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I just keep getting more impressed with Carter's work. I am excited that he went to speak with Hamas, in spite of Shrub and Israel. Hamas was elected by a majority vote, after all. Even if Shrub says they are terrorists, the Palestinian people chose them in 2006. Aren't we supposed to be spreading Democracy around the world? http://therealnews.com/web/index.php?thisdataswitch=0&thisid=1382&thisview=item&renewx=2008-04-23%2B09%3A03%3A15#

Today, after his victory in North Carolina, it became pretty much clear to me that Obama will be the democratic nominee. I feel comfortable that McCain can't beat him, and that we may have our first black president. Certainly he has been privledged, but that is no reason to discount his blackness, or his ability to know the hearts of people. I look forward to a day when America stands for truth and honor again, when I do not have to disown my government while traveling.

I didn't catch Obama's whole speech today, but I did catch part on NPR and part on therealnews.com. It appears to me that Obama knows he has the Democratic nomination sewn up. He conceded Indiana to Clinton in a way complimentary to both her and Indiana. He is trying to make peace. He sounds as if he is already the president.

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neptunia67
May. 7th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Will you choose between Obama and McCain, or will you write in Ron Paul? I am still on the fence.
liveonearth
May. 7th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
The Oregon primary is in two weeks and Ron Paul is still on the ballot. And considering that McCain can't beat Obama (short of stealing the election which I wouldn't put past the neocons), the Republican party may give Ron Paul a harder look at convention time than anybody is expecting. Ron Paul has a better chance of beating Obama than McCain does. McCain's stance on the war is directly contrary to 2/3 of the US populace, by many different polls. McCain is showing his age and making gaffes in public speaking that reveal his ignorance and memory problem. He also has a foul temper. Ron Paul, on the other hand, is civilized and has a good grasp of domestic, foreign and monetary policy. A race between Ron Paul and Obama would benefit our nation greatly because it would bring the issues of true import to the front of the discussion. Both Ron Paul and Obama are men who care and are willing to discuss ideas instead of just repeating talking points. So yes, I am still supporting Ron Paul. Obama does not need my support. Without competition from Ron Paul he has smooth sailing to the whitehouse. So I hope that this nation gets to choose between the greater of two great men, instead of the lesser of evils.
neptunia67
May. 8th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
I hope so too. I read your other post, the article about how Ron Paul can get the Republican nomination. Very interesting, a lot of good points. I am anxious to see how this all plays out. Thanks for continuing my political education.

Speaking of which, I just got my course list for the new program I am entering at ASU, and there are a couple of politics courses, and a couple of religion courses. It will do me good to learn more about both subjects. I think it will give me a better perspective on things happening in the world.
liveonearth
May. 8th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
Are you going to take some polysci? I think politics is like the "final frontier" for the mediator. I think of Jimmy Carter: trying for peace between Palestine and Israel by talking to the "bad guys". That's being a true mediator.
calizen
May. 7th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
As long as Ron Paul is against Social Security -- pff, not even a choice for me.
liveonearth
May. 7th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
Realize that Ron Paul would not "dissolve" the security net that we have established. The executive branch alone does not have that kind of power--unless it steals the power, which Dr Paul would not do. What Ron Paul would do is balance the budget such that we would still be able to afford Social Security and other such programs. Certainly, his foundation philosophy is that our government has no business giving handouts. But he recognizes that government is a process of compromise. His policies have a better chance of SAVING social security, in spite of his basic disagreement with the philosophy, than any of the proponents who say they want to save it. Social security and a whole lot of other programs are doomed unless we do something drastic. And sometimes what appears to be devastating is exactly what was needed. I hope that you will keep your mind and heart open and continue to consider all the ideas that are available, rather than dismissing a whole set because of one issue.
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