Archives for the Month of September 2008 on Through the Magnifying Glass
This nonsense $700B bailout must lead voters to throw out the duopoly of the Dems and Repubs
Enough is enough. Why do we continue to elect the same Congress with the same agenda of trying to "protect" the average American voter? Why do we go to the polls and elect a candidate that pretty much acts the same regardless of the party label attached to that person?
Isn't it time to throw out the establishment candidates?
Isn't it time to overthrow this two-party chokehold on our future?
If this were a true democracy, we would shun the MSM and the party trolls and vote for a candidate that truly represent our constituents.
Do not vote Democrat on November 4!
Do not vote Republican on November 4!
It's time to vote third party!
Ron Paul's take on bailout on Monday morning
Ron Paul Grills Bernanke
Today on CNBC (Sept 24)
Can we please import TMQ's into our Congress?
I just love this! I am so cracked up! We really should have TMQ's over here in the states.
Palin cannot even answer a softball question about national security
This may be the reason for the McCain campaign to keep Palin away from foreign policy questions and just concentrate on answering questions about being a hockey mom.
Sarah Palin made her first unscripted appearance Wednesday at a town hall meeting with John McCain.
A questioner throws up a softball about her national security credentials and she does the run-around.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Governor Palin, there has been quite a bit of discussion about your perceived lack of foreign policy experience. And I want to give you your chance. If you could please respond to that criticism and give us specific skills that you think you have to bring to the White House to rebut that or mitigate that concern.
PALIN: Well, I think because I’m a Washington outsider that opponents are going to be looking for a whole lot of things that they can criticize and they can kind of try to beat the candidates here, who chose me as his partner, to kind of tear down the ticket. But as for foreign policy, you know, I think that I am prepared and I know that on January 20th, if we are so blessed as to be sworn into office as your president and vice president, certainly we’ll be ready. I’ll be ready. I have that confidence. I have that readiness.
And if you want specifics with specific policy or countries, go ahead and you can ask me. You can even play stump the candidate if you want to. But we are ready to serve.
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You had 3,500 loyalists in that town hall meeting, and you were given a chance to say something unprepared, and Palin blows it.
Would anyone on the conservative side like to comment on this?
If McCain is satisfied with Palin's experience, he should remember this
Ron Paul and Third Party - Press Conference at National Press Club
Thank you C-SPAN!
Neo-RNC attempted to cancel Ron Paul's Rally
Are the neo-cons that much of being sore losers? According to the Minnesota Independent, the Republican National Committee (RNC) tried to get Ron Paul's Rally for the Republic event cancelled as well as the Rage Against the Machine concert at the Target Center.
Sources at City Hall and Target Center have confirmed this.
Mayor RT Rybak's office was contacted by Host Committee members who wanted his assistance in seeing to it that the events were cancelled. Fortunately, he refused.
Just another attempt for Republicans to show themselves without any discord.
The GOP really loves our heartland to death
WSJ's Thomas Frank gives his take on "The GOP Loves the Heartland to Death"
racism in the elevator
i like this one
McCain/Palin off base on sex ed
Perhaps conservatives can care to comment on a new McCain campaign ad that claims Obama's "one accomplishment" was a bill to teach sex ed to kindergarten kids.
The ad claims "Obama's one accomplishment" in the realm of education was "legislation to teach 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergarteners."
The truth was that Obama supported "age-appropriate" instruction for kindergartens with the focus on recognizing inappropriate touching, sexual assault, and rape.
Keep to the facts jack!
This ad actually insults our intelligence by expecting us to believe that Obama thinks kindergarteners should be taught how to use condoms before they're taught to read.
Local Maine TV Reporter takes it to McCain on Palin and wins!
Honestly, if Palin is so awesome, why can't McCain defend her?
Ron Paul - Press Statement to National Press Club
The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.
Carroll Quigley – Author of Tragedy & Hope
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The coverage of the presidential election is designed to be a grand distraction. This is not new, but this year, it’s more so than ever.
