This election is not only about the Economy but also about Human Dignity

GOP Big 4: 8-15-11

GOP Big 4: 8-15-11 (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

It’s unbelievable that the race for the Presidency is as close as it seems to be. And even though I expect Obama to win it by more than a small margin, it should have been a sure thing by now.

Obama started as President in a country that was totally messed up, more than it has been in the last seven decades. He took care of the mess, invested in new programs like ObamaCare, gave the Middle Class important Tax Cuts, saved important industries, took care of wars we shouldn’t be in, killed Bin Laden and now after four years we have a growing Economy and a falling unemployment number.

President Obama’s first term is nothing else than a big success and that should be the first reason to let him finish his job.

But there is second, and maybe even more important reason to not let the current GOP take this country over. It is for the sake of dignity that we shouldn’t allow that to happen.

People can have different opinions on economic issues. Should Obama have done a better job or not? Of course the Republicans say yes, of course the Democrats say no. And those differences are all ok. We don’t have to agree on things like that, I think it’s even a good thing that there are different opinions on those issues. But the biggest difference between the Democrats and the current GOP is something else.

Ever since the Tea Party was founded, based on morals, decency and dignity, all morals, decency and dignity seems to have left the GOP. Lately it happens every day that some Republican yells something so stupid that you wonder if he or she really said that. It happens so often that we’re almost not even shocked by it anymore. I don’t even know where to begin.

Should I begin with the birther issue? No President ever was asked for a birth certificate, but the first black President can show it ten times and they still won’t stop. Or should I start about the latest Donald Trump scam, arrogant as he is, offering five million dollars for college records? Without any respect, he has been stalking the President with lies for years now, and instead of apologizing, he now wants to buy our President. And the GOP is silent and accepts, sometimes even cheers it.

Or should I start with a GOP Senator, who says you can’t get pregnant from rape, suggesting that every woman who is pregnant after rape is lying about it? Or another GOP Senator, who claims that if you are a rape victim it was God’s will?

Or should I start with another GOP prominent who can’t imagine a reason to vote for President Obama, other than race. So if one of our biggest heroes, Colin Powell, endorses Obama, it must be because of the color of his skin. So ignorant and so insulting. And the GOP is quiet!

And these are just a couple of examples. Tea Party members like Michele Bachmann openly suggest that a person that looks like an Arabian could very well be a terrorist, Sarah Palin is ignorant on a daily basis. If I want to give all the examples I have got, this would be the longest blog post in history.

And while this all happens, the decent part of the GOP is silent. As silent as they’ve ever been. John McCain almost joins the disgusting part of his party, while the man used to be the perfect example of a good Republican. Rudy Giuliani, a very decent man, is also quiet just like all the other moderates.

Republicans seem to be in a contest of who has the most extremist stances. If one Republican says something ridiculous, the next one feels the need to want to beat him and go even further. We have to judge things for what they are. There is no decent GOP anymore. At least not now. The GOP is not what it used to be. They lost all dignity.

A vote for the current GOP is a vote for the party that says your daughter didn’t get pregnant from rape. She must have enjoyed it. And if your wife gets raped it was Gods will. If you see someone from Arabian descent, it is probably a terrorist and you can only back the President because he is black.

That is what you’re voting for if you vote for the GOP in this election, because that is all we hear. And while the extremists take over, no one steps up. There are not just a few extremists, there’s a whole bunch of them. The decent ones in the GOP are the minority by now.

There are many good reasons to vote for Obama. But in my view there are also many good reasons to refuse to vote for the GOP, even if you are a Republican, even if you agree with their stances on economic or foreign policy issues.

I believe that most people are not pure evil. I believe that most people don’t want to live in a world where a couple of 60 year old white men are telling your daughter that she wasn’t raped. I believe that most people are not racist, and don’t want race or religion to divide us.

And if any of that is the case, then it’s simple. Either you vote against your morals and support those you might agree with on economic issues but who will change America into a hateful country where bigotry rules.

Or you refuse to join them, you refuse to go along with a country based on hate. You refuse to live in a place where they treat rape victims as criminals, and American heroes like Colin Powell as idiots.

This election is not only between Republicans and Democrats, it is between hate and human dignity, it’s between the lowest morals we’ve seen in a century versus a decent society.

And the choice should be easy. Even if you used to vote Republican.

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The hypocrisy of those who abuse Religion to reach their Political goals

Bible

Bible (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

We see it a lot. People who try to work their way up in the religious world, try to get themselves in a situation where they get a lot of respect from religious people and then abuse the power they gained for their political goals. We all know the founding fathers were clear about the role religion should play in Politics. None. Believe in a dead squirrel if you want, in a flying elephant, do whatever you want, but don’t think for even a second that what you believe in gives you the right to tell others what to do.

This automatically means that church leaders, or others who have worked their way up in religion and often living a fantastic life, paid for by their ‘sheep’, shouldn’t abuse their position to give people advice who they should vote for. Because that would mean that a position they’re in because of religion gives them the right to meddle into politics.

A religious leader can tell the believers they should dance naked around a dead horse before they can drink water, he can tell them they shouldn’t have sex before they turn fifty, he can tell them whatever he wants as long as it’s not about Politics. Unfortunately they keep on doing so. Worst thing is that they’re not even consequent.

World record holder in hypocrisy is Teavangelical Billy Graham. All his life he has been saying that Mormonism has got nothing to do with Christianity. One conversation with Mormon prophet Mitt Romney and all of a sudden he changed his mind. In that half an hour Romney apparently changed his religion so, that Billy Graham all of a sudden thinks Romney is a Christian and starts campaigning for him.

