In another forum, I just posted my most recent observations on the presidential election, which summarize what I’ve been saying here:
You’re not that alone, ****. Remember, I’m also supporting Sarah Palin and the white-haired guy. If **** was here I would expect him to support that ticket, too. And here in Kentucky, the state is getting “redder” while the states around us are getting “bluer.” I give Joe Biden credit for that, with his prediction last month that no new coal-burning power plants will be built under an Obama administration. A large part of our economy depends on coal, especially in the mountains, and coal has given us the cheapest electricity in America. I compared electric bills, and whereas I paid 18 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity in Florida, I’m only paying 5.9 cents here. Yesterday I read that the latest statewide poll gives the Republicans a 55-39 lead.
Last year Victor Davis Hanson wrote a book on the Peloponnesian War entitled “A War Like No Other.” Well, I think we can all agree that 2008 will be “an election year like no other.” For a start, this is the first time since 1928 that neither a president or vice-president tried running for the White House. I also commented earlier on the insanity of moving primary dates a month earlier and convention dates a month later; was that done to increase the entertainment value of the election for folks like me? When Clinton and Obama were fighting for the nomination, I joked about how I might have to fight with my parrot for his dried pellets, if I ran out of popcorn before it was over!
Brin-Brin says, “NOOOOO!!!”
And for the first time, several states are voting early, including Florida. I haven’t checked yet, but I think my mother has voted already. Here in Kentucky, we’re only voting on November 4, to keep it limited to electronic machines and to minimize the potential for voter fraud. Absentee ballots are only going to those who declare they will be out of their precincts on that day.
The last time I wrote you, I pointed out that of the formulas I have used in the past to calculate who will win, two point to a Democratic victory, and one predicts a Republican victory. Therefore I’m going to have to revise or throw out those formulas, whichever way this turns out.
Currently, most polls show that we are about to elect a president who is either the most liberal candidate nominated by any major party, or the most mysterious. For instance, he will be the first president who intentionally uses taxation for the purpose of social engineering. We learned that when Obama told Joe the Plumber that “wealth redistribution” would be good for everybody. By contrast, every other president saw taxes as a tool for funding the government, no more. That is a huge change, a paradigm shift comparable to what we saw in the federal government when FDR introduced the New Deal.
I am also hoping that if elected, Obama will have a change of heart regarding the military and our foreign policy. Once the armed forces are his, I’d like to see him look at the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq, ignore the barking moonbat wing of his own party, and say, “Perhaps it would be better to keep the troops there until they complete their mission, so they won’t have to be sent in a third time at a later date.” After all, in the twentieth century we had five Democrats who were wartime presidents (Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and Johnson). You probably also remember that most of the peace activists who opposed us going into Iraq in 2003 were veritable bloodhawks a few years earlier, when Bill Clinton was bombing Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. Once of these days (hopefully not too late), the American Left needs to learn that our opponents in the War on Terror are anti-“choice,” anti-gay, anti-women, haters of bacon and beer, and motivated by an extremist interpretation of a religion that pre-dates Karl Marx.
Last month, I found a 2-part YouTube video called “American Contrarian,” in which a Japanese girl, as part of a school project, travels back in time to the year 2008, and interviews an American soldier to find out why we lost the War on Terror. Somebody reassure me that’s not how future history books will describe the outcome of our current events!
Speaking of history, since 2006 I have been writing papers on North American history for my website. So far I have completed four, covering the USA up to 1933 and Canada up to 1867. I was planning to write one more paper on each country, but it’s starting to look like I’ll have to break off at 2008 for the American narrative, and write a third paper for events after that, regardless of the final election results.