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Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Carter’

Where Does Obama Stand on Gun Rights?

Posted by Ryan on June 29, 2008

We’ve all seen the video from February where Obama agreed wholeheartedly with the 32-year-old DC gun ban, then when the Supreme Court interpreted the 2nd Amendment to mean what it says last week, he was for that too even though it overturned the 32-year-old DC gun ban.

This incident recently reminded me of something my father once said about why on God’s Green Earth the American people voted for Jimmy Carter in 1976:  aside for the Ford/Nixon pardon-thing, the American people found Carter affable because he was for everything they we for!  Whenever he spoke to a new crowd, he told them what they wanted to hear, blurring the lines between what he really wanted to do.  The result was a candidate, then President, who many people thought they agreed with, but in fact did not. 

A recent Rasmussen poll indicates that 43% of the people think Obama disagreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling, while a full 41% think he did agree with the ruling!  It seems like the Obama campaign is being effective at telling people what they want to hear when they want to hear it.  It doesn’t really concerns me where Obama stands on this issue (we all know he won’t appoint anyone to the courts who would have voted to uphold the Constitution) but this is a potential problem for the Fall — saying whatever to whoever and getting away with it.  Add that to the poor state of the McCain camp and we don’t have a prayer.

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McCain’s $300 Million Prize

Posted by Ryan on June 23, 2008

John McCain, if elected President, would offer a $300 million prize for any company or individual that produces a car battery which leapfrogs over the current wimpy ones on the market.  I like the approach.  Here’s my take:

Telling us that in order to eventually get away from gas, the government will encourage innovation by giving a huge financial reward for your product in a time of great need is great.  It was one of the few things I really liked about Mike Huckabee’s approach which John McCain has adopted.  Using the power of American innovation, the collective mind of the American people, and the free market, McCain’s idea will encourage us to get positively involved in the process on a national level, rather than keeping us as a powerless spectator wincing at the whims of almighty Washington dictates of conservation or diminution (you know, Jimmah Carter’s long-underpants speeches during the cold winters of 1977-78).

Telling us that gas prices will go up forever, so we must suck it up and wait around for a magic alternative energy source while we all suffer in the interim is a negative way of looking at things, and the solution the Dems have awaiting us if we become an Obama Nation this Fall.  No real answers, just accusations and more of the same.

I love capitalism. I also think that people are best motivated when positive reinforcement is used, and the best ideas arise from necessity, competition, and incentives to solve problems — I’m a conservative, hence I’m an optimist at heart. 

In my opinion, if government must get involved in something it should be in one of these four areas: defense, infrastructure, education and technology (DIET for short).  McCain’s proposal is a market-oriented way that the government is helping on the technology front.  I have no problem with contests of this sort.  In addition, I think McCain should also add that the designer of the super-battery be given sole rights to the patent for at least two decades to ensure a huge future cash windfall for the designer.

AP photo.

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Historians: McCain’s Going to Lose

Posted by Ryan on June 15, 2008

According to this Politico story, historians (mostly liberal ones rooting for Obama I sure) give McCain a small chance of winning in the Fall.  (The rest of this post may seem like a little inside baseball if you’re not an historian.)

One historian compared this election to 1932, when FDR trounced Hoover.  Another compared it to the 1980 thumping of Jimmy Carter or Ike’s 1952 smackdown of Adlai Stevenson.  Some, more reasonable historians have related this to 1968, but on both ends: McCain as Humphrey, tied too closely to the party in power, as well as McCain as Nixon, taking advantage of a Democrat Party in total disarray.  Some cite historical cycles, which I can see hinders McCain in this case, and that those candidates tied to incumbent party’s popularity go against McCain in this cycle.

The article falls flat for me when it states that “the Democratic-controlled Congress is nearly as unpopular as the president.”  Um… not quite: the Democrat-controlled Congress is considerably LESS popular than Bush, by nearly half.  Remember, McCain is not an incumbent, and in the last non-incumbent race (1952) the war-hero trounced the intellectual and articulate liberal.  Plus, like Richard Nixon in 1968, everyone knows McCain, and unlike Jimmy Carter in 1976, the more we know about Obama, the more he seems like more of the same — he’s not a refreshing outsider like Carter seemed, rather Obama’s an unaccomplished political opportunist who occasionally doesn’t even know who his friends are.

