Saturday, November 01, 2008

Election 08 Historical Horror

Never in all my years involved with the U.S. political system have I ever seen such a poor offering for president. First, John McCain. He's an honorable man to say the least and I've grown to admire him. My only criticism is that he must know something the rest of us don't know. It's true he's not been treated fairly by anyone except Fox News, and even Fox in their attempt to be "Fair and Balanced" have had pundits on that make slanderous accusations. Why? Because McCain is the "nice" guy.

It's important to note that McCain always seems to have trouble winning his re-election bids in Arizona but he's managed to do so for the last 23 years.

My concern for politics started on November 22 1963. Actually it was probably the 23rd that I actually knew who or what a president was. I was 6 years old when Jack Kennedy died. It touched me deeply for some reason. It felt like someone had killed a member of our family. It felt like Pearl Harbor had been bombed.

So LBJ was sworn in and elected again in 1964. Lyndon B. Johnson was a respectable man but will forever be stained with escalating the Vietnam war from a "conflict" into a "war". Yet LBJ was above scandal and left office in 69 quietly.

Richard Milhouse Nixon beats Hubert Horatio Humphrey in 1968. Nixon up to this point was the "shadiest" candidate to be elected. It's worth noting that in 1960, many credit JFK's victory over Nixon to the first televised debate. This is extremely fascinating in that; The voters that listened to the debate on the radio felt that Nixon won the debate, while those watching on television felt Kennedy won the debate. Much was made of Nixon's body language.

Nixon's reputation was tarnished by the "Watergate" incident when operatives of the Nixon re-election campaign were apprehended breaking into McGovern 72' campaign headquarters in an attempt to steal documents and plant wire taps. It was later learned that Nixon actively participated in a cover up and after 2 years of hearings and mounting evidence, Nixon would resign. It is also worthy of noting that the CRP for Nixon had an organization of illegal activities ranging from "cover up specialists" to "a money laundering account in Mexico to pay for said activities".
It again is worth noting that Nixon's knowledge of this "hit squad" has not been proven to an accurate point. The phrase "What did he know and when did he know it" became ubiquitous in 1969. Nixon's character was not an issue until it was exposed on June 17th 1968.

Gerald Ford, also an honorable man would replace Nixon as president and pardon Nixon from all criminal charges.

Ford would lose in 1976 to the Peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. Carter's reputation of being a "nice" guy would not be tarnished until 2008 when he met with heads of terrorist organizations at the age of 84. Many feel Carter means well but has lost a bit at the age of 84. His legacy actually begins after his presidency. He ran the economy into the ground. He left office with a 21% prime interest rate. 8 per cent unemployment and 52 hostages being held by Iranian terrorists in Tehran. As much as the democratic party will remark about the Camp David talks;it also marked the beginning of the west's conflict with the middle east. Carter's good work, just as Nixon's trips to China, will be tarnished. In Carter's case by huge government causing an economic crisis and a soft military that lead to a middle east conflict that hasn't gone away.

Ronald Reagan, the one time B list actor and former governor of California picked up the pieces of the Carter administration. The day Reagan was sworn into office, the Islamic terrorist in Tehran released the hostages. Ronald Reagan was a man of unquestionable character and faith. In his 2nd term political partisanism reared it's ugly head in the form of the Iran-Contra scandal involving Col.Oliver North. Reagan formed the "Tower" commission to investigate the sales of arms to Iran (to fight Iraq)and the funding of the contras to overthrow the Marxist regime in Nicaragua. Reagan was found innocent by "plausible deniability" in the contra affair.

VP Bush39 vs. George Dukakis 1988. Both men were decent men. Dukakis was leading the former vice president until he was asked a "Hypothetical" question about the death penalty. "Would you change your stance on the death penalty if your wife Kitty, were raped and murdered. He replied "No". This left the public with a perception of weakness on crime.

Again, both were good men.

1992: Bush 39 vs. W.J. Clinton vs. Ross Perot. The first semi serious 3 way race.
Bush was running on a legacy of being a WWII war hero, Freeing Kuwait from attacks by Saddam Hussein in Iraq, but many accused Bush 39 of not finishing the job by leaving an angry Saddam Hussein alive and in charge.

Ross Perot known as the Billionaire with a bad hair cut was a mysterious figure that had revolutionary Ideas that garnished him 18% of the republican vote. Many wonder if Perot was ever serious about running for president or was it just a smoke screen to get republican votes? His suspension of his campaign during the conventions was blamed on family threats supposedly made by the incumbent president which ultimately lead Clinton to the first minority vote victory.

William Jefferson Clinton. (D)Gov. Arkansas.

Clinton will be credited with a Bull Market that broke the 10,000 mark for the first time. His 8 years in office will be tarnished by immorality and impeachment by the house.

Clinton was not a bad or a good president or really a bad man, he just had "Issues". However many will argue that the Clintons have very dangerous acquaintances.

Clinton defeats Bob Dole in 1996. Bob Dole another former war hero uses negative campaigning to defeat a younger John McCain. Dole runs on the theme of "Look at our records". Not only does Dole have his age against him, but he has a blossoming economy and the Monica Lewinsky scandal was just starting to surface.

2000 Bush 41 vs former VP Al Gore. Bush 41 is best compared to the Wizard of Oz. "I'm not a bad man, I'm just a bad Wizard".

Al Gore, outlandish claims eg, "I'm the father of the Internet" and "Global Warming".

2000 was the messiest election in modern day history. But wait another 3 days.

2004 Bush 41 re-elected. John Kerry gaffes "We need an international litmus test before acting". Many saw this as a weak defense stance. Bush wins by 3%.

2008 Barack Hussein Obama. The mystery man with many documented criminal connections and very little political achievement. For the first time I see America divided by Ethics. It's been documented that Obama has been influenced by terrorists (William Ayers/Bernadette Doren) American Haters (Jeremiah G.D. America Wright)Acorn (13 states of voter reg. fraud) Saul Alinski (the father of modern radicalism) Rasheed Khalidi (former spokesperson for the P.L.O) and Raila Odinga (communist Muslim prime minister who initiated Sharia law in Kenya; and he's Obama's cousin)

What scares me personally about the Obama campaign isn't so much the candidate, but the realization that the Candidate has massive support by Americans and the Media that don't give a damn about his Shady connections. And we're not talking guilt by association, it's guilt by participation. These are really bad people that Obama has given praise to. If it doesn't bother Democrats; what does that say for that party? Never could you compare a Richard Nixon or even a Hubert Humphrey to this candidate. In years past, America would have never tolerated it. What's happened to America's values on the left? I say I don't fear the candidate because I , as many Americans, are quick to anticipate an assassination if he is elected. This would then lead to an ugly maybe even bloody civil unrest. But there is a contingency in the south that has vowed not to let a black man in the white house. Let's pray that it's done with votes and not bullets.

Please America; Vote with your conscience.


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