Pretending that a true difference exists between the two major candidates is a charade of great proportion. Many who help to perpetuate this myth are frequently unaware of what they are doing and believe that significant differences actually do exist. Indeed, on small points there is the appearance of a difference. The real issues, however, are buried in a barrage of miscellaneous nonsense and endless pontifications by robotic pundits hired to perpetuate the myth of a campaign of substance.
The truth is that our two-party system offers no real choice. The real goal of the campaign is to distract people from considering the real issues.
Influential forces, the media, the government, the privileged corporations and moneyed interests see to it that both party’s candidates are acceptable, regardless of the outcome, since they will still be in charge. It’s been that way for a long time. George Wallace was not the first to recognize that there’s “not a dime’s worth of difference” between the two parties. There is, though, a difference between the two major candidates and the candidates on third-party tickets and those running as independents.
The two parties and their candidates have no real disagreements on foreign policy, monetary policy, privacy issues, or the welfare state. They both are willing to abuse the Rule of Law and ignore constitutional restraint on Executive Powers. Neither major party champions free markets and private-property ownership.
Those candidates who represent actual change or disagreement with the status quo are held in check by the two major parties in power, making it very difficult to compete in the pretend democratic process. This is done by making it difficult for third-party candidates to get on the ballots, enter into the debates, raise money, avoid being marginalized, or get fair or actual coverage. A rare celebrity or a wealthy individual can, to a degree, overcome these difficulties.
The system we have today allows a President to be elected by as little as 32% of the American people, with half of those merely voting for the “lesser of two evils”. Therefore, as little as 16% actually vote for a president. No wonder when things go wrong, anger explodes. A recent poll shows that 60% of the American people are not happy with the two major candidates this year.
This system is driven by the conviction that only a major party candidate can win. Voters become convinced that any other vote is a “wasted” vote. It’s time for that conclusion to be challenged and to recognize that the only way not to waste one’s vote is to reject the two establishment candidates and join the majority, once called silent, and allow the voices of the people to be heard.
We cannot expect withdrawal of troops from Iraq or the Middle East with either of the two major candidates. Expect continued involvement in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Georgia. Neither hints of a non-interventionist foreign policy. Do not expect to hear the rejection of the policy of supporting the American world empire. There will be no emphasis in protecting privacy and civil liberties and the constant surveillance of the American people. Do not expect any serious attempt to curtail the rapidly expanding national debt. And certainly, there will be no hint of addressing the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationship with big banks and international corporations and the politicians.
There is only one way that these issues can get the attention they deserve: the silent majority must become the vocal majority.
This message can be sent to our leaders by not participating in the Great Distraction—the quadrennial campaign and election of an American President without a choice. Just think of how much of an edge a Vice President has in this process, and he or she is picked by a single person—the party’s nominee. This was never intended by the Constitution.
Since a principled non-voter sends a message, we must count them and recognize the message they are sending as well. The non-voters need to hold their own “election” by starting a “League of Non-voters” and explain their principled reasons for opting out of this charade of the presidential elective process. They just might get a bigger membership than anyone would guess.
Write-in votes should not be discouraged, but the electoral officials must be held accountable and make sure the votes are counted. But one must not be naïve and believe that under today’s circumstances one has a chance of accomplishing much by a write-in campaign.
The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two-party system, which in reality is a one-party system with no possible chance for the changes to occur which are necessary to solve our economic and foreign policy problems. This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment principled candidates—Baldwin, Barr, McKinney, Nader, and possibly others. (listed alphabetically)
Yes, these individuals do have strong philosophic disagreements on various issues, but they all stand for challenging the status quo—those special interest who control our federal government. And because of this, on the big issues of war, civil liberties, deficits, and the Federal Reserve they have much in common. People will waste their vote in voting for the lesser of two evils. That can’t be stopped overnight, but for us to have an impact we must maximize the total votes of those rejecting the two major candidates.
For me, though, my advice—for what it’s worth—is to vote! Reject the two candidates who demand perpetuation of the status quo and pick one of the alternatives that you have the greatest affinity to, based on the other issues.
