03
Jan
08

What are your primary colours?

It’s not going to make the show today because of Kenya, but we’re sure to spend plenty of time over the next few months talking about the race to the White House which begins in earnest today. We’re looking to find as many of you as we can (in the States and out) who are happy to nail your colours to one of the candidate’s mast. Tell us who you support and why.


10 Responses to “What are your primary colours?”


  1. 1 Virginia Davis
    January 3, 2008 at 15:00

    Hello all: from Oregon I am supporting Steve Novick to be the Democratic candidate to replace Republican Gordon Smith as our junior Senator. He is almost an Oregon native; one of the lawyers with EPA to win the Love Canal lawsuit; long time activist here in the State; brilliant and progressive and asking now that we all stand to impeach VP Cheney. Check him out at NovickforSenate.org.

    For President, I’m supporting Barack Obama. Too much sometimes, it seems, as there is yet another email request for a matching contribution in today’s mail. To my mind, Senator Obama is change.

    Virginia in Portland, Oregon

  2. 2 Brett
    January 3, 2008 at 15:02

    Obama all the way. As much as race should not play a role in the decision of politicians, it unfortunately does in the US. As a young white male, I think it will do the US good to have a president who is not white. Hopefully it will do quite a bit to quell ignorance of racial bias, prejudice, and the tension that exists within the Country; Especially amongst the different classes.
    On a more policy oriented note, I believe that Barack has the most sound and intelligent ideas for foreign policy. Far less destructive than the republicans and the hard-headed Senator Clinton’s ideas. His ideas on health care seem the most probable and sensible.
    He has also conducted himself in a much more respectable and mature mannar in the debates and in the mud-slinging going on within the democratic party, of which Hillary seems to feel the need to try and dominate and one-up every other candidate.
    I do not want a religious zealot as a leader, nor one who plays the ‘Jesus card’ *cough* Romney *cough*, to appeal to the Christian vote, or any other vote for that matter. I do not want someone elses religious values imposed on me through policy.
    I also do not want someone riding on the tails of 9/11 as a claim to fame (among many other reasons) as my leader.
    While it would be nice to have a female President, Hillary is not a good choice. Her stubborn ideas and arrogance I believe are a threat to US foreign policy and its standing in the world, especially in a post-Bush era where the norm set by the previous administration has been the rendering of the wants and needs of the US people…. well…. irrelevant.

    All in all, after the debaucle known as the Bush Administration, Obama seems like the best choice to set the country back on the right path, both domestically and abroad.

  3. 3 John D. Anthony
    January 3, 2008 at 15:19

    I try to picture a moment when the tv networks have cut away to announce a special bulletin and the president is about to address the nation regarding some crisis. I ask myself ~ Whose face on that screen is going to give me the most reassurance?
    So I’ll probably be voting for John Edwards because Obama lacks experience and Hillary is too polarizing to get anything done without a lot of fighting.

  4. January 3, 2008 at 15:19

    And on the US elections, I’m pulling for New Mexico Democrat governor Bill Richardson. I think he’d be perfect, with his foreign policy experience. He also, if memor! y serves me, led a team to North Korea recently. He would be well-placed to deal with that threat.

    ZK
    Singapore

  5. 5 Rob Briggs, School Bus Driver
    January 3, 2008 at 16:39

    I think Hillary Clinton is the smartest person in the world and I support her candidacy. She is reasonable, moderate, well spoken and a deep thinker who realizes that today’s problems do not have quick, neat, easy sound bite solutions. If she is not the Democratic candidate I will support Barack Obama. He’s good but inexperienced.

    In the end I would support anybody or anything before I’d vote Republican. The dollar is weak, gas is expensive, we are at war for false reasons, our influence is on the wane and the ecology is in ruins.

  6. 6 Rob Briggs, School Bus Driver
    January 3, 2008 at 16:42

    And big business runs the government.

