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The NPR Democratic debate in Iowa was a smashing success. I personally think that this format allowed in depth discussion and rebuttal from the candidates. The moderators, Robert Siegel, Michele Norris, and Steve Inskeep of NPR posed thoughtful and serious questions. The topics were narrowed down to three: Iran, Immigration, and China.
The ideas of Dennis Kucinich on the enormous trade deficit with China that is funding the Iraq war and his consistent stance against the war in Iraq were front and center. I am beginning to take him more seriously. Many of his positions have been seen as extreme left wing positions in the past but are beginning to be at least discussed by the “mainstream candidates”. He is one of the candidates, along with Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, John Edwards, and Chris Dodd who present ideas outside of the box.
Hillary Clinton did not fare well with a discussion regarding Iran and the just released NIE. Joe Biden described the designation of the Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization as self defeating because we continue to alienate the rest of the world.
Biden, Dodd, and Kucinich always present the most consistent views on foreign policy along with Bill Richardson who was not present at this debate.
I hope that you will take the opportunity to listen to the debate or read the transcript.
Thanks to NPR
The media has been acting in the vein of fight promoter, but I am actually observing a rational conversation regarding how to move our country forward. I am looking at a field of candidates that reflect the population in this country and are offering solutions to the myriad and diverse issues facing this country. I am most appreciative to Mr. Kucinich, Biden, Richardson and Dodd for holding the media accountable for attempting to pit fights. Maybe, Tim Russert and Brian Willams think that this is some kind of football game, but it isn’t. They are asking questions about Hillary. Hey guys, can you ask a question about an issue. Mr. Kucinich continues to bring issues that are relevant and would never be discussed if he were not on the stage such as nuclear proliferation, impeachment and the destruction of the constitution by this administration. Senator Joe Biden, thankfully, brought the press back to serious discourse regarding Pakistan and Russia. Governor Bill Richards is discussing diplomacy and effective executive management of this country. Senator Dodd’s highlight was a discussion of how to seriously engineer an effective energy policy. I must express my supreme disappointment in the moderators of this debate again. These ideological pundits perform a monumental disservice to the discourse in our democracy. It is clear that Tim Russert appears to be in attack mode in regards to Senator Clinton, while he sat around and ignored the multitude of atrocities that have occurred under this administration. I have no desire to hear a discussion about UFO’s, life on another planet or even the legalization of marijuana. It is my hope and prayer that we, the American people, will seriously evaluate candidates and not fall prey to the trivialization of issues and choices that are before us. Let us be wiser than those in Washington DC and in the media believe that we are. Let us be true patriots and embrace the values that our country was founded on. Let us take responsibility for our government. The government is a reflection of the governed.
Quote of the Day
It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.
— U.S. Supreme Court, in American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382,442