This Week in Elder News: 23 August 2008
The Final Stretch of the Long Election Campaign

Sunday Election Issues - 24 August 2008

category_bug_politics.gif This Sunday post is a collection of links to elderblog stories about the issues that are important to understand in making our choices on who to vote for in the November election. You can read the original post announcing this feature here.

The Renewal of the Cold War?
• From Mort Reichek of Octogenarian: Georgia and a Truculent John McCain

A View of the U.S. Election From Germany
• From Lia of Yum Yum Café: My Personal Vantage Point

Religion and Integrity of the Candidates
• From Rain of Rainy Day Thoughts: McCain and the Solzhenitsyn Story

Government Surveillance
• From Gary White at Having Fun Until I Die: The Noose Tightens

The Legacy of the Bush Administration
• From Darlene of Darlene’s Hodgepodge: No Blood for Oil

The Continuing Importance of Hurricane Katrina
• From Citizen K: Katrina Fatigue

The New Anti-Entitlement Documentary
• From NCPSSM: I.O.U.S.A. – Fiscal Fortitude or Trojan Horse?

Republican Diversity
• When the lineup of speakers for the Republic Convention was announced this week, campaign manager, Rick Davis, made a point to note the list’s diversity. The speakers (in addition to Senator McCain and whomever his vice presidential running mate is) are President Bush, Laura Bush, Joe Lieberman, Dick Cheney, Arnold Schwarznegger, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorino, Mitt Romney, Sam Brownbeck, Tim Pawlenty, Tom Ridge and Cindy McCain.

You can’t help asking: Do two wives and a failed female CEO constitute diversity in Republicanland?


It's such a difficult time regarding who we should vote for. My grandson is in Iraq for the second time and I have strong feelings regarding our presence there.

The oil crisis and housing problems continue to drag us down. We are loosing our standing as a country. When we travel to other countries for the first time ever I feel inferior. Our dollar is embarrassing and we're considered bully's to most people.

I ask myself who was a good president? Who really cared about the voters and made choices for us and not their future? Bush has been a terrible disappointment and I'm still not sure who will be better. I wish there were two different candidates. I'll vote on the merit of the Vice did you ever think you'd do that?

My best Dorothy at grammology

Is the comment from "grammology" intended as irony? The coming election is too crucial for wonder.

In a little notebook saved from a 1945 trip to Mexico, I record my sadness about the poverty. I was 12 years old. But I do not have to leave the U.S. to have this experience. It is right down the street. And in every day's news.

For me, it all comes down to true service and compassion to one another. Many of our elders are hurting, lower and middle class folks are hurting, and our health care system is a shambles. 'If you have money, you deserve care' seems to be behind every Republican position. If not, too bad for you!

Thirty years in education have showed me definitively: from birth to death, one party says shut up and cope; the other purports to care about the pain and struggles of the common man (and woman, and child). If I had political power, I'd make sure that children had good schools and more than adequate health care, and safe neighborhoods which support all those living in the community. There is no question but that Deomcratic candidates are much more closely aligned with such compassionate values and actions, in my opinion. Get involved in what matters to you!! ~Kathi

"Do two wives and a failed female CEO constitute diversity in Republicanland?"

No to mention a failed president!

I would be very interested for readers of Time Goes By to weigh in as objectively and honestly as possible on the age question. I barely qualify for the blog, so my insight is not the kind I'm looking for! I will say that my 80-year father -- who is healthy and as intellectually sharp as ever -- says that McCain is not up to the job and that age is a part of it. I get the impression that he sees McCain as an old 72. We've all heard about the forgetfulness in speeches and so forth.

I'm not waving a red flag here or being deliberately provocative. But I also don't think that this is a matter of ageism (sp?). Consider parenting: At 53, I know a lot more know than I did twenty years ago and would make better decisions. I also know that I simply don't have the energy for it and that that is a function of age.

Full disclosure: I am an ultraliberal Democrat who will vote happily for Obama. Were the shoe on the other foot, I'd still vote for him. I also applaud the selection of Joe Biden as a counterbalance of experience.

Why should the GOP stop at just 2 wives speaking at the Republican Convention.
Let's hear from all 3 of Rudy G's wives.
And John McCain's first wife Carol.

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