We are all pretty
much aware of the Democratic presidential hopeful’s conflicting stances on
our liberation of Iraq. We know that Senators Kerry and Edwards are
hypocrites, Dr. Dean is an appeaser, Gen. Clark isn’t sure what he supports,
and Dennis Kucinich is just a screwball. There is only one candidate
with a respectable position on the issue -- Senator Joe Lieberman -- and
he is in fifth place. I realize by the time you read this, several
of these candidates may not be candidates anymore, but let’s take a look
at some of the domestic policies they might bring to the table in November,
As much as I respect and admire General Clark’s military service, he is just
not presidential material. His positions on issues, both foreign and
domestic, are not only contradictory, but strengthen his neophyte image.
For example, when asked by Joseph McQuaid (a Manchester, MA Union Leader)
about his position on abortion, Clark commented that the law has no place
whatsoever in the practice of abortion:
Clark: I don’t think you should get the law involved in abortion.
McQuaid: At all?
McQuaid: Anything up to delivery?
Clark: Nope. Nope.
McQuaid: Anything up to the head coming out of the womb?
Clark: I say it’s up to the woman and her doctor, her conscience…you don’t put the law there.
Clark has since retracted his statements, but this exchange clearly demonstrates
the General’s lack of thought on the serious issues of today and amateur
political presence. Had he done so, he would have realized that if
the head were out of the womb, the practice would be considered murder, not
abortion (even though they are practically one and the same). Perhaps
General Clark just wants to save the woman the invasiveness of abortion.
Just deliver the baby and…well, you get the idea.
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Howard Dean has seemingly made a living making silly remarks and outrageous
claims. Like this one on September 25, 2003, after being asked what
he felt would be the most unpopular move he might make as president, Dean
replied, “As governor…I had to balance the budget during very difficult times.
We have to balance the budget.” Interesting, a liberal Democrat, raving
about balancing budgets. The problem is “President” Dean’s plans would
only expand deficits to new, record levels. A study, conducted by the
National Taxpayers Union, found that under Dean, the budget deficit would
increase by a sum of $223 billion, after a full repeal of President Bush’s
tax cut package. Among his spending plans is a “five to one match”
for campaign contributions, a $30 billion contribution toward combating the
spread of AIDS, same sex benefits for federal employees and a $100 billion
“job creation" scheme. Typical for a tax and spend Democrat, but perhaps
he should leave balancing budgets to the real conservatives.
Next up, John Edwards. According to Senator Edwards, private school
vouchers are dastardly because they promote “two school systems—one for the
affluent and one for everyone else.” Let’s grant Mr. Edwards that this
dichotomy in education does actually exist. Obviously, increased funding
to public education over the past few decades hasn’t done the trick, so maybe
incorporating something different will. You know what will make public
education more effective? Competition. By breaking the monopoly
of government schools, forcing competition with private schools for funding,
public schools will have some incentive for improvement. So, in the
mean time, since there are two school systems for our youth, why not allow
“everyone else” the opportunity to join the “affluent” in private schools
via government funded vouchers? It just makes sense.
It’s hard to attack Joe Lieberman, because by today’s standards, he is practically
a Republican. The only difference is he wants to raise taxes and increase
spending…well, I guess just raise taxes. President Bush and Congressional
Republicans are doing a bang-up job increasing spending on their own.
Senator John Kerry is another interesting one. Kerry seems to support
opening our borders to any and all that wish to enter. “Anyone who
has been in this country for five or six years…who has stayed out of trouble,
ought to be able to [receive] American citizenship immediately.” Oh
really? We should award illegal behavior with the gift of permanent
and binding US citizenship? Even better, let’s wait until they have
been here a few years before we do it, you know, so they are entrenched in
our society. Hopefully they’ll even have a couple of kids, too.
That sounds great. We’ll give them all Medicare and Food Stamps and
Welfare to make sure they’ll vote for Democrats. That’s the ticket.
Speaking of ridiculous, let’s take this time to briefly talk about the other two candidates.
Dennis Kucinich…what can I say. On his official campaign website, Kucinich
is proposing to create a new department in our government. To go along
side the Department of Defense, the State Department, and the Department
of Homeland Security, ol’ Dennis is proposing, get this, the Department of
Peace and Tranquility. Through the new cabinet-level department, Kucinich
hopes to, “…make of this world a gift of peace which will confirm the presence
of universal spirit in our lives.” Enough said.
Finally we come to that old “race warlord” himself, Al Sharpton. When
asked how his social activism would unite the country, Sharpton replied,
“…my history of activism makes it easier for me than most. I am fighting
for equal opportunity and protection under the law.” I guess his “fight”
doesn’t apply to Jews who own businesses in Harlem. In 1995, Rev. Al
led a protest against the store “Freddy’s” in Harlem. The storeowner,
Freddy Harari, was forced to raise rent on a tenant, Sikhulu Shange—a black
storeowner leasing from Harari. Harari’s rent had previously been raised—forcing
him to take such action. The angry mob, led by Sharpton, targeted the
Jewish Harari as a racist. Eventually they burst into the store, murdered
four employees, and lit the place on fire, killing eight in total.
So much for “equal protection under the law.”
Here’s the point; we must have a serious understanding of who these men are
and what they represent. The damage they could do to the country, if
elected, is unimaginable.
Andy Obermann is majoring in History and Secondary Education at Missouri Valley College.
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