This time it's personal

Absurd election rhetoric trivializes the political process

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Just when you thought American politics couldn’t get any more inane, now they’re battling for the canine vote.

The presidential campaign this week has been taken up with how the Romneys once treated their family dog on vacations – in a carrier on the roof – and the fact that Barack Obama once ate dog as a youth.

“GOP tries to one-up Obama in quest for dog-loving voters,” one headline read.

It’s rank silliness, of course, but emblematic of a larger,
infinitely more serious problem: the trivialization and personalization of political campaigns.

Of course, the entire Democratic campaign seems to be built on the fact that Mitt Romney is wealthy and you’re not, and, by golly, whether you are going to stand for that. Mr. Obama recently remarked, “I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth” – an obvious class-warfare grenade.

And if Republicans think they’re going to make any headway by ginning up the Obama-ate-dog angle, they’re dimmer than we thought.

One might see why the campaigns want to make it personal – to scare voters away from supporting the other guy. But the news media just gobble it all up like so much junk food and regurgitate it, trivializing and
polluting the political process.

Western Europe is collapsing financially, while the globe is still wobbly from the haymaker of the 2008 economic collapse. Federal spending here continues unabated, while government regulations threaten to put a chokehold on commerce – risking our economy and the very soundness of our currency.

Iran is barreling toward a nuclear weapon with which to decorate its abject hatred of Israel and the United States. Chinese trade and currency policies make it unlikely America’s job base can be rebuilt – though no one in Washington is even talking about that anyway.

The American family is disintegrating before our eyes and, not surprisingly, the culture, our big cities and civility right along with it.

Our constitutional freedoms are hanging by the thread of a judge’s robe, while increasing numbers of misguided folks openly and unashamedly tout all the wonderful benefits of socialism and even communism as displayed nicely in Cuba, Russia, North Korea and elsewhere.

Those of us who believe in capitalism’s power to lift the world through the muscle of individual liberty watch the goings-on with horror and trepidation. The world may never have been this much of a mess, at least not since World War II. And we’re talking about how the candidates look at dogs?

Heaven help us.

To our friends in the media and politics: If you think anything at all about this country and the blessings it has afforded you, stop the insanity you are participating in.

To the national media: Learn how to smell the stench of a day-old red herring and ignore it. Please. And start talking about the issues in an intelligent way. By letting the politicians lead you by the nose off onto meaningless tangents, you in the national media are letting our leaders off the hook and letting America down.

The United States Senate hasn’t even attempted to pass a federal budget in three years. And the consensus seems to be that nothing will get done on America’s fiscal crisis until after the election, and probably not even then. Yet, all the media can do is hammer Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., for offering a specific budget proposal himself. If they don’t like it, where’s the other side’s plan?

This election isn’t about Mr. Obama’s dietary history or Mr. Romney’s money; it’s about your money, and how it’s being spent, and all the other consequential issues of a most consequential moment in time.

If the world’s citizens were really privy to the dry rot that’s now weakening the greatest nation on Earth – which all other nations depend on, whether they like it or not – they’d likely be even more horrified than we are.

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fedex227
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fedex227 04/20/12 - 10:45 pm
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I never thought I'd say this
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I never thought I'd say this but that was a great editorial ... if you had stopped right after "The American family is disintegrating before our eyes and, not surprisingly, the culture, our big cities and civility right along with it."
But of course you couldn't resist and descend into the President Obama is a Communist and Mitt Romney is our only hope argument.

Why can't you just define the upcoming election in it's true terms. Democrats- an America in which social programs benefit all is a noble and altruistic aspiration- but they have to be paid for, with a combined reduction in waste and abuse along with increase in taxes (on ALL Americans.) Republicans- reducing the national debt so that all may benefit from the social programs in this country is truly noble and need only be accomplished through tax cuts and bloated government spending.

It's just a difference in ideology - not the case of democracy hanging in the balance. If you think that, how little faith you have in this great country we live in.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 04/21/12 - 01:59 am
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(F)edex227, Thanks for your

(F)edex227,

Thanks for your wise perspective.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/21/12 - 02:31 am
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Obama and the Democrats are

Obama and the Democrats are pushing a socialist agenda. Now if your a Democrat or Republican the Frank Dodd law should give you pause. A government agency, with no congressional over site has the power to raise taxes to fund it's self. Can you imagine the GSA having that kind of power and money and nobody could question them? Some ditzi official sat before the hearing and said "well we are under these regulations and can only do ...."? Well GSA is under the same type of regulations but that sure didn't slow down party central did it? Who thinks up this stuff? If government can force me to pay for an agency by having the agency tax me (that is the sole provence of the house of representatives) and government can force me to enter contracts and dump me from those contracts at will what can't the government do?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/21/12 - 03:01 am
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Of course Obama and the

