Saturday, August 16, 2008

The real issues

I just finished watching the Saddleback Civil Forum hosted by Rick Warren.

Barrack Obama went first and gave lengthy, but detailed answers. John McCain threw out short soundbite phrases with no substance (and they say Obama is the "empty suit").

It made me sad that they were sitting in house of worship discussing American ideology as higher goals than the Christian confession. We've got a higher duty to preserve freedom and fight socialist governments than in caring for the widows and orphans in their distress.

What I want to talk about is the way questions are phrased. They're slanted and loaded. It is not just this forum but is endemic of the overall political process in the USA.

The main issue I found here is abortion. They ask if you're "pro-life" or if "life starts at conception." This means nothing. I've voted for pro-life candidates for years and nothing has been done about the issue as far as legislation. They bring it out in political campaigns to earn votes and ignore it for four years. Instead we should ask the candidates what legislation they have supported and propose that reduces the number of abortions.

Think about it. The pro-life Republican party has controlled the Congress, Senate, White House and Supreme Court for the last seven years with nothing done about abortion. How are they going to do this?

Another issue is marriage. Both candidates tonight were asked to define marriage. Big deal. They both defined it the same and they both said it should be left to the states. So throw this issue out the window because neither candidate will do anything about it, and they can't do anything about it.

But that's the biggest problem. For way too long we've been caught up debating issues politicians don't do anything about. Instead of getting nothing done, pick an issues they can and will get done. Energy, peace, poverty. These are things politicians can take care of.

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