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I'm somewhat worried this will turn into a political ramblings blog, but... of the things on my mind at the moment, it's the one that interests me. I might post up a few lessons learned from my .NET playing, too, but will see what happens.

One thing that's really struck me, in retrospect... I was annoyed that the Republicans were bashing Obama for being a community organizer at the RNC to begin with, but as I think more on it it's making even less sense. Republicans are the party that's for less government and more for people stepping up and taking care of things on their own, right? So why is it that party that's slamming working in the community when you don't have a government-appointed responsibility to do so? Isn't that entirely bass-ackwards? I mean, you'd think Republicans would be applauding someone doing something like that.

Just one of the things that annoys me.

I'll be honest, when McCain won the Republican nomination, I was happy. I've always been left-leaning, but I told my wife at that point that I was pretty pleased with the prospects of the election. At that point, it was pretty clear it would be Clinton, McCain or Obama as president, and I was thinking I could be happy with and potentially support any of them. I did like the glimpses I'd seen of McCain from his tenure as a Senator (I don't watch things too closely, so that's why they were only glimpses). But as the campaign has worn on... he seems like an entirely different person as a nominee than he was as a senator or even as a candidate for the Republican nomination. I hope if he does win he ends up leaning more towards where he was as a Senator, but... honestly, the more I see of how he's running the campaign, the less I want to see him elected.

Having fun with this project, hoping everything works out well. Will see what happens, but nice to see things starting to come together. Hopefully soon.

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From: nokomarieDate: September 12th, 2008 - 03:43 pm(Link)
Seems I agree with you. I liked the McCain of eight years ago, not so much now. But Obama is inexperienced. Thing is, if we elect Obama, I suspect the world would be a lot happier with us.
From: nylanDate: September 12th, 2008 - 05:18 pm(Link)
Yeah, he is, but honestly that's not the thing that scares me most about him. What scares me isn't the thought that he won't be able to accomplish what he's promising, it's that he will. I've always kinda felt that our government works better when we come together. I don't think the Republicans or the Democrats have all the right answers, and I think we tend to get the best solutions out of Washington when we're forced to set aside those differences and work out compromises that accomplish (to some degree) the goals of both.

I think that's really the tragedy that caught Bush. It wasn't just that he made some poor decisions, it was that there was no one to call him on them, really. He had a Republican Congress behind him that wasn't doing proper oversight and wasn't providing the balance it was supposed to. Now Congress leans Democrat, and I'm really at least mildly afraid that if we elect Obama, we will see the sweeping changes that he's talking about. Maybe that's for the best, there are some dire problems facing us at the moment. But big change on that scale will always scare me a bit.

I liked McCain, but I don't like the direction his campaign has been going. Hopefully we'll see a return to who he used to be in the debates, but I'm really kinda doubting it at this point. The Saddleback forum discussion was kinda depressing. He seems kinda like someone who's jaded with the whole process and has just given up. I have a hard time believing Palin was his first choice, and I have a hard time believing his views on the issues are where the campaign portrays them at times. The Saddleback forum discussion was just painful. I'm sure he gave all the "correct" conservative answers, but... I don't know, I guess I'm just looking for a bit more thoughtful positions on things. Not saying the conservative view isn't thoughtful, saying he didn't explain any of the thought that went into why he felt that way. Especially on issues that he's changed his stance on, I really want to know why the change... and I don't feel like he's opened up on that yet.

Hoping for the debates, kinda doubting it'll give what I'm hoping though.
From: wndrdrDate: September 12th, 2008 - 04:30 pm(Link)
good to hear from you on ljland again!

political or not, i always enjoy your posts
From: nylanDate: September 12th, 2008 - 05:42 pm(Link)
Did you see my post on Palin and the book banning thing? She didn't actually ban any books, but she did talk to the librarian about how the librarian would respond if she did. And she fired and re-hired the librarian a few times, though it sounded like that might not have been about the book banning thing. Odd situation.

One of the really odd things, to me, is that she keeps stressing she said "thanks but no thanks to that bridge to nowhere." Now, not counting whether or not she supported the thing (she certainly said she wouldn't stand in the way of it when she was running for Governor) or her stance on earmarks in general (hiring a consultant to try to get them for her town when she was a mayor, for instance)... the thing that made me blink that I haven't heard much of anything about in the press is... yeah, she was the one who finally killed the bridge to nowhere (after many others had hurt and perhaps already mortally wounded the project)... but the state kept the money the government had invested in the bridge project. So even though she said "thanks but no thanks" she took the money? Uhhhhhhhhhh, 'scuse? And this is something you're campaigning on?

That bugs me. Maybe it shouldn't but it does.
From: wndrdrDate: September 13th, 2008 - 04:29 am(Link)
no I agree with you on this, i seriously do not care for Palin, but truth be told.. I am very concerned... I somehow feel the republicans will win

and as strange as that may seem... whereas before i didnt care who won.. suddenly i do

and you know why? Me either.. maybe I want to see some new 'young' blood.. old republicans are not helping.. we new new thoughts.. new attitudes.. even if I get stuck in my ways, I like the change my thinking.. move forward progressively and not sit and stagnate

Obama may be young and inexperienced.. he may not be able to pull America out of the bush slump.. but.. I think he can bring forth new ideas that may not show much fruition NOW but will down the road once the dice get rolling..

I know I am sounding 'vague' and not detailed, but it is a FEELING

when i think McCain... I do not FEEL youthful.. good.. energetic.. forward..

When i think Obama.. I do..

I dont think anyone can actually do everything they are claiming they will do.. but I think Obama can get something moving towards the future.. put america on a slightly different path of thinking..

would that be so bad?
From: montreyDate: September 13th, 2008 - 11:54 am(Link)
not to mention supporting the project right up until Congress cut the funding.
From: (Anonymous)Date: September 12th, 2008 - 06:15 pm(Link)
From: nylanDate: September 12th, 2008 - 06:17 pm(Link)
Ens and I eloped and we're having a lovely honeymoon in bora bora. All sparked by that wonderful hug.
From: montreyDate: September 13th, 2008 - 11:58 am(Link)
I liked Jon Stewart's ad-lib for the GOP mocking community organizers: "All you hard working Americans trying to make your town or community a better place... fuck you!"