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BIG questions about: Big Oil, Castro, The Clintons, Obama, McCain and You!

5 Apr

Today, I’m asking some BIG questions.  They need answers.  It’s a Saturday.  You’ve got a few minutes.  Do me a favor please & let me know what you think the answers are.  Thanks in advance…

Here’s what I’m wondering:

#1 – We’ve had American troops in Iraq for five years essentially occupying a huge oil producing nation.  American oil companies are bursting with billion dollar profits. Yet, somehow gas prices will soon top $4 a gallon. 

We’re in Iraq for the oil companies.  Our young men and women are their dying for them.  Yet, somehow the oil industry can’t see their way clear to sacrificing some profit to make their product more affordable to the average American. 

Why won’t our government do more than just hold hearings designed to make our politicians look like they are fighting for us?  I like free market capitalism as much as the next guy but, it’s time to get tough with big oil!

#2 – Did Fidel Castro fund his retirement with a 401K or traditional pension fund?

#3 – Why do politicians spend millions just to get jobs that top out in the $200,000 per year range?  Oh, wait, that question was answered when the Clintons released their taxe returns the other day.  The post-Presidential money is SWEEEEET!

#4 – Why are people so upset over Reverend Wright’s comments when many of his comments mirror comments made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr? 

This one I can answer.  Dr. King, may he rest in peace, was a great man who did make comments that were justifiably criticical of American culture and policy and some do sound similar to Reverend Wright’s.  The difference is the context.  Dr. King made his comments 40 and 50 years ago.  If Dr. King were alive today, no doubt he’d stick by many of them.  However, time has changed some things and Reverend Wright’s mistake is not realizing that.  His comments simply don’t reflect the full picture of where America is today.

Barack Obama could’ve told you that, but unfortunately he wasn’t there to hear any of Reverend Wright’s controversial comments in person.  Timing issss everything.

#5 – If we all agree no children should be left behind, then how do we tolerate having 50% high school drop out rates in several of our biggest cities?  We’re one of the richest countries in the world, how do we allow this to continue?  Local government and school officials should get their share of the blame, but why are parents not rioting for better schools in those cities?

#6 – Final question on Candidate McCain. Should we be nervous that you are endorsed by Reverend Hagee, who when not calling the Catholic Church “a whore” is eagerly awaiting and praying for the end of the world?  True story.  Hagee wants judgement day to get here ASAP & he’s supporting John McCain. Should that tell us something??

Politicians Should Just SAY NO To Church (or Temple or Mosque…)

18 Mar

There’s been a lot of flack coming Barack Obama’s way lately for his pastor’s controversial (some might say crazy) statements.  As is my weekend habit, I was busy cleaning the bathrooms here at the homestead and had talk radio on to pass the time.  Once again, the ever breathless Monica Crowley was on the air and gunning for Barack Obama.

Last time I listened to Ms. Crowley, the best she had to throw against Obama was that he was (are you sitting down for this?) a smoker.  Not a great habit, but not a habit that was worth the federal case she was making against it.  Yet, given the kind of year it’s been for hyper conservatives, I felt a twinge of sympathy for Crowley’s blatant grasping at straws.

This weekend, it was different.  It was early Christmas for Ms. Crowley and her ilk.  She had the statements of Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, to throw at him and they were sticking with her mostly white conservative audience.  They include this gem from just after 9/11:

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye….We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

Completely stupid statements, but you know what’s interesting….

On the other side of the aisle, these comments aren’t too distant from the thoughts of the now dead but certainly still a big GOP supporter, Jerry Falwell.  Falwell also thought we brought 9/11 on ourselves.  Although in his case, Falwell thought it was due to gays, liberals and other people he didn’t like angering god enough to knock down our Twin Towers.

More recently, John McCain, who has been pretty silent on the Wright controversy with good reason, was embroiled in much the same mess as his fellow senator/presidential hopeful.  McCain had to explain how he could accept the endorsement of John Hagee, who runs a mega-church in Texas where he makes mega-millions and spews idiocy and hate. 

 You want examples?  Hagee has repeatedly attacked the Catholic Church calling it (and I quote) “a whore”.  I’m not the biggest fan of the Catholic Church.  But, a whore?  Why was that necessary?  He could have gone with the much less offensive “harlot” or even “floozy”.  The fact that he didn’t tells you a lot about the man.

Like Falwell, Hagee believes in a vengeful god.  In his case, Hagee declared that Katrina was god’s response to a high level of sin in New Orleans.  Sounds like Hagee’s god has some anger issues.  Create us.  Give us free will.  Then destroy us when we don’t live up to expectations.  Not quite the god I’m familiar with…

But anyway, what are these politicians up to?  Barack Obama sat in Wright’s church for 20 years yet claims to have missed anything controversial ever said by the man.  Perhaps he nodded out.  That happens frequently in church in my experience.  On the other hand, John McCain accepts Hagee’s support yet talks about Hagee’s words being taken out of context. Seems to me the context is chrystal clear unless Hagee’s writing you checks or delivering his flock to your voting booth.

The true story is that both McCain & Obama are trying to have it both ways.  Each accepts the support of a pastor out of the mainstream because each reverend has a big following among a certain community critical to each candidate.  It’s a great way for McCain to reach Fundamentalists and other ultra-conservative religious voters and it’s Obama’s way of reaching and keeping support of the urban African American audience. 

Both McCain and Obama are counting on the rest of us to understand this.  It’s the old wink game.  You know, I have to make like I’m along for the ride, but trust me, when I’m elected my crazy reverend friend won’t have any influence.  Hopefully that’s true.

But, I think it’s worth pointing out one of Hagee’s views before concluding this post.  Hagee is eager for the apocalypse.  He’s got a hard on for judgement day.  This is a guy who supports Israel because he sees it playing a key role in bringing on a new world war that will end all time and start up the kingdom of heaven as he sees it.

So, perhaps it should give us all pause that Hagee, who’s trying to speed up the end of the world, is supporting John McCain.

Guess I’ll listen a little closer to what Barack Obama has to say tomorrow in Philadelphia…