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Has a presidential candidate impressed you?

Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2008, at 10:39 PM

After being innundated with presidential primaries in recent weeks, has any candidate from either party impressed you as someone you believe you could really feel comfortable with as president of our nation at this crucial time?


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Ron Paul. Although I have doubts as to his ability to actually win this primary election, at least his message is getting out. This man stands by our Constitution and votes accordingly. His voting record includes not voting for tax raises, voting in line with the Constitution at every turn, voted against the Iraq war, and he voted against the Patriot Act.

Whether I think he has a chance of winning the primary will not keep me from voting for him.

If enough people do their research and vote their conscience, then Dr. Ron Paul DOES have a chance. That means that America has a chance.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 10:53 PM

Some good points Thom. Will the American people elect a person who tries to please the masses by telling them what they want to hear over a person who tells the people what he or she honestly thinks they need to hear?

-- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 11:12 PM

Honestly I have more people who I am not impressed by, than I do that I am impressed by..

Democrats: Hillary and Obama are doing nothing but slinging mud. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Hillary but I do not agree with a lot of her views. Obama, OMG I do not know where to start with him..he scares the you know what out of me..he is NOT what he is trying to portray to the American people, you can rest assure of that.And it blows my mind that the Kennedys are endorsing him. You can read What Jon Christian Ryter,a former newspaper reporter with the Parkersburg, WV Sentinel says about Obama here if you wish

http://www.newswithviews.com/Ryter/jon21...

Personally, I don't know if it is true or not but is that really a chance we need to take with a newcomer even to the Senate? Can WE with stand another mess in the White House?

That leaves me with John Edwards..I like him, I liked him in the last election but I don't feel he has a chance of winning the seat even if he did by some act of God win the primary.

Republicans: I can not vote Republican so none are even an option.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 11:14 PM

"Republicans: I can not vote Republican so none are even an option" - Dianatn

This is why America is in the shape it's in. I've always considered myself a Republican, but when I looked into the candidates, I looked into ALL of the candidates. I would gladly vote for a Democrat if there were one running that stood for more of my beliefs than the Republicans generally do.

Heck, here lately I've been thinking that the Libertarian Party is a decent choice, except that Ron Paul had to switch to being a Republican just to have a chance.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 11:27 PM

Maybe so Thom but my Daddy would roll over in his grave and come back and haunt me for life if I voted Republican.

And quite honestly there is nobody worth voting for on the Republican side either:

Certainly not Huckabee or McCain

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 11:40 PM

I've gotta give you that, the "contenders" on both sides are pretty pathetic. There is only one that I like, and I've already said who that is. Personally, I wish we could just have primary elections that are open to everyone that cares to run, then take the top 3 of those and have a general election. Party affiliation not even being an issue. Unfortunately that will never happen because the powers that be have brainwashed the American people into thinking one way or the other.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Jan 29, 2008, at 11:49 PM

Dianatn, I would NEVER vote Republican either...

I have already voted for Ron Paul though, and I am so glad I mentioned him on these blogs the other day, and Thom and I agree on something... :0

Dianatn, I encourage you to just google Ron Paul, Youtube him.. Watch how he answers questions with boldface honesty and dazzling conviction. He doesn't care a thing about the status quo in washington..

Also try this... http://knowbeforeyouvote.com

www.ronpaul2008.com

www.myspace.com/ronpaul2008

I have to say, if he doesn't get the nomination, which would be a tremendously unfortunate situation, I will most definitely NOT vote for any other Republican...

Ron Paul, like Thom said, if you research him enough there will be no other option... only thing you won't like about him, is that he is "pro life", but that is the only issue I have with him.. He knows how the economy is supposed to work, wants to get rid of the Income tax, the IRS, and the Federal Reserve. He wants our troops to defend OUR borders, not Iraq's... And he wants honest accountability in a government that has lost all credibility.

Just some insight, to each their own.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 12:10 AM

I am so unimpressed with slim pickings we have been presented with in EITHER party.

Thanks for posting those links Darrick! I've looked at a couple of them and he seems worth checking out a little closer. :)

-- Posted by amori_da_viaggiare on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 12:30 AM

I guess it depends on what issues are most important to you, but personally, I cannot vote for anyone who supports the war in Iraq, or ever supported it from the start. That eliminates all the Republicans except Ron Paul, and it only leaves Obama on the Democratic side. I choose Ron Paul because I believe he is the only candidate that understands that our country needs MAJOR changes, especially in our economy and foreign policy. We also need a president who will truly represent "the people". I believe Ron Paul's record shows that he will do just that.

