Supreme Court front-runner (Huffington Post) Elena Kagan, President Obama's solicitor general, is rapidly emerging as a frontrunner to replace retiring Chief Associate Justice John Paul Stevens ...
Must they all have fat chins.
I have a proverb that I thought up that has helped me through some hard times. "At least you're not David Souter".
Former US Supreme Court Justice Souter retired from the Court last year. Part of his reasons were that he didn't like the job that much anymore and he disliked his surrondings. He has since moved back to his home state of New Hampshire to live in a technology-lacking log cabin in the woods, by himself. The news reports always portray as a melancholy person.
So, sure, you're life may suck at times, but at least you're not David Souter.
5. He has surrounded himself with mostly far-left academic types. No one around him has ever even run a candy store. But they are going to try and run the auto, financial, banking and other industries. This obviously can't work in the long run. Obama is not a socialist; rather he's a far-left secular progressive bent on nothing short of revolution. He ran as a moderate, but will govern from the hard left. Again, watch what he does, not what he says.
Barack Obama is center-left at most. He's not a "far-left ... progressive". If he were, he would have immediately withdrawed US forces from Iraq and Afghanistan; not even bat an eye at deficit spending, in keeping with Keyensian economics; push for some single-payer type health care system; condemn anything that has to do with oil drilling; probably would criminally prosectue Bush administration officials; and certainly would appoint someone more ideological than Elena Kagan to the position of Solicitor General.
It kind of amazes me what is considered "far left" sometimes.
Anything left of a Republican is far left. Canada is a communist country to them.
Funny because I consider the NDP right wing from where I stand.
I don't think that comment is right in this forum, after reading some of the comments by Canadians I think there is a real chance for you guys.
That is sort of what some Canadians claim. I really don't see any difference between Canadians who are on the left than I see in Americans that are on the left. Same with the center and the right. Our lefties are just like Canadian lefties. Our righties are just like theirs. And Canadians in the center are just like Americans in the center. The only difference is some different policies and different proceedures in the government. That's about it.
It's hard to say what our "righties" are like in comparison to yours since they have ruled as a minority government for the past 5 years, forcing them to govern from the middle more or less.
As for our lefties, ya, they are probably quite similar, if you remove moderates from the bunch.
One difference I do notice though is that American's tend to be quite a bit more socially conservative... ie, death penalty, gay marriage, abortion etc.
Those are good points with regards to gay marriage and the death penalty. Abortion simply isn't going anywhere regardless of what the pro-choice like to make people believe. It is in the Constitution and that is pretty much that. I am sure Canadians have a pro-life movement as well.
I saw some of the threads on the Death Penalty and it seems like there are quite a few who want it up there. They may be in the minority but not by much.
But my state here, Massachusetts, is about as left and liberal as you can get. Sure we sent a Republican to the Senate and that was more because of his opponent's arrogance and sense of entitlement that showed throughout the campaign. She was already picking out her curtains down in D.C. He'll have to fight for that seat each time he is up for re-election. He is not a sure thing to win as Kennedy was. Most of our state reps are Democrats and liberal.
Canada has a sizable number of people who share similar opinions on the Death Penalty, Gay Marriage, Abortion etc... it's not really a political issue anymore though. If a political party runs a platform on any of those 3, it pretty much ensures their defeat.
John Tory, a conservative politician from Ontario pretty much sunk his campaign a few years back because he made funding of religious based schools one of his platforms. That didn't sit too well with the population and he was subsequently spanked by his liberal opponent.
I agree they aren't. Here in Massachusetts when Martha Coakley realized she was down in the polls she ramped up the most negative campaign the state ever saw.
"Scott Brown wants to refuse care for rape victims"
"Scott Brown was lock step with Bush and Cheney."
It was hilarious and it backfired. He wasn't even in a position to vote on any Bush measures because he represented his town in the Massachusetts State Legislature.
They same goes here. If you appear to far right you are going to get trounced on election day.
Scott Brown seems to be a pretty decent person, not the Tea Party extremist the media tried to make him out as. Seems more of a moderate-fiscal conservative then anything?
The thing with Tory, is that he could have possibly won the election if it wasn't for the religious schooling gaffe, which kind of disrupts the traditional public funding of secular + catholic schools to include every other religion under the sun.
Durka, the Tea Party aren't extremist. That is how they are being painted by the Democrats who hate people speaking out in public and as a group.
I've always been against public funding for any private schools, religious or private. That would be a sore spot here as well. Advocates for that type of funding simply say...
"Why should I pay taxes for a school when I send my kids to private school. I want a voucher."
I disagree with that too.
Sorry, I should have phrased that differently. I didn't mean to imply that all Tea Party groups are extremist, rather the media tried to paint him as belong to rather extremist fringe elements of it.
In a perfect world, government would fund public schools, that's it. If you want your child to have religious instruction, pay for it or leave it to your church etc.
"Scott Brown was lock step with Bush and Cheney."
It was hilarious and it backfired.
We need a change on the court to level it from the far right extremism that it has had for all these years. Hopefully, President Obama will get another couple of appointments for it.