Billy Graham is not the only hypocrite. A year ago I defended Mitt Romney against Tea Party people who were all convinced Romney was not a Christian and therefore wanted others to be their candidate. I defended Romney cuz religion doesn’t matter. I don’t care what a President believes in. It shouldn’t matter. I only started attacking Romney on his faith after he attacked President Obama on his faith. If you believe the Bible is written on Golden Plates that you can only read with some magic spectacles, it’s not really smart to criticize someone else on his faith. But that still doesn’t change the fact that religion shouldn’t matter. I don’t have a problem with what Romney believes in, I have a problem because Romney has a problem with the Presidents faith.

The hypocritical thing almost all Tea People have in common is that they say religion is the most important thing in their life, but they’re willing to change the rules however they need to, to reach their political goals. The same Tea People who said Romney was not a Christian a year ago, now cheer him as a Christian leader. Hypocrite Billy Graham criticized Mormons all his life, now all of a sudden he needs a Mormon to get Obama out of the White House and guess what? All of a sudden it’s a totally Christian thing that the Bible was written on Golden Plates, nothing happened in Israel, it all happened in America, and all of a sudden God is not everywhere but on the planet Kolob. All of a sudden those are all good old Christian views.

It proves that Billy Graham’s faith is a big joke. He is a professional Christian, who cares more about Politics than about being consequent in what he believes in.  If faith is the most important thing in your life, you are not willing to compromise no matter what. Billy Graham his Bible is still the same as a year ago but now that Politics made it so that he needed to change his mind, all of a sudden his opinion about that Bible is totally different.

By doing so, he proved that his faith is nothing more than an instrument to reach his Political goals. Everything he says in the name of his Lord should from now on be seen as a scam, a trick to manipulate his people, the innocent victims, the sheep. He is a hypocrite. And all those Tea People who also changed their mind, all proved that Politics is more important to them than their faith. They should never say again that faith is the most important thing for them.

This whole scam once again shows us that there is a lot of work to do, before religion and Politics are two different things. I’m still waiting for that to ever happen. That is how the founding Fathers wanted it to be. People like Billy Graham and the whole Tea scam with him talk about the Founding Fathers a lot,  but tend to forget the most important things they had to say.

Polls taken in the heat of the moment are always worthless!

English: Obama v. Romney line graphs

English: Obama v. Romney line graphs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is some panicking going on in social media, people are so stressed about the fact that some polls are tied, that I thought it might be good to give my opinion.

I’m not a polling expert although a lot of my work is related to consumer confidence and mass-psychology and to the way people tend to respond to certain events.

Last week’s debate without a doubt was not one of the strongest performances of the President and it was the first bump in the road of his campaign. Romney has had several bumps, but the President didn’t and the stronger a candidate seems to be, the harder the bump will be if there is one.

The expectations for the debate were high, especially for Obama because we all thought Romney would have no chance against him. And if in a situation like that, Romney ends up being the winner of the debate, it is considered to be a surprise. Ask independent voters a day later which candidate they favor and most likely they will say Romney is their favorite.

It’s a very simple human reaction. In the heat of the moment, realizing that whatever they say won’t make a difference because it’s not a real vote. Some people will answer the question as if was asked ‘who was the winner of the debate’ and those who realize that that is not the question will, with the debate in mind, most likely give Romney the benefit of the doubt.

Imagine you’re in the middle, undecided, you have your doubts about Romney, he insulted your parents with that 47% thing, he doesn’t seem to be a sincere person and even though you’re not sure yet, you think you will vote for Obama.  Then you’re watching the debate and Romney is stronger than Obama. It doesn’t mean that you will now vote for Romney. But you used to be 90% sure that you were gonna vote for Obama and now it is 70%. Turns out that even though you’re still leaning 70% to Obama, if someone would ask you right at the moment you changed from 90 to 70%, you will most likely say you will vote for Romney, cuz even though you’re still on Obama’s side, you changed in Romney’s direction.

It is not only like this in Politics. If you have two favorite baseball players and you have to pick one. You are pretty sure it will be number one, but then number two hits a very important homerun. And right then, right at that moment, you need to decide who your favorite player is, chances are you will pick number two.

Some polls do matter, but polls taken in the heat of a moment turn out to be worthless. In the baseball example, after a couple of days you forgot about that homerun and you start to think back of all the homeruns your other favorite hit.

In Romney’s case you watched him hit a homerun, but a couple days later you hear that unemployment is down again. You start to realize things aren’t as bad as they try to tell you, you remember that 47% thing, you remember that Romney hasn’t been really honest about so many things. That homerun becomes less and less important and all your other doubts turn out to be still there. And if then someone asks you who you plan to vote for, the reality is that you’re 85% sure you will vote for Obama.

It is also the other way around. All of a sudden people expect a lot from Romney in the debates. Pretty sure he will get in trouble in one of the remaining debates. Three days after that the polls will show a different bounce, and again, we should ignore that bounce. The way polls, and polls of polls developed over months, the trends, those are the things we should look at. Not a bump in the road and the response to that in the polls. It will all fade away, like it always did, like it always will.

The only ones who gain from this kind of polling is the media. It’s boring to have to say that nothing changed, so they enjoy the moment and any explanation of what is pre-school mass-psychology would destroy the news so they choose to not mention that.

Read my Lips. Check out the Polls in a couple of days and realize you’ve been worrying about nothing.

President Obama has had a small but steady lead, structural in all important States. The trends in the Polls are important, not the bumps. Don’t let a bump ruin your mood, cuz you only only feel a bump in the road the moment you’re driving over it. A while later you can’t even remember it.