September 21, 2008

Politician Lies?

Posted in America, decision making, democrats, Integrity, Justice, lack of integrity, lie of the day, life, opinion, Politicians, Politics, Republicans, responsibility, Society, trust, voting, winning tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:45 pm by jimwilbur

Give me a break! If there were a politician who had integrity and said the same thing to everyone, that politician would not get elected. Politicians lie because people do not want to hear the truth. People will only vote for politicians who tell them what they want to hear.

This is what I think:

If you want to get elected you are expected to lie about many things.

If you had an extra-marital affair, you are expected to lie.

If you smoked pot as half of all Americans have, you are expected to lie.

If you ever cheated on your taxes, you are expected to lie.

It seems that American’s are currently incapable of facing the reality that politician’s are human, that all politician’s have skeleton’s in their closet, relative to the expectations of the American public, that political parties will use these skeletons and if they can’t find any, the political parties will manufacturer them through negative public relations campaigns. Why should we expect our politicians to be somehow morally superior to us, the average citizen?

We elect politicians to do a job.

Our politicians should be qualified to do that job.

Our politicians should not be corrupt and should not have a record of corruption. This is not a simple matter. What determines if a politician is corrupt?

This is the definition of corruption per the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

1. Impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle 2. Inducement to wrong by improper or unlawful means (as bribery) 3. A departure from the original or from what is pure or correct 4. An agency or influence that corrupts. 

So good voters, study this definition well and study to determine if you think a politician fits this definition. If in your best judgement they do then – DO NOT vote for them. We don’t need corrupt politicians!

I predict most voters will continue to elect the politician who lies the most. I believe that is one of the main reasons we have so much corruption built into our political systems. It simply reflects the bad judgement of voters and the limited choices they are presented by our political system.

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September 13, 2008

Is this what a Vader Indoctrination Video would look like? Truth or Lie?

Posted in Comedy, Crime and Punishment, fail, hope, Humor, Injustice, Justice, lack of integrity, losing, Religion, satire, Slitherintology, Society tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 4:18 pm by jimwilbur

If Darth Vader were to belong to a religion:

Should McCain put Palin on the Supreme Court? Truth or Lie

Posted in America, Comedy, decision making, Humor, Injustice, Justice, lack of integrity, Policy, Politicians, Politics, Religion, Republicans, satire, Society, Trends, winning, women tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:44 pm by jimwilbur

From a recent Newsweek article, Dahlia Lithwick argues that McCain should  put Palin on the Supreme Court rather than have run her as his Vice President.

Palin for Supreme Court

After reading the article, I think Lithwick’s logic is sound and that this would be a great course of action for John McCain to follow.

Here is a quote to demonstrate just how sound her logic is:

Finally, Palin has revealed, both as the mayor of Wasilla and then as the chief executive of Alaska, a style of governance that features the not-infrequent firing of dissenters. Among the growing list of those dismissed or threatened with removal on Palin’s watch were Mary Ellen Emmons, the Wasilla town librarian and vociferous opponent of Palin’s proposal to dabble in book banning, and John Bitney, Palin’s legislative director, who was dating the not-quite-ex-wife of one of her husband’s friends. Palin is also the subject of an ethics investigation for firing Walt Monegan, the Alaska Public Safety commissioner, who declined to fire the state trooper divorcing her sister. I can’t help but wonder if following two years of scandals surrounding the Bush administration’s decision to terminate nine U.S. attorneys for their imagined disloyalty, John McCain might be nervous about a vice president with a proclivity toward doing the same thing. If McCain puts Palin on the Supreme Court, however, she has only a trio of law clerks and a secretary to hire, and each can be vetted for ideological purity.

No fair arguing that Palin isn’t experienced enough to sit on the highest court of the land. What matters—far more than experience—is one’s unyielding moral certainty, relatability and gender. And Palin has these qualities in spades. Washington’s old-boy problem hardly ends at the Oval Office. If ever there were a D.C. institution in dire need of a place to plug in a breast pump, it’s the Supreme Court. And Palin has already proven that neither the courts, nor precedent, nor even the Constitution itself will be a match for the force of her will. America has finally found someone suited to put the “law” back into scofflaw, and it’s Sarah Palin. McCain shouldn’t waste her talents on state funerals.

August 10, 2008

DNA tests clear men convicted of crimes

Posted in Crime and Punishment, Discrimination, DNA, Injustice, Justice, Politics, Society tagged , , , , , at 4:31 pm by jimwilbur

Whether intentional or unintentional, these five black males had their lives ruined. DNA evidence has cleared them in the eyes of the state and they have been released by the state after the state ruined their lives.

What lies were told, what deceptions were committed, to convince a jury of their supposed peers to ruin their lives?

  • CLEARED:  Marvin Anderson: Convicted of rape and other crimes in 1982 and sentenced to 210 years in prison in Virginia. He served 15 years.

  • CLEARED:  Ronald Cotton: Convicted of two rapes in 1984. He served10 years.

  • CLEARED:  Stephan Cowans: Convicted in 1998 of armed assault with intent to murder, assault on a police officer and other crimes in the shooting of Boston Police Sgt. Gregory Gallagher, who identified Cowans as the shooter. Released in 2004, after serving 5 1/2 years. He was shot dead in his home in 2007.
  • CLEARED:  Larry Fuller: Convicted of rape in 1981 and sentenced to 50 years in prison in Texas. He served 19 1/2 years.
  • CLEARED:  William Gregory: Convicted of rape and attempted rape in Kentucky in 1993 and sentenced to 70 years in prison. He served seven years.

The Truth is heavy, therefore few care to carry it.

Source: Real Clear Politics :: The Associated Press :: The Innocence Project.