The economy has hit rock bottom, people are witnessing the decline of their price of homes, terrorism is all over the world, Afghanistan is in turmoil, and the situation in Iraq leaves much to be desired, but Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California believes it is important for the states of America to put their problems on hold in order to change the Constitution and make it possible for foreign born individuals to become president of the United States. If the Constitution was changed, the Terminator would jump in at the opportunity to terminate any opposing candidate in order to win the election. “I am always the person that looks for the next big goal. I love challenges.” Arnold apparently believes his record as governor would be enough to earn him entry to the White House.
He points out that Ronald Reagan was right about spending time in Hollywood before entering politics. Ron once said l”if he wouldn’t have the training in acting, this would have been a very difficult job.” Let’s see, Ron as president doubled the national debt, set in motion a crazy belief in ending government controls over business, broke unions, didn’t give a damn about civil rights, helped Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran, etc…Yes, Ron and Arnie are perfect examples of how acting can cover up incompetence.
Posted in 2008 Elections, Human Rights, Multicultural, Peace, Politics, Republicans, United States, World News
Tagged foreign born, president, Reagan, Schwarzenegger
The selection of Governor Sarah Palin as a candidate for vice president reveals more about the intellectual process of John McCain than about any other factor in this race. The Republican nominee for president met Governor Palin once, held a conversation with her, and then made his decision. McCain supporters hail this process as one revealing his willingness to take risks and be decisive. Anyone who has participated in an executive search understands the need for careful investigation of the candidate through extensive discussions and posing them problems they will confront once in office. McCain may have “gut feelings” but, at this point, does he have any awareness of Governor Palin’s grasp of complex international issues? A Republican supporter of Palin last night on CNN responded to the question about her foreign policy knowledge by exclaiming: “Alaska is up there by Russia, of course she knows about foreign policy.” One suspects John McCain’s process of learning about her foreign policy knowledge is not much intelligent than this remark.
John McCain just made his first important executive decision and it revealed a man who is impulsive and lacks sound judgment. He probably never met a conflict or crisis in which resort to military action was not the solution. He has a tendency to go “with his gut,” an approach which can be correct, but also runs the risk of serious miscalculations. Senator McCain is 72 and has had numerous illnesses in his life. Given that background, one would have expected a more conservative and intelligent process of deciding who would be his running mate.
CNN last night presented numerous Republicans who gushed about Governor Palin’s “executive experience.” One could place Alaska in Brooklyn and have millions of people left over. Why didn’t McCain select the Borough President of Brooklyn, after all at least he has executive experience dealing with urban issues? There is no doubt Governor Palin has done important reform work in Alaska, but she has never dealt with urban issues, complex problems of the economy, interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, or international issues. Does she have an extensive background in constitutional history? What exactly does John McCain know about her knowledge?
The United States of America is at an historic juncture in its history. The Republican party has put forth an impulsive man whose reputation is one of anger and resort to violence when thwarted in obtaining his desires and a poorly educated and ignorant individual. Character is an important factor in selecting a president, but after the past eight years of incompetence brought on by individuals who acted on “gut reaction” it is time for an intellectual approach to complex issues.
Posted in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, Conservatives, Democrats, Gender Issues, George Bush, Human Rights, Liberals, Multicultural, Peace, Politics, Republicans, United States, US Foreign Policy, World News
Tagged McCain, Palin, president
The European Union has changed its system of who serves in the role of President of Europe. Up to this point in time, it has been held on a rotating process in which various countries take turns selecting the person who will fill the position. However, in the coming months a new process will have the position filled by an individual who will serve a two and a half year term. Tony Blair, former prime minister of England is viewed by many as the person who should take over the job. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France described Blair as “the most European of all Britons” and said he would be an excellent choice. However, many Europeans have misgivings because of Blair’s close ties with George Bush and his support of the Iraq war. Another question is whether Blair would accept a job that is more symbolic than having power.
The position of president of Europe may well begin with limited power for the possessor of the job, but, time and circumstances could well increase power vested in the position.
President Putin addressing his political party, United Russia, at their congress, indicated he might be receptive to the idea of becoming prime minister after he steps down as president next year. “Heading the government is a realistic idea, but it is too early to think about this now.” He said before making such a decision he would have to know there was a president who is an “orderly, capable, and effective person.” Of course, last month he made an old friend, Zubkov, the prime minister, a man who fits the qualifications Putin is desiring in a president.
In other words, Putin wants a front man serving as president who will obey the ringmaster, Vladmir Putin. Putin will never achieve greatness because he lacks understand of his nation’s need for leaders who can step down from power and entrust others with that responsibility. Power dominates Putin’s mind and he will not surrender it, even if it means circumventing the Russian constitution.