As far as Obama is concerned, I don't dislike him because of all the garbage that has been spreading around about him, such as the link that Dianatn posted. I don't really believe that he is secretly a muslim terrorist trying to get elected so that he can destroy America, or a racist seeking to get revenge against White America. You don't really believe that crap, do you Dianatn?

-- Posted by Richard on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 2:51 AM

What happened to Duncan Hunter? I was hearing his name every other day last year, now it's like he's fell off the face of the earth. Is he even still in the running?

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 6:46 AM

People that state "I'd never vote republican" or "I'd never vote Democrat" really irk me also. Voting party lines will get this country in a bigger mess than it already is in. Obama, a Muslim who reportedly will not even Pledge Allegiance to our Flag, is the Democratic front-runner now. That scares the crap out of me. Although I normally vote Republican, I have voted Democrat when I feel they have the best candidate. Our Governor being an example.

I have many Black friends and have had this discussion with a couple of close friends. The large majority of Black voters are party line voters. No matter who is on the Democratic ticket you can rest assured they WILL get the majority Black vote. I'm not meaning this to sound racist, because it isn't. It is FACT!

I would like to thank the people who posted the information on Ron Paul. I was at a total loss as to who would get my vote this year, but after researching this candidate, he will get my vote! All of you party line voters, I beg you to study diligently all the candidates before making a HUGE mistake this year!

-- Posted by Dolittle on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:56 AM

I'm leaning toward Ron Paul also, but I haven't wrote it in stone yet. My husband is Hillary all the way. We an odd couple.

-- Posted by mmp84 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 8:04 AM

Richard

I don't know if I believe all of it or not but it sure is everywhere you look. There must be some truth to it for it to have ever started in the first place. Who else have you ever heard this about of any color?

It's just not a chance I am willing to take.

I could care less that he is black my problem is Barack Hussein Obama is Muslim and comes from Muslim roots.If he wasn't Muslim nor his parents Muslim Why did they name him a Muslim Name??

Also Obama's slum lord partner gave thousands of dollars to the Obama campaign which he was getting from an Iraqi Business man. Yes Obama gave those funds to charity but only AFTER the press learned of the funds.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:21 AM

A one word response to your title, no.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:15 AM

I think Ron Paul is the most solid selection out of the bunch and I have usually been voting Democratic lately but Ron Paul isn't your typical status quo Republican. Our country is in a huge mess and he seems to have real ideas to fix it and to actually take care of the American people . . . not everyone else.

But really, the choices for candidate are so sad and pathetic. It almost makes George Bush . . . um, that would be a too much of a stretch. LOL!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:16 AM

I have read a lot on Ron Paul I like him also. But do you think he really has a chance of winning?

That's the big question when we vote, we have to vote for someone who does have at least a chance of winning.

If by chance Ron Paul got the Republican nomination and Obama got the Democrat ..Could he beat Obama?

And jaxspike that is a stretch about Bush. LOL

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:28 AM

I voted early and I voted for Ron Paul.

The only downside with Dr. Paul is he is not getting ANY media attention.

It's a catch 22. He is not well known to voters, and cannot gain exposure to voters without press coverage. The press won't include him in stories due to less votes than the other candidates.

If I'm not mistaken, Dr. Paul came in second in the Iowa primary. Not that anyone heard about that...just sayin'.

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 11:47 AM

And John Edwards drops from the race...

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 12:11 PM

Sorry, I was mistaken....Ron Paul was second in the Nevada primary...not Iowa.

-- Posted by espoontoon on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 12:48 PM

Obama is Church of Christ. He attends Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago. His mother is a native of Kansas. His father, a native of Kenya, served in WWII under General George Patton. Obama grew up in Hawaii and New York, attended Harvard Law School. In law school, I believe he was elected President of the Harvard Law Review. He is not nor was he ever a Muslim terrorist. That gibberish comes to you from the lunatic, neoconservative, right wing fringe element sort of like what we have in the White House now.

-- Posted by volfanatic on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:06 PM

Couldn't have said it better myself volfanatic.

I guess some people think if you read something on the internet than it MUST be true.

-- Posted by GoTitans on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:16 PM

Yeah I know kinda like George W Bush was never a cocaine user nor was he an alcoholic. He was never discharged from the military nor did he go awol.

Oh wait all of that was true after all but of course it was never proven until AFTER the election.

And NO I don't believe it just because it is on the internet nor do I not believe it because Obama says it isn't so. Obama has motives for saying he isn't Muslim, Wouldn't you think? How many votes would he get if he actually stated he or his family were Muslim?

