Sunday, August 5, 2007

Gullets and Gasbags: This Week in Political Debate

So, ABC and George Stephanopolous decided to have a great idea of having a debate on a Sunday morning. But, not a regular debate. This isn't the polite pussyfooting (like that alliteration there?) of the Democrats. No false searches for Hillary's cleavage or depth in Barack's statements. Why? Because this is a Republican debate. Now, my loathing for the Republicans is probably as high as the Democrats, but, as I do with the Democrats, I will give the Republicans a chance.

So, after leaving from a captivating episode of Sunday Morning where they talked about Ferraris, New Urbanism, Origami by Robert Lang (Picture from his site), and hotel & airplane design,

I turn on this debate. Within the first minute or two, Rudy Giuliani makes a statement that doesn't make any sense about the war. I know he's all gung-ho for it. But, he should work on explaining it in a way that makes sense to the public. The only person who logically explained their rationale on the war was the man Ron Paul. Honestly, this debate sounds like a bunch of noise. A bunch of dudes talking about how they don't want to socialize healthcare, even though socialized health care has proven to be an effective means of providing health care to the public at less cost to the public.

Also, I give props to George because he totally just pinned Rudy on a statement that he made on Charlie Rose about agreeing with Barack Obama. Rudy didn't get out of it. But, Mitt Romney has to be the dumbest person ever. If the dog and the faux family meeting weren't enough, Romney fails to realize that Barack's statement about Pakistan said that attack was contingent upon the movement of Musharraf to make positive movements towards eliminating the extremist threat. Actually, I take that back, Duncan Hunter (I know, I know. I don't know who he is either) also cannot understand one of the clearest statements ever made by anyone EVER. Barack Obama is only a fancy talker when he's trying to obfuscate the point.

But, on the real, I'm kind of getting into Ron Paul from this debate. But, Rudy Giuliani is an absolute idiot. He has no foreign policy experience and his current answer is clear proof of that. Giuliani is trying to compare the Middle East to NYC while trying to make the point that law has to be exercised before elections can happen. That sounds like material for a coup. Also, John McCain just said that he would start a nuclear war if necessary. I can only hope this doesn't happen. If you would like to know why, look into the work of photographer Shomei Tomatsu, who did a haunting collection of photos following the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki following WWII. It was also one of the most terrifying things that I've ever seen. It still gives me shivers to see the damage done to survivors from those events. Also, Tom Tancredo is also a complete idiot for wanting to bomb Mecca.

I'm going to go back to watching this more fully, but the rhetoric in this debate is frightening. Seriously, it scares the shit out of me. They keep making the war against Islamic extremism into a battle of civilizations instead of a battle of ideas, which this is. This conflict is a battle between democracy and Islamic extremism, ideologies not civilizations. Anyone with half a brain could tell you that. Also, they keep preaching ideas of supply-side economics, which have proven over time that they do not help everyone and usually cause more harm than good. You can look at the out-of-control spending and high deficits being run by this country currently under Bush, a supply-sider. Spend your Sunday doing something more constructive than listening to Mitt Romney talk about how Bush and Cheney are keeping us safer, even though their protection has led to the slaughter of 3000+ American troops and the elevated threat of a revitalized al-Qaida and an elevated Islamist extremist threat. Yep, that's keeping us safe. Very, very safe.