Did anyone catch Jon Stewart last night? He perfectly captures the hypocrisy of Republican politicians. It’s not that it matters that Newt Gingrich was a sleaze to his wives per se. Playboyitis is an equal opportunity affliction when it comes to politicians. See also: Bill Clinton and the spectacle of Weinergate. The problem is when Republican candidates pander to family-values voters and make policy that judges the lives of other people when they themselves are no shining stars of morality. That is the hypocrisy and why Newt Gingrich should not be trusted. He’s phony. Doesn’t that matter to family values voters?
While we’re on the topic, the term “family values voter” is irritating to me because I’m a Democrat with very strong family values, thank you very much. I value family. I value freedom of choice and protection for my daughters. As a matter of fact, my top priority is my family and I wouldn’t vote for Newt Gingrich short of having a gun to my head.
The one twinkle in the ruff of Republican candidates? Ron Paul. He’s the first person running on the Republican ticket that doesn’t make me want to scream. The government should be less in our lives and when they are, they should be in the right places like building our streets and educating our kids. Build some libraries or something. Weed? Who cares! Abortion? A private matter! Stay out of our morals and leave victimless crime alone.
However access to healthcare and certain other social programs should not be commodities for rich individuals – they should be commodities for a rich nation. With all the money in this country, there should not be people dying because they can’t afford medicine. Hence, I hope Obama has four more years.
Ah, that felt great. My dad can shoot me now.
On to the clip in case you missed it last night:
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