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POLITICS: THE CANDIDATES

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It is imperative that we all are informed of the presidential candidates, both Democrat and Republican (since the two party system has generally prevailed). As informed and concerned individuals, we can and will make a difference on November 4.

As Concrete Loops political contributor, I am committed to providing you with accurate information that you can use to further your research in preparation for the election and offer the following major candidate information to you as a great place to start.

THE DEMOCRAT


Source: Barack Obama Campaign

Barack Obama

Senator from Illinois
Birthdate: Aug. 4, 1961
Official Campaign Website
On the Issues
Campaign Profile

To the left of the Democratic Party, Obama advocates withdrawal from Iraq (a war which he opposed from the outset) and dialogue with states such as Iran, Cuba and North Korea while taking a tougher line on U.S. allies such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He is campaigning on universal healthcare and an expansion of social security. Strong on the environment, he proposes a carbon trading system for business. He also plans to introduce tax cuts for poor and rescind those granted by Bush to the wealthiest Americans.

You might not know that: In 1990, Obama was elected as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review in its 104 year history. He is also the only African-American currently in the Senate. However, he is careful not to campaign on color, promising to be a leader for all Americans rather than one community.

The audio book edition of his autobiography, Dreams from My Father, earned Obama a 2006 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.

Alternate career choice: Architect

Favorite fitness activity: Basketball

Worst habit: Checking his BlackBerry

Last work of fiction read: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

THE REPUBLICAN


Source: Guardian

John McCain

Senator from Arizona
Birthdate: Aug. 29, 1936
Official Campaign Website
On the Issues
Campaign Profile

Regarded as a moderate Republican and well-respected on both sides of the political divide, McCain has sponsored gun control legislation and supports an amnesty for illegal aliens as well as increases in legal immigration. He is, however, strongly pro-life and anti-gay marriage. He supported the invasion of Iraq but believes mistakes have been made by the Bush administration. He would not withdraw troops and believes the U.S. may eventually have to take military action against Iran, but is an outspoken opponent of the use of torture or abusive interrogation techniques in the name of security. A deficit hawk, he has opposed many of Bush’s tax cuts.

You might not know that: John McCain was a famous prisoner of war for 5 and a half years during the Vietnam War, incarcerated for most of that time at the notorious Hanoi Hilton. The torture he suffered has left him permanently unable to raise his arms above his head.

McCain, the son and grandson of Navy admirals, graduated fifth from the bottom of his Naval Academy class in 1958.

In 2006, Time named McCain one of America’s 10 best senators.

McCain has described himself as a wise ass and older than dirt. He also likened himself to Luke Skywalker during his bid for the 2000 presidential nomination.

Now that you have that information
Head over to the non-partisan website, glassbooth.org, to gain an insight how the views of the presidential candidates align with your own.

It begins by asking you to assign points to issues in which youre most concerned. You then answer a series of questions regarding those issues. Upon completion, it tells you which candidates align most closely with your beliefs and even provides references and links to back up that assessment.

SOURCES: Washington Post, The Smiley Group, Times Online, Project Vote-Smart

53 CommentsCOMMENT?

Posted by: J. Dakar

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53 Comments


1.

STLCHICK

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Thanks J. Dakar for all of the info. youve given about the race. You make it easy for me to learn about the political process and canidates. Obama 08!

2.

Hellno

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Im leaning towards either Obama or Ron Paul for the elections. I dont know yet. But these two candidates sound very promising.

3.

Steupz

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Everyone is in their camp now and castigating and diminishing the other, but the reality is all four of them are very good candidates.
I give Obama no credit for not supporting the War because its easy to be a dove when the perceived impact of a threat isnt known to you.

Credit can only be given when he rolls out a workable plan to withdraw.

Clinton is impressive as is her mental strength, but, I think its obvious she came at the wrong time in history.

McCain, I dont see why young Democrats attack this guy. If you cant respect a POW then you have not one ounce of respect in your body. Forget the MLK thing, not everyone who opposed that Holiday is a racist. Fact is 99% of them probably arent.

4.

jayla06

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Clinton ALL THE WAY to the White House!

5.

Dame

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Nice post J. Dakar

I am for Obama all the way.

6.

