MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

I Don’t Care Who’s To Blame

September 13th, 2011 Viewed 1843 times

Things are going horribly wrong for the President.  The job numbers for the last month were stagnant.  The vacation that he took was constantly criticized for extravagance—and he didn’t even get to stay the entire time because of the hurricane.  His new jobs plan which looks a lot like his old jobs plan is dead on arrival.  And he still hasn’t gotten the message that this is his economy and he won’t be running against Bush is 2012.

Healthcare and the Power of Personality

September 15th, 2009 Viewed 1732 times

Obama Walks

One of the things that has been true for politics in the United States is that it rarely leaves one party in power for too long.  Usually, different sections of government balance each other out.  Consolidated power between the Presidency and the Congress rarely stays that way unless there are moderate voices.

This is one of the reasons that, I believe, the federal government should be more concerned about protecting liberty than amassing power.

Should the AG Probe Bush-Era Terror Techniques?

July 14th, 2009 Viewed 1942 times

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President Obama has been reluctant to look at the past.  It’s not, so much, that I believe that he wants to let what happened in the past stay there, it’s that if he takes the country there he will exacerbate the split that now exists, polarizing the nation further, and he will jeopardize his current agenda.  He needs people to get along, or at least act like they are getting along, in order to continue to pass things with razor-like margins.

However, his Attorney General (Eric Holder), might take him there anyway.

Did Pres. Bush Provoke the Invasion?

June 22nd, 2009 Viewed 1735 times

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There’s a new memo out that reveals that President Bush and Prime Minister Blair discussed the possibility of attempting to provoke Sadaam Hussein into taking an action that would warrant another resolution by the United Nations.

Is It a Snub?

December 15th, 2008 Viewed 1548 times

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From the desk of “Why is this news”, the AP is reporting that the White House has told President-Elect Obama that they cannot move into the Blair House (a guest house across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue) before January 15—the traditional date for President-Elects to move to Washington.

Really? Obama is Our President?

November 5th, 2008 Viewed 2243 times

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If you believe half the things that you read on the net—at least in places that I read, you’d believe that this article (Bush: ‘Can I Stop Being President Now?’)from the Onion was true!

I don’t know how many times I’ve read someone saying that Sen. Obama is our President now, emphasis on ours, etc.  The fact is, he’s not President until he’s sworn in January 20, 2009.  This isn’t sour grapes, this is a statement of fact!

What To Do With a Lame Duck

September 15th, 2008 Viewed 2284 times

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What would you think if I told you that Sen. Obama, when he was over touring Iraq, sought to have leaders there delay making any arrangements for troop withdrawals until after the U.S. election?

Impact on the Election

On the one hand, it could be seen as entirely self-serving.  If troops started to come home as early as this year, and that was public knowledge before the election, it would be harder to make “mismanagement of the war” something that would stick to Sen. McCain.  Indeed, to those that are undecided, this would actually be a net-plus for President Bush, and Sen. Obama’s incessant attachment of two would result in a net-plus for Sen. McCain.  Especially after he supported the surge that is working while Sen. Obama did not.

Political Roundup

August 15th, 2008 Viewed 2198 times

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It’s been a long week, with a lot going on, and this blogger is plum tuckered out.

So, that being said, let’s do a link post, and see what’s been going on that you might have missed:

Bush Faces Rare Audience Challenge in N.C.

So, a guy had the guts to basically tell President Bush that he should be ashamed of himself.  Even if it’s the first time it’s happened, I thought the last paragraph was more telling:

Election Day

November 2nd, 2004 Viewed 1825 times

So, who’s it going to be, Bush or Kerry.  After all of the campaigning, October surprises, debates, and everything it comes down to our votes.  Living in one of the states that appears to be a lock, it would be easy to not vote– and yet it’s our duty to let our voice be heard.  So, get out to the polls and vote!

Bush vs. Kerry – Round 3

October 14th, 2004 Viewed 1595 times

I had watched every debate, including the VP debate, in totality live up until this one.  Given the momentum in the debates, I figured Bush would consistently do better, and since part of the strategy during the last campaign and this presidency was to co-opt democrat ideas so he could claim he got things done, I thought that the conventional wisdom regarding Kerry’s advantage would be proven wrong.

That all being said, I also figured more people would tune into the ball game!  We’ve been all fighting a cold or something that we’ve been passing around along with little sleep, so I opted to go to bed at 9:00 pm.  However, curiosity and the fact that I had skipped dinner got the best of me, and I caught the last 30 minutes of the debate– so I’ll give my impression of that.

I can’t remember the first question I heard– it might have been the automatic rifles.  My response to that question would be that, although it would be scary to enter a house with someone with an automatic  weapon as a law enforcement officer, the bad guys are always going to have access to these weapons.  Gun control seems to only prohibit those that will follow the rules from getting their hands on tools of defense.  I believe that there’s a European country– Switzerland?– that teaches all homeowners to use semi-automatic weapons and they have a tremendously low crime rate.

On the faith question, I believe Bush did a better job because I believe he actually believes what he says.  It was somewhat of a loaded question– no matter how many of the pundits say this was a softball– because had he answered directly that his faith directs his policies he would have played right into the argument that the democrats want to make about legislating morality and the whole “God told me to go into Iraq.”

My reaction to some of the closing comments by the FOX guys and the ones they interviewed, it’s hard to say my reaction to hearing Kerry mention Mary Cheney.  I don’t think it was as much of a secret as the pundits are making it out to be.  It’s also a common tactic to name a person representative of a group to illustrate your point.  Usually, however, it’s a person that you’ve met on the trail in relative obscurity instead of someone that is semi well known.

I guess my feeling is that it is one thing to be spoke about as someone who needs a solution to a problem or to attack someone in public that has a public voice, but no one outside of the campaign rallies or Mary Cheney’s friends have ever talked to or heard from her.  I agree with Rush Limbaugh that the tactic would have been much better if he had used someone he knew in the public spotlight, like Barney Frank, to make his point– a point which I disagree with, by the way.

I wish Bush would have been clearer than what I heard was his response to whether homosexuality was a choice or born with it.  He didn’t need to alienate people– he could have said something like “Bob, in either
case we are given things in our lives– desires, physical ailments, etc– and we have to make choices about what we will do with these impulses and dilemmas…”  Here he could have even played up Christopher Reeve’s amazing will to survive and honored his memory instead of what Edwards did for another contrast, should he have desired. “… and homosexuals have choices about what to do about their desires and impulses, but should we as a country encourage choices that harm these people and families?”

Other than that, I thought Bush did so much better with humor and with his answers about the women
in his life.  It makes you connect when someone talks you through the first time he saw his wife.  Bush totally avoided politics in this question, whereas Kerry tried to play up his deceased mother for points.  Time will tell how that worked.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.