It has been a fantastic week for President Obama. His poll ratings hang around the 46% mark at the moment but the killing of Bin Laden is likely to boost those ratings some what. Interestingly, Clinton, Reagan and Carter all had lower approval ratings than Obama at the moment, after the same amount of time in Office.
For a couple of years now, slightly racist Americans have been demanding an Obama birth certificate, to prove that the dark skinned man with a funny name is actually American. Interestingly, they didn’t demand the same level of suspicion and inquiry of the Senator for Arizona, and Obama’s opponent in 2008, John McCain. McCain was born in 1936 on the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. Panama Canal at that time was under U.S Control, but does that make McCain a “natural born citizen“? If that’s the case, can anyone born in a US controlled zone at a certain point, become President? The US had control of the green zone in Iraq in 2003. Could a muslim in that Green zone born in 2003 become President? Sarah Palin’s head would explode. What if my girlfriend were to have a baby inside the American embassy in London? Could I be the dad of the future President? What about someone born in Guam? Or Northern Mariana Islands? or Puerto Rico? or American Samoa? What if you were born in Palau before 1994? or the Federated States of Micronesia before 1986? If we follow John McCain’s lead, pretty much anyone can become President, if their parents just run to a US military base or embassy to give birth. In fact, there is more reason to question McCain’s eligibility to run for President, than there is Obama, which seems to just be that he’s a bit brown.
Obama’s brilliant take down of Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner was good, but the killing of the World’s most wanted terrorist, was the icing on the cake, and probably just sealed a second term for Obama. I was a bit annoyed when Obama said that “justice had been done“. American justice seems to involve killing hundreds of thousands of innocents, to avenge the deaths of 3000. It is the equivalent of a man killing my family, fleeing, and me spending the next ten years killing anyone who happens to live in a 2000 mile radius of his supposed location, finding him, killing him, and claiming it was “just”. However, it is almost certainly going to boost Obama’s chances in 2012. Though it isn’t a tough challenge, given the lack of Republican talent in the field for 2012.
Predictably, certain Republicans were not impressed with the Osama killing. Bush Sr said:
There’s no disagreement on this; this wasn’t some risky, gutsy, unique thing that he wanted to do.
I can’t imagine Bush would have had the same response, had his slightly useless son achieved the same goal.
Let’s look at two of my favourite possible candidates for the Republican nomination for 2012:
Michele Bachmann. She is currently serving as US House of Representatives member for Minnesota’s 6th Congressional district.
She is a tea party supporter. She suggested that Obama is associated with known terrorists (ignoring the Bush’s ties to the Bin Laden family, and the Saudi Royals, obviously). She then apologised for saying that Obama was anti-American. She then effectively apologised for apologising in March 2010, saying:
“I said I had very serious concerns that Barack Obama had anti-American views. And now I look like Nostradamus”
“I’m very concerned about Barack Obama’s views. I don’t believe that socialism is a good thing for America.”
She genuinely believes that whoever doesn’t share her warped view of America, must be anti-American…. and a Socialist (a socialist, bailing out Wall Street? Interesting take on Socialism she had). She believes social security and medicare should be abolished (isn’t that pretty anti-American?) She said in dealing with Iran, a nuclear strike option should not be off the table.
She believes Global warming is a hoax because CO2 is needed for life, and so CO2 can’t be harmful. She stated:
“Carbon dioxide is not a harmful gas, it is a harmless gas. Carbon dioxide is natural; it is not harmful…. We’re being told we have to reduce this natural substance to create an arbitrary reduction in something that is naturally occurring in the earth.”
Seriously, I’m not making this up. She really did say that. She is at odds with 99% of the scientific community. She supports the teaching of intelligent design (philosophy) in science class. She stated that evolution is just a theory that has never been proven (she’s wrong). Again, she is at odds with 99% of the scientific community. A Republican claiming to know better than 99% of the scientific community is nothing new, which brings me neatly onto another candidate:
Rick Santorum. Ex-Republican senator from Pennsylvania and Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
On the subject of running for President, Santorum said:
“After talking it over with my wife Karen and our kids – I am considering putting my name in for the 2012 presidential race. I’m convinced that conservatives need a candidate who will not only stand up for our views, but who can articulate a conservative vision for our country’s future.
