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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Last Presidential Debate

The last presidential debate was tonight and I have to say that I thought it was a tie. I was a little upset with the moderator letting Pres. Bush interject something after Sen. Kerry's response without his first extending and then not letting Sen. Kerry get the last word. I thought Sen. Kerry's expressions of faith and quoting of the bible were good and do nothing but help. Pres. Bush was very good at controlling his emotions, he was a funny a few times, and he was very good at sidestepping some questions. Unfortunately, Sen. Kerry also did some sidestepping. I would much prefer that a candidate actually answered the question asked. If his answer didn't take as much time as he had alloted he could go on to other things, BUT ANSWER THE QUESTION FIRST!! I am going to guess that President Bush didn't have a set speech or way to sidestep on the question of the appointment of judges because he let it fall. While Kerry did answer that question, I think he could have answered stronger with examples of Pres. Bush's judicial appointments and to bring up the fact that all of the judges that he has appointed, or attempted to appoint, were recommended by the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, who are, as they describe themselves, a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. Their point is that the judicial system is incredibly liberal (kind of like our liberal press) and they are trying to drive the system to the right. In my opinion, the judicial system should be neither liberal nor conservative and should consider the law objectively. I realize that this is incredibly difficult and everyone's views are clouded by their experience but the ideal should be neutral. I think that until recently it was but we have a creeping fascism in our country and we have to drive left to get to the center.

Would anyone care to argue this point?


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