Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I am sick of "Joe" the plumber

Ok I have tried to be patient and I have tried to be nice but I am sick of Joe the plumber. This guy has become famous because he asked Obama about the taxes he would pay IF he buys a plumbing business and makes $250,000. Obama told him IF this happens he would pay higher taxes and we have to spread the wealth. Because of this one comment he has been called a “Socialist” amongst other things.

What kills me about this “Joe” person is that he has taken this whole thing and run with it. He may be running for Congress, and he is on a “Joe the Plumber tour” for McCain. But let’s clear up some things #1 He is not a licensed plumber -- Hey Joe why don’t you get off of the tour and get that license #2 He is not making that much money right now so under the Obama tax plan he would get a tax break so Joe could save money and get that business even faster-DUHHHH!!! #3 He owes back taxes so why won't Joe pay his back taxes and then worry about his future taxes. Ain’t that logical?? Yes I meant to say AIN”’T # 4 His name is not EVEN JOE!!!!!!!!

This guy is a joke but perhaps the joke is own me. Next week when Obama wins the election Joe will probably have his own show on Fox, run for Congress and win. Hmm perhaps he should be worrying about his new tax base.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nine days and counting.....

Is it just me or are these the longest two weeks in my life?

I have watched this campaign minute by minute since it first started. I have witnessed each candidate announcing his/her candidacy, and saw when each dropped out (execpt the last two).

I waited patiently as each candidate picked their running mates and kept a close eye on more polls than I care to admit to.

Meet the Press, This Week, and Fox News Sunday, Harball and the best political team on CNN has replaced "The Closer, Law and Order, and any other tv show that is out there.

So now I am awaiting the true results along with the rest of the world. Oh boy what while I do w/my time when all of this is over? Perhaps I will find a new kind of life one that does not deal with TV, computers and newspapers. Dare I dream?????

Friday, October 24, 2008

Why McCain is losing!!

Is is interesting to me that people still don't get why McCain is losing.The reason is because people are tired of doing these the same old way, negative ads, character attacks and stupid robo calls.
Americans realize that these things are not going to put money in their pockets,, gas in their tank and groceries in the fridge.
It is the message that Obama has stuck with they want change and Obama is the man to give it to them.
What is going to be very shocking is that in four years they are going to interview Joe the plumber and I will bet my plunger he will have more money in his pocket because of the tax cut and he will be an Obama supporter,

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Conservatives are not the only Americans

. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these,
the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

This is what is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty that many immigrants saw at as a symbol when they came to Ellis Island. One of the things that always makes me emotional is watching movies about immigrants who spent weeks at sea, for some a very dangerous voyage but had a look of hope when they finally saw Lady Liberty. It truly epitomizes what the hope and promise of this county meant and still means to all who come here. In his song America Neil Diamond sings “On the boats and on the planes They're coming to America Never looking back again They're coming to America” Mr. Diamond speaks to the spirit and hope of all of the dreams that many immigrants had and have when coming here. What is so interesting is the ideas going on in the conservative community saying that some people are more American than others and that being conservative gives one a monopoly on being American. I think more people should to to New York and read the saying on the Statue of Liberty and get a heavy dose of what America is all about

Monday, October 20, 2008

Colin Powell is the Truth!!!

The endorsement of Barack Obama by Colin Powell was a not a surprise to most people, however the words that he used did leave some speechless. Mr. Powell basically stated the way the McCain campaign was behaving in attacking Barak Obama was wrong; he went on to say that bringing up Ayers was a very divisive tactic and fueling a great deal of anger and hate by McCain supporters. He seemed to share the sentiment of former President Bill Clinton who said today in Reno, NV he was not going to put down McCain’s character as a person in order to support Senator Obama. The truth is the campaign Obama has run is not politics as usual and Mr. Obama has made a great amount of effort to make his campaign positive. However, he could not take attacks on him lying down and when attacked he had to attack right back. The truth is this campaign run by the junior Illinois Senator will be a model for future campaigns in running negative free campaigns. As Secretary Powell and President Clinton both said we have a number of problems in this county and these problems do not just effect blacks or whites, straight or gays, men or women and regardless of who wins it is going to take all of us to work together, division is not an option. And for candidates to fuel hate is unacceptable and very dangerous. Each campaign must do a better job of bringing this country together.

The part of Colin Powell’s’ endorsement that was the most effective was his story about the Muslim women who was pictured at her son’s grave who died in Iraq This issue came up because many people accused Obama of being a Muslim . Mr. Powell went on to say that Obama is not a Muslim he is a Christian but the real answer to that question is What is wrong with being a Muslim?” This question was very compelling and so moving and truthful. I truly believe this is one of the great lessons of this campaign and I hope America gets it. The truth is the country was built on the promise that one day “All men and women would be created equal” but what is so sad is that most of the people who carry the flag and claim to be such Patriots, do not want what the forefathers intended for this country to be and what they don’t realize is that the very people they look down on, show racial hatred to are really what strength of this country.

