Thursday, April 17, 2008

mean talking blues


In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) from Autobiography of Mark Twain

like most folks who are anxiously waiting for the much needed sea-change in american politics – particularly when it comes to the office of president - I’m anxious to see what will happen in next tuesday’s pennsylvania primary. so last night I tuned in to ABC’s much hyped ‘debate’ between barack and hillary. I naively believed I was actually going to hear about the issues. well, was I ever disappointed and much of the time I was not only disappointed but disgusted. issues – you know things like: global climate change crisis, education, the u.s ranking 37th in terms of our health care system (with a similar position in terms of key health indicators), the war in iraq (actually in all fairness there was a brief mention of the iraq war when clinton described her ‘plan’ for a pull-out), the fact that eight years of the bush administration has destroyed the country's economy*, and so on and so forth.

the so-called ‘moderators,’ charles gibson and george stephanopolous, were jokes. were they instructed to play to the lowest common denominator? instead of raising intelligent issue oriented questions, they just pulled out tired-ass topics (such as, the pastor at obama's church; a remark barack made at a dinner that wasn’t phrased very well, and so on and so forth) that encouraged hillary to embrace her attack-dog persona and resulted on putting barack on the defensive for much of the evening.

who won last night's debate? in my book we were all losers. but, in terms of the candidates, for me barack was the clear winner - he refused to get down and wallow in the mud with hillary, charlie and george.

'mean talking blues' by woody guthrie -to see a vid showcasing issues that should have been addressed last night click here

*thanks lee for the head's up on hightower's marvelous site.

photo: nyc street art, april 2008

5 comments:

Dumdad said...

It's such a puzzle to a Briton - two people from the same party tearing each other apart. Nuts!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes! And I agree - it's always fun to find other bloggers in the Cleveland area. Glad to "meet" you!

WAT said...

Yeah, most people I have talked to about the debate said it was rather BLAH, and what little I heard also makes me feel it was kind of a BORE too. LET US JUST VOTE ALREADY! This whole damn campaign is getting exhausting!

lettuce said...

it seems to be such a crucial election for you - must be so frustrating.

and.... what dumdad said!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

dd & lettuce - I have always been very envious of the british (parliamentary) system which gives people the opportunity to have a 'vote of no confidence' and get rid of a politician - unfortunately, in the states we're stuck with a politician even if he's metaphorically raping and pillaging the country (evidence w and his posse) eh gads.

jeanne - ;)

wat - the dems are going to need time to heal and get their shit together - right now the animosity between hil and barack is starting to cause 'moderate democrats' to turn to john (more of the same) mccain.....this will NOT do!!

mccain, unfortunately I'm afraid the iraq occupation, appears to have triggered a type of horrid flashback for him and brought forward in his psyche resulting in an uber-aggressive stance toward the situation - evidence his remarks about how he believes iraq can be the war with out end (well 100 years).....eeks!

the democrats must stop eating their own and focus on the issues - even when the media tries to redirect to various red herrings...

okay that's enough of a rant - time to make the coffee!