The "gotcha" questions are now basically any questions that you don't
like, or answered poorly.How can questions to Bachmann to back up
her claim of $2 gas be considered "gotcha"?How does
"what do you read" get labeled a "gotcha" question?Yes, there can be legitimately labeled "gotcha" questions, but they
are much fewer in numbers than our politicians will admit.
Those politicians who get upset with those "gotcha" moments and
questions never want to get pinned down as to what they actually believe because
when they do....the truth comes out. Locally and nationally we need more
"gotcha" moments and we need the Fourth Estate to hold these
politicians accountable. And, we need ourselves to hold them accountable when it
comes to voting in our elections.
EJM is spot-on. Why is the press so timid about confronting politicians
regarding the irrational and demonstrably false things they say?Why
give Rick Perry a pass when he says that evolution is "only a
theory"?Why give Michelle Bachmann a pass when she says she'd
get gas prices down to $2 a gallon?Why give _any_ of these jokers a
pass when they say the way to balance the budget is through spending cuts alone
and that tax increases are off the table?Yes, I'm picking on the GOP
candidates, and if you want to cite specific examples of Democratic statements
that are worthy of a palm-to-the-forehead, "Are you nuts?" challenge,
that's fine. If a Democrat says something as demonstrably bone-headed as the
stuff lately coming from the GOP, let's blow raspberries at them, too.My point is that the press needs to grow a spine, and stop letting politicians
slide with fawning puff-pieces when what we need are probing questions and
follow-ups.You're not being disrespectful when you reveal a
political candidate to be a mendacious nitwit, you'll be doing the nation a
favor.Start doing your jobs!
If I say something stupid and you say "gotcha," whose fault is it that
I said something stupid?
My problem with this article is that it does not call for the recording of more
speeches by both our Republican and Democratic leaders. Why not have the
original available to the public in order that the voters can see and hear the
words and ideas of our leaders in context? Gone are the days when a politician
could call for integration on one side of the tracks and segregation on the
other side of the tracks.
Want to avoid "gotcha" moments?Stop making
"outlandish" and "ridiculous" promises. Don't
promise more jobs, lower taxes, less debt, and $2 gas and then complain when
someone asks for specifics. Give us specifics for your vote. Don't
expect us to vote you in without plans or specifics but with your hot air
Re:Blue"Why give Rick Perry a pass when he says that evolution
is "only a theory"?"Because he is agreeing with real
scientists and stating the truth. Evolution in the sense of one species evolving
into another isn't scientifically falsifiable and hasn't been observed in the
course of human history. Certain facts have all been proven to be true and
fitted into a scientific theory which we refer to as evolution but evolution
itself has not been proven nor is it falsifiable. As an example, the claim by
the scientific community that all life on earth from ants to humans have a
common ancestor isn't a fact instead it is a theory."My point
is that the press needs to grow a spine, and stop letting politicians slide with
fawning puff-pieces when what we need are probing questions and
follow-ups."The press does need to grow a spine and every time
you post such nit-witted comments they should ask you probing questions and
follow up on your comments by coming to your home and inquiring into the beliefs
of one of the rulers of this nation. It's time for the press to challenge
retarded voters opinions
Re:The Real Maverick"Don't promise more jobs, lower taxes, less
debt, and $2 gas and then complain when someone asks for specifics."Candidates will start doing that the moment you stop making uneducated
comments in favor of your political activity. If you we will give you some when
you give specifics of why your vote is correct."Give us
specifics for your vote. Don't expect us to vote you in without plans or
specifics but with your hot air promises."It is statements like
this which lead to corruption in government. Expecting a candidate for a public
office to make promises and to offer specific proposals prior to getting elected
leads to corruption because one of two things happen when they take office and
learn that the specifics they gave aren't in the best interest of the nation.They either prove their lack of integrity by not implementing specific
policies or plans they proposed in a campaign and do what is in the best
interest of the nation or they honor those specific plans and proposals even if
its not in the best interest of the nationDon't expect candidates to
want your vote without specific proposals.
@Stand for Liberty: "If you we will give you some when you give specifics
of why your vote is correct." How's that again?
"Why not have the original available to the public in order that the voters
can see and hear the words and ideas of our leaders in context?"The interview in question (the radio show with Dabakis, Nelson, and
Chamberlain) is available online. I can't post the link, but you can find the
podcast on KRCL's website.
SFL: "Evolution in the sense of one species evolving into another isn't
scientifically falsifiable and hasn't been observed in the course of human
history."That statement is complete nonsense. Evolution is
totally falsifiable. As one paleontologist succinctly put it, fossilized rabbits
found in Precambrian rocks would do the trick just fine. The fields of genetics
and genomics create opportunities to put evolution to the test every day, and
evolution-dependent predictions in these fields are constantly developed and
tested. Evolution passes each test with flying colors.Your
statement reveals a staggering ignorance of biology and basic principles of
science. The sad thing is the GOP is pandering to your ignorance to secure your
vote, with no regard for honesty and scientific integrity.
Blue how about this for a bone-headed comment, "pass this jobs bill
Blue: Unfortunately evolution does not pass with flying colors in real world
settings. Especially, in the arena of one cell plants and animals, often the
exact opposite of survival of the fittest or most developed happens and species
devolve. In this is most often the case.
Republican state vice chair and state secretary both want to do away with public
education! That is revealing as to the agenda of many of the delegates and even
legislators in this state.Public education is not an entitlement
like medicaid and social security that they said they also wanted to eliminate.
Public education was started in the 1600's. It was and is one of the
foundational pillars our country is based on.I'm not sure now which
party is trying to tear apart America faster. I've always thought it was the
Democrats, maybe it's the Republicans.