Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Picayune Dempublican Debates

by Leigh Pomeroy, Vox Verax editor and contributor
Updated Monday, November 16, 2015

To all those who have been tuned into the Republican and Democratic presidential debates:

Hello! Wake-up call!

Despite what you may have heard, the real issues facing the United States and the world are climate change, food and water, energy, human population growth and non-human species extinction.

Do we hear these topics discussed in the Republican and Democratic presidential debates?

With the Republicans, whose presidential candidates are stuck somewhere in the 19th and (at best) 20th centuries, nary a word. With the Democratic candidates — yes, at least there is an acknowledgement.

Playing to the lowest common denominator is an American trait. Witness the famous observation: "Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

Politicians tend to cater to those stuck in the past and, at best, the present. But what we really need are leaders who can look into the future.

It's not that hard. Strangely enough the best "seers" are children with their wild imaginations and some old folks (like me) who have witnessed and acknowledged the incredible transformation by technology over the last half-century or more.

It is regrettable that the media, including disappointingly National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), succumb to the political rhetoric du jour without properly vetting it. We expect this from Fox News, which is an arm of the Republican Party. But from (hopefully) more neutral sources? Not a chance.

The solution is for those who want acknowledgement of the REAL problems facing the United States and the world is to RAISE HELL. They should not sit back and blindly absorb the carnage in Paris, in Palestine, in Africa, and wherever else it exists.

The advancement of civilization is based on radical upheaval, be it caused by disease or famine or war or political change or whatever.

View the presidential political debates and campaigns as you will, but remember: The decisions that will be made in the next four to eight years after inauguration day, January 2017, will have to reflect the future of the United States and the planet, not the past.


Blogger Minnesota Central said...

"Politicians tend to cater to those stuck in the past and, at best, the present."

Catering, or do their votes reflect their personal views ?

Thus, look at Tim Walz ... who just voted with Republicans on Syrian refugees ... of course, you remember that when he held a St. Peter Co-Op listening session on the Syrian situation, he come out against using military force saying “I’m very skeptical as it’s presented right now that this would weaken Assad’s hold on Syria".

OK ... so foreign policy may be dicey ... but what about Keystone ... as I recall Walz joined the Republicans to force Obama's hand (Roll Call 16).

And what about ObamaCare ... where Walz has voted to defund it (Roll Call 375).

Or, how about protecting consumers ... Walz voted with Republicans to pass H.R. 1737 Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act and H.R. 3192 Homebuyers Assistance Act

And Keystone could be a "jobs" issue, but what about other environment votes ... Walz voted with Republicans to pass H.R.1734 Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act and H.R.2647 Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015

Hmmm ... so let me agree with you "what we really need are leaders who can look into the future."

Frankly, I cannot find much difference between Tim Walz or Amy Klobuchar and the Republicans ...

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