Let’s explore that conservative vision he has for America’s future….
He has already declared war on Iran and Syria, stating:
I believe we are at war with Islamic fascists and I singled out Iran and Syria as examples of Islamic fascist regimes.
He is a typical American conservative, in that he opposes big government and interference, unless it meets his narrow vision of what it means to be American. For example, he once called himself a “compassionate conservative” (rather amusingly), and stated:
Compassionate Conservatism relies on healthy families, freedom of faith, a vibrant civil society, a proper understanding of the individual and a focused government to achieve noble purposes through definable objectives which offers hope to all.
He wants everyone to be free and the individual to be understood!!! Except, he doesn’t. Because he states in his book “It takes a Family” that socially liberal policies, like the acceptance of homosexuality, have destroyed the typical American family. He wants to use government to effectively tell people what it means to be a family. If you’re gay and you love your partner, tough, you are destroying Rick Santorum’s view of what it means to be a family. He doesn’t want to understand. He wants to punish you. He is all for individualism, if the individual is a good, white, Christian, conservative, heterosexual individual.
In the same book he speaks of a single mum who got off welfare and made a lot of money for herself. He absolutely loves this woman. He fails to point out the irony in the fact that without public funded schooling, without public funded shelters, and without the help that Welfare gave to her, she wouldn’t have been able to move up in the World. He is essentially arguing against the welfare system, whilst showing how it works. Genius.
He pushed for the teaching of intelligent design in science lessons, whilst focusing on questioning the theory of evolution, rather than teaching it outright, like he wished for intelligent design. He was criticised for wanting to craft the curriculum to present evolution as a dying theory that was essentially nonsense, whilst teaching intelligent design as a very credible scientific alternative. In 2002 he went so far as to state:
“Intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory that should be taught in science classes.”
– This is a man who wants to run for President!!
He proposed a bill in 2005 called National Weather Service Duties Act of 2005, which would have prevented the National Weather Service from releasing data on the weather, to the public,because it hinders the profitablility of private sector weather companies. Rick Santorum wanted to privatise the weather.
He blames homosexuality for Priests molesting children. He states that the right to privacy doesn’t exist in the US Constitution and that sodomy laws existed to prevent homosexual acts that:
“undermine the basic tenets of our society and the family”
Again, he wants to use the government to legislate against the individual, when it doesn’t suit his narrow vision of what is decent and correct. All other uses of government, he considers evil. What a hypocrite.
Quite viciously, he once said:
“Every society in the history of man has upheld the institution of marriage as a bond between a man and a woman. Why? Because society is based on one thing: that society is based on the future of the society. And that’s what? Children. Monogamous relationships. In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be. It is one thing. And when you destroy that you have a dramatic impact on the quality”
Here Santorum is misleading. The institute of marriage has changed vastly over the centuries. The Bible (as pointed out on my blog on Biblical marriage) is quite clear that marriage is between a man, brother, rapist and a virgin woman, another woman, another woman, a few more women, a hostage, a rape victim, and the female children of parents who have just been slaughtered. A few hundred years later, and marriage was about power and prestige. You married into a wealthy family to increase wealth. Santorum claims that marriage is just about children. What is a woman can’t have children? Should she be banned from getting married because she’s keeping a man from potentially having children with someone else? He sounds like he’s advocating the biggest government known to man. He’s right that no society has included gay marriage……. but i’d suggest that we’ve progressed. He wants to remain in the dark ages.
If you need further convincing that he is a horrific hypocrite who actually advocates huge government interference, to further his rather terrible ideology, here is what he said after Hurricane Katrina:
I mean people who don’t heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.
He wants the government to criminalise people who don’t leave their homes when a hurricane is on its way. He wants government to be in control of your movements during severe weather (privatised severe weather).
In 2006, he declared that Weapons of Mass Destruction had been found in Iraq.
The man is amazing.
Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich more grey haired old overweight Reaganite hypocrites with the charisma and passion of a retarded goat, may put their names forward, but non inspire confidence or progress. Perhaps they should offer a coalition with Nick Clegg?
President Obama is almost certainly looking at a 2nd term.