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The voters deserve better

Posted Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at 3:35 PM

Super Tuesday will be over in a few hours and once again we can count on a constant barrage of whos and ifs leading up to two political events I often find as comical as eventful.

I'm referring to the Democratic National Convention Aug. 25-28 in Denver and the Republican National Conventional about four days later in St. Paul.

Right off the bat I'll plead guilty to being cynical where politics is the subject.

Too often we see on television the crowd shots and a few close shots on certain individuals, sometimes big party officials or celebrities and sometimes people dressed up and acting up just to get on television or else too bombed out of it to know the difference. Some look as if they are at a wild New Year's Eve party rather than taking part in the future of our country.

A few times I've wondered if some area goofed up and sent the village idiot to what should be such an important event.

Excitement is fine. Dedication to a candidate is fine. However, I sometimes find myself wondering how freely the booze has been flowing before they gather in the main hall.

What follows is predictable. Each party brings out a young gun to give a stirring speech. A few celebrities will be paraded before a national television audience.

Then each party will select their presidential candidate and the search begins for a vice-presidential candidate that will hopefully bring something to the ticket and not drag along too much dirty laundry.

Too often we'll see someone selected as a running mate the presidential candidate once talked about as being about as qualified as Paris Hilton.

I close this blog with something I've mentioned for many years and really feel it applies more than ever at this point in time.

Would you feel better if we had more prayer sessions and fewer cocktail parties at really big and important political and corporate meetings?


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Sounds like a promising idea.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 3:38 PM

It is a disgrace that the candidates this year are so abysmal. On both sides of the ticket. Granted it's who has the money and the connections, but surely we could do better. The Democrats talk of change. Tell me what they are going to change! The Republicans have strayed too far from the mainstream to be effective this time around. We'll know tonight whom we have to pick from!

-- Posted by Chef Boy R.D. on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 4:02 PM

And unfortunately I'm pretty sure that the ones we have to chose from are going to be a worse lot than we've had in quite a while. I'm fairly certain that I am going to have a difficult time pulling that lever come November unless there's a significant "third-party" candidate. I honestly can't stand any of the "major" candidates. Maybe more will drop out after tonight and Ron Paul can get a better showing from here on out.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 4:38 PM

I agree Thom.. I HOPE Huckabee drops, and Ron Paul stays in...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 6:23 PM

www.ronpaul2008.com

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 6:36 PM

He's fine til he descends into his blather about how US support for Israel is the reason for all of the problems in the Middle East. His isolationism doesn't sit well with a lot of people either. He really is little more than Pat Buchanan wrapped up in a slightly warmer and fuzzier package.

-- Posted by mathman on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 6:46 PM

After reading a little about what this guy supports and doesnt support, I think I like him.

-- Posted by tdc on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 7:09 PM

He's fine til he descends into his blather about how US support for Israel is the reason for all of the problems in the Middle East. His isolationism doesn't sit well with a lot of people either. He really is little more than Pat Buchanan wrapped up in a slightly warmer and fuzzier package.

-- Posted by mathman on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 6:46 PM

It's called Non-intervention... And we keep Israel's economy alive, they depend on us.. AND we fight their battles.. It was never in our Constitution to police the world...

When you can't even protect your own borders, why on earth do you think we can protect others?

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 7:16 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 7:24 PM

He's fine til he descends into his blather about how US support for Israel is the reason for all of the problems in the Middle East. His isolationism doesn't sit well with a lot of people either. He really is little more than Pat Buchanan wrapped up in a slightly warmer and fuzzier package.

-- Posted by mathman on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 6:46 PM

I really don't think Ron Paul has ever said that Israel is the reason for all of the problems in the Middle East. Show me your source to back up that statement.

-- Posted by Richard on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 12:35 AM

I usually vote Democratic but this year the choices are so pathetic on both sides so I decided to vote in the Republican primary and I voted for Ron Paul. He seems to be the only candidate with a real view and believes in America taking care of America. It is sad though that the media gives him no attention because I think he would do a lot better if people actually knew his views and platform. Katie Couric even said last night that there was only three candidates running on the Republican side and didnt mention Ron Paul. How bad of news reporting is that?

I am afraid this election will signify another four years of a spiral decay of this country.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 7:21 AM

That's because the American media is owned by less than 10 corporations... Until we break up these monopolies that control our information, America will continue to be a sad nation who is willfully ignorant.

Many people don't take the time to actually research candidates, perhaps that's why those of us who voted for Ron Paul, and normally vote Democratic can pat ourselves on the back. We know who the best candidate is, who has the most consistent record, who has barely any contributions from multi million/billion dollar corporations, and who has policies that honest-to-goodness, scare those currently in power, and that's why they ignore him...

It's ok though, I belive his campaign will continue to keep going, as very crucial western states seem to be leaning his way, and they have yet to vote. His support in those states are fueld by grassroot canvassing. I am however, a tad bit surprised that over 30,000 Tennesseans gave Paul a decent proportion of the vote, considering the media gave him nothing... If you can't buy the White House, you can't win it... Ever wonder why it's called the "American DREAM"? Because you have to be asleep to believe it!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 9:16 AM

Did you see the "voting guide" in the Sunday Tennesseean? There was no mention that Ron Paul was even running.

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x93/s...

-- Posted by Richard on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 11:10 AM

Isn't it nice to know, our very own state Newspaper is just and biased as Fox News...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 12:22 PM

I don't mean to correct you Darrick but that would be FAUX NEWS not Fox News :)

-- Posted by Disturbia on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 2:27 PM

Haha, you are correct Disturbia... FAUX, it is.. I glady stand corrected on that one!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Wed, Feb 6, 2008, at 6:39 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


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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