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What I Want... 
29th-Oct-2007 09:36 pm
I want Hillary Clinton to start speaking in a language that I can hear and gravitate toward. I want to like her and believe her, so that I can endorse her with a better conscience when she gets the Democratic nom. I'll even say it - however it has to happen, I want Bill Clinton back in the White House.

I want Barack Obama to stop disappointing me and get his head out of the religious right's anti-gay asshole. My love affair with Barack Obama is dangerously close to over.

I want Ron Paul to start doing better, because if there is anyone who can reform the GOP it is him.

I want my head to stop being so hurty.

I want everyone to watch this clip.

And this one.
30th-Oct-2007 01:39 am (UTC)
I honestly feel like Ron Paul is the best hope for this country with the way things stand now. I also feel like lots of people would agree with his platform, but the mainstream media is just fucking him over like they did Howard Dean last time around. It makes me sick at how much power those companies inadvertently have over politics.
30th-Oct-2007 01:51 am (UTC)
You don't want much, do you?
30th-Oct-2007 02:30 am (UTC)
I want to feel like it's possible to ever trust an election result again.
30th-Oct-2007 02:39 am (UTC)
Putting Bill back in the White House is what will tip the scales for Hillary. Obama in running too soon in his political career. I've been saying that a year before he announced. I'm likely going to vote for Paul in my states primary - I don't ultimately care that much who gets the Dem nod, but he's the only GOP candidate I can get behind. After all, if the Repubes write off him and his supporters, he can't be all that bad. ;-)
30th-Oct-2007 05:09 am (UTC)
From your mouth to G-d's ears.
30th-Oct-2007 06:23 am (UTC)
We have a couple of good friends - they are a disabled elderly gay couple. They wrote a letter to Ron Paul titled "Why do you want us to die?".

Apparently, he wants to dismantle social security. For people who are on social security disability (especially people who need life-sustaining medicines for diabetes, etc. or who require medical equipment like CPAP machines or dialysis), shutting down social security means they will lose all access to health care, and likely be on the street. Such people are very likely to die quite soon after being put in that situation.

This is America the Great - the only first world country that does not have universal health care.
30th-Oct-2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
I agree with you completely on the nominees. Though I totally don't know anything about Ron Paul. But anyone who has a chance of reforming the Republicans is a winner in my book.
30th-Oct-2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Part of the issue that we are re-discovering is that we cannot expect perfection in our political candidates...the entire purpose of political campaigns is to permit voters to see what the candidates think on a variety of issues, how they behave and interact with other people who express differences of opinion, and how they develop positions on the issues important to the electorate. When we have someone painted as "The Answer" to all that ails the country, we can either demand that they show us why they should be granted the trust to BE "The Answer", or we can accept it and walk away from our responsibilities as citizens. We've done the latter for the past 8 years, collectively, and we are all witnesses to the extreme damage it does. We have to learn--again--that we have to look at who has the best capabilities on average, to address the most concerns--on average--in a way that meets the approval of most citizens--on average--with the least amount of negativity. We're talking about net sums, not perfection in a wind-up robot broken straight out of the mold.

I know how you feel about Obama...I was impressed enough to vote for him as my senator...and he IS good in that job WHEN HE FOCUSES ON IT. Unfortunately, his presence in Illinois as a senator is non-existent since he announced his presidential run, and that has made a huge impact on the way I view him. There are other things that make him well-suited to be a senator but not YET ready to be a chief executive...but I'll leave that for now.
30th-Oct-2007 07:51 pm (UTC) - Your posts always make me think.
and have very good conversations with family and friends. I personally have come to the conclusion that money and big business run this country not the actual candidates and even tho I Will teach my granddaughter to vote, I don't believe anymore that my actual individual vote counts........heck I dont even think we live in a democratic society anymore, sigh..........its going to be a good talk night with my hubby tonight, hey Angry Biscuit? Thanks for making me think, I am a stay at home grandma and need this. Kat
30th-Oct-2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
I want Hillary to realize that people should take care of themselves and not depend on the government. The same goes for Obama et al.
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31st-Oct-2007 12:53 am (UTC)
Like it or not, we're not all equal. I've seen plenty of people help themselves and plenty who want everything handed to them. Your response is typical of what I would expect.

Oh.... You can leave my dog out of the discussion.
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31st-Oct-2007 01:09 am (UTC)
The point is that people won't ever be equal. Why should govt try to make everyone equal. There are plenty of examples of failings of socialism. Try getting a specialist doctor's appointment in a few countries with national health care. What do many people do in Canada? Come to the US.

Everything is about personal responsibility.

If I work my ass off why should I be penalized?

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31st-Oct-2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Hillary's health care plan wants to end disparities. In other words, make equal.

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31st-Oct-2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Does disparity mean inequality or not?

Does not being inequal mean equal or not?

So you call something a "bad example" when you disagree? Try again.

I have a problem that in places where healthcare has been nationalized, people can't get the help they need in a timely manner.
Canada is having conferences on it to try and fix the issue.

31st-Oct-2007 02:07 am (UTC) - What I Want...
i want HRC to go the fuck away. if she costs the democrats this election they probably don't deserve any better, but the many americans i know who chafe under the corrupt republicans do. and i don't want peckerhead bill back in the white house either; i don't like the man. you're ticked off at obama for his flirtation with an anti-gay religious arse? bill clinton betrayed the gay vote outright with DADT in the military and DoMA. and not just the gay vote. he left a trail of broken promises; no health care reform, no freedom of choice act, no protection for haiti refugees, old-growth forest logging continued, welfare "reform" hurt the ones who needed it most, and he started the idiotic anti-terrorism legislation circus. musta been so long ago people forgot. i haven't. "anything but bush" ain't good enough for me. i don't want the ones back who've already proven themselves not trustworthy.

the clintons are so far on the right wing of the democrats that they've caused the entire party to shift to the right. which is why for a while there people used to claim it made no difference whether one voted democrat or republican. bush has reestablished that yeah, it does make a difference, but i'd like there to be more substantive differences again. and i'd like backstabbing opportunists like the clintons to get relegated to the sidelines.

barack obama has made mistakes, but they still come under "everybody makes mistakes" for me. they're NOTHING compared to the crap HRC has demonstrably served up.

and he's just one of the democrat nominees i like more than HRC. i will be so pissed if HRC actually wins this over any of the people who have way more integrity than she does. i'll just wash my hands of the US political system altogether.
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