Friday, August 29, 2008
LET'S JUST SWEAR HIM IN NOW!
Posted by CSS at 2:53 PM
SARAH PALIN? MCCAIN'S PICK FOR VP? "JOHN, YOU'RE KIDDING...RIGHT!??"
Hey, who am I too judge? But, if I HAD to judge...I mean...If I were to say...find faults and pick apart your darling choice...I'd start with the following:
Well, she smoked marijuana! Says she didn't enjoy it...but...I rank that right up there with..."Yeah, I tried it once, but didn't actually inhale!"
Wasn't she some beauty queen or something like that? Ms.ALASKA! Oh wait, she only finished second! Well, that's not a good sign now is it!?
Guess what I'm getting at here is...SHE'S GOT SOME CELEBRITY BLOOD! OH NO!
Some STAR POWER! "John, I thought you detested candidates who could come off as "likeable" and popular and..."celebrity like!" Then again...who the heck ever paid attention to a second place beauty queen contestant from Alaska!?
And of course...there's that whole....AGE AND EXPERIENCE THING that P.O.W. JOHNNY and his boys have been harping on for the longest. "Sorry John, but...haven't you been making the case that Barack is "too young" and "too inexperienced" to lead our country?
Oh wait...I get it! I get it! After last nights convention...after Barack's speech...you and the good ol' boys just said to yourselves..."Ah fu-k it...we're done...doesn't matter who we pick...may as well go out with some fun!"
Or...is this some last ditch effort to win some of Hillary's supporters?
S K A A R !
Posted by CSS at 8:50 AM
Thursday, August 28, 2008
And so it is! Barack has spoken! I'm speechless! What could McCain, his fellow Republicans and the undecided voters out there possibly say and come back with? SURELY, even they must have been listening to Barack, saying..."DAMN!"
We'll go SWYMIN' TOMORROW!
Posted by CSS at 8:21 PM
Okay...so enough is enough already! Time for me to SWYM...seriously:
I'm SICK AND TIRED of all of the talk about Barack being such a celebrity! Sick of it! It's absolutely, 100% fu--ing ridiculous! Of all the things the Republicans and any other Barack Hater can come up with it's that he's LIKEABLE?? He's CHARISMATIC??
He's GOOD LOOKING?? A GREAT SPEAKER?? CHARMING?? He DRESSES WELL?? He's ENGAGING WHEN HE SPEAKS?? He's INSPIRING?? He's GREGARIOUS?? He DRAWS BIG CROWDS?? People WANT TO HEAR HIM SPEAK?? People are DRAWN TO HIM?? He' FRESH AND EXCITING?? Even people in OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE HIM??
Seriously! This is not someting Barack can stop. He can't help who he is! And why would he want to? Dont' we want and need a leader with those qualities? I mean, are you trying to tell me that the Republicans have all been huddled up saying:
"You know what...good thing we stick with old, frumpy, boring white dudes that have ZERO charisma and ZERO likeability! Can't believe those Democrats want to run someone who can actually speak, draw crowds and has something to say! They actually like that guy! That sucks!
Come on! WTF?? Anyone of the belief that somehow, all of Barack's energy and his public label of "rockstar" is in some way a bad thing and that his celebrity status and likeability disqualify him from being a viable candidate for leadership...YOU SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO VOTE!! Period! THERE, I SAID IT! And I'll gladly get into my feelings on HAVING THE RIGHT TO VOTE in an up-coming post! Stay tuned!
S K A A R !
Joe Biden did a wonderful job last night in the spotlight as the official vp nominee.
Loved the speech. Particularly the more personal first 8 minutes or so where he spoke of his mother and the cameras showed her sitting in the audience, proudly watching. The surprise ending with Barack taking the stage was sort of...well...I kind of guessed he might show up! Best part though: Barack mentioning "Mama Biden!"
