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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Interplanetary travel

Americans rate the war, the economy and health care along with border security as the top issues in the minds of voters after seven years of the mindless policies of George Bush.

So what do eight white men in suits argue about for two hours? Sanctuary cities versus mansions; tuition for the children of illegal immigrants; waterboarding; and whether Hillary Clinton should be on a rocket to Mars.

Mike Huckabee may have offered the truest line of the night: Jesus, not to mention Buddha, Allah, Yahweh and The Almighty Cheese, are all way too smart to mess in American politics, especially the Republican deviant version.

This is serious stuff here -- can we stop pandering and treating it like a joke?

Myth Romney and Rude E. Giuliani continued their war over sanctuary, with Rudy scoring a great line about Mitt's "sanctuary mansion" policy. It was probably a good move from Myth -- not having to defend his judicial appointments.

"Illegal immigration" is a key issue for the 30 percent of dead-enders who still support the Bush-Cheney Debacle. And borders that are safe and secure from unwanted guests like terrorists is an important issue.

But for the life of me, what a Mexican or Guatemalan family looking for a better life has to do with Osama bin Laden and his band of crazies is something I've never understood. The 9-11 hijackers didn't come in over the border with the help of a coyote.

We need a rational discussion on both types of immigration -- dealing with valuing law and the American Dream as well as protecting our selves -- without the laugh lines and incendiary tactics of Tom Tancredo who undoubtedly believes the old Vietnam line about how "we had to destroy the village to save it."

The focus on religion also indicates the fringe nature of this pack -- whether it's the unasked questions about Romney's Mormonism to the inappropriate questions about the Bible. What about the Torah, the Koran and other holy texts?

THE most important document -- or at least the one that should be -- is the Constitution (you know that thing Bush is using for bathroom tissue?) It clearly acknowledges that while religion is a part of American life, it is not the only part and that diversity of opinion is a hallmark of this nation.

The only diversity on display in that room was over torture -- something that's not really countenanced in any of those religious tracts.

And oh yeah, the war that more than two-thirds of the American public no longer supports? Or an economy that is fast heading to recession? The closest we got to that topic was a discussion on whether taxes should be raised as a last resort -- or simply abolished.

Rejoice GOP candidates -- your time of year his here. No, not the time for mistletoe, snow and good cheer. It's the time for fruitcakes -- and you are ready to be shipped.

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