Strategic issues not being addressed in campaign
by Nelson Price
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October 28, 2012 12:00 AM | 872 views | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Picky, picky, picky! As Gov. Mitt Romney sought qualified females to serve in his administration, the respondent gave him names in what he called “binders.” Whatever the form they arrived in he called them “binders.” Listening to the press one might get the impression that suddenly that becomes basis for disqualification as president.

Forgotten is the fact he wanted and sought females to serve in his administration.

Now the other side of the story. President Obama sought Muslims who might serve in his administration. The names of 45 were given to him in what is being called “a book.” Is that a pseudonym for “binder?”

J. Saleh Williams, program director for the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association, said, “It was mostly under the radar. We thought it would put the president in a precarious position. We didn’t know how closely he wanted to appear to be working with the Muslim American community.”

As an aside — would it have flown beneath the liberal press radar if President Bush had asked for the names of Methodists who might serve in his administration?

Conversely, President Obama in referring to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi said it was not “optimal.” Synonyms for “optimal” are: “best, excellent, greatest, most favorable, choice.” If so, what is wrong with his conclusion? Their deaths were not “best, excellent, greatest, most favorable, choice.”

In the meantime some very strategic issues are not being addressed. Based on the number of ads related to the topic one might get the impression this is a one issue election. That issue is women’s reproductive rights. As important as the issue is, there is a disproportionate number of ads related.

At stake are long-term issues. Consider which candidate believes in a constitutional form of government, a republic, economic sanity, the free enterprise system, strong national security, less government control, and who will appoint Supreme Court Jurists who will uphold these principles.

To quote Peter Falk as detective Columbo, “Oh, just one other thing.” Who will repeal Obamacare? There are taxes hidden in it that will impact everyone. Two I just learned of are a 3.8 percent tax on dividends earned on investments and 3.8 percent tax on the sale of such items as a house or car. That adds to inflation because people will look for ways of offset those taxes. There are other hidden taxes in the bill to pay for the program that are unknown by the general public. It is about more than medicine.

Unfortunately for some, these issues don’t really matter. The concern of a significant segment of our society is what is in it for me, that is, who will provide my entitlements.

About the time the 13 states adopted the Constitution, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish professor at the University of Edinburgh made this observation about the fall of the Greek Republic. “A democracy will continue to exist until the time the voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

Are we there yet? Think before voting.

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church.

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Price is pastor emeritus of Roswell Street Baptist Church.
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October 28, 2012
Well, frankly it is solely due to kooks like you and your rather theologically-tilted take on science, fact, and rational thinking that have made this presidential election even close.

Advocacy and tolerance of the most inane, science-phobic, and whacky perspectives on:

1) women's rights and health

2) uncomfortable scientific fact (on the environment, on agricultural policy, worker safety, etc) versus paid-advocacy of industrial interests

3) genetics / genetic therapies

have disgusted many of our electorate who would otherwise be inclined to give the Ryan/Romney ticket a deeper consideration.

Ironically, of course, your continuing inflammatory remarks regarding the Muslim world and your perceived take on the extent of their aims really just reflect the aggressive and intolerant stance that organized evangelicals in this country have taken in shaping US domestic and international policy towards your backwards world-view.

....but, as an Obama supporter, I thank you and your whack-job allies on the moral fringe for setting a playing field that will ultimately help my guy win this election.
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