Would you name your child Hussein? I wouldn't unless of course I had Muslim roots.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:29 PM

Obama is a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, but his "United Church of Christ" is NOT the same as the Church of Christ that is prevalent in this region. Both his fater and step-fater were Muslim and he did attend a madrasa as a child but later "converted" to Christianity. As far as the Muslims are concerned, he is an apostate and more likely to be targeted by them than by the white supremacists that wouldn't want a black man in the oval office.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 1:44 PM

Obama, a Muslim who reportedly will not even Pledge Allegiance to our Flag, is the Democratic front-runner now.

-- Posted by Dolittle on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:56 AM

As I already stated, I am not an Obama supporter, but that kind of stuff really disgusts me. Dolittle, that is completely false. Here is the truth:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/mus...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/ant...

That's the big question when we vote, we have to vote for someone who does have at least a chance of winning.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:28 AM

I don't think so. We should vote for who we believe would be the best president. The corporate media shoves these "front runners" down our throats and makes us believe we have no other choice. Then we're left with big money, corporate candidate #1 Vs. big money, corporate candidate #2. Then it doesn't really matter who wins.

I have noticed that ever since Ron Paul has been campaigning, the media never mentions his name without saying "he can't win" or "he won't win", even before a single vote had been cast. How do they know? They don't. They're just trying to influence us. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself who owns these TV networks you're watching and what is their agenda?

-- Posted by Richard on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 2:04 PM

Richard, that's true...and that's why I don't think Ron Paul stands much of a chance of winning the primary, but I'm still voting for him. If you vote for the person you think will win, you won't help get the person you WANT elected. He's the only one that tells you what he's going to do and has a voting or policy record that reflects what he's saying.

If Ron Paul were to win the primary, then he would stand a better chance of winning the general election than any of the "Republicans" that are running because he has support of people that THINK. People from both parties that actually research the candidates and decide based on what they think is right, not because he's got an (R) after his name.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 3:52 PM

Since the other Republican candidates are falling out of the race, and Huckabee probably soon to follow suit, Ron Paul will NO LONGER be ignored...

The media tries to decide these elections for us, by exposing us to the people who have scripted speeches. It is as simple as researching Ron Paul to solidiy understand why nobody else is worth considering...

Glad to see this support of him, now if only he will win tonight's debate on CNN, as he has won 6 out of 7 [according to post debate polls]

again, www.ronpaul2008.com

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:47 PM

And I already put my vote in early as well, as "Ron Paul" though I told the people at the courthouse, I am NOT the status quo Republican, and I am voting for him because my conscience will not allow anything else..

Don't go with what is popular, go with what is right, and in the end Ron Paul will emerge victorious.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 7:48 PM

amori_da_viaggiare, DoLittle, mmp84, espoontoon, Dianatn, Thom, Richard and others...

Since the media won't talk about Ron Paul, and as I noticed Anderson Cooper on CNN essentially stopped Ron Paul in the middle of his answer, squandered for a cop out and said, "I will get back to that in like two minutes... uh uh I mean in like two questions"... ARE YOU KIDDING ME? CNN has become a FOX impersonator and that is devestating...

WE, the PEOPLE, must spread the word like hundreds of thousands are already doing!!! Publicize Ron Paul's name, and actually talk to people, give them the websites I posted and just have them get his name in their head. He WILL win, if WE want it bad enough. His rEVOLution is growing rapidly, let's hope more people join~ soon.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:19 PM

I like Huckabee because of his Biblical morals

-- Posted by michaelbell on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:31 PM

Somehow, Michael I suspected as much

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 9:59 PM

The last time someone used "biblical morals" as their purpose for running, we ended up in illegal wars, suffering economically, having serious administration crooks, and driving the American people further and further into international debt...

Oh wait, that is NOW.. what was I thinking?

Does anyone find it odd, that Bush doesn't like dictators and wants to "spread democracy" yet our largest business partner and economic financer is China, the country under the LARGEST DICTATOR ON EARTH... haha, so much for "biblical morals"

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 10:19 PM

"Biblical morals"...hmmmm....you mean like the whole "Thou shalt not bear false witness"? Like when he goes around telling people he's got a theology degree, even though he dropped out of school? Mike Huckabee is a charlatan and a fraud. He's for illegal immigration, and then he's against it…now he's for it again. Sounds like someone that is simply saying what needs to be said to get into office. Kind of like someone ELSE from Hope, Arkansas.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Jan 30, 2008, at 11:14 PM

Is Bush from Arkansas? :>)

All joking aside, pretty much everybody I have heard tells us what we want to hear in order to get votes.

