Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Commentary on Flip-Flopping and the Presidential Race.

Untrustworthy, two-faced, and/or a backstabber. These are some of the words that come to mind when a politician takes a position on an issue and then takes a complete opposite stance on the same issue. This is known as flip-flopping. Saying that flip-flopping on just one topic, let alone a whole laundry list of them, is detrimental to a politician's campaign is an understatement. It is the equivalent of a breaching of trust between a politician and his or her supporters. A flip-flopping politician is on the same level as a general leading his troops into battle and when the those troops are confronted by the enemy troops, the general either surrenders, says "to hell with it I'm going home", or defecting to the enemy army right on the battlefield. In the case of any political race, especially a race for the President of the United States, the general would be the candidate and the troops would be the candidate's supporters and potential voters of that particular candidate. If that candidate flip-flops on an issue, whether it be one issue or one thousand issues regardless of the essence of that issue, it is not a telling, but a screaming to his or her supporters that you lied to them on an issue that they care about.

The flip-flopping that plagued elections past is in abundant supply in this year's Presidential race between Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Barack Obama (D-IL). This commentary is not about who flip-flops the most or about who rightfully or wrongfully accuses the other of flip-flopping. This is about holding the candidates accountable for switching their views and stances on the same issue. The trust of the American People should never be breached. Flip-flopping is a breach of said trust. Both Senators McCain and Obama, who have flip-flopped in this election, need to understand that flip-flopping can and possibly will cost them the presidency. The people, regardless of political affiliation, deserve better than a politician who can not keep his or her stance on an issue consistent. The aforementioned sacred trust is never to be violated. Flip-flopping violates that trust. How can the voters trust either Senators McCain or Obama when they both change their positions on Iraq, the economy, global warming, and oil drilling among other issues?

The presidential election this year will be hotly contested. There is no doubt about it. This election will have ramifications on the value of the U.S. dollar. This election will have ramifications on the price of oil, which determines how much we pay at gas stations. This election will have ramifications on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This election will have ramifications on the economy and our health care. This election will have ramifications on our environment. Senators Obama and McCain understand this well and so do the American People. The presidential candidates know what is at stake and they both know that they can not lose the trust of the American People. Flip-flopping will do just that. It will destroy the credibility of the candidate and cost him the election. The voters will never trust their future to a candidate who has no credibility. Senators McCain and Obama have both flip-flopped in this election. If either one of them hopes to win this election, they need to end the flip-flopping and to be consistent with the promises they make to the people of the United States of America. This election, given what is going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, given the state our economy, given the mortgage and home-owner crises, and given how much we pay at the pump is one of the most crucial in history. We need a president we can trust. We do not need a president that turns out to be untrustworthy, two-faced, and/or a backstabber.

Good night and good luck.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Comedian George Carlin Passes Away at age 71

Source: Reuters

George Carlin, comedian best known for his "7 words" routine which led to a Supreme Court battle over obscenity, passed away at the age of 71 at St. John's Health Center in Los Angeles last night. He died of heart failure. The grammy-winning comic was to recieve the John F. Kennedy's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor this fall.

Carlin was an icon among the counter-culture and his theme centered around humanity being a doomed species. He is also an icon in all of comedy. George Carlin will be missed.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The NBA's Boston Celtics Win their First NBA Championship in 22 Years

The Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA championship last night with a 131-92 pasting over the Los Angeles Lakers in game 6 of the NBA Finals. This was the organization's first NBA title in 22 years and their 17 championship banners are the most of any team in the Association.

Paul Pierce of the Celtics was named the NBA Final's MVP.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert of NBC News Passes Away at age 58.

Source: NBC News

Tim Russert, host of "Meet The Press" and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, has passed away at the age of 58 as the result of a heart attack.

Tim Russert in an icon not only at NBC News, but in all of Journalism. Needless to say, this is very sad news. He will be sorely missed.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Senator Clinton (D-NY) to Suspend Campaign According to New York Times.

Sources: New York Times/NBC News

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) will leave the presidential race on friday and endorse the presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) according to the New York Times. The exact motive for the suspension is unclear, but reports insist that her supporters told the New York Senator to end her campaign for the sake of party unity.

UPDATE: Senator Clinton was pressured by Congressional Democrats to leave the race.

UPDATE 2: Senator Clinton will publicly suspend her campaign in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee.

Source: NBC News

Barack Obama, the Democratic Senator from Illinois, has finally reached the number of 2118 delegates to clinch the Democratic Presidential nomination. Senator Obama is the first African-American to be nominated by a major political party in the history of the United States of America.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Fox News Contributor Liz Trotta Jokes About the Assassination of Senator Obama (D-IL).

Watch and listen.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is nothing short of vile, dispicable, and an embarrasment to the profession of journalism. If Fox News wants to separate themselves from these comments, then both Roger Ailles and Rupert Murdoch should apologize for the comments, not because people were offended.

Liz Trotta should be fired. Referring to Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) as Osama was alone disrespectful, but if either he or Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) get shot and killed, then Liz Trotta should be held morally and ethically responsible. There is nothing comical at all about the assasination of any human being, especially a politician running for the highest political office in the United States.

Liz Trotta is a sick, sorry excuse of a human being and this sorry episode is a big, brown stain on the underwear of all of journalism.