Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 15, 2008—Sex, Lies and Lipstick


Consider This for September 15, 2008—Sex, Lies and Lipstick

Well maybe not the sex part but I got your attention anyway.

The general election for President of the United States has now gone from the ridiculous to the sublime and then to being even more ridiculous.

The first mention of “lipstick on a pig” came from John McCain. Then Palin referred to “The difference between a Hockey Mom and a Pit Bull was lipstick.” Then Obama made reference to “putting lipstick on a pig.”

In the meantime the current Republican President has killed over 4000 of our children in Iraq and we are now bailing out Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac to the tune of several billion dollars. And flick and flack the two candidates for President are talking about lipstick on pigs? There is something terribly wrong with this picture.

A couple of months ago I wrote a column about how none of the candidates for president in either party primary were talking about the economy. My point was that it was the most important issue.

We all remember the children’s story about Chicken Little and the problems associated with running around telling people that the sky is falling.

Well folks, the sky is falling and no one seems to care. They only seem to care about stupid lipstick on pigs. And the hourly reference of lipstick on Hockey Moms.

The response is another picture I remember from my childhood of the ostrich with its head in the sand. See no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil was the motto of the three monkeys and probably the ostrich.

Things are bad, very bad and we certainly do need change regardless of who might bring the change. I could go on for hours that neither candidate is a true change agent and they both still talk about doing the same things that got us in trouble in the first place.

In my American Government class and also in my Political Science class I teach about how most countries have many political parties. That requires that they create coalitions to form a government. They must get together or they will never have a majority to lead the country.

Having two political parties this year is a particular abomination. There is no diversity of opinion. Both Obama and McCain are claiming to have a plan to clean up government and to get rid of all of the old things that got us in trouble in the first place. The problem with the old thing attitude is that both McCain and Biden are part of the old thing in government. They both were there so long that they have left their fingerprints all over the mistakes.

Both Obama and Palin are being attacked for their lack of experience. Isn’t experience the thing that we are trying to get rid of with the change? I get so confused.

They are now claiming that Palin has extensive foreign policy experience because Alaska borders Canada and Russia. My goodness this is such a stretch in our thinking.

She is also getting touted as the commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard thus giving her military experience. Gee whiz. Governor Ritter is the commander in chief of the Colorado National Guard as is every Governor is Commander in Chief of their state national guard. Being Commander in Chief comes with the job of Governor. It is in the job description. No qualifications required only just being elected governor.

Then Obama gets raked over the coals because he only went to Iraq once. I have never been to Iraq and that does not bother me.

It is like walking into a garage to make you a car. Travelling to Iraq does not give you foreign policy experience.

Just like living next to Canada or Russia makes you a foreign policy expert. Come on kids let's get real about all of this stuff.

Maybe this is another argument for term limits in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Throw the bums out and start with a whole new batch of crooks who will continue to screw with our lives and then only have time to talk about lipstick.

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