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VP Debates!

10/2/08

Call me a nerd, but I watched the VP debates and I took notes. Here are a few of the things that I noticed.

Palin said at one point that McCain is such a "maverick" because he doesn't vote on his party line. He goes against the grain. The odd thing about saying this is that there are only two ways to vote in the Senate. If he doesn't vote on his party line, then he votes with the other party. As Biden pointed out at several occasions, that means that McCain and Obama voted the same way on lots of issues. Often these were issues that Palin brought up as "times Obama was wrong." She didn't mention (maybe it wasn't in her Cliff's Notes) that this also makes McCain "wrong" on those same issues.

Perhaps it's only me, but "Vote for McCain because he votes with the Democrats!" sounds like a weird sort of thing to say when you're a Republican.

Neither candidate was in favor of gay marriage. Biden believes that homosexuals should have the same rights of hospital visitation and cohabitation and inheritance as heterosexuals, but he doesn't think that marriage laws should be changed. Palin is just a bigot. She doesn't think they should have rights like these because it is too close to allowing marriage. She almost said "slippery slope," and I almost typed "a bridge too far." Puns are delicious.

So is irony. Perhaps that's particularly odd from a home-wrecking adulterer.* Clearly she is concerned with "protecting" marriage, and clearly those homosexuals who want to get married are a greater threat to the institution of marriage than adultery. Clearly.

Just a few more things:
1) Palin doesn't like to focus on the past when she's getting called out on it. Biden is right when he says "Past is prologue." That's a great comment, folks. Past is prologue.

2) Biden totally dodged the question regarding promises that their compaign wouldn't be able to keep in the current financial climate. He did it really well, though. He talked about the other campaign's promises, and which ones the Obama/Biden ticket wouldn't keep. It was so slick that it almost got past me. Palin, on the other hand, said that they would literally keep every promise that they have made. Right. As if that has ever happened. I don't remember the last time that a mute was elected to the White House.

3) "Drill-baby-drill" is a chant that makes my skin crawl. What the hell are people thinking when they chant that shit? Have they not heard of pollution? Ugh. Just ugh.

4) Palin actually said that nuclear weapons used as a deterant created a "nice, stable situation." Someone needs to read some Walzer and/or look up this thing called "the cold war" when they get home...

5) Palin is governor of a "huge state." Come on. Your entire state has 670 thousand people. Dallas, TX has over 1.2 million people. Houston has double that. You have land area, but you don't have people. Land doesn't need government. People do. No one is fooled.

I'll leave you with a question: Do you think paying taxes is patriotic? I waffle on this question, but Biden seems to think that it is and Palin made fun of him for it. I want your reactions. Do you think I've been unfair here? Are taxes patriotic?



* That link is to the National Enquirer. They mostly run trash news, but following a lawsuit a while back they are rumored to have the most stringent standards for truth in reporting around. Judge for yourself.
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Christopher said...

I disagree with Biden on patriotism. Paying taxes is required. Patriotism can't be the sort of thing that you go to jail for not doing. We might be willing to pay taxes. I am. But I'm not a patriot just because I don't mind doing something I'd be forced to do anyway.

Matteson said...

Yeah, I agree that one neededn't pay taxes to be a patriot, but it seems weird to say that one can be a patriot and yet not be willing to contribute to a group effort like a counrty.

For me it hangs on how much you approve of the way that your tax money is being spent. I'd be much more willing to pay for taxes to support programs that I believe in than ones that I detest. Perhaps I'm not patriotic enough.

Integrated said...

Great piece, Mike.

Setting up offshore accounts to avoid taxes is definitely UNpatriotic. Not sure if the logic runs the other way.

Well, I guess it can be, if done consciously. I think a genuinely patriotic act has to be done with a certain intent. If you join the military solely to get educational benefits, that's not patriotic. If you put your hand over your heart during the anthem purely because your grandpa will smack you if you don't, that doesn't qualify either. Either action done with the intent to serve or show respect for one's country is patriotic.

And not just any action + intent counts. I couldn't brush my dog with the right mindset and declare it a patriotic act. Paying taxes, though, does qualify, because the money's used for the good of the nation.

So yeah, if you send that check to the IRS with a sense of American pride, it counts as patriotic.

—Matt—

—Matt—

Matteson said...

It's at least not-patriotic. I'm not a fan of taxes, but that's really only because I don't see the government doing much that I would like it to do. It's too bad you can't earmark these things.