F_the Rich, Vote Democrat

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

McCain would have been a better repub. president than Bush. But Americas middle class is running out of time, we need changes now. Vote the Democratic candidate and lets try to fix this mess. Foreclosures, price of oil, price of food, tax breaks for the super rich, unfair taxing of the middle class is just the tip of the iceberg. We need change for the Middleclass folks along with more tax credits. Have u guys actually calculated the percentage of fed tax taken out per pay check. THis is astronomical, it is unfair. Vote Democrat and watch the changes happen people. Oh dont forget how the republicans have out sourced all of our factory jobs out of the country. People vote smart and remember to vote, Our brothers and sisters struggled and died for this right. Keep Hope Alive folks.

7.

Afiya

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

I would LOVE for OBAMA to win Pennsylvania.

8.

leftoutlamont

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

i see it like this the whites and wanna be cacusians are circling the wagons. at the end of the day this nation will show you its true colors. if bush and his team can steal 2 elections nothing is going to stop them now. the [republicans] are already talking about the states that they got on lock, and the swing states that will cross over now that an african american is in the mix for president. when john kerry and bush ran , john kerry was a member of the same secert society [SKULL AND BONES] at yale these are the people who really run this country the tri lateral commission etc. and kerry stated the bush and his people are the most crooked folks there is. he knew cause he was one of them a member of the secert sect . and he also ran a weak campaign run for president. you know how YOU PEOPLE are who belong to them masonic secert societies. one for all. right iam guided by my god and the dictates of my conscience , not by the commands of men. quote from the auto-bi of m. gaye . and mind-set and attitude gets you black-balled and black-listed and labeled a troublemaker and agitator. and people will lie on you and discredit you, BUT i will continue to speak my heart and mind. and refuse to bow to any man.

9.

Chicka

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

oh this is a really cool post you guys SHOULD definitely chk the site J linked if ur undecided who to vote for, its helpful, informative and super easy

10.

mariah

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

McCain cant be worse than Bush, but if he becomes president, our troops will be in Iraq forever
Hillary doesnt have Americas best interests at heart, she just wants to be president so she can make history
OBAMA ALL THE WAY

11.

Becca the Promo Mami

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

I love it! J. Dakar & CNN keep me focused.

I think its time for Obama in the White House
Hes got my vote.

_________________________________
Side Bar - hes so much younger than everyone else running - and I see that as a PLUS!!!

12.

Bama Queen

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Thanks for the information J. Dakar. I have already decided who I will vote for, but this will really help the people who are undecided. :)

CL is doing it big!! :)

13.

littlebit2006

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Thanks so much for the post a lot of good information that I never knew. Also love how nothing was biased towards one candidate.

14.

jscene

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

We want change, Obama 2008

15.

jayla06

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

How can a younger age be a big plus lol?.This has got to be one of the dumbest anologies ive ever heard!

@ #10.How do you know that Hillary just wants to make history?! Cant the same thing be stated about Obama?

16.

taji

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Very informative and I am really excited about Obamas proposition regarding the environment.

17.

Justice96

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

As a person who completed undergrad with barely a 2.0 and is now studying to become a Dr, Im not sure of the relevance of mentioning McCains standing in his graduating class from the Naval Academy.

Im living proof that undergradaute grades arent always indicative of future success and so is McCain.

McCain 08

18.

J. Dakar

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

#17: Mentioning Sen. McCains standing in his graduating class was not meant as a jab, but, instead, to offer an interesting tidbit of information about him, as I did with all of the candidates.

As you mentioned, undergraduate grades are not indicative of future success and Sen. McCain is a great example of that.

Peace and blessings,
J. Dakar

19.

moxpoe1

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

THANK YOU!

This will help voters make informed decisions while providing unbiased information.

20.

Patience

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Good info J. Dakar. Your efforts are appreciated by me. It was probably unintentional but along the same lines as #17, your interesting facts for Obama points to his glowing accomplishments, no failings or near misses even. Whle sharing some positive but dubious or obvious failings for most of the others. Just my own observations.

21.

cc

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

J. Dakar

a small correction. Obama won the Grammy in 2006, not 2005 :)

Also, I think you should have aided Obamas stance on abortion and gay rights. That will be a deciding factor for many, and the other three candidates beliefs on this issue are mentioned. Also his stand on the 2nd amendment is not mentioned.

Otherwise, nice post.

22.

Jhandi

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

I truly enjoy the diversity of this website.

OBAMA is my candidate of choice.

Thank you.

23.

J. Dakar

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

I understand, #20, and thanks for the correction, #21.

In 1999, Obama was the only state senator to oppose a bill that prohibited early prison release for criminal sexual offenders. He also voted against a requirement to make schools filter internet pornography from school computers.

In 2001, he voted present on a measure to keep pornographic books and video stores 1,000 feet away from schools and churches.