I have come to the conclusion if they aren't a crook and a liar before they are elected, they will be before they get out of office. And I find that sad :>(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 12:37 AM

Well Dianatn "pretty much everybody" says it all, because it leaves room to exclude Ron Paul..

Seriously people, he isn't crooked, he doesn't tell you what you want to hear either, he tells you the truth, whether it be about the illegal war, the economy, borrowing 3 billion/day from china, importing tainted goods, 9/11 had nothing to do with iraq, and that the "other republicans" are the ones straying from the party's foundation, not him.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 7:03 AM

Is it too late to write in Bartlett,Vinick Walken or Santos?

Yeah,I know Aaron Sorkin,John Wells and all made them up but they can't be much worse than the off-screen fictions that media handlers have created and put in office.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 11:43 AM

Ron Paul from last night's debate:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=jeW_IDBZTig

-- Posted by Richard on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 2:36 PM

Didn't you love how Anderson Cooper interrupted him, and never let him respond to the question pretaining to "what is the difference between liberal and conservative?"..

I now can't stand CNN!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Jan 31, 2008, at 5:51 PM

I have a question, any of you Bible scholars, or any one that has watched the 700 Club, remember something about the anti-christ suppose to be coming from the Middle-East. And that everyone either loved and trusted him, or believed him and he became president; and things changed.

They found out he betrayed the people, and something about everyone was a NUMBER, and something about people being killed for Religion. Didn't they have a show about this, and his face changed it was evil, I don't know, I could have sworn he said something about a frog.

Has anyone else heard something like this, or have read it in the Bible? Just Curious, what we may be facing.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 11:12 AM

Yeah,the whole end times bit is scary but read the end of the book such stories are taken from.

SPOILER WARNING

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(The good guys win.)

-- Posted by quantumcat on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 5:01 PM

I felt like there was nothing to vote for on both sides until I started hearing the name Ron Paul. Could this guy be real? It is a shame the electorial votes will elect the next president and not the popular vote.

I do think Obama is a Muslim. His church is NOT the same Church of Christ as Christians know it. Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, of which Obama is a member is a different kind of Church.

I have always voted.... but it has been hard this year to make up my mind because none of the canadates seem to have a true grasp on reality as to what is going on in the United States. Seems they are more concerned with what is going on in China and INdia.

Can anyone explain to me why everyone in Mexico wants to be in the US and the jobs are moving to Mexico? I don't think Mexico will give American work visa's either. Gets harder every day!

-- Posted by Union on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 6:50 PM

Hey, check out the ONLY candidate who has NO DEBT... Hmm, and you wonder how he'd run the country???

And nearly 100% of all donations are from INDIVIDUALS, not corporations/special interests/lobbyists!

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/summar...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Feb 3, 2008, at 12:15 AM

"Union",

What does the Trinity United Church of Christians have to do with you thinking Obama being a Muslim?

The church is of "Afican - American". No where on the website does it say or show anything about Muslims, or being Muslims. Muslims do not believe in the "TRINITY" God - the Father, Jesus -his Son, and The Holy Spirit.

They study and teach of their African History, something that is not done in regular schools. Their services are different because, "Blacks" were not able to worship in white churches the way they wanted to. They were not allowed to shout, wave their hands and show any Emotion. They were not able to do alot of the things the white members did in the church. But they do Believe in God, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

The Black Churches, Sing and shout, wave their hands, and praise God when the Holy Spirit comes upon them, and NO MAN, stops them and tells them to Leave and not come back. So it has African ways but it is Christian.

"This has "Nothing to Do with being Muslim"....

Get For Real!!!

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sun, Feb 3, 2008, at 2:04 PM

Yup... These people who spread the hate filled emails that are NOTHING BUT LIES, and claim to be Christian is laughable!!!

Being a Christian shouldn't include lying. It's ok to dislike Obama, as I didn't vote for him, but it's totally wrong to dig deep into the heart of a lie and spread it around as truth.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Feb 3, 2008, at 3:22 PM

Believe as you want to But...Trinity Church of Christ is NOT like ANY Church of Christ I have ever been to...

Please do watch this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXS_YrYp0...

Yes it is on youtube but it is the clearest copy I could find.

Also after you watch and LISTEN Goggle

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan received the "Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright,Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer"

While keeping in mind Rev Dr Jeremiah A Wright Jr is the pastor of Trinity

Church of Christ. And ask yourself why would a Christian Pastor give a Lifetime achievement award to a Muslim Minister?

