“Fifteen years ago my downstairs neighbor died in his apartment because he did not have health insurance. After a car accident he was taken to the hospital and then discharged prematurely with a prescription for pain pills. He died of an accidental overdose within 12 hours. I have no doubt that if he had had insurance he would not have been discharged, and would not have died for lack of adequate care.
Mitt Romney is (willfully) not in touch with reality.”
txteekay on Oct 11, 2012 at 12:42:35
“I am sorry for your neighbor. We as a society have failed. We can do better.
“It boggles the mind that someone thought $55,000 was better spent on Sarah Palin's makeup than on organizing and getting out the vote.
Has there ever been a more incompetent campaign?”
GingersPawPaws on Dec 5, 2008 at 03:07:39
“THEY were selling the Sex not the Mind, Assuming America walks around with a constant Hard on!! and from reading above some obviously do! They don't use their Minds, They use their Joy Toys to do their thinking for them! Apparently McCain does not have High Respect for America's intelligence either! However we need not Worry about that Now So lets get over Palin!
She is just like a bad Flu you can not get rid of!!”
joyous1 on Dec 5, 2008 at 02:52:02
“That's nothing. It is reported that over$800,000.00 has been spent so far in legal fees because someone won't spend $12 to produce a bc. That much dough could have went to much better use, who would use such logic?”
What was once common sense now seems revolutionary.”
Fremon on Nov 6, 2008 at 10:58:28
“John Kennedy (one of my favorites) appointed an ambassador who was a friend from his navy days. The man later tried to run for a governership of an eastern state and lost. He was rewarded by being appointed as CEO to a company I was working for. He was a disaster who oversaw the downward spiral and eventual sale of the company. Ambassadors are not always qualified save having made money in their company or field/ or being a crony and which may not carry over to being qualified in any other area. Let me know what successes Condi Rice has had? We know she couldn't do the job at National Security when she was roughed over by Cheney/Rumsfeld and also said "no one could know anyone could run planes into buildings" even though she had a classified memo about Al Quaida (sic) determination to do so. Her "success" with a North Korea agreement was the one implemented during the Clinton administration and initially put on the shelf by the Bush administration.”
Sarah Palin simply does not understand the plain sense of the First Amendment.
Can you imagine her swearing to "uphold and protect" the Constitution?
When will decent, intelligent Republicans take their party back from the faction of Know-Nothings who have hijacked the GOP?”
TLV on Oct 31, 2008 at 23:04:22
“She'd whip out her own version of the Constitution and her supporters would cheer. On it would be a list of punitive measures against them just for breathing and they'd just roll over and take it. Republicans have no will or backbone after the last eight years and Sarah Palin knows it. She smells the blood of the weak-minded.”
Paralogos on Oct 31, 2008 at 22:42:42
“"Can you imagine her swearin to 'uphold and protect' the Constitution?"
Yes, I can. The chief justice asks "Do you swear...?", and Bible Spice says "You betcha!"”
“A simple answer to your question: Douglas Coe, a right wing, fundamentalist who is Hillary's spiritual mentor. Wonder why you haven't heard much about him? You should. He has impacted Hillary's evolving positions. It would not surprise me if she starts leaning pro-life.”
It took guts for Obama to talk about the difficult complexities of race in America.
It took real intelligence to do it simply and clearly, without oversimplifying or avoiding reality.
I think the best thing about this speech has so far gone unremarked--that he tried to show people what it is like to look a painful and difficult question from a number of perspectives:
To see that black anger is grounded in real experiences of discrimination and humiliation, but that it is myopic and defeatist to regard racial prejudice as permanent and unchangeable.
To see that white resentment at quotas and crude forms of social engineering are understandable, but that this resentment has been used to distract citizens from the actual policies that have led to 30+ years of growing economic inequality in the US.
It is depressing to read some of the responses to the speech. I'm not talking about whether people agree with it or not, I'm talking about the ability of people (for or against Obama) to recognize and do justice to what he is trying to do.
But much of the response does give me hope--that Americans are tired of the infantile partisanship and poll-tested propaganda that dumbs down our political discourse to the point that it is nearly impossible to discuss the real problems we face through intelligent and reasoned deliberation.