Of course Obama and the Democrats want it personal. Obama and the Democrats have added 5 trillion dollars in new debt, (more in three years than all of Bush’s eight). Unemployment still over 8% despite Obama promising if we spend $800 billion dollars it would not go above 8%. Obama cancelling the Keystone pipeline to appease the ultra-left wing nut base of his party. Billions wasted on Obama's pie in the sky "green energy” programs (NONE, repeat NONE have worked, not one company from Fisker motors, Solyndra, Ener!,A123, to his green jobs promotions). More people on food stamps and disability, fewer jobs, gas at double what it was when Obama entered office. Government agencies completely out of control from GSA being party central to the Justice Department in Fast and Furious and the Gibson guitar case. Only one terrorist has been tried and none of the terrorists responsible for 9-11 have been tried. Obama has been responsible for open mike incidents that are embarrassing to America and our allies. Our respect in other countries is waning as seen in the South American summit where we are increasingly isolated. GITMO is still open, no programs or vision how to reduce the debt. Of course Obama wants to make it personal and he thought they would have control of the social media and could slip things in under the radar. Didn't happen did it? Obama stated he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth the other day. I haven't heard one news report talk about Obama going to Punahou for high school. Punahou is one of the most expensive prep schools in the US. Obama may not have been born with a silver spoon in his mouth but his family certainly did have the juice and power and money to get him into Punahou! Obama’s signature legislative program ”Obama care” is disliked by about 60% of the population. I haven’t heard Obama talk about his health care program once, or the lame stream media mention it for that matter. Do you really think Obama wants to run on that record?

copperhead
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copperhead 04/21/12 - 03:12 am
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RE-READ CLOWARD-PIVEN/obama.

RE-READ CLOWARD-PIVEN/obama.

carcraft
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carcraft 04/21/12 - 03:12 am
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I haven't even started on the

I haven't even started on the lies Obama tells. It is amazing. From I will cut the deficit in half, I will close Gitmo, I will try the terrorists in open court in New York, I well expedit the lower section of the Keystone pipe line, America only has 2% of the oil reserves, his distortions of history etc, etc, etc One thing with Romney being a Mormon, no stupid beer summits!

copperhead
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copperhead 04/21/12 - 03:29 am
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carcraft, do you know how to

carcraft, do you know how to tell when hussein is lying?......... his lips are moving! he is a chicago politician.

copperhead
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copperhead 04/21/12 - 03:39 am
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Does anybody wonder who

Does anybody wonder who hussein BLAMES for eating dog as a child? could this be the reason he hates America and capitalism? could the treatment of his grandfather also be a reason he hates the U.S.?(we are allies of the U.K.)

Techfan
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Techfan 04/21/12 - 04:25 am
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"It’s rank silliness, of

"It’s rank silliness, of course, but emblematic of a larger,
infinitely more serious problem: the trivialization and personalization of political campaigns." RE-READ RIGHT WINGERS' COMMENTS

Retired Army
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Retired Army 04/21/12 - 05:18 am
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agustinian
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agustinian 04/21/12 - 05:50 am
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Wait a minute, I thought

Wait a minute, I thought politics was a "dog eat dog" exercise. Now you're telling me, it needs to be serious?

Holy Bow-wow, Batman, get to the Catmobile!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/21/12 - 06:29 am
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Hey, there have been lots of

Hey, there have been lots of real shooting wars fought over class divisions. When we are in the middle of one in this country, don't expect to see Tip O'Neill and Ronald Reagan having drinks and cigars together.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/21/12 - 06:55 am
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Any ideologue who will stand

Any ideologue who will stand their and admit that raising capital gains taxes will decrease the govt take and increase our national debt but he would gladly do it for his ideology of "fairness' is just plain scary. The dude obviously simply hates rich people-that's all he talks about-its an obsession. I don't see how anyone can support someone who would intentionally harm the econom, and this irresponsibility reflects a greater lack in his abiities to be our president. It's his words. I also just can't vote for anyone of any party who tell me they want to raise my taxes-would you?? You really get the idea that Obama believes (which he isn't that stupid he knows it won't) the Buffet rule and raising taxes on the rich will eliminate our debt-reminds me of Reagan and his belief in Star Wars. Even though he knows that taxing the rich won't increase tht govt take or dec. our debt, he will play class warfare for votes.All Democrats should demand that everyones taxes go up in Fairness!!!!!!! You shouldn't penalise someone for their wealth no more than penalize someone who lacks it.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/21/12 - 06:58 am
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I ROFLMAO the other day when

I ROFLMAO the other day when Obama was saying he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his hand. No, NO, it was up his nose loaded with cocaine.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/21/12 - 07:03 am
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Deep down I am an altruist

Deep down I am an altruist and if everyone would join me in Fairness and demand everyones taxes go up so we all make a sacrifice now for our children's future then I will vote for and support Obama. But if everyone is going to keep up this greedy, let someone else pay for it attitude, then forgetit I can play the same game.

