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by Henrik

Divisiveness is not attractive

January 29, 2008 in Politics

We’re involved in a very intense presidential campaign right now, and although I’m not allowed to vote I have long had a favorite, somebody I toot my horn for. That man is a Democrat, and he is the most inspirational I’ve seen in a long time. Yes, you’ve guessed it. Barack Obama.

In the last few weeks we have all seen signs of strong political campaigning from all leading Democrat candidates, and until recently I would say that I also admired Hillary Clinton, because she is a very professional and competent politician. However, the last week has made me change my mind. It’s not that she is no longer professional and competent. It’s more that she is so old school when it comes to campaigning.

We now have a choice between “divide and conquer” and “unite and improve”. You will have to guess which candidate stands for which.

 

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by Henrik

I don’t like Mike

January 4, 2008 in Politics

Or to paraphrase David Bowie, “I’m afraid of Republicans,” but most of all I’m afraid of Mike Huckabee. If you care why it’s because he’s so likeable. Or rather, he has such ultra-conservative oponions and still is so likeable. That really scares me.

I remember last time there was a new president and everybody voted for him because he seemed like the kind of guy you’d like to sit down and have a beer with (disregarding the fact that he has some serious drinking problems, and probably would be fine with some pop and pretzels). Huckabee, damnit you’d like him to come to all your parties, that how well he comes across. I think those are fine qualities, but not the ones that we should use to elect the most powerful man in the world.

Mike Huckabee wants to overturn Roe vs. Wade and defends it by saying that he thinks we should disallow abortions because American people value the life of one as if it’s the life of all. I assume that means all the mothers who don’t want the child for whatever reason. It’s also ironic that he supports death penalty, but I guess that is one kind of life that has no value.

I also have a big problem with somebody who wants to even discuss creationism at the same time as evolution, and even worse wants to get students to have to suffer through it. Science is about observing and drawing conclusions. Evolution is therefore supported by science, since we can experience evolution ourselves. Just look at virii during cold and flu season.

Huckabee has also shown himself to be ignorant about things like the National Intelligence Estimate and the current writers’ strike, and he comes off as almost proud of being ignorant. If he wasn’t such a good speaker that would probably have killed his political career long time ago, not to mention his religious one.

There are some positions where I think he’s not that bad, and other areas where I think he might not have thought through the issue in enough detail.

Oh, and for the record, I don’t care whether somebody is a religous believer or not, I think that as long as there are morals and ethics that align with doing the best for the American people, then the president can believe what he or she wants. Actually, the less it’s talked about the better.

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