S K A A R
Posted by CSS at 10:06 AM
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Well, that's that. The Clintons have spoken. Hillary on Tuesday night followed by Bill Wednesday night. The anxiety is over. In Denver, the cool, sweeping winds whispering words of discontent, disconnect and division among Democrats have finally subsided and laid rest outside. Hillary is cool with Barack and so is Bill. They've thrown their support behind him. The lingering questions about their support and whether they would truly get behind him have been answered. Even if only for the time being. If deep down inside, the two of them are hating Barack, well, that's their business and not really relevant now. What's relevant, is the fact that they both gave rousing, inspiring speeches and did what was necessary to ignite the flames of unity and set the Democrats on course for victory in November.
If I may SWYM for a second here: I was truly HATING both Hillary and Bill! Hillary just ticked me off throughout the primaries and Bill, who I previously admired, got me ticked off with him when he began showing his "true" color (not black by the way!) when he was out stumping for his wife. Half of me sort of understands that he'd get gangster for his wife, but...still...I just didn't like how he was coming off and what he was saying. I'm sure that I'm not the only person to have the same feelings. Last night however, we all got to look at Bill again and admire him for who he is, what he represents and what he does so well. He galvanized the troops, laid in to John McCain and the Republicans and eloquently reassured us that any type of real change and a worth while future rests in the promise of Barack Obama as President
Posted by CSS at 8:31 PM
9:09 PM-HE'S OFF TO A GREAT START...STAY TUNED!
Posted by CSS at 6:08 PM
Dude, Listen: Having P.O.W. on your resumé does not, I REAPEAT, does NOT qualify you to run this country. In fact, I'll go a step further and just say that I think it serves to "disqualify" you based on the fact that in my opinion, being locked up in a hole for five years certainly must have had an impact on that mind of yours. That, combined with your deteriorating mental health due to age, surely should remove you from the running, not make the country feel sorry for you and elect you president!
Posted by CSS at 12:36 PM
Okay, so tonight, besides the hype surrounding Bill Clinton and what exactly he'll say, Barack Obama's pick for VP, Sen. Joe Biden is going to have his turn at the podium as well! This will be Joe Biden's second major public speaking event since being chosen by Barack for the vp slot. I'm hoping Joesph picks up where Hill dog left off last night and commences to putting a whoopin' on "Super Dumb Dumb" and his sidekick..."POW Johnny!" No room for Mr. Nice guy tonight! No need to take any high roads! Straight for the jugular Joe, straight for the juglar! Let the world get to know you...spend a few minutes on the nice, political, soft style stuff...endear the audience to you and your family...kiss Barack's butt a bit...SELL,SELL, SELL BARACK! And then....Get in there and whoop some G.O.P ass! Hey, that's not too bad a name....Let's call him Juglar Joe! From what we know of Joe, he's quite the chatter box...oh, and the man is quite articulate if I might add!
We'll see what happens later tonight!
Posted by CSS at 11:57 AM
Sitting down, watching all of the pre-coverage, listening to all of the pundits, political analyst and media correspondents, I wasn't exactly sure how last night's speech would turn out or whether or not it would be genuine enough to be truly persuasive to the undecided voters and her core supporters. Seems I wasn't alone in my anxiety and speculation as to whether Hillary Clinton would use the moment as a last hurrah for herself, a feminist rally cry and self serving night in the spotlight, or whether she would give up the air of arrogance, concede entirely and make it clear to her hard core supporters that her time was over and it was time to get behind Barack 100%! When it was all over, I let go of that doubt. She took the stage in a bright orange pants suit and delivered what has so far been the best moment of the convention. Hillary made an outstanding speech, moved her audience with words of wisdom, patriotism, hope and unity and ultimately made the case that this country needs Barack Obama to lead our country and we need John McCain to retreat to one of his homes somewhere and stay there!
In addition to wondering whether or not her speech would be sincere in it's efforts to unify the party behind Barack Obama, there was also concern, at least on my part, as to whether or not Hillary would bring a bit of "fight" and that scrappy spirit of hers to the convention. Monday nights events, while at times poignant and touching, left many wondering why there was no real attacks on the enemy! Well, Hillary certainly made sure she laid a few zingers in there and definitely tagged up McCain and Bush with some jabs that are probably still stinging today! Nice job Mrs. Clinton. But, while I believe she did a great job and gave a wonderful speech, let me SWYM for a second and also make mention that...somehow, I still believe that a lot of her "act" was based on the strategic plan of knowing that it would be political suicide to come with anything less. She served the Democrats well last night and she served Barack well. But, at the same time, she was well aware that her appearance and her speech would set her up for the next go around!