copperhead
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copperhead 04/21/12 - 07:05 am
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Techfan,can you,with any

Techfan,can you,with any honesty,deny that hussein is following the cloward-piven plan to socialism?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/21/12 - 07:09 am
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Does MR's right hand even

Does MR's right hand even know what its other right hand is doing? On the same page as today's op-ed blasts the "national media" for descending into silliness and the "trivialization and personalization" of politics by fixating on dogs, what political cartoon does MR print? Obama sitting next to a dog house with a full tummy and an empty dog collar! Who's engaging in silliness, triviality, and personalization now? I'll take rank silliness over rank hypocrisy any day....

carcraft
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carcraft 04/21/12 - 07:24 am
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Bizkit-I could support higher

Bizkit-I could support higher taxes if they didn't go to GSA party time, money for African men to wash their private parts, wasted funds on companies like Solyndra and Fisker motors. etc etc etc! Obama and the Democrats tell me we can't cut one program or grandma will starve and have to get Obama's cook book on Doggie treats?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/21/12 - 07:24 am
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Interesting in a curious sort

Interesting in a curious sort of way that EEL often confuses MR with the entire AC. Does MR write all the editorials, draw the cartoons and clean the restrooms at the AC? Branch out a little and find fault with others. Heh.

copperhead
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copperhead 04/21/12 - 07:26 am
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It SEEMS that the elite left

It SEEMS that the elite left are denying hussein is following cloward-piven have not even read the doctrine of cloward-piven! EXACTLY the way they support obamacare WITHOUT reading it! "don't know what cloward-piven is BUT,hussein is NOT following it" because hussein said so.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/21/12 - 07:27 am
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I could not support higher

I could not support higher taxes because a capitalistic system is hurt by taxes.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/21/12 - 07:38 am
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The birthers,

The birthers, Cloward-Piveners, etc. are paranoid Glenn Beck types who refuse to discuss real issues honestly, and rely on paranoid delusions to depersonalize their opponents.

copperhead
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copperhead 04/21/12 - 07:44 am
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Techfan,have you even read

Techfan,have you even read cloward-piven?

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 04/21/12 - 08:22 am
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Riverman, no MR is just "the

Riverman, no MR is just "the boss." He has the final "say" on whatever op-ed or cartoon editorializing is published. The fact that an op-ed piece and a cartoon send conflicting messages either shows MR simply doesn't care or is not doing his job very well.

Techfan
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Techfan 04/21/12 - 07:53 am
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Yes, Lord. Get over it. It's

Yes, Lord. Get over it. It's Glenn Beck's paranoid fantasy. Birth certificate, FEMA concentration camps, etc., crazy, crazy, crazy. That's why he was canned. It goes right along with his Mormon end time delusions from non-historian and major league kook, Cleon Skousen.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/21/12 - 07:58 am
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I guess Cloward and Piven are

I guess Cloward and Piven are just a couple of those crazy academic types publishing garbage-like that paranoid delusional economist nutcase Paul Krugman. Oh I forfot Saul Alinsky-definte paranoid delusional type.

twolane
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twolane 04/21/12 - 07:59 am
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first dont blame the
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first dont blame the politicians this is just how dumbed down society is these days...noone cars we are 16 trillion in debt those issues dont even register......and well what can obama run on his entire term is nothing but bribery to get a healthcare law...lie after lie and scandal after scandal.....this is probably the most corrupt president we have ever had.....the things he has done and BEEN CAUGHT IN is twenty times worse than Nixon or Clinton

twolane
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twolane 04/21/12 - 08:01 am
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oh and birth certificate well
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oh and birth certificate well why did it take sooooo long to get it and tell me this his fathers race is LISTED AS african......THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AFRICAN....never has been a race african still isnt today....so its fake

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/21/12 - 08:06 am
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ALINSKY: ... if there is an

ALINSKY: ... if there is an afterlife, and I have anything to say about it, I will unreservedly choose to go to hell. PLAYBOY: Why? ALINSKY: Hell would be heaven for me. All my life I've been with the have-nots. Over here, if you're a have-not, you're short of dough. If you're a have-not in hell, you're short of virtue. Once I get into hell, I'll start organizing the have-nots over there. PLAYBOY: Why them? ALINSKY: They're my kind of people. Now you see why Obama empathizes so much with Saul they both hate the rich. A real mental problem. Obama would gladly send you all to hell for his idea of fairness. Hee,hee,hee :) Its a good thing progressives don't believe in hell.

twolane
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twolane 04/21/12 - 08:08 am
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but let me guess you folks
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but let me guess you folks still believe that terrorists who couldnt even fly a single engine cessna and have been found to still be ALIVE actually attacked the world trade centers.....my lord bin laden was in a hospital and was questioned by government officials after the attack occurred........

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