Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Purpose /Poll Driven Election

One would think that if a person decides to run for POTUS that his purpose in running and the principles he stands for would already be firmly in established.

However, because polls not principles drive politicians, the Republican National Committee is asking for your input to develop their platform for the next four years. Under the Accountability in Education category, here's some of the suggested areas for comment. I offer my comments in bold.

Should the government continue to test students in reading and math? No.

Should we increase spending on science education? No.

How do we attract high quality teachers? You let parents do the hiring and make them responsible for the teacher's paycheck.

What is the proper federal role in state and local educational systems? There isn't one. See the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Should the No Child Left Behind law be reformed, and how? No, it should be repealed and now. See the Tenth Amendment.

In an effort to be fair and balanced, there's a a similar site set up for the Democrats, Listening to America.

Does anyone really believe either campaign is really listening to the masses? Honestly, the media loves Obama; and Obama loves Obama. What any one else has to say is just not relevant.

Obama has also a website up for young evangelical voters. That's the outreach that was supposed to be called the Joshua Generation. The site goes live in August. I have yet to meet any young evangelicals for Obama, most were for Ron Paul or Huckabee and haven't waivered.

McCain is also close to announcing his running mate and getting the Dobson endorsement. Is that a coordinated strategy to get the evangelical vote or to get some media attention?

Whatever the case, I don't think it will matter. The media loves Obama; and Obama loves Obama. What anyone else has to say is irrelevant.

I've actually met very few evangelicals who like either candidate. (Paging Dr. Paul)

They must be out there, but undecided, because both McCain and Obama have agreed to a forum (not a debate) with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church. I guess when both candidates are liberal, previous interpretations of the separation of church and state are ignored. Warren will be asking for input from an imam and a rabbi, but he will ask all the questions. He's planning to ask questions like "What's the most difficult decision you've had to make, and how did you make it? " Do you think either candidate will say their vote on the surge in Iraq?

Whatever the case, I don't think it will matter. The media loves Obama; and Obama loves Obama. What anyone else has to say is irrelevant.

I think election fatigue (or is it Obama fatigue) is starting to set in. Can't we just hold the election today and get it over with? But even if we voted today, I don't think it will matter. The media loves Obama; and Obama loves Obama. In their mind, he's already President.

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