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What if we could VOTE by Twitter?

December12

yesterday I posted:

no one can say Obama does not lead by example. his Selfie reflects a Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition.

that set-off quite a firestorm of activity for me. I had people emailing, texting and calling me with the opinion that I had formed a negative stance too fast. others opined that I had wittily exposed a sour underbelly of the Obama character train-wreck. but, most lamented the fact that the world had focused its attention on Obama and not the brilliant memorial for Nelson Mandela.

politics, and also religion, are tough topics around friendships. you can tell a neighbor his kid is bad and remain in better form more often than if you disagree about things like political commentary.

I’m going to keep pondering and potentially posting how I feel about all of this. I’m troubled, to be certain.

what if we could cast our vote by Twitter? or, what if our president was held to his post by on-going comments like those we all follow at the butt-end of news articles? does feedback actually matter any longer?

perhaps I was naive, and the media had not quite rotted into the putrid mess is represents today, but I feel pretty good about the Ronald Reagan (Republican) administration. I never cared about his party affiliation. I simply believed he had a sense of himself and what he felt was both right-and-wrong. so, he soldiered through and fought for all of us. that said, can any of you point to a meaningful thing that George W. Bush (Republican) did while in office other then make us all think he pulled the wool over our eyes after 911? Bill Clinton (Democrat) was probably a pretty good president. He was a VERY good foreign policy enforcer. however, we will think first about his infidelity. does this mean karma kicks-in and Hilary Clinton gets a shot at the White House? I’d vote for her, today. And, with Hilary, you get Bill back.

Darren LaPorte took exception to my post. he is a genuinely good man. we exchanged a fair amount of emails over the topic. one excerpt I’ll share with you is this:

“…But looking at your linked in, I used to look forward to reading your insights, but it just seems over the last couple of years, it’s been a lot of Obama bashing. Just an observation. I never put my political views out there.  Of course we are still friends.”

my response, in part:

“Candidly, I feel the quality of my writing has fallen-off dramatically. So, thanks for holding me accountable.

And, to be very transparent, I don’t like bashing my Commander-in-Chief. I am letting my frustration poison my other senses. I’ll not doubt many others feel the same way about my blog as yourself. I’m a much more positive thinker than that. I’ve been lazy.”

so… I just posted the following on Linkedin:

8 Photos You Didn’t See From Obama’s Trip to South Africa - policymic.com

“There was a hell of a lot more that went on besides that selfie.”

Part I: I joined the Obama-razzing party yesterday. I can’t tell you today if that was fair or not. But, my dear and transformed friend Darren LaPorte called me out and is holding me accountable around fairness. So… There has been a great deal of press around the spin of the “selfie” and related stories that unfortunately trumped the Mandela memorial event. I know its common for current and past CE’s to travel, work and hang-out together. I’ve experienced it first-hand at [REDACTED] house.

Part II: Both parties are more aligned than most people realize. However, members of the House and Senate are more concerned about staying in their seats. I’m at a loss as to the best role for our president today. The last one I had real faith in was Bill Clinton, a Democrat. I do think its funny Bush has an Instagram page. And, who could blame anyone, let alone Obama, for seeking a photo-op with Bono. If we could side-step the requirement for citizenship I’d like Bono to be our president for three years. But, I’d buy him as president of the United Nations. That would be genuinely interesting.

at the three year mark we can start commenting via social platforms for a real-time determination that he keeps his post, or not. as we are learning with members of the House and Senate, and the White House, “four-more-years, or even “two-more-years”, can be too long and unproductive. on the other hand, we never had Mandela long enough.

more later.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

 

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no REAL irony in Politics

December8

//lnkd.in/d8xDYPi: when I read the headline my immediate thought was, “okay… so who prosecutes Congress when they mislead us?”

I understand the process with procedures exist. However, when KNOW we are constantly being handed a bucket of manure, but our mounting frustration as a nation is our impotence in holding leaders accountable.