I agree with the premise that McCain’s got a tough road, but so does Obama in my opinion:  we are at war, Obama is too inexperienced, has a cowardly voting record, and he’s not very bright when pushed on the issues. 

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Carter Gives Advice to Obama

Posted by Ryan on June 4, 2008

Don’t do it, dude!  Just don’t do it! 

That was the gist of Jimmah Carter’s advice to Obama.  “It” being Obama naming She Who Must Not Be Named as Veep.  However, others have a different point of view, saying that putting the She-Witch on the ticket could unite the party! 

Or it could, as Carter aptly notes, bring someone on the ticket who has super-high negatives in the general population.  That’s actually a good point!  Another great point is that Obama needs to pick someone who compensates for his flaws.  Seems like common sense, but all the press on Obama and SWMNBN has been through the lens of the Democrat Party and not the general population.  This kind of issue keeps the Operation Chaos going strong.

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The Democrat Race… as of Right Now

Posted by Ryan on June 3, 2008

Barack Obama is on the verge of officially claiming victory over She Who Must Not Be Named. 

This morning MSNBC was reporting that insiders believed SWMNBN was going to effectively drop out tonight.  Then, denials from the campaign.  No shock from NBC, the media wing of Obama’s campaign, for running with the rumors.

Later today, talk of a possible Veep deal.

That’s about where we are as of this hour: she’s out… no she’s still in yet possibly entertaining Obama’s Veep if offered. 

Predictably, Obama’s likely to win Montana and South Dakota today and with the flood of superdelegates, grab the appropriate numbers for the nomination.

Finally this:  Jimmah Carter’s gonna endorse Obama.  Whoopee!  Can’t wait to watch all the new craziness go down tonight!

AP photo.

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An Early Wake Up Call For Republicans

Posted by Ryan on May 6, 2008

Newt Gingrich issued this “wake up call” to national Republicans in an attempt to prevent electoral disaster this Fall.  Newt makes a series of great points in this article (even a shout-out to Boris Johnson!) about the impending train-wreck, but also offers 9 solutions to the Republican conundrum facing the party this Fall. 

I believe that if Republicans do not heed the call, we could be looking at 1974 (in Congressional races) and 1976 (in the presidential race) all in one cycle!  OK, those elections gave us Jimmah Carter and hurt the Dems in the long-run… however, American still got a Jimmah Carter and had to dredge through those horrible times.  Obama (the likely nominee for the Dems) is potentially the new Jimmah Carter for this nation (he’s practically running on the same shallow populist bilge).

If we had a formula to avoid it in 1976, I think the Republicans would have taken it.  Newt’s ideas are bold, positive and immediately doable; we might just have a formula for victory this Fall!

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Despite Outcry, Jimmah Set to Visit Hamas Leader

Posted by Ryan on April 12, 2008

By now most of you have heard that Jimmah Carter is going to Syria next week, where he’s most likely going to meet up with an exiled Hamas leader, Khaled Mashaal.  Jimmah, who has called Israel “an apartheid state” in the past and continues to be predictably on the wrong side of history, becomes the first significant American figure to meet with leadership of this terrorist group since (ready for this) Jesse Jackson two years ago!  Jimmah and Jesse in the same sentence.

The Carter Center is being vague and dodgy on the specifics of his trip, which should tell one everything they need to know.  The State Department, including Condoleezza Rice, has publicly asked that Carter not do this, but Carter is adamant about promoting “human rights” in the region. 

So, let me get this straight: American policy and interventionism in the historically volatile Mideast is bad, but planning and actually blowing up and shooting Jews is OK, plus Saddam should have continued filling mass graves with Shi’ite civilians and dissidents because it’s America that poses the biggest danger to world peace?  Right.

And how did this clown ever become President?

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Two Welcome Endorsements for Obama

Posted by Ryan on April 3, 2008

Here are two endorsements that came out for Obama today that should make Republicans feel a little bit better about November.  With high-profile friends like these in today’s political climate, who needs enemies!

“Hanoi Jane” Fonda (Fox News Photo):

And Jimmah Carter (well, kind of… read the first link)! (AP photo)

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