A lazy day yesterday. Other than my mid day walk, I just hung around. Was in the pool floating about on a noodle for quite a while.

Last night I grabbed a bite at the bar at La Trattoria. Chatted with a couple of tourists from different parts of the country.

I am getting nervous. These guys were very down and hard on Biden. Obama, of course, as well. From the gut!

This type political opposition scares me. Many people the past several years cannot have an intelligent political discussion. And generally it is the Republicans who talk this way. No disrespect intended to my friends of a different political persuasion than I.

It has to start with the candidates themselves. And since I view this as primarily a Republican failing, it is there that I look for redress.

I read somewhere yesterday that the last Presidential election where the Republican candidate himself did not resort to negativity, casting ill begot aspersions on his opponent’s character, etc. was Ronald Reagan. Yes, when Reagan ran for President it was generally a campaign of issues.

The moral of the story is we have to return to the high ground. And what better example to follow than that which Reagan set for us.

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  1. Speaking of Reagan (not only a great President but a great host on "Death Valley Days"…oops…showing my age!), as he said "Well, here we go again." Being independent of ANY party affiliation, I talk to people of both parties. I'm sorry…the most stubborn people I've talked to are those who say they are Democrat. They also make the nastiest remarks. One told me he'd never vote "for an old fart" (his words…and HE'S 58!). Another said he was sick & tired of people bringing up McCain's having been a POW and that for all he cares, McCain should've been an MIA instead!

    But each of these people back different Dem candidates: "old fart" still backs Hillary (no spring chicken herself…look who's talking…lol)…"MIA" backs Obama (NO military experience whatsoever; not to mention, he's only a 1st term senator).

    With all that's going on in the world now, do we really need another Neville Chamberlain who wrote his sister (after his meeting with Hitler): "in spite of the hardness and ruthlessness I thought I saw in his face, I got the impression that here was a man who could be relied upon when he had given his word…"! Defending
    his policies against those who doubted Hitler's word, Chamberlain
    five days later in a speech
    to Parliament explained that his personal contact with Hitler allowed him to say that "Hitler means what he says." If Chamberlain were to have recognized Hitler's lie, he would have had to confront the fact that his policy of appeasement had put his country at grave risk. So much for the good old-fashioned chit-chat!

    Of course Reagan took the "high road"…we were mired in one of the worst periods…hostages in Iran (& now a certain somebody is willing to sit down for a chit-chat there…and perhaps believe what he's told?…definitely something that "makes you go hmmmm"), high interest rates (I know…I worked in banking then) and just general malaise. (Reagan's acceptance speech at the 1980 Rep Convention is a great read at:
    http://www.4president.org/speeches/reagan1980convention.htm)

    Some negativity may be alright, it adds a bit of "excitement"…even "fun" since some of the ads are hilarious (remember Kerry going back and forth on his sailboard?) but no one should base their entire campaign on such stuff. If a candidate doesn't have positive ads where he tells us what he would ask Congress to do when elected (ahhh…that "separation of powers" clause again!), are we to assume (from his neg ads) that
    he stands for the complete opposite? So I agree…it's the
    issues we should be concentrating on…but let's not lose our sense of humor either!

    (hearing the sound of crickets as the lights are turned out, he says:) Is anybody still out there? Hello? Good-bye!

  2. Speaking of Reagan (not only a great President but a great host on "Death Valley Days"…oops…showing my age!), as he said "Well, here we go again." Being independent of ANY party affiliation, I talk to people of both parties. I'm sorry…the most stubborn people I've talked to are those who say they are Democrat. They also make the nastiest remarks. One told me he'd never vote "for an old fart" (his words…and HE'S 58!). Another said he was sick & tired of people bringing up McCain's having been a POW and that for all he cares, McCain should've been an MIA instead!

    But each of these people back different Dem candidates: "old fart" still backs Hillary (no spring chicken herself…look who's talking…lol)…"MIA" backs Obama (NO military experience whatsoever; not to mention, he's only a 1st term senator).

    With all that's going on in the world now, do we really need another Neville Chamberlain who wrote his sister (after his meeting with Hitler): "in spite of the hardness and ruthlessness I thought I saw in his face, I got the impression that here was a man who could be relied upon when he had given his word…"! Defending
    his policies against those who doubted Hitler's word, Chamberlain
    five days later in a speech
    to Parliament explained that his personal contact with Hitler allowed him to say that "Hitler means what he says." If Chamberlain were to have recognized Hitler's lie, he would have had to confront the fact that his policy of appeasement had put his country at grave risk. So much for the good old-fashioned chit-chat!

    Of course Reagan took the "high road"…we were mired in one of the worst periods…hostages in Iran (& now a certain somebody is willing to sit down for a chit-chat there…and perhaps believe what he's told?…definitely something that "makes you go hmmmm"), high interest rates (I know…I worked in banking then) and just general malaise. (Reagan's acceptance speech at the 1980 Rep Convention is a great read at:
    http://www.4president.org/speeches/reagan1980convention.htm)

    Some negativity may be alright, it adds a bit of "excitement"…even "fun" since some of the ads are hilarious (remember Kerry going back and forth on his sailboard?) but no one should base their entire campaign on such stuff. If a candidate doesn't have positive ads where he tells us what he would ask Congress to do when elected (ahhh…that "separation of powers" clause again!), are we to assume (from his neg ads) that
    he stands for the complete opposite? So I agree…it's the
    issues we should be concentrating on…but let's not lose our sense of humor either!

    (hearing the sound of crickets as the lights are turned out, he says:) Is anybody still out there? Hello? Good-bye!

  3. Oooppsss…
    The paragraph about Chamberlain and Hitler is actually from Paul Eckman’s book “Telling Lies” and I should have put it in quotes, with a footnote saying where I read it. Didn’t want anyone to think I was plagiarizing!

  4. Oooppsss…
    The paragraph about Chamberlain and Hitler is actually from Paul Eckman’s book “Telling Lies” and I should have put it in quotes, with a footnote saying where I read it. Didn’t want anyone to think I was plagiarizing!

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