  7. 7 Brett
    January 3, 2008 at 18:44

    While Barack is not as experienced as Hillary (as has been noted in many debates about the two), I think he has better ideas and more solid plans for the economy, environment, and foreign policy. Furthermore I agree with John D. Anthony’s comment about Hillary’s inability to get anything done without a lot of fighting. After the Bush administration’s tactics of doing whatever it wants, without argument, by ignoring opposition and the people, I think the last thing this country needs is an administration that will do what it wants, with much arguing, while still ignoring the needs of the people. But hey, in the at least if she wins, Hillary will acknowledge the opposition before battling it to the ground in order to do what she wants.

    I think Barack is far more in tune with the common American and is much more apt to listen to the people, and actually take their wants and needs into account in decisions and policy than Hillary.

    The demonstration of arrogance and brute force in the media and debates that Hillary uses is sadly mistaken for power, strength, and capability. I only hope that Americans will wake up and listen to what is being said and pay attention to content, not just stare and marvel at who is louder or better at slinging a quick come-back.

    Then again though, following current presidents wonderful public speaking abilities, the US people may feel the need to have someone who is loud, obnoxious, and a fast talker with quick witt…. If this is the case, step it up Hillary, its your time to shine!

    Again,
    Brett ~ Richmond, Va.

  8. 8 addy345
    January 4, 2008 at 00:16

    Does anybody know about this site ( http://www.earthlab.com ) ? I have seen other environmental sites with carbon calculators like yahoo and tree huggers, but I am wondering what the deal with earthlab.com is, is it credible? I saw they also published a list last month of the top ten greenest cities ( http://www.efficientenergy.org/Top-Ten-Green-Cities-in-the-United-States ). Does anyone know if this site is better than say WWF site? Fill me in

    I took their carbon foot print test and it was pretty interesting, but they said that I put out 4.5 tons of carbon while another test gave me like 15 tons? I think I trust earthlab.com’s test a little more (because my score is lower). Does anyone know about any other tests?

  9. 9 Luci Smith
    January 4, 2008 at 04:55

    If I Could
    When Ronald Reagan was President, I became a Danish citizen. Having grown up in Texas and campaigned for Democratic candiates, I was thoroughly fed up with the direction that America was heading. Recently, I read the essay by a historian in an issue of Rolling Stone from last summer and discovered that I was not the only person who was fed up- I have just been living in Copenhagen all of these years.
    Bill Clinton promised to give Americans Health Care and help gays in the military. It did not happen. I do not see how Hillary’s agenda is any different. She would just be continuing the wars that the Bushes started and be effectively a part of what Noam Chomsky has called “The Reagan Dynasty”.
    Therefore, the only candidate who I have seen who has any chance of changing the direction that America has been heading recently, with wars and eco-disasters and pigging out while the rest of the planet pays for its irresponsibility, is Barack Obama.
    Way back, Jimmy Carter tried to change Washington and Washington foiled him every step of the way, but I think that history has proven that Carter is sincere and honest, even though he was unable to change the direction that America is headed.
    After a Kamakazie administration like G.W. Bush has presided over, where the President refuses to see reason and just keeps flogging his dead horses and camels, America certainly needs a completely different approach. I think that Obama is young enough, internationally oriented enough and I like his stand on war. America need s to quit waging wars and start taking care of its own citizens. Having a President who refuses to face reality is a disaster and the way that Hurricane Katrine was dealt with before and after will be a lasting monument to the ineptness of the Bush Government.
    Americans deserve a good President and the world certainly could use an American leader who can listen and not just somebody who talks to himself when the cameras are turned on.Obama is the only exciting candidate I have seen for years and I would like to campaign for him even though I no longer can vote in the U.S. I hope that he wins!
    When people talk about experience, I often think that they really mean that the person is well-versed in dealmaking. It can be an advantage not to be a part of the Washington Political Machine, since it is obviously feeding all of the fat cats and failing the majority of people who need help. I would love to see a real change!

  10. 10 George
    January 4, 2008 at 17:50

    Color me independent.

    I always vote, but the only boost to the power of voters today seems to be withholding your vote from both parties by going independent.


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