Posted by: Christine Johnson | August 29, 2008

Watching Acceptance Speeches With the Girls

The following are questions I plan on having them answer for me about each of the candidates.  We’ll be watching Obama’s acceptance speech this morning.  We’ll watch McCain’s next week.  And then we’ll be checking out all the other parties and their candidates.  After all, how can I vote for a man who is in favor of killing unborn human beings as well as homosexuals being allowed to adopt?

Oh, yeah, I’m talking about the Republican here, folks.  See why I’ve dropped that GOP?  First and foremost, I’m Catholic.  We’ll see if the Republicans leave me the way the Democrats left Reagan.
Anyway…the questions for the girls are:

  • What did he say?
  • What has he said in the past?
  • Is there a difference between the two?
  • What did he promise to do?
  • How much of that is a president even empowered to do?
I really think that this last question is key, and we’ll be pulling out the Constitution to discover the answer to that.  Presidents make all kinds of promises that they simply cannot keep.  For example, oil prices cannot be lowered by a president, period.  It’s called supply and demand.  When the prices went up too high, we stopped going places we didn’t need to go and made darn sure that we combined trips across town into one big trip.  Plenty of people did that, and the demand went down.  Notice that prices are dropping now.  Besides, America is not the only country in the world that is using oil, you know.
So one thing we’ll work on is politicians’ promises that they are really not even able to keep.  Little Girl has said that if she were president, she’d make movies and hotel rooms free.  I find that cute, and she does have a hard time understanding that as president, she’d have no control over those things.  But when those running for office make similar promises, it makes it harder for me to demonstrate my point.

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