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August 04, 2009

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ChunLing

My sister's a home-birther. She had her first child at a hospital, didn't like the experience at all, and started having kids at home. I guess she was something of a "broad" back in the day, though she was never a drinker. She was a team leader for a building services contractor, which is to say more of a construction worker than an interior decorator. But her children won't be paying social security for anyone.

The real scandal with Sarah Palin's wardrobe was that they didn't even buy the clothes in her sizes. By some mysterious accident, the female staffers charged with buying her wardrobe were not told her sizes, so they bought outfits in various sizes which somehow just happened to correspond pretty well to the sizes of the staffers doing the buying. Palin never wore any of the clothes supposedly bought for her, partly because almost none of them would have fit her anyway.

The moral of the story here is that you shouldn't get involved with people who are just planning to use you as a scapegoat for their own failings. The McCain people lost the election before Palin was ever asked aboard, everything after that became an exercise in creative assignment of blame. I have trouble knowing whether McCain himself was just that clueless or whether he's got ranks in duplicity...either way I'm really glad he's not President.

As for Obama...I'm actually pretty pleased with what he's accomplished. American's are beginning to realize that their entire system of government has been corrupted beyond all hope of repair. I know that there are people who think that America could have avoided total economic and social catastrophe if everything had been done exactly right by the administration, but they seem to be overlooking the fact that doing the right thing is a result of character. From fielding good candidates for office to supporting sane policy, government depends absolutely on the people for the ability to "do the right thing". If the people aren't in the habit of doing what's right, then it isn't like the government will be able to suddenly do the right thing.

The first step in learning to do the right thing is to become uncomfortable with the consequences of doing the wrong thing. By promising complete transparency while withholding even the most basic information about himself and his policies, Barack Obama is helping to make America uncomfortable. So I think he should keep withholding all those records (if they don't raise any questions about his Presidency). At the very least, he shouldn't let anything go without a pitched legal battle. America is so badly screwed up, and Americans so complacent, that pretty much anything unpleasant is bound to be good for you.

Colette Moran


Ok -- I'm all for "shaking things up" -- and it seems they have been. Just take a look at what's happening at town hall meetings lately...

But to say that Obama has "accomplished" *anything* is a joke. Maybe it took his election to wake some people up -- especially many of those who voted for him -- but we are going to have to endure and fight against BO's destruction of our country and our way of life -- that he wants to change FOR THE WORSE not BETTER -- tooth and nail for the next 3 1/2 years!

I think it's too high a price to pay for a jolt to the system that we may have needed in order to make real progress.


ChunLing

Yeah, I prefer to see things without needing to be hit over the head. But it seems to be a minority view. I guess that's that what-do-you-call-it...free will.

The thing is...as a rather clever demotivator put it, "It could be that the purpose of your life is to serve as a warning to others." To be free, we need to have knowledge of the different consequences of various possible actions. I'd rather learn from the mistakes of others than make those mistakes myself, but unless everybody is the bookish type, somebody does have to make the mistakes for the benefit of those not inclined to read.

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