Friday, October 12, 2012

First Debate Nerd Behavior

Last night I followed my own recommendation and actually wrote down questions and answers prior to the debate. I nerdily took notes listening to the candidates and shut the TV down before I was dragged into the pundit vortex.

In determining what was important to me I found that foreign policy is absolutely my priority issue, even though the frightening state of the economy is a very close second.
 
JFK comes through for me again: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” This is the strength I want America to project. The Benghazi attack infuriates me, along with the lies told to the American people and to the world covering up what happened there. This incident and others are the direct result of our current foreign policy. Faith in a responsible, resolute, and honest America must be restored.
 
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.” I do not reference Tocqueville as a scare tactic, but it’s clear that our current policies are leading us away from a free market system, that's an undeniable threat to our liberty. Further, there is no arguing that the path our economy is taking is unsustainable. 
 
Fittingly, Tocqueville also said, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” There is increased reliance on government shown through the rise of the welfare state, increased distribution of food stamps, unemployment insurance lasting an unprecedented 99 weeks, and still there are more things the government is promising us through regulation and higher taxes. That’s all very humane, but it’s also completely insane – it cannot last.

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