McCain the Warmonger

Quote from McCain:

We know what it takes to succeed in Afghanistan: a resolute commitment to the principles of counterinsurgency, which turned Iraq around during the surge. This won’t be perfect or easy, but it will allow America’s fighting men and women to leave Afghanistan with honor, and it will enable Afghans to build a better, more peaceful future.

I have to ask McCain …

  1. What’s more important to our fighting men and women — leaving  Afghanistan “with honor” or staying alive?
  2. Why do Americans have to die to help Afghanistan “build a better, more peaceful future?”

McCain says he sympathizes with President Obama because “sending men and women into harm’s way is the most difficult decision that a commander in chief must make.”

Contrary to McCain’s desire to go in with guns blazing, Obama makes this statement:

Every time I sign an order, you know, I’m answerable to the parents of those young men and women who I’m sending over there, and I want to make sure that it’s for the right reason.

I’m not big on following war news, but it seems to me that somewhere along the way we’ve lost sight of the original goal — to get Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda.

Now, according to McCain,  it seems to be all about helping Afghanistan build a more secure nation.

Am I missing something? 


What Political Path Do You Follow?

I recently took “The World’s Smallest Political Quiz” to determine my political leanings.

There are five categories — Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian, Statist, and Centrist. The quiz determined I was a “Liberal” (no surprise to me). Not a ‘hard-core’ liberal, but definitely with liberal leanings.

What I found interesting were the descriptions of the various political groups, particularly the ones for Conversative and Liberal.

Here’s the Conservative description:

Conservatives tend to favor economic freedom, but frequently support laws to restrict personal behavior that violates “traditional values.” They oppose excessive government control of business, while endorsing government action to defend morality and the traditional family structure. Conservatives usually support a strong military, oppose bureaucracy and high taxes, favor a free-market economy, and endorse strong law enforcement.

And here’s the Liberal description:

Liberals usually embrace freedom of choice in personal matters, but tend to support significant government control of the economy. They generally support a government-funded “safety net” to help the disadvantaged, and advocate strict regulation of business. Liberals tend to favor environmental regulations, defend civil liberties and free expression, support government action to promote equality, and tolerate diverse lifestyles.

(Emphasis mine.)

Yes, I definitely lean towards being a Liberal because I don’t think it’s up to me to tell other people how to live and/or conduct their lives.  And I do feel that we should try and help others — I don’t believe in the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

I do not think war is the answer to every global crisis; however, I do agree with the Conservatives that we need to have a strong military (for the same reason I think it’s good to know how to protect yourself). But I don’t think jumping into the fray with guns blazing is always the path to take.

Of course I oppose high taxes, but I’m realistic enough to know that if we’re going to have government-run services, someone has to pay for them. I just wish the government watched their budget as close as I have to watch mine.

So what did the test tell you about yourself?

Ardi and Adam

Scientists recently announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor and dated the remains around 4.2 million years ago. They determined the skeleton was a female and nicknamed her “Ardi.”

As I watched the documentary on the Discovery channel, I couldn’t help but wonder about something.

If the creation story in the bible is true and God created Adam, the first human, what did that human look like?

Did he resemble Ardi?

Oh wait! Of course not. I forgot. The world is only 6,000 years old, +/- a few years. So any fossil remains that are scientifically dated earlier than that must be wrong.

This whole Ardi thing is probably a hyped up theory of some atheistic scientist. Right?


Why Gay Marriage?

I have no problem with same-sex relationships. It’s not something I would pursue, but I believe we each have a right to our own preferences in life.

Something I don’t understand, however, is why it’s so important for gays to marry. It’s my understanding that civil unions offer the same benefits. The only difference is that the couple has not been joined in a religious ceremony.

Some say it has to do with the fact that civil unions between gay partners are not recognized in every state. But if civil unions became federal law, with all the inherent benefits of marriage, wouldn’t that suffice?

If a religious ceremony is important to a gay couple, why couldn’t a sympathetic minister perform the ceremony and issue a certificate that verified the union and satisfied any legal requirements by the government?

I guess what I’m asking is this: If gay couples were granted all the same rights as (legally-recognized) married couples, does the relationship have to be called a “marriage?” Perhaps the union could be given a different name — one that signifies it as a commited relationship with all the same dignity and respect that is attributed to the current definition of marriage.

Or maybe it’s really all a matter of semantics. Maybe we simply need to change the definition of marriage, because so long as we use that terminology, conservatives will continue to oppose any union between same sex couples.

Glenn Beck Sucks

I used to watch Glenn Beck.

I’m not a Conservative, but I did agree with some of the things he said. Of course, I disagreed with a few things as well.

However, after awhile Glenn Beck turned into someone I didn’t recognize. And now he acts like he’s getting backroom training from that other conservative fanatic, Rush Limbaugh.

Anyway, I recently read an article about Beck written by an Englishman. It certainly offers a different perspective. Perhaps because distance helps one see things a bit clearer.

One comment made by the writer especially stood out to me:

It is striking how little faith Beck and his followers have in the country they profess to love so much.

Anyway, here’s the article. Even if you think Glenn Beck is the cat’s meow, I urge you to see what the rest of the world thinks about him.