Regarding abortion, Sen. Obama has supported Roe v. Wade and has been rated 100% by NARAL, the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, on pro-choice for the past three years. In 1997, he voted against a partial-birth abortion ban and a ban on state funding in 2000.

During his Illinoise Senate tenure, Obama supported gay rights and sponsored legislation that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. He supports civil unions but is against gay marriage.

In Feb. of this year, Obama mentioned that we have two conflicting traditions in this country. I think its important for us to recognize that weve got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and peoples traditions.

Peace and blessings,
J. Dakar

24.

Danielle

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

I dont think, if this is to be an objective post strictly about the facts, that describing them as left- of or right- of center, should be included. The question of their aisle positioning is really a matter of opinion.

For example, you mentioned that BO is campaigning to achieve Universal Health Care when, in fact, he plans to really only make heathcare mandatory for children. His idea is to make it available to people who want it, and if you dont or cant afford it, you wont be penalized. This inevitably creates free riders.increasing the costs that we are all trying to see lowered. HC is the only candidate left who is really looking to implement mandatory healtcare coverage for all Americans. I happen to think that type of policy is FAR more left of center than Baracks. I recognize that it is my opinion, however; thats why i dont think this method of describing the candidates is relevant in a post like this.

I also think that Baracks unwillingness to mention matters of race shows a bit of political kowtowing. I am not sure that he is the most liberal politican left standing at all.

All that to say that in spite of my criticism, I think this was a great, wonderfully informative post.

25.

Ant$

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

i know now who to vote for in the PA primaries on Tuesday

26.

Patience

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Thanks J Dakar. The way in which you responded to my post #20 as well as that of #21 shows you are a class act, respectful and take your role very seriously. Peace be with you.

27.

ashleymichelle

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

I like Obama but im Pro-life.so thats the only thing that truly bothers me about him
And I forgot about Ron Paul lmao.

28.

cc

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

I agree with #26
quite a class act. I love knowledgeable people

29.

MSTASHA

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Its fair to say Ron Paul is no longer relevant. :)

McCain is out of touch with the general American public and if he were to actually win in Nov. our economic state would be more of the same.

Clinton is a manipulative, self serving liar who would rather sling mud than deal with real issues. If she gets the nomination, I will be voting for Mccain.

Go Obama !

30.

Denise

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

HILLARYS TERRORIST TIES
http://www.dickmorris.com.../hillarys-terrorist-ties/

By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann 04.18.2008 Published on FOXNews.com on April 18, 2008.

In this week’s debate, Hillary Clinton said all of her “baggage” has been “rummaged through” for years. But important features of her close relationship with known terrorist sympathizers and Hamas supporters are still opaque to the public view.

Her relationship with terrorists began in the mid-1980s when she served on the Board of the New World Foundation, which gave funds to the Palestine Liberation Organization, at a time when the PLO was officially recognized by the US government as a terrorist organization.

In 1996, the First Lady initiated an outreach program to bring Muslim leaders to the White House. But, as terrorism expert Steve Emerson noted in the Wall Street Journal “Curiously, nearly all of the leaders with whom Mrs. Clinton elected to meet came from Islamic fundamentalist organizations. A review of the statements, publications, and conferences of the groups Mrs. Clinton embraced shows unambiguously that they have long advocated or justified violence. By meeting with these groups, the first lady lent them legitimacy as ‘mainstream’ and ‘moderate.’”

Among these radical groups was the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, both groups that support Hamas, who attended a White House reception hosted by Hillary in February, 1996. Emerson says that its leaders “have sanctioned terrorism, published anti-Semitic statements, and repeatedly hosted conferences that were forums for denunciations of Jews and exhortations to wage jihad.”

The American Muslim Alliance was headed in the 90s by Abdulrahman Alamoudi who met with Clinton and Gore in 1995. Emerson notes that “Mrs. Clinton [allowed] the American Muslim Alliance to draw up the Muslim guest list for the first lady’s…White House reception.”

Alamoudi, Emerson says was “the primary defender of Musa Abu Marzug, the Hamas political bureau chief responsible for creating the group’s death squads.” Marzug took “credit” when Hamas brigades sprayed machine gun fire into a crowded Jerusalem mall. But less than three days after Marzug was arrested by the FBI in July of 1995, Alamoudi said that Marzug “had never been involved in terrorism” and called his arrest “an insult to the Muslim community. Emerson reports that he “elicited contributions fro Marzug’s defense fund” and called him a “political prisoner.”