Now, the anxiety sets in again. There's all of this talk that old Billy boy hasn't quite gotten over his wife's defeat. He's still a bit sore. A bit pissed off that he won't be roaming the halls of the white house, welcoming the new interns and giving them the... guided tour! There's talk that William isn't too thrilled with Barack Obama. So tonight, old Willy is going to be speaking at the convention, trying to move the audience to the same emotional outpour as his wife. Hopefully, he'll be able to put aside his personal pride and sore loser mentality and just give it all he's got and shine as he did when he was once considered the first black president!
Posted by CSS at 6:37 AM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Well, Hillary "knocked it out of the ballpark!" I agree with the current captain of the SWYM team Keith Olberman's first comment on air after her speech!
I must applaud her for a very, very moving, effective and hopefully unifying speech!
More to come on Wednesday!
Posted by CSS at 8:09 PM
Tuesday night-9:45pm: Not long now before Hillary takes the podium at the Democratic National Convention.
The question on everyone's mind is...What will she say? How will she behave? What signal will she give off? Is this the final hurrah? Will she sincerely get behind Barack and show her support? Or...will this turn out to be some half ass stump speech by a sore loser who at this point, really has no choice? We shall see...
One thing's for sure...and you may not hear this too often hear at SWYM NATION but...
We actually wouldn't mind if Hillary decided to stay out of the water and not SWYM tonight!
Posted by CSS at 4:51 PM
"GET OUT THERE AND START THROWING PUNCHES!"
Well, the Democratic National Convention kicked off last night in Denver with plenty of pre-prime time fanfare and hoopla to be expected for any political rally of sorts. Speakers of the night included Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson, Barack Obama's half sister Maya Soetero-Ng, Caroline Kennedy and her uncle Sen. Edward Kennedy in his second public appearance since being diagnosed and treated for a brain tumor back in May. Nancy Pelosi may has well have been reading a culinary instruction guide on how to properly shuck and boil corn. For the "speaker of the house" to be so damn boring when speaking is just...bad. Sen. Kennedy's touching video tribute and his very appearance on stage afterward were the highlights of the hour. His rousing speech which followed was the defining moment of the evening and did more than just bring a few tears to eyes. It was a truly inspiring speech of courage, strength and determination from someone who in spite of all odds, is committed to continuing his presence in politics as a champion for change.
Michelle Obama closed out the evening with a touching, heart felt speech meant to enlighten people about her humble beginnings as well as her husbands.
Overall, I think she did well. Looked great and of course, the kids just added that much more.
However...The Democrats are going to have to get their stuff together if they really want to make an impact on the undecided voters out there. First off, I think Michelle should have spoken a hell of a lot earlier than after 10:30 pm E.S.T.
And, more importantly, there needed to be some real fire spit out regarding the current administrations failed policies and miserable leadership. More specificallly, there needed to be some real attack heat put on regarding John McCain!
Listening to most of the analysts this morning, many seem to agree that the democrats may have in fact wasted the night with absolutely no effort given toward dismantaling John McCain and the Republican machine that continues to beat up on Barack relentlessly. I think a healthy combination was in order. Yes, Michelle needed to highlight her and her husbands "normalcy" and profiles as being regular Americans who struggled to make it where they are. In additon though, there needed to be much more attention on spelling out the contrasts between Barack and McCain. There needed to be some emphasis on calling out the Bush administration and how it links to McCain.
A solid half and half approach would have served best. We'll see what happens tonight!
WATCH MICHELLE OBAMA'S SPEECH HERE:
Posted by CSS at 6:48 AM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
SO...How happy are Phil Mickelson and the rest of the gang...knowing that there's no...TIGER around to compete for the FEDEX CUP?!
"Ummm, sorry Phil, even with me not around...I'll still be in your head!"
Let's get a shot of Phil SWYMIN':
"What? Am I happy he's not going to be playing? You're damn right I'm happy! Maybe now I can win this thing!"
