So, HL Menken, who wrote: “No one ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American people” was wrong yesterday in terms of the Democratic Party New Hampshire Primary.
And that’s a really good thing.
Barak Hussein Obama was taken down a peg or two by the Clintons, once again giving me hope that not all American voters can be so easily conned.
If you’re an American reading this, please do not be offended by my assessment of American voters and their intellectual incapacity, since I feel no differently about the intellectual incapacity of far too many Canadians.
The problem with Democracy is that the most ill informed people get to vote. I am referring to people who don’t look beyond the rhetoric and the staged appearances, who don’t ask the hard questions, or never bother to look into the true history of the candidate(s) they favor.
Voting in North America is very much like voting for American or Canadian Idol.
In Canada, the son (Justin) of the late Prime Minster Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who was in my opinion one of the worst, if not the worst Prime Minister Canada ever had, wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Trudeau senior was a lawyer and associate professor at a French Montreal university. He was born wealthy with a silver spoon, and never had to really work a day in his life.
During World War II, as Canadian soldiers were bleeding and dying overseas, Trudeau flirted with a Quebec based pro Nazi organization called the Bloc Populaire.
And like the smug elitist jerk that he was, Trudeau toured the back roads of Quebec on his motorcycle wearing Nazi regalia while Nazis murdered more than 12 million people in their death camps.
Enough said about Trudeau senior.
The son of Pierre (Justin), whose life experience includes sitting on “uncle Castro’s knee” while the family vacationed in Cuba, has taught school and roamed the world in his very Liberal hippy style, is being touted by many in the federal Liberal Party as the natural successor to his dad.
On what basis?
What could possibly qualify this airhead to one day be the Prime Minister of Canada, other than he looks cool, he dresses cool, he speaks with theatrical passion and his dad was Pierre Elliot Trudeau?
In the United States of America, there were the Kennedys, a family of “natural leaders” by birthright. Joe Kennedy was a Nazi sympathizer who profited big time from his dealings with freedom’s enemies.
Nonetheless, these Kennedys had a better grasp on how to manipulate the media and star-struck voters better than anyone.
JFK ran the White House as if it was his personal brothel.
Ted Kennedy left a woman to die in his overturned car in Chappaquiddick, with barely a wrinkle to his reputation.
Most Americans blame Johnston and Nixon for the Vietnamese War. But it was Kennedy who got America involved in it.
Most Americans credit Kennedy for staring down the Russians during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but forget how Kennedy set-up thousands of Cuban Patriots for death, capture and torture when Kennedy gave the order to abandon them at the Bay of Pigs.
Lovers of the Kennedy mystique never talk of the deal he made to surrender critical missiles in Asia, in a trade with the Russians not to place their nuclear weapons in Cuba.
There are those, myself included, who believe Khrushchev purposefully outmaneuvered Kennedy over the Missile Crisis. The Russians walked away with something while the Americans got nothing back in return.
But reality doesn’t matter when it comes to charisma, populism and what the people want to believe. And that’s why the chance for Barak Hussein Obama bothers me so much.
I certainly don’t want to see Hillary Clinton in the White House, but given my druthers, I’d rather see her there than Obama, or Edwards, the multi million-dollar ambulance chaser.
In yesterday’s (January 8, 2008) editorial; I wrote that Obama was born in Indonesia. This was a misstatement. Obama was born in Hawaii, and later moved to Indonesia where he was partially educated in a Moslem school.
The reason I REALLY dislike Obama, is for his politics and theatrics. He is an absolute phony who sells a dream, no less dishonestly than how the old-day snake oil salesmen sold their cure-all elixirs.
He reminds me of the television preachers who sell nothing but a great sermon of gibberish, platitudes and false hope in exchange for personal wealth.
Many Americans wrote to tell me that Obama could not run for President if he was not born in the USA. I don’t believe this to be true.
The resolution that deals with rules governing who can, and who cannot be President of the United States of America says: No naturalized citizen can be President.
But, what about a child born out of the USA whose parents (or parent) are US citizens?
Many people in the US Foreign Service and military have children born out of the USA. Are their children not American citizens with all rights?
I have Canadian born cousins whose father is an American, who has lived in Canada for most of his life, but never took out Canadian citizenship.
One of my cousins now lives in the Boston Area. He carries an American passport and is not considered a naturalized citizen. He is an American citizen through and though.
What would stop him from running to be President of the United States?
These American Primaries are better than all the sporting events of the world combined. For political junkies like me, I’d rather watch a Primary debate than the Super Bowl, and I really like the Super Bowl.
For what it’s worth, and probably not that much, I still think the next President of the USA will be Rudy Giuliani.
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Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov