Re: 'Vick Should Have Been Executed For Killing Dogs'
posted at 12/30/2010 3:09 PM EST
Well, good to see everyone is lining up on the right/left about where I thought they would be. The comment, independent of politics, is absurd on a few levels.. First, the sentence was commensurate with the crime. Two years and a career including endorsement money is a huge amount to lose. Here in PA a kennel owner was cited 80 instances for starving/neglecting his dogs. As soon as the SPCA officer left, he shot all 80 of them. NO law against that. So you tell me, how Vick gets in THAT much trouble, and this guy is clear? Semantics. He was punished. More than a man who killed someone with his car. A person, mind you, not an animal. If Vick should not/could not be rehabilitated, the basis for our entire penal system is invalidated. He wasn't a pedophile. He had a point of view that was not in keeping with modern society. He says he sees the error of his ways. We should believe him until proven wrong.
As far as the Obama comment, this is typical Republican ear candy. They love to quote/cite Ronald Regan, but as I remember him (I served 8 years in the Army during his presidency, so I was paying attention) he didn't like this kind of stuff, and tended to be low key, and worked toward getting agreement with what he wanted, and building on relationships, rather than using the issue to divide/contrast the parties. When he wanted to rebuild the military, he did it by bringing in democrats, not alienating them. I think BOTH sides are working a bit hard to drive wedges, and it is the public that is suffering.
As far as the NPR comment, I don't lean as left as they sometimes do, but I also like a different voice in the news mix, and they provide it. Public television/radio has given us some excellent programming that the pay versions refuse to bother with.
I personally, stand on the mountain of being an American. That means, as it did when I was in the military, that I stand behind the President whether I agree with him, like him, or voted for him. He is not a socialist, or a muslim, or whatever trite denigrating label you want to apply. He is the President. He was elected. He can be voted out when its time. Meanwhile, I BACK HIM 100% in doing his job. Oh, and Carlson is an idiot.