Then, Hillary ran for Senate on her own and suddenly it was payback time. On June 13, 2000, the American Muslim Alliance’s Massachusetts Chapter held a very successful fundraiser for her candidacy. Tahir Ali, the chairman of the chapter, said “we must support all who have [Muslim] interests at heart.”

Perhaps conscious of how controversial the contribution would be, Hillary or someone on her staff, tried to pull a fast one, recording the donation on federal filing forms as being from the “American Museum Alliance.” But alert observers weren’t fooled and Senate candidate Clinton was forced to acknowledge who the real donor was and, four months after getting the money, she returned it.

But by then, a few weeks before the election, she had abjured the use of soft money in her Senate campaign, so the donation was, in practical terms, useless, since it was well over the limits for hard money contributions.

The Palestinian terrorists know that Hillary hears their point of view. WorldNetDaily.com reported on October 7, 2007 that leading terrorists have publicly called for her election. Aaron Klein, WorldNet Daily’s Jerusalem correspondent, wrote, in his wonderful book Schmoozing with Terrorists, Ala Senakreh, West Bank chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group said “I hope Hillary is elected in order to have the occasion to carry out all the promises she is giving regarding Iraq.”

Senakreh has high hopes for a Hillary presidency. He told Klein “I hope also that she will maintain her husband’s policies regarding Palestine and even develop that policy.

Abu Hamed, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in Gaza, noting that “the Iraqi resistance is succeeding,” said that “Hillary and the Democrats call for withdrawal.” Then he added, helpfully, “Her popularity shows that the resistance is winning and that the occupation is losing. We just hope that she will go until the end and change American policy.” He explained that “President Clinton wanted to give the Palestinians 98 percent of the West Bank territories. I hope Hillary will move a step forward and give the Palestinians all their rights.”

What about Hillary’s service on a board that gave money to a terrorist organization? And her hosting of a terror supporting group in the White House? And her acceptance of a $50,000 contribution from that group? And the statements of terrorists that they are hoping for her to win.

THESE ARE FAR MORE SERIOUS connections than have been established for Obama and either Wright or Ayers.

31.

J. Dakar

Saturday, April 19, 2008 /

Thank you kindly for those kind words, #26 and #28.

Peace and blessings,
J. Dakar

32.

HEHE!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

hehe!!! anyone of them are going to send us straight to our destruction!

33.

ninabrown

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

cant wait to call pennsylvania residents for OBAMA today!!!!!!!!!!!!!

34.

Peace in the Middle East

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

@ #30.dont believe everything you hear. Just b/c an organization is labeled terrorist, doesnt mean it is so. The Palestian-Israeli conflict is a touchy one. Theyve been treated horribly by Israel and continue to be today. We have to realize that Israel bombs on Palestine and has an army when Palestine does not. If you have no army, how else to defend yourself? But is America going to call Israel a terrorist organization? No, because they are our strongest ally in the Middle East. We love them so much, the American government gives them $3 BILLION every year in aide. And what do they do with it? They use it to fund their occupation of Palestinian land. They use it to block trade in or out of Gaza, disrupting the flow of money in Palestine. They withhold power and water at will, and have caused a humanatarian crisis due to the restricted amount of humanitarian aid allowed to get into Gaza. Many countries have denounced Israel for these actions that are borderline, if not actually, war crimes.

