Monday, August 25, 2008

Obama-Biden

It will be a matter of time before the Republicans begin highlighting the obvious wordplay that can convert the Democratic ticket to Osama Bin Laden. I hope not too many fall for this. I am not surprised that a recent poll among white voters revealed that a full 16% believed Obama was a Muslim. Not that it should make any difference but these percentages are scary because even in a thoroughly modern USA, where access to information is universally available, it is very hard to think that people essentially continue to believe what they want to believe. As they say, the hardest to wake up is the person who is awake.

Biden brings a lot of experience and Washington savvy to the ticket. While I personally would have wanted to see Hillary as the running mate, it was solely Obama’s choice and deserves our complete support.

21 years ago, Biden made an unsuccessful bid for the Presidency, brought about in part when the Dukakis campaign circulated a video of Biden delivering a stump speech which he did not properly attribute to Neil Kinnock, a Welsh politician. While it is beyond dispute that Biden did not acknowledge Kinnock in the tape, it was established that he had properly recognized Kinnock in previous renditions of his speech that he must have repeated more than 50 times. What follows is the comparison of the 2 speeches:

Kinnock: "Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? ... Was it because our predecessors were thick? ... Was it because they were weak, those people who could work eight hours underground [as coal miners] and come up and play football, weak? ... It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand."

Biden: "Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university? ... Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? Is it because I'm the first Biden in ... generations to get a college and a graduate degree that I was smarter than the rest? ... Was it that they didn't work hard, my ancestors who worked in the coal mines of Northeast Pennsylvania and would come up after 12 hours and play football for four hours? ... It's because they didn't have a platform upon which to stand."

This will also come up during the next 9 weeks, I just hope that everyone realizes how badly we need change in the country. How we must leave Iraq as soon as possible, how we must have a sensible energy policy, how we must return to the values that made this nation great: industry, patriotism, making sure nobody is left behind. We’ve had enough of irresponsible tax cuts and unfair policies that favor the wealthy and powerful which has the effect of promoting unbridled greed and selfishness.

We need Obama-Biden to win.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

why drill for offshore oil when inflating your tires properly will save oil...my hummer has an onstar feature that tells me when the tires need air which then mqkes the vehicle get 10 miles to the gallon instead of 9.5 miles to the gallon

azron said...

See salon.com for a comparable gaggle of stuff that can be said about the potential vps for McCain

ron

md bautista said...

Anonymous, you remind me of my good friend Jeff!

Anonymous said...

I count the word "we" several times within the last paragraph of this blog. Since when are you a voting citizen of the United States of America? Last I heard, you were declining the opportunity to become a citizen in order to have an effect in your native country's politics. A noble cause and one that I applaud, but I take offense to someone who accepts the hospitality of the host then criticizes the meal.

md bautista said...

anonymous: WE in America have three letters for your comment, WTF?

md bautista said...

anonymous: WE in America have three letters for your comment, WTF?

Anonymous said...

Screw you, Martin. I was wrong to believe in what you were telling us when you ran for senator. You are just a money-hungry guy no different from from the rest you were criticizing during your candidacy. You go to America to make money, come back home, and then start hoodwinking us with your phony words. Two words come to mind to describe you: a shyster and a hypocrite. F.... you, Martin. You have no damn business telling Americans whom to vote for when you ought to be home attending to what should be your duty as a Filipino citizen wanting to become a senator. Come home, Janus. We need you here, not there
where you keep bragging about how much money you make in your practice.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, sino ka? Mukhang personalan na a.

Anonymous din.

Anonymous said...

...call me anonymous 3.and my reaction to anonymous writers is to identify yourselves when criticizing, disparaging, condemning in a personal manner, contributors to blogs...otherwise you sound mean, small, cowardly.People like this should keep to themselves.They contribute nothing salutary.

Anonymous said...

....an afterthought: since I consider my reaction said " not in a personal way"....I feel that I need not idenify myself.
....anonymous 3

Anonymous said...

To anonymous 3... MYOB!!! I will reiterate what I stated... If the doctor wants to meddle in US politics he needs to become a citizen. We will welcome him into the fold. If he merely wants to use the US as a cash cow to finance his political ambitions in the Philipines that is his right, but I compare his comments on US politics to critizing the host after a free meal. As my father used to say, you need to sh*t or get off the pot. You can't continue to have the best of both worlds. How comforting it must be to go back to the squalor of your homeland knowing that you can always go back to the luxory of your home in Oklahoma to escape.

Anonymous said...

Use the US as a cash cow? So what? Everybody does that. The question is how. Isn't he providing quality medical care to the rural Oklahoma folks?

Anonymous said...

He's providing a service. In my opinion he tends to concentrate more on quantity of patients than quality of care, though admittedly he does take a personal interest in his patients.

Anonymous said...

.....to angry anonymous : I'm sorry but it is my business to counsel, and I dare say that you have a "troubled " mind...not sick, ...troubled. be more impersonal in your observations....think of this blog as a friendly space..
......anonymous 3

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