Neal vs. Hagan
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#1 Apr 17, 2008
In a recent Democratic gathering in Martin County, State Sen. Kay Hagan said she wants to go to Washington, D.C. because she views Washington, D.C. as a dysfunctional place and wants to clean it up. When Dr. Howard Staley stood he responded to Hagan by saying that “…Washington, D.C. is not dysfunctional -- but Washington is trying to manage a dysfunctional society.”
What I believe voters should be doing is looking at the overall picture of this senatorial race. The goal of the race is to beat U.S. Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Which candidate can you picture going up against Sen. Dole? Which candidate has the education, and quick wit to go up against Dole?
The narcissm and arrogance of Jim Neal is not going to cut anything – not even butter. He is not electable. Hagan is not savvy enough -- nor is she educationally prepared enough to win against Dole. Can you picture her in a debate with the style she has of a sixth grader running for class president up against Sen. Dole? Hagan says she wants Dole to take her ruby slippers and go back to Kansas. Well, Mrs. Hagan, U.S. Sen. Dole is not from Kansas! She is from Salisbury, N.C.
When push comes to shove, Hagan fails to adequately answer questions put to her. If she says, I want to give North Carolinians a voice in Washington one more time, I think I will puke. This is the goal when any U.S. Senator is elected. They become the voice for everyone of those in the state they represent! What she touts is never anything of profound resolution. Hagan does not strike me as having enough fortitude to prevail the strong winds of the impending political storm blowing and pounding about the borders of the Republican and Democratic parties.
Duskin Lassiter -- no matter how much encyclopedia knowledge he brings to the table -- has not advanced enough yet to apply what he has memorized between his redundant uses of “ladies and gentlemen.” The only two candidates, who seem to be worth the trouble of wading through the over-spending of advertising hoopla of Neal and Hagan propaganda, are Dr. Howard Staley and Marcus Williams.
Right now, North Carolina voters need to use their best judgment and vote on a candidate who is intellectually strong enough to go up against Dole.
I am sure the Republican Party is sitting back and enjoying the divisions that have erupted like an ongoing downpour through the Democratic Party. If you really want to get issues resolved with the least amount of money wasted – choose a candidate who stands apart from excessive political advertising. Excessive advertising dictates to voters how to vote.
Voters need to think on their own. Ideally, they should not allow themselves to be dictated to by candidates who shove their ways into their mailboxes and dinnertime between the evening news and advertisement telephone calls. Such advertising is frivolous and unbalanced. I would like to think that most voters can wade through the garbage and see the shining coin underneath it all.
Voters must care enough to do their homework. Read the newspapers – not their opinions – but the unbiased news reports. If you can’t trust your local newspapers to deliver equal, balanced and unbiased reporting – read the AP New wires. They seem to make it their business to strive for unbiased reporting.
Visit all of the candidates’ sites. Call the candidates on the telephone if you need to. When you vote, vote your conscience; otherwise, the voting process is degraded. If you are going to be a lazy voter – those candidates with the bulk of political advertising are depending on it. They don’t want you to think for yourself – only to remember their names so that you will respond like a robot absorbed in the powers of suggestion and fill in the spot next to it.
Above all, remember not to lie to yourself about the qualifications of these senatorial candidates. Remember what William Shakespeare wrote in his play Hamlet,“to thine own self be true.”
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