Posted by Charity on December 29th, 2007

The thing I hate most about political elections is that the only way to really know which candidate you like is to dig around.  Dig around a lot.

Why can’t the candidates just come out with their positions – their real positions, not their phony, election-time positions – and let the people decide?

The candidates could just state their positions and why their idea is the best. Instead, they say what they think people want to hear, flip-flop based on polling data, focus on the personal lives of their opponents, muddy the dialogue, and otherwise obfuscate the issues.

You can’t just look at the candidates’ websites, commercials, and literature and make your decision based on that. You have to dig through the endless onslaught of information before you can even attempt to decipher which candidate to throw your support behind.

No wonder people don’t vote. It’s a lot of work.

Anyway, here is some more information to add to the mix.

Judicial Watch, a “conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, [that] promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law,” has released their List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2007.

Included are FOUR presidential candidates:

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)
Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)

On a completely unrelated note, a group called Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana made a series of gotcha videos asking the candidates for their stances on medical marijuana and federal raids.

You can find the list of vids on twist of fait accomplis or at the Granite Staters site.

Ron Paul’s response is very good. He also makes the point that if the federal government had the authority to ban a substance, prohibition would not have required a constitutional amendment.

Or, as he worded it, they had more respect for the Constitution back then.

(Hat tips: Consent of the Governed and O’Donnell Web)

One Response to “Corruption and Medical Marijuana”

  1. “Why can’t the candidates just come out with their positions – their real positions, not their phony, election-time positions – and let the people decide? … Instead, they say what they think people want to hear, flip-flop based on polling data, focus on the personal lives of their opponents, muddy the dialogue, and otherwise obfuscate the issues.”

    This is, and unfortunately has been for quite some time, the name of the game in U.S. politics. If you’re looking for an honest politician, you’re going to be looking for a long, long time…and end up being disappointed IMO. It’s pretty sad…

    A lot of people don’t vote, IMO, because we don’t make it easy to vote…by mail, on the weekends, etc….and not just on one day during the week at a specific time. For instance, these Iowa Caucuses (especially on the Democratic side) are a complete joke. You have to show up in the evening on a weeknight for a number of hours and haggle with each other to get the maximum amount of support for your candidate…it sounds and looks Medieval!

    I doubt this Presidencial campaign will be hinging on medical marijuana…that’s a pretty bogus issue in and of itself IMO.