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Politics are boring

Sotu_07I watched the State of the Union tonight. There were at least 2 hours of lead up before the speech and an hour or more of post-game coverage. All of the hopefuls for 2008 lined up to talk on all the networks. All of the networks continued their intense bashing of the president.

I have to say this. I really wish I cared about the politics of the country right now. But I don’t. There is no leader that has captured my attention. No one is speaking the language I want to hear. And so, while I will watch and while I will play along in the political water cooler talk, I just don’t care all that much.

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More politics on YouTube

I’m not sure what to think about this. While I’m not going to take a stance on John Edwards ticket for president, it’s clear that he understands (or at least his people do) the power of viral marketing.

Don’t just notice the political stuff he uses, check out all the non-traditional marketing he’s using.

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The political agenda slap in the face

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So the elections are over, the Democrats have the House and Senate… and American conservatives were lulled to sleep. We were fools to believe that the conservatives would win an election based purely on war. Clearly, the American people have voted on the war and they said ."no more." It’s not that this has been a particularly bloody conflict in contrast to others… it’s that the media has constantly shown us the negative as opposed to the strides being taken to stabilize Iraq.

The conservatives fought on the wrong issue and lost.

What’s next for the Congress? Based on the Zogby Interactive poll I just took, (I’ve participated in their polls for about 6 months) the issues about to be brought up in January have nothing to do with the war in Iraq.

Allowing the Congress to go fully democrat may increase the likelihood of a Republican president in 2008, but it’s clear that the same 3 issues that Democrats care about will be front and center between now and then. Based on the poll I just took, I can clearly say gay marriage, increased abortion rights, and more new taxes are on the liberal agenda for 2007.

See, Americans got confused on the issues last Tuesday. The liberals used the media to let you think the election was about the war in Iraq when in fact it was about domestic issues. Pretty cute, eh?

My guess would be that in the early part of 2007 they are going to go for broke and toss some of these issues  into the back end of war bills. So Americans will be satisfied that their votes brought an end to problems in Iraq… and the issues we care about will be increasingly marginalized.

First thing on their agenda seems to be making it illegal to speak against homosexuality. Calling homosexuality "wrong" will likely be considered hate speech very soon. They will first make it illegal to speak against what God calls a sin… and then conservatives won’t be able to speak against homosexuality while liberals legalize domestic partnerships on the federal level.

I hate "fear speech." It’s one of the things I like least about politics. It is completely ineffective. So I just want to end my journal today with a note to myself after taking this poll. This isn’t "fear speech" so much as it is the reality we’ve just voted in. The Zogby poll wasn’t asking "do you think these issues are important?" They were gaging how much of it we would tolerate on day one. So if that picture at the top makes you queasy… just wait until next summer.

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Democrats taking over?

DemocratsThe last 36 hours have been huge politically. I’m not really a political person but I can tell something significant has happened.

As a fan of the 2 party system I can actually see how having a split here between the Executive and Legislative branch may actually get things moving faster. At the same time, getting their butts kicked will wake up the Republicans to get back to the grassroots "what the people want" mentality that brought them to power.

The reality is that after 6 years of Republican control, they didn’t get done much. Sure, we’ve got the Supreme Court judge thing under control… but they managed to do little on the issues that conservatives care about.

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Thankfully, she’s not running

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For a long time I’ve joked that one day soon Hillary Clinton will run for president and Oprah Winfrey will be on her ticket. Not only is Oprah not running in 2008, she is suing the pants off of some poor guy who is suggested she run. As I read the legal notices sent by Oprah’s lawyers to this guy on The Smoking Gun it made me kind of sad.

While I understand the business end of protecting your property (Yes, Oprah has a trademark on the word "Oprah.") it’s pretty sad that this guy put out some money to make some pennies off of her fame… and ended up losing everything… $65,000. You would think that since she is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, she would at least pay the guy something for the website www.oprah08.net.

It only proves my point that Oprah is the anti-christ. I think her and Martha Stewart will try to take over the earth.  🙂

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State of the disUnion

StateIt is the week between the NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl and it is the week of the State of the Union address by President Bush. I don’t envy him.

Even with so much going right in the economy and in Iraq, Bush will likely get hammered for not doing enough. It seems like we’re right back to CNN being the Clinton News Network where his presidency is ruthlessly attacked. It is sad, and it is a coordinated effort to turn the tide in the next elections. The press is as left-controlled as ever and they aren’t pulling any punches. You would think that John Kerry and Ted Kennedy were the only two senetors out there… at least when Hillary isn’t available for an interview. By the way, there are 97 others out there. Sick of it.

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the mountaintop

MlkThe man could preach you know? [Check it out] I have often been amazed at how few people have ever heard Martin Luther King, Jr. preach a sermon. Yes, he was one of the great oritors of the 20th Century… but he was also one of the most profound preachers I have ever read.

Of course, there is nothing new about this kind of civil disobedience. It was seen sublimely in the refusal of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to obey the laws of Nebuchadnezzar because a higher moral law was involved. It was practiced superbly by the early Christians who were willing to face hungry lions and the excruciating pain of chopping blocks, before submitting to certain unjust laws of the Roman empire.

I’m grateful to God that, through the Negro church, the dimension of nonviolence entered our struggle.

Was not Jesus an extremist for love — (Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963)