Debate? Who cares?
I’m voting for Teh Cute!
I’m in an agony of haste at the moment, but I want to put something on the record:
In tonight’s VP debate, if Sarah Palin cannot hold her own even against a somewhat biased moderator, she’s not fit for the Presidency.
I’m pleased to see this post by Todd Zywicki:
Just a quick personal word on Gwen Ifill as debate moderator and her possible bias on the debate. I appeared on The Newshour one night with her to discuss bankruptcy reform. I found her to be eminently fair and well-prepared. She understood the key issues and asked pointed questions for both myself and the other guest. Based solely on the broadcast I would not have been able to discern what her position was. But of all the interviews I’ve done with the media, I founder her to be one of the smartest and most even-handed interviewers that I’ve dealt with.
I’m guessing that she will bend over backwards to be fair, now that her planned book about Obama is public knowledge. If she does not, if her bias becomes evident, there will be mass sympathy for Palin.
I don’t want that. I want Palin to face off against Biden, not the moderator.
I won’t be at all surprised if Ifill acknowledges her book at the start of the show.
Edwin Leap says the most important thing you will read today:
…The modern emergency department is a kind of social sciences laboratory. In fact, about 30 years into the existence of the specialty of emergency medicine, I feel comfortable saying that we have shown.with remarkable precision that the more radical social revolutions of the 20th century were shameful, stunning failures. And the reason I can say it is not based on carefully designed studies, or because I’ve observed it from the comfort of the ivory tower of academia, but because I, and many others like me, treat the casualties of those social revolutions day, after day, after day. Some examples, you ask?
The mantra of ‘free love’ that began in the 60’s wasn’t about liberation; it was about enslavement to the desires of those who started it and who wanted no restraint on their behavior.
Do you know why I see children who are anxious and afraid? Do you know why children seek each other out for sex, and have children of their own at such young ages? Because they are terrified. Why is that? They lack the peace of safe and stable families. They lack the boundaries and discipline, born of love, that proper families give. They want the protection, wisdom, affection of a man and woman, together for the long haul. Without those things, we see what we do in the ER; teen mothers, teen fathers, irresponsible parents shifting sexual alliances from week to week, month to month, moving in with lovers and moving away from them.
As noted in comments there, ERs have a huge selection bias. Also, I believe there’s a big difference between condemning bad behavior socially, and punishing it with the law. Sure, drugs are bad, but the War on Drugs is even worse, because it deprives even the sober of their freedom.
Nevertheless, the attitudes Leap describes are real. My generation, the hippie generation, the peace and love and grooviness generation, is to blame, and we will go down in history as social traitors who destroyed, in only one or two generations, the richest, freest, most powerful nation that has ever been.
I cannot resist adding: Obama and his party whole-heartedly embrace the attitudes and policies Leap excoriates. The eyes of Palin, her running mate, and their party leaders, are clouded by decades of socialist, feel-good pap, but they dimly perceive the truth (McCain, of course, survived years of the tender, loving instruction of Obama’s idols), and they are struggling, however weakly, to campaign on the twin pillars of liberty and duty.
I was completely tickled by the nomination of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Senator John McCain’s running mate, simply because it so obviously threw both the press and the Obamessiah campaign into such a tizzy. I have not laughed so hard and so long in a long time, as I did watching CNN “cover” the announcement last Thursday.
It’s hard not to let that good humor spill over into outright approval, particularly since her acceptance speech said many things I agree with, particularly Palin’s attacks on her opponents.
I don’t want “an advocate in the White House”.
I just want you creeps to stay out of my way.
And, in the midst of entirely-justified conservative and even libertarian howling about the hypocrisy of the Obama campaign, and the socialist/liberal camp generally, The Daily Show reminds us that politicians are all lying, hypocritical thugs who do not deserve the power to tell us how to live our lives:
Via The Agitator, and do read the comments there.
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