Posted by CSS at 12:56 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
LISTEN UP: IF YOU'RE AN OBAMA SUPPORTER AND YOU'VE BEEN RUNNING AROUND TALKING ABOUT HOW GREAT HE IS AND HOW WONDERFUL HE'D BE AS PRESIDENT AND HOW HE REPRESENTS CHANGE AND IS THE FUTURE OF POLITICS...IF YOU BELIEVE THAT HE'S THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES...IF YOU'RE AFRICAN AMERICAN AND YOU'RE HOPING TO SEE THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT...IF YOU'RE WHITE AND WANT TO SEE THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT...IF YOU'RE SITTING WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY...DISCUSSING BARACK AND HOW WONDERFUL HE IS AND IF YOU'RE GENERALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE UP COMING ELECTION...WELL THEN...I CERTAINLY HOPE YOU HAVE ALREADY READ BOTH OF HIS BOOKS!! IF YOU HAVEN'T...YOU NEED TO! NO POINT IN JUMPING ON THE BAND WAGON AND GETTING BEHIND A PERSON WITHOUT TRULY TAKING THE TIME TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY COME FROM.
I ENCOURAGE ANY AND EVERYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN THIS COUNTRY'S POLITICS AND THE UP COMING ELECTION, TO LEARN AS MUCH ABOUT THE CANDIDATES...THE ONE'S YOU SUPPORT, AS WELL AS THOSE YOU OPPOSE. INFORMATION IS KEY! KNOWING WHO YOU'RE VOTING FOR AND HAVING A BROADER UNDERSTANDING OF THAT PERSON SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY KEY TO FORMING YOUR OPINIONS.
AND IF CAN JUST SWYM FOR A SECOND: I THINK IT'S RIDICULOUS WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DISCUSS POLITICS, EXPRESS THEIR POLITICAL OPINIONS AND ACT AS IF THEIR OPINION MATTERS WHEN THEY HAVEN'T EVEN TAKEN THE TIME TO TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THEM. HAVEN'T ACTUALLY READ OR STUDIED UP ON ANYTHING REGARDING THE NUMEROUS CANDIDATES. READ NEWSPAPERS DAILY OR CATCH THE NEWS! VARIOUS NEWSPAPERS AND VARIOUS NEWS CHANNELS! THERE'S A TON OF INFORMATION SOURCES OUT THERE! USE THEM!
DON'T NECESSARILY BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR GET TOO CAUGHT UP IN OTHER PEOPLE'S PERSPECTIVES. USE THE INFORMATION AS A STARTING POINT, A GUIDE TO FORMING YOUR OWN OPINIONS AND SHAPING YOUR OWN PERSPECTIVES.
IF MORE PEOPLE WERE PAYING ATTENTION AND ACTUALLY TAKING THE TIME TO GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES...WE WOULDN'T STILL HAVE A BUNCH OF IDIOTS OUT THERE THINKING THAT BARACK IS AN UNPATRIOTIC, ANTI-AMERICAN MUSLIM!
Posted by CSS at 8:00 PM
Monday, August 18, 2008
Congratulations Michael Phelps!
Definitely the greatest Olympian...or shall say most decorated Olympian ever!
No question! The boy is good! HOWEVER....allow ME to SWYM some here on the subject:
Greatest athlete of all time?? Ummm....I think not. A bit pre-mature to be crowning him that! Can someone say...."TIGER WOODS!"
Posted by CSS at 11:49 AM
A black backlash against Obama?
Despite what Obama has said, his presidency could provoke a black backlash because the expectations are so high, others say.
African-Americans who would expect a President Obama to be a vigorous advocate for their cause -- may be disappointed by Obama's approach to race if he becomes president, some say.
Paul Street, author of the forthcoming book on Obama, says Obama may be a symbol of bold racial change but he is personally cautious about race. A President Obama won't want to appear to favor blacks because he might lose political support if he appears as the "angry black man" in the White House.
Street says Obama understands that risk and has run as a "race-neutral" candidate who talks about racial oppression as something largely confined to the past.
"Barack plays a very active role in damping down race consciousness," Street says. "Race neutrality is one of the great characteristics of his campaign."