Just in case you have doubts whether Minister Louis Farrakhan is Muslim? Please feel free to check out his website also.

http://www.noi.org/

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Feb 3, 2008, at 6:45 PM

Goggle actually should have been google...it's been an awfully long weekend and an even longer week.. :>(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Feb 3, 2008, at 10:14 PM

Dianatn,

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan received the "Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright,Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer" And this makes the Church "MUSLIM"?

Lets see what else is out there.

Lets try "Ron Paul". Is Ron Paul racist? or his "Associates, employees, or supporters"?

http://www.thelibertypapers.org/2007/10/...

Also:

http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?i...

How about "Mitt Romney". His church, religion and racism?

http://www.ghostinthemachine.net/005080....

Also:

http://the-rational-inquirer.newsvine.co...

How about "John McCain" Does he have beleifs about others that may be a concern?

http://www.commondreams.org/views/030200...

Or:

http://michigandemocrat.typepad.com/mich...

Also:

http://www.stopjohnmccain2008.com/catego...

What about "Mike Huckabee"? Should we be concern with him, or some of his Racial Associates?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumen...

Or:

http://camp2008victorya.blogspot.com/200...

And:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/200...

What about "Hillary Clinton" Any racism issues? mysterious Murdersssss???? conspiracy?

"TAKE A LOOK AT THE BLOG POSTS, ESPECIALLY BLOGS 25 & 26" "It gets kinda of Mafia style SCARRY huh"

http://sandrarose.com/2008/01/25/is-hill...

Also:

Clinton the "Actor on Film" he's caught on video at a funeral of "Ron Brown" smiling and laughing until he notices the video cameras on him, and then begins to wipe "Fake Tears" from his eyes. "How did Ron Brown really DIE"?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/8...

And:

http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a39110...

And what about "Barack Obama" any sneaky twisted racial concerns?

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/indiv...

And:

http://blog.americancongressfortruth.com...

Also:

http://fromtheduke.blogspot.com/2007/12/...

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 6:21 PM

Ron Paul isn't racist, nice try... Never has been, never will be!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 7:38 PM

Like I said, you can believe whatever you wish, and I never said his Church was Muslim but they certainly support Islam.

The website I gave you is an actual website which belongs to Minister Louis Farrakhan, not personal thoughts or blogs.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 8:05 PM

Momof3&3step&1gran,

EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE LINKS...THANK YOU SO MUCH. Perhaps if others read them as well, then they would be better informed. I am a gay Rights activist, much to the dismay of others, but Ieven I gasped to read that Mr.Paul said to bring back the closet and gays needed to keep their activities secret. and as for any of the candidates religious affiliates, Religion plays absolutely NO part in who I am voting for. I don't base my decisions on "religion". That is what got us in this mess to begin with.

And Mike Huckabee isn't a threat to anything but his own checkbook, he needs to get out now.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 8:46 PM

It's funny because Ron Paul doesn't view any rights as either "gay", "black" or whatever.. He sees them all as individual rights.

He's not for gay marriage, but doesn't think it is the responsibility of the government to determine that either. Atleast we an honest candidate, who doesn't say he supports gay marriage but has done nothing to solidify it.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:11 PM

The rest of your comment, however is absolutely true!!!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:13 PM

Disturbia, I agree religion plays no part in who I vote for either unless that religion conflicts with The American Way of life such as Islam would.

I am certainly not trying to tell anyone who they should or should not vote for but I do think the American Public should be well informed on who they do vote for.. It would be nice to know the truth about a candidate before the election just once, wouldn't it?

Who had even heard of Barack Hussein Obama before this campaign started, certainly not I...

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:19 PM

Who had heard of Huckabee? Romney? or even Ron Paul?

Presidential elections shouldn't be about who is popular, it should be about who is right on a majority of the crucial issues...

Nobody knew who Bill Clinton was before 1992 either, and personally I think he was one of the best presidents America has ever had. [His personal life had nothing to do with the conditions of the country]...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:22 PM

I don't see how being Islamic (if in fact he is) would affect the "American Way" of life. That kind of thinking is what has messed up America to begin with. I don't care if the candidate is Islamic, Muslim, Buddhist, Agnostic, Jewish, Catholic, Atheist. IT DOESN'T MATTER because this is not a country based on and created as a "Christian Nation" Even the forefathers stated that it wasn't. We are free to praise whoever and whatever we choose, that's supposed to be the beauty of America. Do you think that IF and that's big IF Obama is elected we will all suddenly have to be Islamic? I don't see what the problem is.

In the year 2008 the "American Way" of life is terribly hard to define for we are all different and have different beliefs. I wouldn't and Will never vote for an overzealous Christian, because he will base his decisions on a flawed book and not on the will of all people.

