Thursday, May 28, 2009

Insightful Republican commentary on Sotomayor

In the war of rhetoric being spewed about Obama's Supreme Court pick, I thought this Republican commentary was fairly insightful:

Those who have not been able to lay a glove on President Obama, with his 60 percent-plus approval ratings, now think they can define him by smearing Sotomayor.


For a political party that lost an election just six months ago by 9½ million votes, the second largest vote margin of defeat ever for a Republican presidential candidate, you would think we would shut our mouths and figure out how to get more votes in the future.

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Let me state that I am sure Sotomayor and I don't agree on very much. And I am sure some of her liberal rulings will drive me nuts. But President Obama won, is a liberal and gets to put liberals on the court. That's the way it works. Ideology aside, is she qualified?


There can be no debate over her qualifications. Her lifetime achievements in the academic world, in the legal world and the judicial world are unchallengeable. If that was the only measure, she would be confirmed unanimously.

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The confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor is not the battle to be waged and it won't be won. No one should be brutalized like Judge Robert Bork was in the 1980s. And no one should be rubber-stamped either.Sotomayor is not deserving to be on the Supreme Court because she is Puerto Rican or a woman. She has been appointed by the president because she is extremely well-qualified. Judge those qualifications fairly and without malice. To do less will antagonize Hispanic and female voters, two voter groups Republicans must do better with to have any chance of electoral success.

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Republicans are in a position where we are the underdogs. Unfortunately, no one is cheering for us to win. These nationally televised hearings may be an opportunity for Republican senators to take a step in the right direction. Don't treat her like a lady. Treat her like an extremely qualified American who the president chose to elevate to the nation's highest court.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Great quote about Game Mastering from Dreaming Cities

If you want your players to think you are the best Game Master in the world, you only have one option: cheat, and cheat often. Never make a single dice roll without thinking to yourself, “Hmmm ... if I cheat and change the result of this roll, will I make it a better game?” In the games of Game Mastering and roleplaying, there are no rules about “being fair,” “sticking to the dice roll,” or “being honest with the players.” There is only one rule: make your game the best it can be. As Einstein once said, “Gott w├╝rfelt nicht (God does not play dice),” and neither should you. Dice are only a tool to suggest how you should make up your mind. You make the decisions, not the dice.

-- BESM Dreaming Cities, page 115

Saturday, May 2, 2009

200th post spent complaining about the GOP. What else is new?

Since I'm no fan of one party rule (even my own), I keep hoping the GOP will pull themselves back from irrelevancy. The problem is they keep coming up with more public relations schemes rather than addressing the fundamental issues facing the country and their party. If they can't address those, then the only way they will get back into power is that they become as bad as the Republicans became under Bush. I don't want another failed administration in charge of my nation, so I'm hoping the Republicans will regain their focus and present coherent ideas

Unfortunately, the National Council for a New America initiative is their latest attempt at PR spin.

You would think that Republicans don't need more PR spin, but rather they need ideas that resonate with the voters, but apparently it's simply easier to ignore the fact that they doubled the national debt from $5B under Clinton to $10B under Bush, and now they are full of righteous indignation that Obama has take it to $12B. Their credibility on this issue is slim to non-existant, but they do have a legitmate concern regarding increased debt. Of course, the only solution they mention is "smaller government", but the National Council for a New America certainly doesn't give us anything other than slogans about what "smaller government" really looks like.

For instance, if you are for smaller government, then tell us exactly what you plan on cutting. Talking about earmark reform or pork (which accounts for a sliver of a fraction of the overall budget) isn't an answer. Just how exactly do you plan on cutting back the major expenditures in the Federal budget, such as Medicare & Medicaid (23% of budget), Social Security (21% of budget), or Defense (21% of budget)? Apparently cutting the amount the defense budget increases from 15% to 4% is apparently too draconian for the Republicans. How do you plan on convincing the elderly or poor that they should vote for you after slashing Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid?

Until you can convince the American people that they need to receive drastically less services from the federal government (ie, the "you are on your own" theory of government), then you have to face the reality that these programs aren't vanishing.

I mean, why do you think McCain kept talking about earmarks during the '08 campaign, rather than talking about a coherant vision for what a smaller government would really look like for the millions of citizens in this country.

The reality of it is that GOPs vision of smaller government isn't any different than the Democrats. The real difference is where they spend the money... which is to whatever pleases their constituents.

Hence, the song remains the same and the Republicans continue cementing themselves into minority status.