Patriot Act Author Says Intel Chief Should Be Prosecuted For Lying… - huffingtonpost.com

“Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be fired and prosecuted for lying to Congress about the National Security Agency’s widespread surveillance activities, Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R) told the Hill. Sensenbrenner was…”

me thinks Thomas Jefferson would be rolling in his grave so feverishly the earth may well spin-off it’s axis. its enough to make Ayn Rand proud, and validate Atlas Shrugged.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Jon Stewart vs. Barack Obama

December6

http://lnkd.in/dYqh2ea:

“You can’t even do that in Grand Theft Auto!”

tomfoolery is afoot, and Jon Stewart is on it.

martian manhunterif Jon Stewart and Barack Obama were super heroes, Stewart would probably be Green Lantern - and, Obama might be the Martian Manhunter.

you really need to know your super heroes to fully appreciate this.

I’ll acknowledge that Jon Stewart is well and ably supported by terrific team of comedy writers… but, Barack Obama only has his hapless Executive Staff. since the Martian Manhunter is a bit of a rogue player, that means Stewart’s team could be the Justice League. so, this is a good opportunity to suggest Jon Stewart throw his hat in the ring for Presidency representing the common sense party.

the American people would not have Obamacare on their hands (obvious point aside) if Jon Stewart exercised “executive” authority and anecdotal hilarity.

Jon Stewart on Johnson & Johnson Scandal: You Can’t Even Do That in…

“Jon Stewart obliterated the corporation loophole on Wednesday night’s “Daily Show,” where huge institutions pay severe sums of settlement money, but avoid admitting wrongdoing, and no decision makers go to jail. In the most recent egregious…”.

peace to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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don’t let Obama be the LAST MAN STANDING

August28

Brian Patrick Cork: the video below is both insightful and entertaining.

I’ll add to Mr. Barbour’s musings that Obama, by design, probably wants to be amongst the “once percent” of Americans still standing when he is finished laying waste to both the Constitution and our national identity – and, the economy.

the full story… or, at least part of the background, is under way and in-the-making. so, consider this a backdrop…

former Mississippi Governor (and unrepentant rascal, to be certain) Haley Barbour was holding court at a private party before the Republican National Committee Sunday, where he called President Barack Obama “a one percenter,” and urged a group of conservative bloggers to rally behind Mitt Romney even though he’s “not perfect”.

“We’ve got two guys running for president, by the way, who are both very rich. Each one of them is in the top one percent in the United States.” Barbour said during an event for the National Bloggers Club in Tampa. “Both of them are one percenters. And in fairness, both of them made their own money. Romney made his by winning the confidence of people who invested their money. …Obama made his money writing two books about himself. He’s a one percenter! …Which one do you figure is going to do a better job of getting our economy going in the right direction?”

indeed, both men are in the “top one percent” of income earners, although Romney’s net worth is about twenty times greater than Obama’s (based on public information). Romney and Obama are worth around $200 million and $12 million, respectively.

NOTE: this view of what might define a “one percenter” is not the same as that outlined by Ayn Rand in The Fountainhead. so, you probably won’t hear Obama ask, “who is John Galt?”.

really?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has brought new attention to philosopher Ayn Rand. Paul Ryan says as a young man he was inspired by Ayn Rand’s writing. in her novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, she described the virtues of private enterprise and the evils of government. those ideas evidently resonate with Ryan. in a campaign video from 2009 he said, “Ayn Rand more than anyone else did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism, the morality of individualism, and this to me is what matters most.” that said, Ayn Rand was also an atheist, and Paul Ryan has clearly distanced himself from Rand’s religious views (Obama just comes across as Godless, and more so a deist). but, under any circumstances Ayn Rand’s thinking is all the more relevant and remains an intriguing figure in American political thought.

during his talk, Barbour also argued that conservatives need to look past Romney’s moderate record as governor of Massachusetts.

“Mitt Romney’s not as conservative as I am. It’s a fact,” Barbour said. “But the difference between him and Obama in terms of their vision, their plan, their policies, their belief in the history and the fundamental principles of America are the greatest difference of any two presidential candidates in my lifetime. …It behooves us to make sure Romney wins.”

so… while I stand unconvinced that we should vote for Mitt Romney simply on Barbour’s endorsement, his logic is awkward but oddly relevant.

my sense of Romney is that he is a tried-and-true businessman that will make it his business to get our country on a path of best-practices. however, my gut and observation thus far, is that Obama is interested in what is best for Obama.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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