Background on the on-going conflict between Israel and Palestine, which has been in existence since 1948:
Historically, this small region of the Middle East, specifically Jerusalem, has been the spiritual home for Jews. The Jews were ousted by the Babylonians in 6th century BCE, and the land was controlled by many since. In the late 1800’s, European Jews began a movement called Zionism, that sought to found a Jewish state on the land they lost thousands of years ago. In 1922, Jews began to migrate to this land, which includes Jerusalem, and even more so a decade later when they were fleeing Nazi persecution. Then, in 1937, the Jews called for independence and recognition as a state.
The land in which the Zionists believed was promised to them by God included parts of Syria and Lebanon, but mostly consisted of Palestine. When the Turkish Ottoman Empire fell after World War I, Palestine was placed under British control. As more Jewish immigrants populated Palestine, tensions grew between the Arabs and the immigrants. In 1947, the United Kingdom handed control of Palestine over to the United Nations. The UN proposed a two-state partition for the land: 45% Arab and 55% Jewish. The Jews accepted the UN resolution and declared its independence in 1948, occupying 77% of the land which they called Israel, while the Palestinians rejected the resolution.
Israel continued to gain territory in the First Arab-Israeli War in 1948-1949. Again, in 1967, Israel took control over the remaining Palestinian land—West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem. In the Six-Day War, Israel attacked Syria, Egypt, and Jordan, who controlled the remaining territories, causing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to seek refuge in those bordering countries. The West Bank and Gaza Strip become known as the occupied territories, since they are Palestine-majority areas.
Much violence has taken place since, including the 1973 Yom Kippur War, where Egypt and Syria attacked Israel only to lose, as well as the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon to flush out Palestinian militants. In 1987, Palestinians began a citizen-organized resistance movement, known as Intifada (Arabic for “uprising”), against what they felt was Israeli occupation of their land. Also, attempts for peace in the region have been made with some treaties brokered by the UN, as well as U.S. presidents. Jimmy Carter assisted with the Camp David Peace Agreement in 1979 between Egypt and Israel. In the 1990’s, Bill Clinton negotiated a peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, but made an unsuccessful attempts to do the same for Palestine and Israel. In 1993, after secret meetings in Oslo, Norway, Israel’s prime minister and the Palestinian leader signed a peace treaty in Washington, D.C., which called for Israel’s WITHDRAWAL from the West Bank and Gaza over a five-year period. Palestinians and Israelis have been involved in a ten-year truce (Hamas-led) since the beginning of 2004, which was to result in the withdrawal agreed upon back in 1993. Israel only PARTIALLY withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005 (12 years after they should have FULLY withdrew), still controlling Gaza’s airspace and seaways.
Today, the U.S. provides Israel with more foreign aid than any other country—over $3 BILLION in aid, mostly in the form of military equipment. Many U.S. presidents have been AGAINST Israel expanding its settlements and the current President Bush has even called for the establishment of a Palestinian state. However, since 2001, the U.S. government has not protested any of the Israeli tactics against the Palestinians. Some criticize th U.S. support for Israel because they feel it is almost unconditional. Obviously, the strong ties that the United States has with Israel are subject to much controversy nationally and internationally.

Those against such a strong U.S.-Israel relationship feel that the U.S. has ignored Palestine’s legitimate claims against Israel. Because much of the world feels that the Palestinian people have been wronged, some feel that the U.S. is fueling terrorism through its support of Israel. Because of its strong support of Israel, including Israel’s repression of Palestine, the U.S. fuels hatred among Arabs. Not only does that cause hostility in the region and encourage hostility with people like Osama bin Laden, but it hinders peace by preventing antiterrorist operations among those that have generally ill feelings toward Israel.

Since 1948, it seems apparent that the UN resolution at that time was probably the best solution for Palestine. Maybe Palestine was naïve to believe they could fully gain their country back. However, the Zionists that sought to establish Israel were persistent and upon the recognition of Israel, the Jews have been aggressive. The United States allows and enables the Jews to continue on with their religious mission because it is beneficial for the U.S. and for no other reason. When Palestine rejected the UN resolution in 1947, there should have continued on negotiating. Instead, the world has allowed Israel to take more than what they were proposed in the first place, and to take it as they see fit. Since the U.S. does aid Israel so well, I think we should surely use that to pressure and insist that Israel establishes peace with Palestine and keeps peace with Palestine. Palestine should immediately be recognize as a state, since truly they have been one all along. I think the Palestine state should be in receipt of financial aid and military protection until they can fully take care of themselves. These simple and deserving actions will do nothing but bring peace to the entire region, as well as act as an antiterrorism measure.

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ja

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

wow very very one side Concreteloop. Missed all those thing The Dems are against and taxes they will implement. Great Job campagining JDAR with all this media attention how can Obama not win? The same way Kerry didnt win.

36.

Millie

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

Obama for America! Barack Obama is the chosen one Just wait and see!

Lightening!!!

37.

Patience

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

Denise #30, Dick Morris is hardly someone I would trust to be honest and fairminded when it comes to the Clintons. I will admit up til 1996 he had unfettered access to the Clintons. But his involvement with Bill Clintons 1996 campaign was cut short two months before the election, when it was discovered he was involved with a prostitute and had allowed a prostitute to listen in on conversations with the President. He has viciously attacked Hillary Clinton, even her personal appearance. Some hold that disagreements with Hillary while he was Bills advisor at also at the heart of his extreme dislike for her.

The co-author you referenced, Eileen McGann is his wife. He has been seen and heard making scathing remarks about the Clintons, particularly about Hillary on Fox News. Because I have read some of his writings and have observed his emotional attacks on the Clintons, I believe his objectivity should be questioned.