African-Americans may also be disappointed by an Obama presidency because they may have forgotten what Obama is -- a politician, says David Sirota, author of "The Uprising, "a book that examines how populist movements in America shape public policy changes.
"He's like any politician. He's cautious," Sirota says. "He's a potential vehicle for change, and I think he is a good vehicle, but he is just a vehicle."
The above is an excerpt from an article posted on CNN.com a few weeks back.
After reading it...I could only shake my head and wonder what the heck some people are thinking! I actually posted this blog a few weeks back some where else but, thought it definitely needed to be posted here at SWYM NATION!
So, here goes:
Here again we have another example of a few black Americans being so damn ridiculous it actually pains me myself to have to admit to being one! I speak not about all black people, but clearly the ones so damn ignorant that their thought process would lead them down this narrow minded path of stupidity when it comes to assessing Barack Obama and his potential role as leader of the so called free world.
Of COURSE he's got to play race neutral. Why shouldn't he?! And, in fact, he's a man of mixed ethnicity anyway!
His success thus far has had very much to do with the fact that he's not necessarily a "black man"...with an ax to grind....holdin' it down for the oppressed brothas and sistas of America. He's a black man...yes....anyone can see that. However....he's been effective at being so engaging and respected NOT because of his color but because of WHO HE IS AS A MAN!
He's highly intelligent. Well spoken...Eloquent. Gregarious, likeable.
He's a thinker and someone people respect as a leader. If he were white...he'd STILL be a viable candidate for the presidency and I'd still vote for him.
The last thing he needs to do is to get fired up and start preaching in some old school, civil rights movement type of fashion.
It's not about a "black man" getting into office and serving only us black folk! It's about BARACK OBAMA a man who happens to be..."black".... getting into office and serving the needs of our country. People can't expect him to run around campaigning on issues of "black" interest.
Should he be discussing the miserable conditions plaguing many black men and women in this country? The so called "justice" system? Should he discuss police brutality and racial profiling? Should he say he's going to "clean up the hood" and make things better in the inner cities? Should he be talking about racism on a whole? NO! Does it mean that he shouldn't make some or all of these issue a part of his agenda upon becoming elected? Yes. Hell yes! Most certainly!
So as to make my point clear: I'm not saying that Barack should abandon us brothas and sistas in any way...or sell out in some fashion to appeal to the white majority. .I'm simply saying that, he's got to be smart enough to make his way into the white house without coming off as an old school, angry "civil rights" leader who is only concerned or rather...primarily concerned with black people.
He's got to navigate the waters as an "everybody" candidate...for the people....all people!
Posted by CSS at 9:16 AM
"Come on now Jesse! You can't be talkin' 'bout cuttin' Barack's nutz off on t.v.! Save that shyt for when you're home brotha! And why the hell are you hatin' on my man Barack anyway!? I know him, he aint never done anything wrong to me! You keep talkin' that mess and I'll have Nelly back here cut your nutz off!"
Posted by CSS at 7:04 AM
Friday, August 15, 2008
Hillary baby, SWYM! What you really want to say is "YOU'RE DAMN RIGHT I'M KEEPING MY DELEGATES AND YES, I'M COMING TO THE CONVENTION AND MY NAME WILL REMAIN ON THE BALLOT! I'M HILLARY CLINTON DAMMIT! YOU BETTER SHOW SOME RESPECT MR.OBAMA! I'VE BEEN DOWN WITH THE BLACKS LONG BEFORE YOUR YELLOW ASS! I'M MARRIED TO A BLACK MAN FOR GOODNESS SAKES!"
Posted by CSS at 10:04 AM
Thursday, August 14, 2008
WILLIAM, NOT EXACTLY SWYMING! YEAH?
Posted by CSS at 9:18 PM
JOHN EDWARDS...BUSTED & SWYMING...WELL...AT LEAST...TRYING TO SAY WHAT HE MEANS...THROUGH A WRITTEN STATEMENT!
Posted by CSS at 9:09 PM
KEITH, GIVIN' IT TO RUSH! RUSH, DOING THE BACK STROKE! SINKING!
Posted by CSS at 8:43 PM
LOVE HIM, HATE HIM...JERMIAH SWYMING!
