Gun Control Question At Presidential Debate–ABOUT TIME!

On Tuesday morning I posted what I thought was needed for the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney to have an effect on this race that would again benefit the administration.

I also added this thought.

I want to hear about gun control, and hope that one of the questioners has the mind to pose it as a question.  (How we have gone this whole  this fall and not had a serious discussion about it is truly off-the-wall.)

Hot Damn!  Someone posed the question during the debate that many American have been asking for years.

In a nutshell the answers can be summed up this way.

President Obama said, “Weapons that were designed for soldiers… don’t belong on our streets.”

Gov. Romney said, “I’m not in favor of new gun laws.”

While I am not surprised that Romney would take such an attitude, I still do find it very troubling that someone who wants to lead the nation would not grasp the fact that guns are killing far too many of our fellow citizens.

I find it very concerning that Romney has no ability to understand that assault weapons do not have anything but a bloody and deadly outcome in too many of our neighborhoods in this land, and that to many families are burying the dead due to gun violence.

For mere votes and campaign cash Romney stood before the nation and basically denied the reality of gun violone.

It was very troubling to see.

Perhaps Romney’s Mormon underwear was to tight and creating blood loss to his brain.

Billy Graham Goes Soft On Mormon Faith In Time For Presidential Election

One now has to wonder when the Grahams (Billy and Franklin) will be less heinous against the Islamic faith? Perhaps when we have a presidential nominee of that faith–given the track record they have with the Mormon faith.

I do not so much care what the Grahams think or do, other than the timing of the change of heart about Mormons is just plain awkward.  This move speaks to a bending to what is the most pragmatic.  That is clearly the political thing to do, and I applaud anyone who compromises and meets in the middle for policy goals.  But when it comes to religious beliefs I was not aware until now that the Grahams had such a floating foundation for a belief system.

Interesting.

Maybe they can now find it in their hearts to be gay friendly, too.

Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev.  Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham’s mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In a section of the website called Billy Graham’s My Answer there had been the question “What is a cult?”

Answer: “A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith.”

“Some of these groups are Jehovah’s Witnesess, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spritualists, Scientologists, and others,” the site continued.

No longer. On Tuesday, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed that page has recently been removed from the site.

Paul Ryan Washed Clean Dishes For Political Photo-Op At Soup Kitchen

There must have been at least one aide nearby, with enough oxygen getting to the brain, to understand this was a massive blunder.

One–just one aide?

Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wash pots at St. Vincent De Paul dining hall. (Associated Press)

The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign last week “ramrodded their way” into the group’s Youngstown soup kitchen so that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall.

Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.

“We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”

He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.

Upon entering the soup kitchen, Ryan, his wife and three young children greeted and thanked several volunteers, then donned white aprons and offered to clean some dishes. Photographers snapped photos and TV cameras shot footage of Ryan and his family washing pots and pans that did not appear to be dirty.

President Obama Needs To Do The Following In Tonight’s Debate

When I read that Pennsylvania, once holding a double-digit lead for President Obama, now has polls showing a trend of a four point lead, there is clearly something in dire need of changing.

There is still time to move the numbers back from the brink of disaster that would occur if Mitt Romney were elected to the White House.

Tonight there is no doubt that President Obama will actually show up for the debate.  But there is more to that debate than actually standing behind a podium.  The nation needs to see clearly that he wants another four years in the White House, and has reasons for needing another term.

While I understand, and feel most of the nation understands the mess that Obama inherited four years ago, it is vital that he stand before the nation tonight and give some detail as to how the next four years will differ from what has already happened.  Obama needs to alert the nation not only to the pitfalls of a Romney administration, but also what he has in mind for the policy goals of another term.

I was never under any illusion that at this time we would be back to the roaring days of an economy that we knew during President Clinton’s leadership.  So I do not fault Obama for somehow failing to meet targets in the economy.  What we have been through is not something like a mere cold that passes in a few days.

The Republicans drove the whole nation so far into the ditch that there is still a long time ahead before we fully recover.

But President Obama needs to bring some detail with him tonight about the path forward.  I want to hear about investing in infrastructure and better schools.  I want to hear about climate change.  I want to hear about gun control, and hope that one of the questioners has the mind to pose it as a question.  (How we have gone this whole  this fall and not had a serious discussion about it is truly off-the-wall.)  I want to hear about investment in sciences, and how about the future of NASA?

There are so many ways to chart a path forward, but they need to be talked about and filled in for the voters.

Lets turn this election around and move states like Pennsylvania back firmly into the hands of Democrats.

George McGovern, In Hospice, “He’s Coming To The End Of His Life”

This is really sad news.

One of the nicest men in politics during my lifetime is in Hospice, and nearing the end of his life.

Your blogger with George McGovern

Longtime former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in a historic landslide, has moved into hospice care near his home in South Dakota, his family said Monday.

“He’s coming to the end of his life,” his daughter, Ann McGovern, told The Associated Press. She declined to elaborate but noted that her 90-year-old father has suffered several health problems in the last year.

George McGovern, who became a leader of the Democrats’ liberal wing during his three decades in Congress, lost his 1972 challenge to Nixon, who later resigned amid the Watergate scandal. McGovern has turned his focus in recent years to world hunger.

It was after a lecture tour last October that he was treated for exhaustion. Two months later, he fell and hit his head just before a scheduled interview with C-SPAN for a program focusing on failed presidential candidates who’ve had a lasting impact on American politics.

McGovern also spent several days in a Florida hospital in April for tests to determine why he occasionally passed out and had difficulty speaking.