And it is in his right to not tell his religion....because once again, it doesn't matter.

I want to know what a candidate is going to do about the recession, inflation, the No Child Left Behind Law, Gay Rights, Children's Rights, The war in Iraq, Social Security, Gas Prices, Global Warming, our ever growing national debt etc. I personally don't care if he worships at the alter of Spongebob as long as he/she gets things fixed and back on track.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:32 PM

Paul opposes all federal efforts to redefine marriage, whether defined as a union between one man and one woman, or defined as including anything else as well. He believes that recognizing or legislating marriages should be left to the states, and not subjected to judicial activism. For this reason, Paul voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004.

Paul has also stated he doesn't want to interfere in the free association of two individuals in a social, sexual, and religious sense. Additionally, when asked if he was supportive of gay marriage Paul responded "I am supportive of all voluntary associations and people can call it whatever they want."

Don't ask, don't tell

In the third Republican debate on June 5, 2007, Paul said about the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy:

"I think the current policy is a decent policy. And the problem that we have with dealing with this subject is we see people as groups, as they belong to certain groups and that they derive their rights as belonging to groups. We don't get our rights because we're gays or women or minorities. We get our rights from our Creator as individuals. So every individual should be treated the same way. So if there is homosexual behavior in the military that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. But if there's heterosexual behavior that is disruptive, it should be dealt with. So it isn't the issue of homosexuality. It's the concept and the understanding of individual rights. If we understood that, we would not be dealing with this very important problem."

Paul elaborated his position in a 65-minute interview at Google, stating that he would not discharge troops for being homosexual if their behavior was not disruptive. In other words, regardless if the person is heterosexual or homosexual, the only thing that matters is, are the exploiting that in a harassing manner...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:33 PM

And it is in his right to not tell his religion....because once again, it doesn't matter.

I want to know what a candidate is going to do about the recession, inflation, the No Child Left Behind Law, Gay Rights, Children's Rights, The war in Iraq, Social Security, Gas Prices, Global Warming, our ever growing national debt etc. I personally don't care if he worships at the alter of Spongebob as long as he/she gets things fixed and back on track.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:32 PM

ABSOLUTELY 100% AGREE!!!!!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:35 PM

Well Darrick, we all know it's better to cheat on your wife than kill 100,000's of innocent Iraqi's and to throw our country into depths of despair never seen before *rolls eyes*

My son was born during the Clinton Administration and gas was 1.01 a gallon. Now look what we have. All people want to look at is that he cheated on his wife and lied. Well, tell me how many men in just the Shelbyville area have cheated and lied. I am positive none go home and say "hey honey, guess what I did tonight?"

Wonder how many dresses Ole Georgie boy has stained while in the White House?

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:36 PM

SOOO TRUE.. again!

Don't you know the United States spent more money investigating Clinton's affair/getting ready for impeachment, than they did investigating 9/11...

That speaks volumes. If only someone would do for George, what Monica did, there'd yet ANOTHER reason to impeach Bush. But like you said, being a war criminal isn't valid grounds for getting rid of a dictator!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:39 PM

And what gets me even more is that they( the conservative Christians) have been all over Hillary for staying with Bill after the "incident" Well you know, if she had divorced him, then they would be all over her about that too. It a danged if you do, danged if you don't situation. She forgave her husband which is what Jesus would do if I am not mistaken.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:41 PM

HMMMMM, yet all these other Christian's TALK "forgive and forget" except they don't really "forget"... Which amazes me, because they don't have a hard time remebering that Iraq didn't attack us, yet we're there blowing them up, pretending that is how you spread democracy!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:44 PM

Oh no, you can kill as many people as you like in the name of "freedom" and it's all good in the American's eyes.

They (republican's) spent millions upon millions to investigate a dress stain and they couldn't pony up the money to make sure that Iraq did in fact have WMD's. Yeah that makes sense to me. I would much rather know that the DNA was in fact Bill's instead of knowing whether or not my country was going to start a false war and kill innocent people.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:45 PM

On now Darrick, our freedom was at stake.....who was attacking our freedom, other than Bush himself has remained elusive to me but never the less, they are over there so we can have....uh.....well....higher gas prices and a national debt that my great great great great grandchildren will be paying off.

and Christians LOVE to preach forgiveness as long as it is under their terms and they approve of it.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:48 PM

Yup, so very true!!!

Perhaps, either a Democrat or Ron wins the election, and we start undoing all the horrible things that have been implemented under our name.