WE'RE NOT HERE TO CONDEMN HIM OR SUPPORT HIM.
JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW SWYMIN' CAN SOMETIMES
DROWN A PERSON! (ALMOST TOOK BARACK DOWN INTO THE
WATER WITH HIM!)
Posted by CSS at 8:13 PM
WESLEY CLARK SWYMING! I'VE SAID IT LONG AGO
I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE TO THINK IT!
WESLEY WAS THE FIRST TO BRING IT UP AND ADDRESS
IT IN THE MEDIA! WHILE MCCAIN CERTAINLY DESERVES
RESPECT FOR HIS MILITARY RECORD, GETTING SHOT DOWN
AND CAUGHT BY THE SO CALLED ENEMY, DOESN'T EXACTLY
QUALIFY A PERSON TO RUN A COUNTRY!
S.W.Y.M MR. CLARK!
Posted by CSS at 7:44 PM
WELL NOW...JESSE JACKSON, ANXIOUS TO JOIN US HERE AT S.W.Y.M!
I'M GLAD THIS CAME OUT. GLAD THE MIC WAS ON AND HE GOT BUSTED!
IF ONLY WE COULD SECRETLY TURN SOME MICROPHONES ON IN
THE WHITE HOUSE OR MCCAIN'S JET OR BETTER YET...THE CLINTON HOUSEHOLD!
Posted by CSS at 7:37 PM
So a few weeks back, CNN debuted it's highly anticipated series called BLACK IN AMERICA, hosted by CNN's own Soledad O'Brien. (The first person I think about when I think of "Black Americans!") I wasn't particularly excited about it. For whatever reason, the commercials building up the show in the preceding weeks seemed to just....fall short of making me feel like I had better schedule some t.v. time that night and plop down to watch it or at the very least, set up the dvr to record it. I just wasn't compelled and the commercials really didn't peak my interest. Well, after a few weeks, and being bombarded with the commercial over and over again, a bit of interest did kick in and I simply wanted to see how CNN would present such a production. I was curious as to what angle they were going to take, what format, how it would be presented.So on the scheduled night.......9:30 pm rolls around and I realize that I had missed the first half hour. (Was spending time with my son and putting him to bed for the night!) I headed downstairs to the great room, fired up the receiver and the television, took a seat and prepared to be amazed. Let me say...AMAZED I was! Misery! Hopelessness! Negativity! Stress!
I won't bother to go through each segment and dissect the entire two part series. I refuse. And if I did, this would be a long ass blog! Instead, I'll just say....
"WHAT THE HECK WAS THE POINT!!!?"
As part 1 wrapped up that evening...I figured to myself...in CNN's defense..."Hey, maybe tomorrow will be the flip side to all of this negativity!" or..."Maybe I missed all the positive stuff in the first half hour!"NOPE! Not even! ROUND 2....the next night...(which I made sure to catch right from the beginning)....was just as MISERABLE!Besides the half ass...boring "Spoken Word" dude used between segments to somehow, stereotype our culture even further, the overall content of the series was so damn pathetic it's a wonder they didn't just title it "BLACK and DOOMED IN AMERICA!"
I mean seriously, is it just me...or was that some truly depressing journalism? What was the big idea? To point the lens at Black America and record all of the gloom and negativity associated with being black?! Never have I seen such a bleak, miserable, disgustingly depressing picture painted of African Americans! Anyone watching that program, black, white or whatever would surely have had to say...
The women are screwed! The unemployed and uneducated as well as the well educated well off successful career women! The men are screwed! The uneducated, unemployed and the well educated, well off living in the burbs men! The little girls are screwed as well as the boys! I don't care how it's spinned it was a total picture of MISERY and BULLSHYT! I imagine...that maybe...that was the point of the program. To simply illustrate the hardships of being..."Black in America" and show just how difficult it is! Well....."THANK YOU" CNN!
The only thing more surprising than CNN's coverage and reporting was the fact that it wasn't a report produced and aired by our ridiculous friends over at BET!
Posted by CSS at 8:55 AM
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Judgment matters more than experience when it comes to picking a president… so says Republican Senator Chuck Hagel.
