City of Roses
|We can have an honest, healthy and thorough discussion about this particular stem cell research ad, in arguing whether Michael J. Fox has genuinely been in a state of dyskinesia or not, which I would highly encourage, and I believe ultimately though few minds would ever be changed in the end, for good measure concerns such as this are good to talk about.
NBC10.com: October 27, 2006
Anyhow, I believe beyond the issue of how truthful or deliberate his trembling was in the minds of the general public, most have recognized this ad as a harmless, well-intended statement, where a couple new polls I've seen reflect a strong majority of Americans finding these ads either "extremely believable" or "believable.", including 93 percent of Democrats, 78 percent of Independents and 57 percent of Republicans.
What I am explictly pointing out here is that the GOP also exploits not only individuals, but events in our nation's history, for political gain as well, as is especially made clear in the second campaign ad example I pointed out in my initial post regarding that The stakes are high!" and only voting Republican will keep the nation from being attacked by Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri again, when the facts are, no matter how much the likes of Mehlman and Rove and Cheney try to re-write history, we were all united under one belief that we must go after those directly responsible for attacking us on 9/11, and as evident in the votes in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, we offered the President authorization to go after those directly responsible for 9/11, as well as heading into Afghanistan to deal with the Taliban who have a history of providing shelter and cover to al-Qaeda.
That latest ad epitomizes how shameless the Republican National Committee's current leadership and management are in exploiting this day felt by all Americans like Lyndon B. Johnson exploited another tragedy in 1964 with his "Daisy" ad, all for the purpose of maintaining their majorities ten days from today, deceptively declaring themselves the sole party that takes heart on the issue of the war on terror.
I'm not quite sure how you've reacted to that particular ad, but I do believe it is telling that in the thread "Time to beat the Bush......again" you admitted a couple things; 1) that you have become a "strong anti-Democrat" and 2) the only reason why the GOP resorts to political attack ad tactics "comes as a RESPONSE to Democratic attacks."
Those two quotations are what, without a doubt in my mind, believe that you are no less biased than any of the rest of us here. It's certainly not a bad thing to be biased and such, as I still respect and enjoy talking with you and everyone here; I'm just suggesting that the best way in dealing with this truth is to make an increasing effort to become more flexibly-minded in discussions, and given that I have seen no starting posts from you that are ever critical of the current dominating majority party and your critiques of it are seldom and briefly internalized in particular threads, I feel as though sometimes your opinions emulate talking points from radio personalities and such, especially given how many fathers, mothers and leading influential figures of the conservative movement, including William Buckley, George Will, Richard Viguerie, John McIntyre and Peggy Noonan have all found the courage to disagree and criticize the leadership of their party, from the big-spending to the deficits and debt to the intrusion of big government on civil liberties.
The bottom line is, I believe both parties have failed leadership that succumbs to elite interests above the middle class and working American families. I have criticized Nancy Pelosi not because she's from San Francisco, but because she appears so insincere and artificial when she claims she's going to "drain the swamp" and such. I look back on her record and see that her team has never filed an ethics complaint for instance, and that strikes me that she'll only go after corruption if it's GOP corruption, which really makes her no better than Dennis Hastert, who is a joke of a House Speaker as it is.
For the record, I'm NOT an "anti-Republican", as I believe there's still hope in the party in that it can find its roots again and return to the traditional, organic conservative values of state rights, small government and fiscal responsibility again, and though I may still disagree with them on issues like banning gay marriage, I would still greatly respect the for their principles.
What I'm against in the GOP are the elite, neoconservative influences that have hijacked the party, which have literally intimidated the more moderate members of the party and have placed the influences of corporations and fundamentalist religious socialists over the hard-working American family and the middle class.
I believe the GOP has strayed far from its roots, under the influences of DeLay, Boehner, Frist, Rove, Robertson and others, and though I have an unfavorable view of the party's current setting, my heart is open to honor candidates who stand by their principles of tradition and roots in the party.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"