Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Things that Drive Me Crazy
Category: News and Politics

I was writing (if one could call it that) every day for a while and then, suddenly every bit of news, every personal pitfall seemed to weigh so heavy that it was impossible to continue.

Then, over the weekend, events transpired where I felt the need to put a few things to paper (so to speak).
Things that drive me crazy:
Those that profess to be pro-life and/or pro-choice, but only limit the scope of their belief to abortion drive me crazy. Death; whether it is by abortion, by euthanasia, buy the state – is death. One cannot therefore, be for abortion and against the death penalty or for the death penalty and against abortion.
Those that believe that sexual predators can be rehabilitated drive me crazy. As the states begin to adopt mandatory sentencing laws, those that have been convicted of multiple crimes against children are packing up their bags and moving to more "reasonable" states. Living in Massachusetts, new level 3, out of state, sexual preditor keep showing up in my city every month. I imagine it is the same for Vermont (our neighbor to the north). Children living in these states are now fair game for a whole new crop of imported "curable by state standards" creeps. We had a creep in our backyard over the weekend – he may or may not be registered, or even dangerous for that matter, but it led me to the list predators on family watchdog.us. In the past month there have been several new people move within a 5 miles radius of my house. Those that support rehabilitation and 2 month sentences for child rape can't possibly have children. They also lack reason and compassion. They drive me crazy.
The immigration debate drives me crazy. The borders should have been nailed shut on the 12th of September 2001. Individuals in prisons are the only immigrants that should have been sent back to their country of origin (a first class plane ticket one way is a lot less expensive that paying for incarcerating a felon), and those that were here working illegally but supporting a family, should have been put on a fast track to citizenship. Never mind giving those here illegally drivers licenses, give them citizenship cards. Currently the price to become a citizen is so exorbitant that few can afford the process. $800 may not be much to the typical Kennedy, but is might be a great deal to someone earning minimum wage. Solution: Lower that fee to $45, and additionally, revamp the test for citizenship to a level even one of our high school inmates could pass. This would solve several problems at once. (Specifically, increase the cash flow into social security and make it next to impossible to import "cheap" labor, driving wages upwards.) At the same time we are increasing our citizens by 20 million or more, move our troops to the border until a fence is installed, borders, north and south including the coasts. With all the partisan crap that we put up with from our alleged leaders in Washington (and the individual states), we should be receiving tax relief in the form of "combat pay", for being citizens!! (Yet another incentive)
The election process is really driving me crazy. Bickering and partisanship have sunk to new levels that I thought were previously rock bottom. This proves that if you think that there are no limits to a pit, think again. When it comes to the traditional two party systems, there is a virtual bottomless bit of nonsense and name-calling. This results are obvious. No one is working.
Call me crazy.
Fire them all.
Hire new people!

Hire those stupid or brave or committed enough to run, but lacking the connections and billions of dollars from special interest groups.

One candidate who does not drive me crazy….
Enter Mike Huckabee. I like Mike. I like his Buck for Huck! Do I agree with every position? No, I do not. He's looking more and more like a significant third party candidate by the day (and yet stunnigly chasing Mitt Romney in Iowa). As long as I have been participating in the general electorate (the year that 18 year olds could finally vote – do the math), I have never been inspired by a candidate. It is always the same, each election – which is the better of two evils? Finally, I have found a candidate who inspired me to open my wallet! A lot of pundits feel that Mike can't win due to lack of cash, or name-branding. Hogwash. Back in the 1990's there was a little-known governor from Arkansas that received the same scorn. Mike is also from, of all places, Little Rock Arkansas. It should be noted that there are striking differfence between Mike Huckabee and Bill Clinton. Those would be based upon policy.

One can be comforted by the old adage that history has a way of repeating itself.

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