It will definitely take someone as strong, and organized as those three to get something done. If not Ron, then Hillary.. ALL THE WAY!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:48 PM

To be honest I am torn between the two of them. I just know that a Republican CANNOT win this election. McCain has almost sealed the Republican Nomination and he is no more than Bush's pocket puppy. I don't care what he says, it will be 4/8 more years of what we have and by then the America we know will be completely demolished.

Noone will be able to fix what 4 more years of what we have now will do to us.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:53 PM

You are completely right on that issue... I already voted so I can't change it, but I have committed myself to Hillary if Ron loses.

And McCain, is such a tool. He doesn't even know what he stands for. He seems so scripted and fake, it's just horrible to even see the Republicans think he should be their representative. It just means one thing, true "conservative" implies, never changing, EVEN WHEN YOU KNOW YOU SHOULD! Ugh...

Just vote your conscience, and have faith that you made the right decision, either way. If you vote for Ron or Hillary, it's much better than Romney, McCain, or Huckabee...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:57 PM

I have greatly debated with myself on all the candidates and I of course I agree with myself at all times. I just want someone who cares that ALL AMERICANS have the right to Medical Insurance, someone who will stop the good ole boy regime, someone who will stand up and take America back and put her where she used to be, the once great revered Nation. I want someone that will cut ties to China so we don't owe them our souls (literally) thanks to Bush. I am tired of hearing about taking down Dictatorships, while we depend on the largest dictatorship in the world.

I will do as you say and vote my conscience and hope for the best.

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 11:04 PM

:) As should all Americans!! Night night...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 11:07 PM

Hillary is on Letterman...

-- Posted by Disturbia on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 11:08 PM

I saw that!!!! :):):)

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 11:13 PM

Hmmm I guess that is where we differ because it would very much matter to me if any President of the United States was a member of the Islam Faith. That's not quite like being Catholic or Baptist or Jewish or even Mormon.

And Bill Clinton was by far my Fav President. I could care less what he did in his personal life that is between him and Hillary and she seems to be doing okay with it so why shouldn't I.

I will vote today for Ron Paul and if he does not make the ticket I sure hope Hillary does because it is the only 2 I could possibly feel good about voting for.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 7:32 AM

I will also be casting my vote for Ron Paul today. I can't go along with Hillary as a back up. I hope it doesn't get to needing a back up, because the choices are going to be slim! Here are some interesting facts about Hillary you may want to consider before going with that back up plan:

- As First Lady, Hillary assumed authority over Health Care

Reform, a process that cost the taxpayers over $13 million. She told

both Bill Bradley and Pat Moynahan, key votes needed to pass her

legislation, that she would 'demonize' anyone who opposed it. But it

was opposed; she couldn't even get it to a vote in a Congress

controlled by her own party. (And in the next election, her party lost

control of both the House and Senate.)

- Hillary assumed authority over selecting a female Attorney

General. Her first two recommendations (Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood) were

forced to withdraw their names from consideration, and then she chose

Janet Reno. Janet Reno has since been described by Bill himself as 'my

worst mistake.'

- Hillary recommended Lani Guanier for head of the Civil Rights

Commission. When Guanier's radical views became known, her name had to

be withdrawn.

- Hillary recommended her former law partners, Web Hubbell,

Vince Foster, and William Kennedy for positions in the Justice

Department, White House staff, and the Treasury, respectively. Hubbell

was later imprisoned, Foster committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced

to resign.

- Hillary also recommended a close friend of the Clintons, Craig

Livingstone, for the position of director of White House security. When

Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of up to 900 FBI

files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by

White House staff, both Hillary and her husband denied knowing him.

(FBI agent Dennis Sculimbrene confirmed in a Senate Judiciary

Committee in 1996 both the drug use and Hillary' involvement in hiring

Livingstone. After that, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office,

after serving seven presidents for over thirty years.)

- In order to open 'slots' in the White House for her friends

the Harry Thomasons (to whom millions of dollars in travel contracts

could be awarded), Hillary had the entire staff of the White House

Travel Office fired; they were reported to the FBI for 'gross

mismanagement' and their reputations ruined. After a thirty-month

investigation, only one, Billy Dale, was charged with a crime - mixing

personal money with White House funds when he cashed checks. The jury

acquitted him in less than two hours.

- Another of Hillary's assumed duties was directing the 'bimbo

eruption squad' and scandal defense:

---- She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones

lawsuit.

---- She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led

to the appointment of Ken Starr as Special Prosecutor. After $80

million dollars of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led

to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting

his affairs.

---- Then they had to settle with Paula Jones after all.

---- And Bill lost his law license for lying to the grand jury

---- And Bill was impeached by the House.

