Friday, September 21, 2012

Abandoning The Freedom Agenda


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For decades, Republicans were known as the "daddy party" and the Democrats as the "mommy party". The Republicans earned the "daddy" label by being perceived as stronger on national security and defense. However, recent polling shows the public's perception may be changing.

Two factors account for the shift in public opinion. The first is Obama's record on fighting terrorism. Osama bin Ladin is dead. Also, Obama has been much more aggressive than Bush as far as using of drones.

The other factor is the GOP's foolish decision to walk away from the Freedom Agenda. Worse. Not only has the GOP walked away from the Freedom Agenda. Now they seem to be openly cheering for the Arab Spring to fail just so they can criticize the Obama administration.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hosni Mubarak Was Not A Friend Or Ally


The beatification by right wing pundits of the Mubarak regime is just about complete.
 
On Sean Hannity's cable show Ann Coulter declared that a time machine is needed to undo the Arab Spring. Sitting next to her, Hannity nodded approvingly. Yes, the same Hannity who during the Bush administration was cheerleading the Freedom Agenda. I know. I used to listen to his radio show on a regular basis.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Thoughts On The Democrat Convention

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No balloon drop at the Democrat convention. President Obama's speech was scheduled to be delivered outdoors. Democrats said the speech was moved indoors because of potential thunderstorms. The Right blogosphere claims that the speech was moved because Obama could not fill the stadium. Whatever the reason, I think it worked out for the better for the Democrats.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

God, Jerusalem: Unforced Error By The Democrats

The Democrat convention was humming along nicely. Serving red meat to fire up the base during the afternoon hours when the independent voters are more likely to be working than watching political conventions. Then packing the prime time hour with powerful speeches geared towards wooing the undecided.

Just as the pundits were busy congratulating the convention planners, Democrats decided to hand the Republicans a talking point. They adopted a platform that omitted any mention of God and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Republican Jewish Coalition couldn't be happier. Obama stabbing Israel in the back is their favorite talking point. Romney immediately pounced on this development as evidence that he was right that Obama had "thrown Israel under the bus."

Can't blame them. This is politics. When your opponent hands you a knife, you do not put it in your pocket for safekeeping.

To their credit the Democrats quickly realized the mistake and proceeded to reinsert the language. However, this produced the following embarrassing moment:



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Race, Gender And The Empty Chair


I have been thinking about writing this piece for quite sometime. Discussing anything related to discrimination, race is always very difficult. It can quickly degenerate into name calling and unfounded charges of racism.

Despite electing the first African American to the highest office in the land - if not the world - the issue of race still remains just below the surface and retains its explosive quality.

And frankly, I do not see this changing anytime soon especially in light of the fact that both parties gain electoral advantages by using race.