September 1, 2004 in Politics

No Ben Affleck

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I haven’t watched much of the Republican National Convention but the few times I’ve turned in; I’ve seen Stephen Baldwin lurking around. I suppose he is the Republican’s answer to Ben Affleck who was pretty high profile at the Democratic National Convention. Only problem is that Stephen is not as famous or as successful as Ben. More importantly, he’s not as articulate on political matters. Listening to him explain why he’s voting for President Bush was just painful. He kept saving he was voting for the person with the most faith — the person who is being led by God – the person who is the most vocal about their faith. No other issue mattered. Whatever! I suppose there are worse reasons to vote for someone. What annoys me most about the whole thing is the continued perception that just because you are vocal about your faith makes you a better Christian. This is flawed logic as I can think of so many people both public and private citizens who say one thing and do another. But hey, who am I to judge. More importantly, I suppose I should just be thankful that people are taking part in the political process.


  1. November 22, 2004 at 10:19 pm

    jay lewis

    Ben Affleck in Rehab,The Oscar winner and Hollywood scenester has entered the Malibu-based Promises–the same facility where Paula Poundstone is a current patient–for treatment for alcohol abuse, his publicist announced Friday. Ben is a self-aware and smart man who has decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol,” his publicist, David Pollick, said in a statement Friday. “He has chosen to seek out professional assistance and is committed to traveling a healthier road with the support of his family, friends and fans.”

  2. September 2, 2004 at 3:23 pm


    “anti immigrants and minorities.”
    Seems like maybe immigrants and minorities are anti-republican (no matter who is running). I met people that would not have voted for Lincoln for the love of god. 90 some percent of the minority vote goes to Democrats no matter what the other party does (or what the Dems. don’t do). Its pretty much a situation created by immigrants and minorities. If you consistently put your faith and vote in one party than you are going to be marginalized (like you currently are). Please point out a single anti-immigrant or anti-minority policy in the platform you linked to. What about the immigrant amnesty plan that was passed by Bush?…nevermind that…he must be anti-immigrant. What about the prescription drug benefit to some seniors? No…they must be against healthcare. What about the fact that educational spending has increased by 50% under George Bush’s 4 years? (compared to 29% under Clinton) What about the fact that the school voucher plan that has been proposed by Bush might be the only feasible way to fight back against the poor situation of inner-city schools. That would be of the most help to minorities. Education (as I’m sure you would agree) is more of a solution than reparations, government entitlements, or increased welfare. Its also disingenuous to act like the DNC was anything other than masquerading. Both parties are no different in that arena. If you ask me…the reason people such as Mccain, Guliani, and Aaanold are speaking is because they are some of the most well liked (or just famous in Aaanolds case) people within the Republican party. Another notable reason would be that the importance of social issues takes a back seat to national security and economy. Do you think raising taxes and being weak on defense (or overly worried about multilateralism and fighting anti-American sentiment) is going to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons to rogue states such as Iran and Syria? Proliferation of WMDs throughout rogue states in the Middle East and the worldwide fight against terror are THE most important aspects to the next 4 years. I get annoyed with the nonsense that both parties play (I am not even a registered Republican for the record). I just see an assertive foreign policy necessary to combat problems that are brewing. I am not willing to be passive and hope that terrorists will stop wanting to kill us. Mccain said it best when he talked about how they did not want to kill Republicans or Democrats….liberals or conservatives…they want to kill Americans for no better reason than who we are. I am fine putting up with some poor domestic policies if it means the next generation does not have to worry about the Tehran’s having nukes and selling / giving them to terrorists.

  3. September 2, 2004 at 8:22 am


    Talk about letting actors guide your opinions….
    Arnold Schwarzenegger is a caricature of himself. It’s like having Roger Rabbit as a governor. The man’s greatest claim to political fame is that he married a Kennedy. I suppose that’s something for an immigrant to aspire to – worked for him. Anyone who respects a politician who uses his movie lines for sound bites should re-examine the stones he’s throwing.

  4. September 1, 2004 at 11:01 am


    As I said in my opening sentence, I haven’t watched much of the Republican National Convention because my tolerance level right now for listening to the opposition is not high. I’ve already heard enough. Furthermore, nothing any of the speakers say will change my current view about the Republican Party. Particularly since high profile speakers like Schwarzenegger and Giuliani are more moderate than most within the Republican Party. Heck, their presence on the podium during prime time is all a ploy to attract more viewers which will hopefully win over more swing voters of which I am not one. So yes in sum, I have nothing good to say about the RNC. I am not falling for their bag of tricks. Anyone who is really interested in what the RNC has to say needs to read their 2004 platform. That’s where they show there true colors and if you ask me, they are anti immigrants and minorities.

  5. September 1, 2004 at 10:31 am


    This is the best you can do for the RNC? A side note about Stephen Baldwin? Anyone who lets actors guide their opinion in politics is a bit ridiculous. I just expected something a little more substantive with regards to the speeches. You seemed to rave for Al Sharpton’s grandstanding. Was there nothing interesting about Arnold’s appeal to minorities and immigrants? The optimism he had for our country and its people?

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