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07 December 2007

More Politics

Mitt Romney gave an interesting speech yesterday. At least, the parts that I heard were interesting. I really liked what he had to say about the constitution, and about the Founders' intent regarding religion in the public life. The excerpts from his speech are here, and I just kept going till they showed a clip from that Kennedy speech that folks keep referring to, like as if all the viewers and voters are going to remember what Kennedy had to say nearly 50 years ago! So watching that was pretty useful as well. I mean, the media keeps referring to it, but I don't think my parents were voting age when that speech was given in 1960!

A few weeks ago, I heard about this cool gizmo that Minnesota Public Radio came up with to match you with the candidate whose views most closely match your own. I was mildly surprised to find that Mr. Romney was not my best match - both Duncan Hunter & Fred Thompson are said to be closer. However, I don't know as much about either of the two of them. Particularly, I wish I knew where to look for what they say about the Constitution and the Founders, as neither of those are included in the MPR quiz.

Oddly enough, there were several candidates that I disagree with more completely than I do with Hillary. I was more than a little surprised by that.

Now, if Google ever decides that I'm not an Evil Spammer, I can actually post this, instead of just saving another draft.

In the mean time, here's some speeches from Duncan Hunter:

On Chinese trade "cheating" & off-shore jobs & a fence on the border

On the Senate Immigration Bill

On Iran, Immigration, defense, Manufacturing trade, & taxes, Iraq

On China

On fair taxes, off-shoring, free trade, and China, as well as Iran, Unions

On Right to Life, and Judicial appointments

Duncan Hunter & civil rights and gun control and on education at ontheissues.org.


Keeley said...

Hey! I love that gizmo thing. =) Thanks for posting it.

Ritsumei said...

The movies? No problem! I want to do something similar for some of the others... Thompson, I think his name is, and the preacher-man, uh... Huckabe? I don't remember. So I need to do more research so I can be an Informed Voter. If only I could figure out a way to do something similar for local elections. I am an Ignorant Guessing Voter more than I'd like to admit on the local stuff. Just figuring out what days they're voting can be tricky. I guess I missed that part of the Civics class. You know, the part where they tell you how many times a year you should expect to vote, or where to look to find out that there's a vote coming up. They managed to tell us more than I ever wanted to know about birth control, but not much about voting. Go fig.

Ritsumei said...

Oh - I see. Te MPR gizmo. I forgot I'd called it a "gizmo." Who did it say was your best match, if you don't mind saying?

Keeley said...

Yeah, I know - I'd dearly love someone to come up with a gizmo questionaire about our local leaders. I know NOTHING about local politics and it makes me feel like an appalingly ignorant American Citizen.

My best match was Huckabee and Hunter. Go figure.


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