A huge vote for those running on principle will be a lot more valuable by sending a message that we’ve had enough and want real change than wasting one’s vote on a supposed lesser of two evils.
RP: Reject the two-party system
"The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two-party system. This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates."
Libertarian-leaning congressman Ron Paul is urging voters to reject John McCain and Barack Obama and support one of the third-party candidates for president.
Paul, a Republican who abandoned his White House bid earlier this year, is gathering some of the candidates, independent Ralph Nader among them, on Wednesday to make his plea.
"The strongest message can be sent by rejecting the two party system," Paul said in prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press. "This can be accomplished by voting for one of the non-establishment, principled candidates."
He recommended Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party, former Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party, former Georgia Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party and possibly others. He invited them to his news conference Wednesday.
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We should be sick and tired of this two-party system. I am sure folks can praise this sort of "representative democracy," but the way both major parties work to limit the influence and scope of any third-party is undemocratic!
Why do we not complain about the amount of gerrymandering that is going on which guarantees that 95% of incumbents are re-elected? Why do we not complain about the government's massive deficits which includes the latest figure of $407 billion for this year? Why do we not complain when our national debt reaches past $10 trillion? Why do we always pick the lesser of two evils?
It's either the socialist Democrats or the fascist Republicans. Their core activists have driven out the moderates and the centrists and they use slick advertising and the usual slogans to convince the mainstream of America that they are the best party to lead America. We have gone through four decades of Democrats then 12 years of Republicans. Are we supposed to go along with this cycle of Democrats for another couple of years before the voters change their minds again?
It is time to "ruin" this election. There cannot be just Obama and McCain. It is time to overthrown the current establishment.
Cowards fail to help subway victim
It happened shortly after midnight on a SEPTA subway train (in Philly). A thirty-something guy with a child with him flew into a monstrous rage and attacked an unidentified man with a double-claw hammer. The victim did not know the attacker. He did not even provoke him. He was actually dozing off in his seat when the attacker used his hammer on the victim's head and neck.
This lasted five long minutes.
There were indeed witnesses. At least 10 of them. What did they do?
They did nothing when the attack moved from the train to the platform.
They did nothing when the hammer-wielding maniac tried to push his victim down onto the train tracks.
When the beating was finished, the victim staggered back on the train, bloodied, confused, and alone.
Even by that stage, there was still no one there to help him.
The victim managed to get to the local hospital nearby, and received several staples and sutures and was discharged.
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The cowards actually outnumbered this attacker at least 10 to one. Instead, they all dashed off the train during the brutal attack. Not even one tried to use their mobile phone to call police.
Ron Paul's Counter-Convention
Fox News Example of Lying about Ron Paul
It is very sad when Fox chooses to cut certain scenes to fit their argument (even a lying argument) about Ron Paul. Sometimes I do respect what Malkin is doing, but not for this. I hope she can look back at what she said, look at the video evidence of that debate, and take back her words.
Yep, this is way back in January, but I think people ought to have the courtesy of admitting mistakes they made in the past, and show that they are showing a fair and balanced viewpoint.
Lew Rockwell at Ron Paul's Rally for the Republic
At least it's televised on C-SPAN!
VP candidate Sarah Palin actually praised Ron Paul
In a February interview with MTV, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin lavished praise on maverick Republican contender Ron Paul.
The governor, who sported a Pat Buchanan pin at a 1999 rally for the renegade Republican presidential candidate (Pat says: "She's a great choice for the base ... She's a Buchananite"), described the anti-war, libertarian-leaning congressman from Texas as "cool."
"He's a good guy," she said of Paul. "He's so independent. He's independent of the party machine. I'm like, ‘Right on, so am I.'"
Paul supporters were delighted. In fact, they even began promoting Palin as a possible veep choice for the Texas congressman.
GOP placing restrictions on Ron Paul visiting the convention
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas kinda told CNN that the GOP has told him he can come to the convention floor only "under very, very restricted conditions."
It would seem that Paul can go to the floor to mingle with his 260 delegates, but the GOP party did not give a green light on Paul being accompanied by a political aide. They also want to have someone watch Paul during his visit on the floor.