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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

We Need A Real Second Political Party

I'll be the first to admit that I'm glad President Bush won re-election last year, even though I haven't been too happy with the way he's started his second term. (I think he's dropped the ball on the Global War on Terror -- or should I say, the "Global Argument Against Not Very Nice Guys" or whatever they're calling it this week.)
That being said, what's the alternative? Surely not the Democrats as currently constituted -- check out what they've been reduced to:

"President Bush's has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women's athletic programs at the college level," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Josh Earnest. "His personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun and games for him. Don't our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit? President Bush should stop running from his responsibility and make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs...
"...Doctors gave President Bush a clean bill of health in his annual checkup this weekend and White House spokesperson Dana Perino proclaimed him to be "in superior health." However, America's youth are not so lucky. While obesity has been declared an epidemic in this country, Bush's education policy is putting children at risk with cuts in physical education and school athletic programs."

They appear to be pissed off that a man in his late 50's is in good shape. Apparently, only the feds can get people to lose weight. And these people expect us to trust them to run the government? (Actually, if you do think that Bush is to blame from kids eating too much and not exercising, you might like my other thoughts on that subject that I post sometimes over at BlameBush. Liberal Larry's most recent thread concerns the fact that Bush is personally destroying the world's environment, citing as evidence the fact that the Northern Hemisphere is much hotter now than it was six months ago.)


Anonymous Shadow said...

Uh, okay, personally I'm a bit more concerned about the idea of teaching "intelligent design" as a science topic (it ain't), I've no gripe with someone's religious views (as long as it doesn't involve something like Thugee, anyway) but this stuff isn't science and shouldn't be sold as such.
As far as the athletics goes, I imagine that the tendency of some folks to use tv/video games/computers as baby sitters has more of an impact than the lack of athletics. I haven't attended a university or college (or taught at one either) that did not have a broad range of (admittadly sometimes hard to get into) PE/Kinesthesiollogy classes or a readilly available intermural program. While I agree that there should be a somewhat coequal funding of athletics, the sexy stuff will always draw more alumni bucks, besides the lack of intercollegiant athletics is not the root cause of obesity or poor physical condition. Most folks in my cohort were routinely chased outside to play (course while we had TV, computers were the size of a house then and video games weren't even a vague notion, unless you count things like LINK trainers).

8/02/2005 11:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how the president manages to get regular exercise without being in a physical fitness program. I guess he just decides to do it. Maybe it's that remarkable decisiveness that makes him a great president. On the other hand, maybe his mom just chases him out to play in the yard.


8/02/2005 1:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shadow, as a teacher of science you are familiar with the formality called the scientific method. When better, simpler explanations are found, prior theories are abandoned. How then, can you be so certain intelligent design is not a proper science topic? Have you read Sitchin's The 12th Planet, for instance? It is yet another theory of intelligent design. Scientific juries strive to be open-minded, bad science excepted.

8/02/2005 2:09 PM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Scrappleface has a good entry up on how President Bush can show leadership in the fight to wipe out obesity.

8/02/2005 4:58 PM

Anonymous Brett_McS said...

Although I am very glad that President Bush was re-elected, it is not healthy for a country to have daylight coming second, and the opposition a distant third. Any ruling party will become arrogant under those circumstances.

For the good of the country the Democrats have to have a good hard look at themselves. I haven't ever heard anyone mention a third party as being viable (except to snigger at the Libertarian party - ala The Simpsons Leftorium episode).

Great blog, by the way. Submarines rule!

8/03/2005 4:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems to me that the democrats are doing exactly what they want to do. They have shut down any debate on Social Security reform, succesfully defended their judicial legislation power by blocking nominees, blamed President Bush and the Republican for everything no matter how absurd, receiving lock step support from their fawning media.
The President of the United States must be to blame if you are overweight. That couldn't have anything to do with the ton of donuts and gallons of soda you crammed down your gullet. We need to pass more laws and remove more rights because this just isn't fair.
I guess personal accountability is beyond the grasp of some people.
And Shadow, teaching evolution as origin ain't a science topic either. It is not observable, measurable, or repeatable. It requires faith based on the evidence you've seen. That makes it a religion and it's defenders are every bit as zealous as the inquisitors. 20 or so PhDs showed up in Kansas in favor of ID. The evolutionists boycotted. They won't even defend their beleif system.

8/03/2005 9:29 AM

Anonymous chrys said...

It would be helpful if they'd do away with the party system altogether. Go by majority votes and a process of elimination or something just as far-out. No one fits into a party any more. Everything is programmed for two parties and anything else is given an impossible task to even show up on the radar. More whining from all sides!

8/03/2005 7:53 PM

Blogger ninme said...

Darnit Brett shut up!

8/03/2005 10:53 PM


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