Friday, August 29, 2008

News Flash!

Well, for anyone who doesn't know(or care), John McCain has chosen Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in his bid for the presidency. This choice pretty much came from nowhere, and is being hailed by many as one of the most brilliant political moves in history. While I wouldn't necessarily go that far, I do agree that McCain made the best choice he could have possibly made in Sarah Palin. One reason for this is that she appeals to so many different classes of voters: women, union members, career military people, those conservative Christians still unsure of McCain, environmentalists, etc.

This choice has the potential to give John McCain the boost he needs to break the stalemate that has formed in McCain's race with Barack Obama.

As an aside, another benefit of the timing and surprise of this choice is that it goes a very long way toward canceling out Obama's boost from his landmark, if logically inconsistent, acceptance speech last night.

Well, that's all for now... just had to give a quick update there;-)



Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Politics and more...

Well, it's presidential election time again, and I must say that this is one of the most complicated and important elections I have studied or experienced. Right now, I am sitting on my couch watching the Democratic National Convention. It is, perhaps unfortunately, one of the funniest and fluffiest things I have seen in quite a while. All I am hearing is continual rehashing of a few basic talking points over and over again, often word-for-word. I don't know about my readers, but personally, I expect more from what should be a serious presentation of the candidates. To be honest, I couldn't care less about the childhoods of Barack Obama or Joe Biden. I care about how well they will be able to lead this country in the tough times ahead.

I predict that I will feel the same way about the Republican National Convention, but I'll hold my comments until I have seen it.

So which candidate is better suited to lead this country? This depends upon each voter's personal priorities. We each want our leaders to lead in our favored direction, and it is each candidate's challenge to make more people believe that they will indeed move in that direction, whether they will or not. This is the foundation of the politician's art.

Enough about politics for now. I will be starting school next week, so this week is a very hectic one as I attempt to accomplish all of the tasks I intended to do this summer but never actually completed. Tomorrow is an especially busy day as I will be having one friend over in the morning, and going in the evening to visit another.

I am more nervous about this school year than about any I have been through so far. I have been told that this will be my most difficult year. I have many, many activities outside the home, as well as a very intensive set of studies at home. This year, I am taking English Literature, and if what I have read so far(for example, Bede's Ecclesiastical History Of The English People) is any indication, it will be a fairly difficult study. I am also looking forward(or not) to Pre-Calculus.

Well, tonight's convention speech-making is over and it is time for me to go to bed. Goodbye, all!