38.

Shag

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

I am voting for the Democratic nominee, whichever one wins. Dems. are corporatist just like Republicans are. The difference is that the Dems. will share some money with poor and middle-class people. Republicans want to give all, and I do mean all, the money to the top 1%.
I am proud to see brother Barack as a serious candidate, and will support him 100% if he wins the nod. However, his being black is not the reason I will support him. He get alot of money from Wall Street. He talks about not dealing with :PACs, be he still gets corporate money directly. Pick the best Dem. If all whites voted only for their own kind, or other races did that, wed never win another election. We are only seven percet of the population and a good number of them are children, or in jail, or on the streets.
I have heard people say too often, Ill vote for Barack, but not Hilary. Have that attitude at your own peril. Just look at the shape tie economy is in. Gas and food are rising. The foreclosures are nowhere near bottom, and large corporations are laying off people daily. When the Republicans talk about taxcuts, that a code phrase for: Break the bank so all prorams for the porr and middle-class will go unfunded. Just the other day, the government announced there is not much money available for students loans.
Wakeup folks, dont give McCain a victory by default, which is not voting.

39.

Justice96

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

I hope Im not the only person who realizes that no matter who wins in November, this country will STILL be in a HUGE mess by the 2012 election.

Im thinking its going to take 20 years or more to completely get out of the economic and international political holes were in.

40.

Brie

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

Thanks so much for the insight! Posts like this give us a quick rundown of key points we need to know to help us decide our vote. Sometimes I hate going to mainstream media for politics because the basics are always blurred by the partisan drama that occurs between parties

41.

bridgette

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

I was for Hilary at first but I have to admit I am just not impressed with her. Maybe she was better in the background. If you are going to make things up let it be things that has not been captured on film. On the whole war thing it does give you some insight. You can actually go and look up what Obama said back then and everything he said about what would happen has happened almost to the exact word. That tells you alot about his insight and how he view things. He saw what was going to happen. Now if he could see it why couldnt the rest even just think about it.

42.

anon

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

how the hell u gonna give ron paul some space and not cynthia mckinney or ralph nader ill probably end up voting for obama but you trippin my not at least including them in the convo

43.

Ara

Sunday, April 20, 2008 /

PA STAND UP!!! VOTE BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENT 2008!!! YES WE CAN!!!

44.

Don't Argue With Me It's Just An Opinion

Monday, April 21, 2008 /

This is an excellent post. Ive been hearing about Ron Paul, but I didnt know he was one of the primary republican candidates. Thanks!

Is information available on Obamas stand on gay marriage and abortion? Just curious. Hilary and I share similar views; but Id still vote for Obama.

45.

J. Dakar

Monday, April 21, 2008 /

#42: Since the U.S. has generally been dominated by two political parties, I thought it was more important to include the major Democratic and Republican candidates for this post since our next president will be of one of those parties, and not even attempt to cover each and every presidential candidateall 413 of them who remain as of this comment.

Im not trying to disregard third-party candidates or anything like that. In fact, I have mentioned both Cynthia McKinney and Ralph Nader in my posts and even did a brief introduction to the Green candidates in January.

#44: In comment #23, I mention a bit of info regarding Obamas stance on abortion and gay rights. Check out Barack Obama on Abortion and Barack Obama on Gay Rights for more details.

Peace and blessings,
J. Dakar

46.

Shawn08

Monday, April 21, 2008 /

Good Post, Concreteloop!

47.

hood_shit

Monday, April 21, 2008 /

J. Dakar this was great man!

48.

Nadia

Monday, April 21, 2008 /

Nice overview. I already voted now I gotta wait to see what my delegates do

49.

Brian

Sunday, April 27, 2008 /

We as the American people need to give ourselves and open ourselves to change .A new thing ,something different.We tried all those other things and they have brought us war a falling economy terrorism in our midst and all for what,oil that we may have more green.Im all out for something new an eye opener(Barack Obama)

50.

MikaDee

Friday, October 31, 2008 /

Excellent reminder!

51.

nigeria

Saturday, November 1, 2008 /

Even though ive already cast my ballot on Sunday, Im still Going to GlassBooth before the day is up.. will share with others too.

52.

AWARENESS: CL’S QUICK & EASY VOTING GUIDE! - REUPNetwork.com - Hip Hop News Headquarters

Saturday, November 1, 2008 /

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53.

gho

Sunday, November 2, 2008 /

this post is biased against mccain lol