And "tics," which are blood-sucking leeches!
Fyi, I did not fabricate this joke. :) I got it from Christian comedian Taylor Mason. But it serves as a very nice introduction to this post...
I love politics. It's my life's blood (among other things). If there were no politics, there would be nothing to talk about, think over, argue, debate, etc. And I love debate.
I know politics can be a touchy subject for most people. And I'll admit, I can get pretty wound up in the midst of a heated discussion. The difference is, I can keep it pent up under a smiling facade so that nobody ever knows how I'm really feeling--and then go home and scribble about it later.
But to continue...
I watched the GOP Nevada debate on YouTube last Thursday. Very interesting. Enlightening, as I said to a friend of mine. I hadn't really been following the candidates until now. But I have to admit, my curiosity has been officially piqued.
Now before I go any further, I want to make clear that I am NOT endorsing any particular candidate at this time. Of course I have my favorites, but I seriously just want to make sense of all ideas rumbling around in my head. So without any further ado...
Don't know what to think about him. On one hand, he seems to have some really great ideas. On the other, he's not a very skilled debater, and his little tousle with Romney really lowered him in my estimation. A President has to be a politician in the sense that he needs to be able to exercise control his emotions. It's one thing to push your point; it's quite another to be obnoxious about it. I think his dogmatism really painted him in a bad light...more so than it put the pressure on Romney. So while I have no doubt that Gov. Perry has done some good for the people of Texas, I don't think America wants a time-bomb in the Oval Office.
Seems to be an all-American family man. Not sure if he's the Presidential caliber we're looking for though. Almost seems too nice, if that's possible. He didn't get a lot of time to speak, but what he did say, I agreed with. The jury's still out on this one...
Well, for starters, I think he's a very knowledgeable businessman. However, I don't agree with his 9-9-9 tax plan at all. At least not from what they were saying at the debate. I do believe in a flat tax, but I don't care to be paying for "apples" and "oranges" at the same time. (Wasn't that a hilarious moment? I nearly died laughing. Let's see...how many times can we repeat the same thing without getting our point across? lol)
Eesh. Slippery! That's all I can say. I don't know, Romney will probably do very well in the polls, but as a politician, I would be very nervous putting him in office. Reminds me of a cross between Bill Clinton and JFK. All charm and intelligence, but what's up his sleeve? One thing I will say for him though, he certainly can keep his cool under pressure. I went to one of his rallies back in 2008 and remember being very impressed by the way he carried himself. I think he has the look of a President.
Hmmm, I think I like him, but I'm not at all familiar with his career enough to say. Interesting what he said about a candidate's religion though. The moderator asked whether or not voters should take Romney's religion (Mormonism) into account when they vote. I thought Newt's answer was very poised and diplomatic and answered the question without coming across as too opinionated. Anyway, Rush Limbaugh seems to think he'd be a good pick...we'll see how he does in the polls.
I really respect this guy. He's one of the few who's willing to say what needs to be said without beating around the bush. At the same time, I think he's a little too radical. Which is why I don't foresee him doing well in the polls. There's only two things that I disagree with so far. 1) He proposes cutting defense spending by 15%. Bad idea, in my opinion. Even Ronald Regan knew that the most sovereign nation maintains "peace through strength." Secondly, on the issue of illegal immigration, I'm for building a wall across our southern border. I hope that Paul does well in his future career, but I can't imagine his views will be accepted by a majority of Americans.
Okay, I know you're going to call me a feminist, but can I just say it would be really cool to have a female President in 2012? :) I mean, you talk about making history, let's make history. Not sure how she stands on foreign policy, but I believe she has the finesse, brains, and experience for a Commander in Chief. Lots I can say for this woman, but I thought her delivery was impeccable. I attended one of her rallies last year, and had the opportunity to ask if she would consider running for President. Though she gave me the round-about answer then, it seems I was right! ;)
Anyway, just something to think about. And again, please don't take my opinions out of context. Their just my opinions...and while this country is still free, I'm entitled to them! ;)