---- And Hillary almost got herself indicted for perjury and

obstruction of justice (she avoided it mostly because she repeated, 'I

do not recall,' 'I have no recollection,' and 'I don't know' 56 times

under oath).

- Hillary wrote 'It Takes a Village,' demonstrating her

Socialist viewpoint.

- Hillary decided to seek election to the Senate in a state she

had never lived in. Her husband pardoned FALN terrorists in order to

get Latino support and the New Square Hassidim to get Jewish support.

Hillary also had Bill pardon her brother's clients, for a small fee, to

get financial support.

- Then Hillary left the White House, but later had to return

$200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork she had stolen.

- In the campaign for the Senate, Hillary played the 'woman

card' by portraying her opponent (Lazio) as a bully picking on her.

- Hillary's husband further protected her by asking the National

Archives to withhold from the public until 2012 many records of their

time in the White House, including much of Hillary's correspondence and

her calendars. (There are ongoing lawsuits to force the release of

those records.)

- As the junior Senator from New York, Hillary has passed no

major legislation. she has deferred to the senior Senator (Schumer) to

tend to the needs of New Yorkers, even on the hot issue of medical

problems of workers involved in the cleanup of Ground Zero after 9/11.

- Hillary's one notable vote, supporting the plan to invade

Iraq, she has since disavowed.

Quite a resume`, isn't it? Sounds more like an organized crime

family..."

-- Posted by Dolittle on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 8:35 AM

Your probably right Dolittle, but again I could probably search the net and find just as many bad decisions anyone of the other candidates have made..

I personally am getting tired of choosing from the lesser of two evils in the Presidential Election each and every time we need to vote. It's just so disheartening that this is the best we can come up with. It amazes me we vote from 50 women for Miss America but only from 2 for President of the United States, what does this say about us as a Nation?

And honestly if Ron Paul does not make the ticket then what other choices are there? McCain? Romney? Huckabee? No, I think I will have to pass on any of those.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 9:33 AM

I'm leaning toward a write in if Paul doesn't make the ticket...

Homer Simpson anyone??

-- Posted by Dolittle on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 9:38 AM

After carefully studying the candidates, I feel that Ron Paul has the most to offer me. I like his tough stance on illegal immigration, tax reform plan, and his plan to get us our of Iraq. I hope everyone puts as much thought into this election, because this will be one that effects this country for many years to come!

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 1:24 PM

As I voted today for Republican Ron Paul ..I could almost feel my Daddy grab me by the arm and shake me :>(

It is the first time in my entire life I have ever not voted as Democrat. It kinda made me sad in a weird sort of way.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 4:48 PM

I,for one, am proud that you voted your convictions as opposed to voting across party lines. It is those type of voters that will control this election unfortunately. I don't expect there to be a great pick come November unless Ron Paul pulls a few upsets off today and unfortunately party line voting will in all likelihood determine our next President.

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 5:12 PM

Ron Paul ROCKS!!!

Glad to see this blog filled with people who feel the same!!!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 6:21 PM

And this comes from a Democrat, as well....

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 6:22 PM

Watch these Ron Paul delegates being denied access ...

B.S.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=691_11887...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 7:25 PM

Yup... There's [ALWAYS] "THOSE GOOD OLE BOYS" they'll do "WHAT EVER IT TAKES"!!! Huhhhh "Evil begots Evil" Their should be a LAW against people being stopped, or ran off from voting. "Violation of Rights" "Interferring with GOVT. Business" or something of that sort.

They should be SUED, hit in the POCKETS $$$$ send them a message to parties responsible, that this will not be tolerated any more. Then have them disqualified from the Election....... Maybe even serve the 4 year presidential term in jail.

It shouldn't matter what people are wearing or advertising when they come to vote. Let them come in and vote for who they want and leave. As long as they are not standing around trying to get people to vote for who they want elected.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 9:46 PM

Yeah, we live in a "free society" yet we can't advertise who we're voting for... But what happened to those people, is just an inkling of what is happening all across the country.

It's sad our country has come to these tactics, and essentially nothing can be done. Or can it?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 10:24 PM

CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC.. NONE of them are mentioning this, does anyone wonder why? They also haven't counted the Maine results from TWO WEEKS AGO.. Wonder why that is? Perhaps b/c RON PAUL WON THEM!!!

http://www.khq.com/Global/story.asp?S=78...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Feb 9, 2008, at 8:24 PM

OH and this too..

Do we need a Federal Reserve, ABSOLUTELY NOT!! Only ONE candidate knows why...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX9Uei89T...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sat, Feb 9, 2008, at 8:59 PM


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