Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.


- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The media vs. the people

Funny, I logged into CNN last night after the debate, and I took their 'quick vote' poll. I was astounded by the results:

Quick Vote

Who fared better in Wednesday's presidential debate?

Sen. John McCain 18% 46942
Sen. Barack Obama 78% 202364

No clear winner 4% 10782
Total Votes: 260088
Every single MSM (mainstream media) voter poll showed that Obama won the debate, hands down -- and by a wide margin. Yet the pundits... and the national media seem to believe - or want us to believe - that McCain made some sort of a big comeback. Its strange and a little creepy, their refusal to believe the polls. Talking points again?

Today's little Quicknews blurb from CNN was all about McCain:

MCCAIN PUTS OBAMA ON THE SPOT IN FINAL DEBATE

Sen. John McCain played offense against Sen. Barack Obama during much of the final presidential debate as he challenged his rival on his policies, judgment and character.

No mention of the fact that McCain's unsavory 'attactics' continued to piss people off -- if I may be so blunt.

I notice that CNN's lead story was also about McCain: "I am not Bush." Sure... McCain is an older, angrier Bush who happened to vote with Bush over 90% of the time. Apparently CNN feels McCain needs a little lift today; or the public needs a perception correction. Those damn polls...

I wonder which debate CNN was watching; the one they were moderating, or the one I saw with my own eyes.

The debate I saw showed a McCain on the hot seat for most of the night -- sarcastic, defensive, rolling his eyes and losing his temper. The rolling eyes were quite annoying and condescending.



McCain also made a few comments that really turned me off; and showed he wasn't the careful, compassionate leader that he'd like us to believe. Obama - in contrast - came off as consistent, calm and believable.

If I had to choose between the two simply on personality, I'd easily choose Obama. McCain came off as a small-minded, petulant old man who thought he was better than his opponent (and no doubt better than me.) Obama spoke directly to the people and addressed the issues, rather than wasting time on small-time bickering and personal insults.

But then, that's just me... the Independent voter. And I choose based on the issues. Obama addressed the issues -- and I agree with his stance. I believe he has the leadership ability and vision to lead this country. McCain spent most of his time attacking Obama. I saw no leadership, no vision... I felt he wasted my time, and I'm glad these debates are finally over. I've seen enough sarcasm and rolling eyes to last a lifetime.

I guess I wasn't alone.

CBS poll of undecided voters:

Who won the debate?

McCain (R) 22
Obama (D) 53

Shares your values:

Obama, Before the debate: 54
Obama, After the debate: 63

McCain, Before the debate: 53
McCain, After the debate: 56

CNN poll of voters who watched debate:

Who won the debate?

McCain (R) 31
Obama (D) 58

Favorable/Unfavorable

Obama, before debate: 63/35
Obama, after debate: 66/33

McCain, before debate: 51/45
McCain, after debate: 49/49

So after this debate, McCain's popularity went down even further - and Obama's went up.

Polls are such a drag, aren't they CNN? You collect the data, and so you have to post it... but then you spend the rest of your time trying to counter it by explaining to us - the people who just told you what we think - that what we think doesn't matter.

Good luck with that. Many of us are voting right now, all month long.

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