Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Biden for President. Maybe.

I agree whole heartedly with Nat Hentoff’s endorsement of Joe Biden’s as the best man to fill the White House in 2008 (Biden strikes the right balance: Fighting terror while protecting our civil rights. 11-12-07) . Mr. Biden is the first Presidential contender I’ve donated money to in 30 years simply because he knows his stuff.

On Sept 10, 2001 he was giving a speech about the global threat of terrorism. He voted against the invasion of Iraq . He’s offered the only workable solution the war in Iraq…an Iraqi federation. He also, doesn’t stand much of a chance to be President because American’s aren’t looking for someone who actually knows what they are doing. They want someone that looks good or makes them feel good. Some Americans do want a President who will make them feel smart. That’s why half of Americans who voted in 04 voted for Bush. Listening to him talk and watching his repeated disasterly decisions make just about anyone feel smarter.

I do have one unanswered question regarding Biden’s current role as a U.S. Senator that has me questioning my whole hearted support. Why has he refused to support the intent of House Concurrent Resolution 21 which he has held up in his committee for almost 2 months after it was passed by the House by a margin of 411 to 4? The intent of the Resolution is to urge the UN to indict Iran’s president for inciting genocide in direct violation of the UN Charter and the UN Genocide Convention. His staff says is wants to let diplomacy work. Meanwhile, Administration saber rattling and increasing support for sanctions (that could be more deadly than war) is keeping everyone on edge and jacking up the price of oil to Iran’s benefit.

Nat Hentoff, a regular columnist for the conservative Washington Times is correct in stating that Biden is the only candidate from either party that appears to be defending the Constitution. It would be consistent if he also supported the idea of using the rule of law to deal with international crisis. Diplomacy and/or war has rarely working in modern history. They won’t work against terrorism either. The rule of law…on the global level…is our only real hope.


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