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Obama’s EuroTrip Recieves Backlash

It seems the more Europeans love and embrace Barack Obama, the less Americans are willing to do the same. During his recent trip across Europe and the Middle East, Obama made huge strides in showing that he can mingle with world leaders. To his credit, that places significant faith and trust on the international stage. But, US electioneering has made those successes into gaffe. Apparently, the audacity of acting presidential is too much for Americans to handle and it shows:

A surprising poll released Monday confirms Sen. Barack Obama’s worst nightmare: he actually lost ground to Sen. John McCain after a global trip meant to buck up his sagging credentials in foreign and military policy.

The USA Today/Gallup poll has McCain leading Obama by four points, 49 percent to Obama’s 45 percent, among likely voters.


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The Shadow of FISA

I know I’m a tad bit late with this article on the FISA bill, but later is better than never…I hope.

You know, I was under the impression that the Democrats were elected to Congress to keep Bush in check. Of course, you can’t count on Democrats to do anything right. Before you all call me a conservative pig, I believe the same about the Republicans. I keep saying that both parties have a lot more in common than they’re willing to admit. What has the Democratic majority done to stop all this non-sense going on at the Capitol? Nothing at all.

It doesn’t matter if you vote for Barrack Obama or John McCain, nothing is going to change. They too are more alike than they’re willing to admit. Barrack had one thing going for him from my point of view; he was against the FISA Bill. Yet, when the day came for him to filibuster the bill or vote against it like he said he would, what did he do? He voted in favor of it. McCain has been for the bill all along, so of course he supported it, though he didn’t attend the session to cast his vote. Am I the only one that’s noticing how Obama seems to be changing opinions a lot lately, aligning them more with the opinions of McCain?

So here we are, living in what could possibly be one of the darkest days in American history. They passed the FISA Bill. The government is free to spy on who ever they choose, not just internationally, but DOMESTICALLY. They’re free to not only check on people who they think are a threat to national security, but they can spy on you. They might use the power to find out if you’re downloading songs illegally. Better think twice next time you open Kazaa or click on that torrent file. A joint FBI, CIA, NSA, and ATF taskforce might be waiting around the corner to bust your door down. That may be an exaggeration now, but the way things are going, I wouldn’t be surprised if that happens in the near future.

Warrants don’t have to be issued, there is no government oversight, and no one can be held liable. The bill is also retroactive, so all those cases that are in the system right now against phone companies and the government are going to be dismissed. What good can possibly come out of this bill?

The unconstitutionality of the laws being passed on the Hill amazes me. I don’t feel any safer than I did before 9/11. Everyone knows that we knew something was going to happen, but the lack of inter-agency collaboration as well as other factors prevented us from preventing the attacks. We don’t have to spy on our citizens to be safe.

What amazes me even more is the lack of concern by the people. There’s a quote that I throw around a lot and it’s become quite popular recently:“Those who give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin

Americans gave up their lives in 1776 to re-gain freedoms that the English were infringing upon. The Forefathers would balk at the idea of giving up privacy or any other right for safety. Yet, here we stand…I should say sit, allowing the government to strip away our liberties, and they’re doing so in the name safety. Look back through history and you’ll find that dictatorships are created when leaders take advantage of the fears of the people.

The constitution was created to prevent bills like FISA from being passed. It was created to protect the people and restrict government. Yet, government is growing faster than it ever has, and the rights of the people are slowly being chiseled away. We should be up in arms over what’s going on in Washington. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but it is, and it will only get worse unless we do something to stop it. My only hope is that the law will be overturned by the Supreme Court. If that doesn’t happen…the light at the end of the tunnel may not come for a long time.

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In this new ad, Obama makes public his strategy to fight higher oil prices and the US dependance on foreign oil. He calls for raising mileage standards, fast-track technology for alternative fuels and a 1,000 dollars tax cut to help families break the grip on foreign oil. Obama’s campaign states that this ad is in response to negative attacks by John McCain and the Republican party.

Visit Inside 2008 Politics to view his ad. My question is, can America truly break the grip of foreign oil by following any of the candidates’ plans?

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Obama family interview: Ice cream, squirt guns on the campaign trail

Obama Family InterviewAs of late, Barack Obama has taken flak for his seeming flip-flop on the issues. “I think there’s been definitely shift in position, and one of them is Iraq,” McCain told the Fox News Channel on Tuesday. But Obama hopes he can counter “this whole notion that I am shifting to the center or that I’m flip-flopping or this or that,” he said.

On the whole, however, it appears that Obama has aligned himself with the center, telling reporters last week he might “refine” his views based on what happens on the ground in Iraq–a totem issue that only a month ago stood as the single defining stance between him and Senator Hillary Clinton.

Appealing to moderates may just be another one of his smart campaign strategies to help win the election in November. His daughters agree: White House life would be very “cool,” adding, “dad talks too much,” they said in their first allowed interview. For them its ice cream and squirt guns on the campaign trail.

Meanwhile, Obama and the family’s charm are irresistible fodder for the press.

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Fuzzy Math

Everywhere you go, polls show the presidential race is too close to call anything but a statistical tie. The latest poll of voters, for example, shows Barack Obama with a five-point lead over his rival, John McCain (50 to 45 percent), which grows even tighter when the two most prominent third party candidates are weighed into the equation.

The race for the White House, however, will not come down to votes taken by third party candidates such as Bob Barr (3 percent) and Ralph Nader (6 percent). Nor will it rest on sloganeering, promises fraught with pander, or change everyone can believe in, yet no one can understand.

What will decide the future of the country is a vision that galvanizes Americans—desperate for change—into thinking about what they can do about the deepening credit crisis; the slump in home sales and home prices; skyrocketing energy costs; the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; people’s poverty; immigration reform; Medicare and Social Security; discrimination; white collar corruption and blue collar rights; salmonella outbreaks; and everything that matters to America.

The latest CNN Opinion Research offers telling statistics about the race, but if you don’t believe the polls, go by your gut instinct—saying to vote for the candidate that’s not left, not right, just right.

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We know the presidential nominees, but the veepstakes couldn’t be higher. Here’s a wrap on what the Vice Presidential battle field looks like in the race of ’08.

Politico’s longshots in the veepstakes have speculated that the Democrats are on the hunt for someone who’s older with solidly mainstream views, to reassure voters concerned about Obama’s relative inexperience, particularly in foreign policy.

The Republicans, on the other hand, aim to fill the vice presidential slot with someone who brings business experience to tap into voter concern about the struggling economy, and youth, for the obvious reasons.

GreatDebater’s veepstakes:

For the Democrats, the obvious contenders are John Edwards, Hillary Clinton and maybe even Bill Richardson. Edwards carries the South, Clinton unifies the party, and Richardson brings experience. The only hitch is that these picks are too well known. Edwards is seen as a pushover, Clinton contradicts Obama’s call for change, and Richardson is Hispanic, making him an illegal immigration sympathizer.

Go for the long-shot candidate: Wesley Clark. As a retired General of the United States Army, Clark gives Obama everything he doesn’t have. Valedictorian of his class at West Point, and Rhodes Scholar to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics, to later earn a master’s degree in military science from the Command and General Staff College, Clark spent 34 years in the Army and Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations and honors.

Clark joined the 2004 race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, but withdrew from the race to campaign for the eventual Democratic nominee, John Kerry. In September 2007, he endorsed Hillary Clinton, but after she pulled out of the race, Clark endorsed Obama. The prospects are endearing.

For the Republicans, the MSNBC veepstakes have chosen Colin Powell. These days, though, the republican with a distinguished military career has hinted he may jump to Obama.

Go for the long-shot candidate: Bill Gates. That’s right, the recently retired Microsoft founder is a trusted voice on the economy and his multi-billion dollar commitment to charitable giving could soften up the campaign’s image. The challenge may be winning his support. For now, Bill. Cheers, and best of luck making the world a better place.

Check out msnbc‘s veepstakes game and submit your pick.

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When presidential campaigns were an honest business. Yeah. What a joke.

The other night while eating dinner and watching the news, I listened as pundits went on about how sleazy the campaign had become, how with all the political chatter about the candidates they had stooped to new lows of cheap shots and dirty tricks. Look at Barack Obama with his unpatriotic wife and radical Islamic upbringing, or what about allegations made against John McCain the old McWar monger? Still, I couldn’t help but think how bad the 2004 election was with John Kerry and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth disaster, or the 2000 election and the Florida recount debacle.

Then I got on to thinking about the very beginning—before primaries, spin control, PAC’s, sound bites, hanging chads, and talking heads—when electing a president was a clean, sober, and dignified business. As it happened, there was no such thing. Van Buren was said to have worn women’s clothing, Dewey hated you and your children, Lincoln smelled, and Carter was a hick.

If all of this sounds depressing, cheer up. “Without smears, innuendo, and thievery tainting our electoral system, what would we have to connect us to our quickly vanishing past? Believe me: You could take any Whig or Federalist of yore, plunk him down in a modern presidential campaign, and (once accustomed to television and the internet) he’d be up and shrieking with the best of us.”

“We’re Americans, after all. A nice, dirty election runs in our blood.”–(Anything For A Vote)

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