighty and forgetful. I found out that he just wasn’t coming to the meeting from one of the other guys. So, I called him to ride him hard about not showing up and not calling me to cancel the meeting (We really needed all of us there for the meeting to take place).
It wasn’t until after I hung up the phone that I found out the reason he could not be there. And without going into details (but just for context of how big a jerk I am), something seriously negative had happened in his life that was far more important than our little meeting. I immediately called back and left a message apologizing for the first message, but the horse was already out of the chicken coop. I often forget that other people have context to their lives that does not necessarily correlate with the context of my life.
I can’t help but think about politics in connection with this thought. People have contexts to their own lives that others may not ever be able to comprehend. I think this is where yelling and divisive political discourse has its roots. For example, I can’t understand how someone could cry over voting for someone, just not possible for me. And trust me, I can get pretty weepy. However, that person has obviously had a different experience in life that gives different context to that moment of voting.
We need to all remember that we are a vast and varied country with individually vast and varied life contexts. We have the great privilege of voting for our leaders. At the same time while having those disagreements of ideas, try to remember in your emails, conversations, and blog posts that we are also all neighbors and fellow citizens of a pretty great country (no matter the current circumstances) who each have our own context in life that informs our political decisions. Those don’t make us good or bad people, they just are what they are and make us who we are.
Today’s events, for some reason, reminded me of this scene, but especially the song. Enjoy! Remember folks…it’s not this bad.
Beyond the fact that there is $700 billion dollars in the hands of the Secretary of the Treasury to buy up and transform and manipulate at his whim “troubled assets”, there is a provision in this bill that should send shivers down everyone’s spine. Mind you this is a first draft of the bill released for public view:
(c) NECESSARY ACTIONS.—The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation, the following:
(3)Designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Federal Government, and such institutions shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Federal Government as may be required.
Does this sound like ‘The Godfather’ to anyone else? “Now, I will do you this favor, but one day I will call on you to do me a favor…and you may not refuse.” Considering what our Federal government has done under the umbrella of the Patriot Act, it concerns me that this ambiguous provision is in this proposal. I can only imagine what “reasonable” things the Secretary can think up for my financial institution to do on behalf of the Federal government.
If you bought gas differently at any time in the last week, you are to blame for the gas shortage…not Ike, not Bush, not lack of supply in Texas or the pipeline. Gas stations in Nashville sold FOUR TIMES more gas last weekend than a normal weekend. That is panic buying. People buying gas because they “didn’t know when there will be more” is panic buying. Topping off your tank for no reason when you have 3/4 tank is panic buying. TV news using as a teaser and showing as a lead story ONE station in Winchester that sold gas last week at $5.39 caused panic buying. Freaking out and sitting in line for TWO HOURS to buy gas IS PANIC BUYING.
Stop it people. Return to your normal habits and this is all over in two days. Really really. The sky is not falling, there is gas out there, just…
One of the talking points of both Democrats and Republicans, but especially “social conservatives” which have dominated the Republican Party platform for the last 20-30 years is that the choice of President is important because of the Supreme Court Justices that the President would nominate. This talking point inevitably points to the Roe v. Wade decision from either side as the reason this issue is so important.
For those less inclined to follow politics, the theory goes that a Republican President would be likely to nominate Supreme Court Justices in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade and the reverse is true of Democrats, that a Democratic President would be more inclined to nominate Supreme Court Justices in favor of maintaining Roe v. Wade.
All of this debate, however, ignores the original decision in the case. Yes, we all recall whether with esteem or derision that so-called “right to privacy” that the majority decision used as a basis for the decision. However, does anyone recall the composition of the court at the time of the decision? Surely it was packed with steaming liberals that wanted to enforce some Berkeley morality on everyone and the conservatives were screaming “NO NO you can’t do that!” until they withered in a clump in the corner.
Not true. Roe v. Wade was decided 7-2. The court was comprised of six Justices nominated by Republican Presidents and three by Democratic Presidents. The vote was 5-1 among the Republican-nominated and 2-1 among the Democratic-nominated. See the chart at the end of the post for reference (justice name, president who nominated, how they voted on Roe v. Wade).
Now, I am no lawyer and certainly no constitutional scholar. But, even this keenly interested observer was surprised by this revelation. Could it be that this talking point used to keep the party faithful in line is nothing but a scare tactic? I know people who vote exclusively on this point alone (which is disturbing in and of itself) and it would appear they have swallowed a party line that is not the truth.
Next time someone wants to use this line of argument for why they are voting a certain way, I hope you will find this helpful in illuminating the conversation with some reality rather than just another pile of political rhetoric.