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Election '08

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The End of an Era

Recently televangelist and founder of the Moral Majority political movement Jerry Falwell passed away at the age of 73. Some hail this as an end to an era of hatred and bigotry while others mourn the loss of a crusader for conservative Christian values. The late Falwell was discovered in his office at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA on May 15th and was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital where he died from heart failure. He was laid to rest on Tuesday.

Whether you loved or hated Falwell, you likely had some opinion of him. As one of the most visible evangelical ministers in the world of politics, he was instrumental in the elections of officials, formations of policies and even the guidance of presidencies in matters of faith. His views were strong, his voice assured and his causes were personal crusades.

People among the gay and lesbian community felt the strongest of his criticism. At times he blamed them for everything from AIDS to disasters brought down by God. His statement that AIDS was God's punishment for homosexuality polarized many Christians and non-Christians for and against his preachings. He later referred to gays as one of the causes of the 9/11 attacks in an exchange with Pat Robertson another prominent televangelist.

While Falwell's strongest criticisms were of the homosexual community, he had no shortage of remarks to make about abortion rights activists and civil libertarians. His staunch conservative views left no room for the possibility that any views opposed to his were correct. Some would call his conviction strength of faith while others would describe it as pure unadulterated hatred. In the end his eternal fate is in the hands of a power beyond our knowledge or understanding. What is certain is that the world of politics will never be the same without him.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article.

The Mystery of Al Gore

Will he or won't he? That seems to be the question on every pundits mind as the 2008 election get's closer and closer. In a recent unscientific poll of Larry King viewers, 82% of respondents said they thought Al Gore should run for president in 2008. While on the show the former Vice President was somewhat non-committal about the whole thing.

After his success with the movie "An Inconvenient Truth" Mr. Gore has released a book “The Assault on Reason”. This book takes a hard look at American politics, foreign policy, the democratic process and spares no feelings in its discussion of the dealings of the Bush administration in Iraq and beyond. This book may well be the book to read for political analysts in the coming election cycle.

During his interview on Larry King Live on CNN the former Vice President called the post Katrina situation in New Orleans "unacceptable" noting that "parts of it look like a war zone 21 months later. It is completely unacceptable." When asked about the possible resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Gore had this to say: "...you know, he's been doing what the president has wanted him to do. And, again, some of the examples in "The Assault on Reason" have to do with the fact that a major wiretapping campaign, eavesdropping campaign against American citizens, without warrants as required in the Constitution, was secretly instituted and continued, and there was hardly any outcry."

While not committing to a run for the White House and not excluding it, the rhetoric from the experienced political veteran sounded much like the words of a man getting ready to seek the support of the people for his bid to lead them. Some have speculated that since the Democratic primaries began so early it would make sense for Mr. Gore to step in late in the process to take advantage of voter fatigue with the candidates who have been non-stop campaigning almost since the end of the November 2006 elections. With a groundswell of popular support and a sound political principle behind getting into the race late, it is a good bet that if Gore runs he will wait until shortly before the New Hampshire primary to announce his candidacy. Some expect an announcement as soon as September but nobody is saying that he is a sure thing at this point.
Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | Give your feedback on this article.



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net

 

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