Can we be honest for a minute and admit that there aren't any great candidates in this field? Ron Paul is admirably principled but would let the world burn because throwing a bucket of water would be against what the founders wanted, Romney is unpleasant and most Americans think Mormons are creepy, Santorum is a religious lunatic that doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell at appealing to moderates, Perry can't play the compassionate conservatism card to save his life and is starting to make Dubya look eloquent, and Gingrich is as big a joke now as he was when he was laughed out of Congress. The only one that could hope to poach votes from Obama is Huntsman but nobody will talk about him.
It doesn't appear as if the current President should be recommended for his gay rights stance any more than any other candidate. Wheres the calls of hypocrisy?
"The president has staked out a cynical political position aimed at not rocking the boat," said Richard Socarides, who advised President Bill Clinton on gay rights issues. "This states' rights argument is a separate but equal argument. Would the president have thought it right to let the states decide on the issue of interracial marriage, or on whether or not women should be allowed to vote?"
Obama's reluctance to embrace gay marriage, putting him among a minority of Americans in national polls, appears part of a broader effort to avoid alienating voters in battleground states, like Ohio and Nevada, where majorities have traditionally shown less support for the unions than voters overall.
States such as Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia, all won by Obama in 2008 and expected to be close contests in 2012, have constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage that couldn't be overcome by a president's leadership alone.
Laurie, I agree. We should all do our due diligence. And I found this, which might help people in that quest:
"One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country... Many in the Christian faith have said 'Well, you know that's okay, contraception's okay.' It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."
- Rick Santorum, October 2011
I'm with JoelMac. Don't believe what the media has told you about Ron Paul. Understand the issues and see for yourself.
Do real research on the issues. Ron Paul is the only answer for 2012. A vote for anyone else is a vote for the same thing that has gotten us in this mess. The more you actually you learn for yourself the issues, the more you learn how the media and other GOP candidates are the ones who are out of touch and following "crazy" ideas.
Dear citizens of South Carolina,
I believe it is in our best interest to at least check out what Rick Santorum is all about. I did so myself today and feel he could be the candidate to bring about the changes needed in the United States. He appears to be truthful , sincere, and willing to take a stand in what he believes in. He is for the security of the United States first , and also for less government. I am inspired by his comments and start forwardness. Please take the time to find out what he is really about. I do not think you will be disappointed.
Lets hang Revile not Rosa.
Even though I like the fact he wants to open up a lane for bikes to downtown instead of making cyclists get on a bus for the last half mile, that is where my support for Andy Brack ends. He is misleading in his publications about the merits of our current president, and it shows his lack of integrity....check it out if you doubt. If this is just a way to get back into running for a federal position, please be true to your word about the bridge, and I hope you have the same luck as last time when Henry Brown got almost twice the votes as you did Andy. Laura Dukes Beck seems like a nice balance though, and Bill Moody would be fine too. We will miss Tim Mallard in that he tried to change the government knows best attitude, it was at least worth a try.
Why bother even talking about it, Joe has paid everyone off through the years, he owns the job until he dies. But in all fairness he did a good job for the first 10 years in getting downtown safe for tourists to come back to, now they only need a small caliber handgun when hanging out on upper King..
How about: hmmm: the neck
Their mom's basement where they live.
If you are happy with politicians by all means vote for the Mayor or the City Councilman
I prefer a citizen like me:
FARROW FOR MAYOR
NOVEMBER 8, 2011
I am ready to see a change in this town! Gregorie is not anti-tourism nor is he a Conservative Republican. He is about putting the CITIZENS of Charleston first! Why wouldn't we want to be the priority of our local government? I think that Gregorie as well as all of the other candidates are worth exploring. Let's take Charleston in a fresh step...in the right direction!
I heard Farrow on Richard Todd this morning . . . rather impressive. What I heard was passion, not anger. He'll be getting my vote on November 8.
Gregorie is being pushed by two bitter revenge seeking individuals. They are trying to pull a Tim Scott on us by passing off Gregorie as a conservative Republican with deep ties to Regan. This would be laughable except that many voters do not know Gregorie. The former councilman of the two ran against Joe and did pitifully. He also is a anti tourism type who would put many of your readers out of their jobs. The Francis Marion owner was helped by Joe in obtaining the hotel, which by the way is maintained very poorly when you compare it with his Greenville hotel the Poinsett. The parking garage that connects with his hotel was a city project. I believe his problem is with Joe's support of other hotels near his. Simply put in this time of economic uncertainty no one running against Joe can keep this city's head above water, the crosstown withstanding.
The cost of the Crosstown work is TOO expensive to handle by local funds alone. Property taxes would have to double or triple. Federal and state funds are a MUST. When has Gregoire EVER succcessfully retrieved funds of that magnitude to the city. NEVER!
Would you pay a hefty fee to go on a cruise just to pay for drainage in the port city? NO, you would depart elsewhere. That plan is bogus nonsense that even if enacted would not come anywhere close to raising sufficient funds.
Vote for Dudley. Riley's time has passed.
The city would be crazy not to re-elect Riley. Besides, the Francis Marion Hotel stinks, really, in my opinion.
today its all about buying an election. not like it use to be ...
sad for the country as it gets worse..
Joe Riley has done a fine job leading the city of Charleston and should continue to do so for another four years!
Also we have some great candidates for City Council as well: in District 11 Andy Brack, in District 7 Keith Waring, in District 9 Bob Aubin, and in District 3 Wilmot A. Fraser.
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