The Nebraska senator traveled with Barack Obama into the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan last week. Hagel, a Vietnam vet who earned 2 purple hearts, says experience does matter, but that character and judgment matter more. That includes: who the candidate listens to and if he can make the right decisions on behalf of his country and the world.
Hagel has been a sharp critic of the war in Iraq and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Barack Obama. He hasn't endorsed either Obama or John McCain, but says Americans are lucky to have a choice between these two "smart, capable and decent men."
Also traveling with Obama was another military man, Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island. Reed, a retired Army captain, talked about what it was like visiting military posts with Obama. He described it as "dynamic", saying they couldn't get to their car because soldiers were flocking to Obama to get autographs, take a picture, say hello. Reed says Obama received genuine and enthusiastic responses from the troops.
McCain has used the same line Hillary Clinton used against Barack Obama during the primaries, saying he doesn't have enough experience to be commander-in-chiefHere's my question to you: Is judgment more important for a president than experience?
Well my SWYM NATION friends, here's my take on this:
George Bush- He was governor of Texas for two terms! 8 years! Texas is the second largest state in the country in both area and in population! His daddy was the 41st President of the United States. His brother Jeb, served as governor of Florida for two full terms!Seems like ol' Cowboy George there would have a leg up when it comes to "EXPERIENCE" in government matters and all! Seems like experience....runs in the family! YET STILL:
THIS GUY IS A MORON AND WILL PROBABLY GO DOWN...
NO...SCRATCH THAT....HE'LL MOST CERTAINLY GO DOWN AS THE WORST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE U.S. IN EVERY CATEGORY!How's that for EXPERIENCE!
NOW...Let's look at BARACK:
Barack Obama-Elected to the Illinois Senate and served as State Legislator for 7 years! U.S. Senator for past 3 1/2 years.As you can see, Barack doesn't necessarily have a ton of experience behind him.Oh, and he of course doesn't have an entire family in politics! Well, now...where does that leave him?
A HELL OF A LOT BETTER OFF THAN GUN-SLINGIN' G.W.!
Experience is not always the pre-requisite guarantee to doing something well...like say..."RUNNING THE COUNTRY!" While we're here examining qualifications, let me get into this whole MILITARY experience thing now as well. According to the Republicans and a whole lot of those...simple minded, ultra-patriotic, bible totting, red-necks and low level educated, NRA card carrying morons..... "Military" Experience is the be all to end all when it comes to being qualified to run the so called "most powerful nation in the world!" Well first allow me to point out that the current president....a REPUBLICAN'T........has ZERO real military experience! Funny how they didn't apply that standard to him now isn't it!? So by that logic, Barack's lack of military experience should have little to do with his ability to govern our country. Bush on the other hand has demonstrated though that with zero military experience you can still wage war and kill people! The current shit talkin', self proclaimed bad ass is JOHN "Insane" McCAIN!
I won't even bother getting into his military record or bother trying to belittle his service to the country. He comes from a military family and they're certainly patriotic. No doubt about that. But let me point out as Gen Wesley Clark has pointed out as well: Getting shot down and captured...becoming a P.O.W doesn't actually qualify one to run a country! I have been saying this for some time now myself and just dying for someone in the public spotlight to say it themselves.
Having the intelligence, foresight and excellent JUDGMENT on the other hand does somewhat put you in a better position to call the shots so to speak! Like say when it comes to Voting AGAINST the invasion of IRAQ long before it was fashionable to do so! Having the ability to think things through and exercise some real...judgment before invading a country and sending our men and women to die! Now that trumps military experience any day! Intelligence and Judgment allow for a less experienced person to humble themselves and faithfully seek the guidance of those around them to help in situations where experience may be lacking. We can't all be experts in everything now can we!??? An idiot on the other hand thinks he knows EVERYTHING and regardless of what he's told, acts on pure ignorance with a "YAHOO" gun slangin' mentality and a tough guy attitude which amounts to nothing more really than a childish, immature inability to simply back down! I don't know about you...but I say experience of course is a good thing, but only when it's coupled with good, solid judgment and the ability to think through difficult decisions.
Posted by CSS at 8:23 AM