Friday, December 29, 2006

What a Sorry Field of Candidates, from which, Americans Are Being Asked to Choose a President in 2008!

What a Sorry Field of Candidates!
What kind of... maybe I'm asking the wrong question here... maybe I should have asked… how large an EGO must it take for a person to decide to run for President of the United States? I mean, it’s quite something to think you have all the answers and you are the salvation of a nation.

Now, consider that while you remember that a current candidate for President of the US has already been turned down by the American electorate for Vice President ... and add to that... his failed term as a Senator from the state in which he currently resides, then add to that the state he claims as his home state, and the state in which he currently resides, BOTH voted for his opponent last time around... and you begin to detect the awesome regard in which John Edwards holds himself.

I happen to have been born, and raised, in the same state, as Mr. Edwards, and I happen to reside, currently, in the same state as Mr. Edwards. I have a little insight into what the people of those two states feel toward Mr. Edwards as a candidate. It ain't good!

When one looks objectively at John Edwards one cannot help but see another version of Bill Clinton. He strikes one, as being a man who must be the center of attention at all times.

As for Mr. Edwards’ "Two Americas" just remember this is coming from a man who is a millionaire several times over, who lives in a multi-million dollar mansion, and made that money by ambulance chasing. Ask yourself.... do we really want another lawyer in the Whitehouse???

So, let's see now… the dems will be running Edwards, Obama, Biden and Clinton. (If Clinton actually decides to run after Obama eats her lunch in the early caucuses.) Not a single one holds a promise of anything good for America.

Looking at the Republican slate, it appears it will be McCain, Romney, and Giuliani, All of whom are liberals. (McCain can claim the cloak of conservatism all he wants but those of us who are, and have been, conservatives since the stone age know him for what he is... liberal.) I must tell you the coming presidential; contest for 2008 is beginning to resemble a consolation game between the losers of a High School Basketball tournament! I see not a single candidate the conservative voter can get behind and support. From the Republican standpoint it looks like the “Bob Dole fiasco” again. Pitiful. Except... that the Democrat standpoint is even worse!

One more note on the Democrat field. I'm looking for Al Gore to toss his hat into the ring once more.

Now, if we can only get Newt to commit to run..................



James Fletcher Baxter said...

The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view of self,
others, relationships, institutions, life, and future. Many
problems in human experience are the result of false
and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe.
The balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human
reason cannot fully function in such a void; thus, the
intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it
perceives and measures values.

Humanism makes man his own standard of measure.
However, as with all measuring systems, a standard
must be greater than the value measured. Based on
preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal
nature, humanism demotes reason to the simpleton
task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of appe-
tites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands.

Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament,
cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist
lacks a predictive capability. Without instinct or trans-
cendent criteria, humanism cannot evaluate options with
foresight and vision for progression and survival. Lack-
ing foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and
is unwittingly committed to mediocrity, collectivism,
averages, and regression - and worse. Humanism is an
unworthy worship.

The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with
a functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the
foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behav-
ior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and
validated in His Word, the Bible, brings a transcend-
ent standard to man the choice-maker. Other philo-
sophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and
thereby lack what only the Bible has:

1.Transcendent Criteria and
2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival
equipment for today and the future. Only the Creator,
who made us in His own image, is qualified to define
us accurately.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of variety. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

"Man cannot make or invent or contrive principles. He
can only discover them and he ought to look through the
discovery to the Author. -- Thomas Paine 1797

"Got Criteria?" See Psalm 119:1-176


semper fidelis
Jim Baxter
WWII & Korean War

Teacher, 5th Grade - 30 years

December 2006 AD

Note: The distinguishing characteristic of a Statesman is Vision. He measures option-values by fidelity to Principle and anticipates results into an unknown future.

Newt Gingrich is the qualified Statesman choice.

semper fidelis

Opinionnation said...

The media is trying its best to propel the Obamanator to the presidency. I doubt it will work.

As for Republicans: I'm a Condi Rice supporter and I hope she makes a run. It would have been nice if Bush resigned Cheney in 04 and made Condi VP to prime her for the 2008 run.

OTTMANN said...

Good post Longstreet. I laughed when I read that Edwardo was going to run again. What experience does he have to run for president anyway? Let's not forget how low he stooped promising to cure the paralyzed with unproven embryonic stem cells. The gall of Edwards is nauseating. Yes he's another liberal millionaire who claims to be for the little guy, just like Al Gore who claims to be against oil companies while he holds thousands of shares of Occidental Petroleum.

These libs are all phonies running for themselves. I think whom ever ends up with the job will make things far worse for the country as they flip-flop all over the place for votes.

This once great nation could be coming to an end as we succumb to globalization in the UN's "Alliance of Civilizations."