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Category: Delaware

Losers to the Left of Me, Losers to the Right

Will you be watching the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight? According to the NBC website, Christine O’Donnell will be on the show. Why is that? She lost. What can she possibly say? What about her will be so entertaining? Are we going to make the same mistake with Christine O’Donnell that we have made with Sarah Palin?

If Leno wants to talk to a politician, perhaps, he could talk to the man who defeated her, Chris Coons. If he wants to talk to a right-wing or tea party politician, why doesn’t he talk with Rand Paul – who WON his election?

Why indeed.

It is because we are becoming a nation of losers. We actually celebrate the people who lose more than we celebrate the people who win. Last Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers trounced the Dallas Cowboys. And, what did the announcers discuss? The poor Cowboys. Hardly any praise for Green Bay and these guys kept talking about things that weren’t even game related. Worse announcing ever. During the last half, it was almost like they weren’t even watching the game.

And, that brings me back to Sarah Palin. After the Republicans loss in 2008, Palin was touted like some golden girl. We’re still not rid of her two years later. And, history is repeating itself because here comes O’Donnell onto the Tonight Show.

It’s just sad. It would be different if O’Donnell had won or had been someone with a lot of political experience and public recognition and now he wants to talk to her.

I guess it really shouldn’t matter to me, except I fear what is going to happen to our nation as time goes by and we keep celebrating the losers and dummying down everything.

Christine O’Donnell, the US Constitution and a Random thought on Education

Christine O’Donnell – Republican Candidate for US Senate in Delaware – is correct that the phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the Constitution.  The phrase “right to privacy” doesn’t appear in the Constitution either.  Both are concepts based on the First  and the Fourth Amendments, respectively.  Both have been upheld by the Supreme Court.  The Constitution, also, doesn’t say anything about the government not being able to regulate health care.  Yet, many Tea Party Candidates believe the Constitution forbids it.

Back to O’Donnell…

O’Donnell believes that Intelligent Design – the new phrase for creationism – should be taught in our Public Schools.  Chris Coons – her Democratic opponent – disagrees.  I’m with Coons.  I don’t want my grandsons being taught the the world is only 6,000 years old – especially when science disagrees.  If you want your child taught Intelligent Design either teach them yourselves or send them to a private school.  When you talk about my tax dollars being spent, don’t spend it on faith based education.

And, that brings me to a thought about the education in America.

I read a few months ago (I believe in Bloomberg BusinessWeek , but it might’ve been Newsweek or Time ) that America has fallen way behind China and India in Mathematics, Science and Technology in our schools.  I have to wonder why that isn’t part of the debate in Delaware or even Wisconsin?  Why aren’t we working to make our school systems work for our young people?  How is it that people can graduate from high school and barely be able to form a cognitive sentence?  Aren’t we doing something wrong?

I have a dream – maybe a little crazy, but aren’t dreams supposed to be a little crazy? – that someday I could open a high school that centered around Business and Technology.  My dream is to call the school the Forrest Fern Caudle Totsch School of Business and Technology – named for my late grandmother who had been a school teacher before she married my grandmother.  I’d love to see the school teach students the basics: math, English and science.  Then, teach students how to run projects, design software, program computers.  I believe this would place them a head of their counterparts in other Industrialized nations.

An ex-co-worker of mine (from India) said that when her child reached school age, she planned on moving back to India.  She said that the schools in India were far superior to the schools in America.  However; she planned on sending her son back here to America to attend University, because our colleges are far superior to India’s.  I found that to be quite interesting.

But, back to the debate between O’Donnell and Coons; if you read the whole article, you’ll see this line:  “Both candidates suggested that the exchange showed the other didn’t understand the Constitution.”  I guess we still have a long way to go to find common ground.

California Tea Party backs Delaware Candidate

Tea Party Conservative Christine O’Donnell beat Republican Mike Castle in the Delaware Senate primary. She was endorsed by Sarah Palin. The media is touting this as a big move for the Tea Party movement. Actually, it just means that a far right Republican beat a not so far right Republican. The real test will be if the Tea Party can pull off wins in the general election.

But, here’s what bugs me. O’Donnell beat Castle using $237,000 from Tea Party Express – “a California political committee”.  I realize that O’Donnell isn’t going to turn down money for her campaign merely because it came from another state, but she should.  A political committee from a state that is clear across the country shouldn’t interfere with the election.  It’s none of their business.  I realize that they have a First Amendment right to donate money, but something about it seems a little fishy to me.  I should probably do some research, but I do have a full time job, but I wonder how much money O’Donnell received from inside the state of Delaware.

And, don’t think I’m just picking on O’Donnell – I’ve blogged about this before.  I just don’t think candidates should be able to accept money from another state.  It just doesn’t seem right.  How do the people in Delaware know for whom to vote if ads are coming in from outside their state?  How does the Tea Party in California know just what a constituent in Delaware needs in a Candidate?

I think this would bother me less if the states were in a closer proximity.  I don’t think I’d have quite as much of an objection if the money came from a political group in New Jersey or Maryland.  At least the states are close enough that they might share the same problems and issues.  Plus, the Republican Party of Delaware doesn’t even want to support O’Donnell, so how is she going to be elected?  Isn’t the Tea Party Express leaving open the chance that the seat could go to the Democrat?

What do you think?

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