Please see Colin Powell’s comments below:
Now, I understand what politics is all about. I know how you can go after one another, and that's good. But I think this goes too far. And I think it has made the McCain campaign look a little narrow. It's not what the American people are looking for. And I look at these kinds of approaches to the campaign and they trouble me. And the party has moved even further to the right, and Governor Palin has indicated a further rightward shift. I would have difficulty with two more conservative appointments to the Supreme Court, but that's what we'd be looking at in a McCain administration. I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim, he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her son's grave. And as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards--Purple Heart, Bronze Star--showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then, at the very top of the headstone, it didn't have a Christian cross, it didn't have the Star of David, it had crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, and he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11, and he waited until he can go serve his country, and he gave his life. Now, we have got to stop polarizing ourself in this way. And John McCain is as nondiscriminatory as anyone I know. But I'm troubled about the fact that, within the party, we have these kinds of expressions.
So, when I look at all of this and I think back to my Army career, we've got two individuals, either one of them could be a good president. But which is the president that we need now? Which is the individual that serves the needs of the nation for the next period of time? And I come to the conclusion that because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he is reaching out all across America, because of who he is and his rhetorical abilities--and we have to take that into account--as well as his substance--he has both style and substance--he has met the standard of being a successful president, being an exceptional president. I think he is a transformational figure. He is a new generation coming into the world--onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I'll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Will He or won't He?

Ok Mr. Powell is going on Meet the Press on Sunday and most folks say he is going to endorse Obama. I am going to go out on a limb and say if I were a betting person ( well I am a betting person) I would say yes and I would say yes for a couple of reasons: #1 Mr. Powell and McCain have been friends for 35 years if he was going to vote for his friend the friend would know. #2. Mr. Powell still feels bitter about a few things that have happened when he served in the Bush W. administration, I believe he will be a senior adviser in the Obama administration and correct the wrongs he was previously apart of. Stay tuned I know I will.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

That's a Wrap!!!!!!!!

Well Mr. Obama start measuring the drapes. It’s all over for the voting.

If last night is any indication of the future of this campaign then this is a done deal.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What about some straight talk hope?

For the past few days there has been talk from each campaign staff. One camp says it is going to take it to him and the other says bring it on. While each camp wants to bill this debate as the next “Thriller in Manila” the American people want answers. We want answers about the economy, health care, and Iraq etc... After each question each candidate should ask themselves am I trying to deliver a knockout blow to my opponent or am I trying to give an answer to help the American people. It is my hope and prayer their answer is the latter because at this time we do not need any more knockouts we need so real straight talk hope.

Friday, October 10, 2008

There is Hope from the Maverick!

During a Town Hall meeting today in Minneapolis, a voter told John McCain that he was afraid of an Obama Presidency. Mr. McCain paused and
said “ My friend I want to win this election, but you do not have to be afraid of an Obama Presidency.” The look that John McCain had on his
face was very interesting, it showed how he regretted the damage that he has done over the past few weeks. It will be very interesting
to see if he will try to repair the dangerous damage he has done.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Shame on Us and McCain and Palin.

There are two things I have noticed from the observations of the debate last night.

#1 Everyone says the debate was boring and there was not a knockout punch from either candidate.

For years people have said they avoid politics because it is down and dirty yet when politicians act civil towards each other the public states the debates are boring. What does it say about
us as a society when we want to see two leading leaders fight? Dirty politics as I have said before does not help anybody and we need to stop looking for flash and style that is why we are in the mess
we are in right now. Let’s us demand from our candidates that they provide answers to our problems and insight on taking our country to a better place.

#2 Why is Senator McCain so angry and so rude to Barack Obama both in person and on the trail?

Senator McCain and his running mate have launched a very dangerous effort in painting Obama as dangerous. It is fine to attack Obama on the issues, but to scare people about a fellow U.S. Senator
is not smart and it borders on racism. The tone is fueling hate and it is not indicative of where we should be as a country. When Obama does win McCain and Palin will have a great deal of apologizing to do. It is also incumbent upon McCain to be civil to Obama, this does not include calling Obama “that one” and refusing to shake his hand.

McCain is going in a dangerous direction and it is very disappointing from a candidate who promised to run a clean campaign . The truth is this if Obama wins or loses he can look himself in a mirror and state he ran a 98% clean campaign. Too bad John McCain will not be able to do the same.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Check out Donna Brazille!

Donna Brazille is truly a woman of truth. Please watch this film of Ms. Brazille at a forum sponsored by the New Yorker. I could not have said it better myself.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Great speech on the American Worker.

I discovered the video on NPR today. It is the AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka's Remarks to USW Convention, July 1, 2008. It is one the most powerful things I have ever heard.

These are the things we should be talking about right now and not the negative campaigning that is going. The American people are the subject not the candidates. I wish everyone could see this video and truly understand what this election is all about.

Friday, October 3, 2008

America average will not do!

I am going to admit something that would shock some people. I was a lousy high school student. It would be easy for me to blame a great deal of things which contributed to this but it was over 20 years ago and quite frankly those four years were some of the worst of my life. However one semester I managed to get about 2 B’s and 3 C’s. When I came home and declared to my Mother how successful the semester was for me she looked at me and said “ Average is not going to get it in life. “ After several mishaps in life I think I finally get what my Mom was saying, and over the years I wish I had not settled for mediocrity. The truth is when you settle for mediocrity you loose, and take it from me it takes a great deal of time to make up for it .

As a country we cannot settle for mediocrity, it is what we have done for the past eight years and all you have to do is look at the unsuccessful wars, stock market and unemployment to know it will take about two Presidents(each serving eight years) to get us out of this mess. We need people in the Oval office who will not just relate to us but people who are capable of doing the job. America, average and just getting by and low expectations will not do. If we continue in the path future generations will look at us and always wonder why we settled.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

When did being an educated person become a bad thing!

I am posting the comments by Roland Martin about the VP debate. My question is when did being an educated person become a bad thing? It seems to me it is only a bad thing when it comes to a black person. What kind of message is this sending our children?