What is left to be said...

This week Americans went through another round of debates by both the Democratics and Republican presidential candidates. It could easily be concluded that both parties don't care about the interests of American people.

For example, the Democrats were elected in sweeping numbers into both the House and the Senate on the mandate that they will pull the troops out of Iraq.

The following are responses by the three top Democratic presidential candidates about pulling troops out of Iraq by the end of their first terms:

Barack Obama: I think it's hard to project four years from now, and I think it would be irresponsible. We don't know what contingency will be out there...I believe that we should have all our troops out by 2013, but I don't want to make promises not knowing what the situation's going to be three or four years out.

Hillary Clinton: Well, Tim, it is my goal to have all troops out by the end of my first term. But I agree with Barack. It is very difficult to know what we're going to be inheriting. You know, we do not know, walking into the White House in January 2009, what we're going to find. What is the state of planning for withdrawal?

John Edwards: I cannot make that commitment.

At least Edwards kept it short and to the point.

Unfortunately the second and third tier candidates - Richardson, Dodd, Biden, Kucinich and Gravel - actually advocated an immediate pull out, but because they are not getting the big corportate bucks, they might as well be invisible.

Meanwhile in Baltimore...

Something that resembled a Republican debate specifically geared towards issues relating to people of color took place last night at the historically black Morgan State College. But apparently none of the top GOP contenders - Giuliani, Romney, McCain and Thompson - showed up due to "scheduling problems." This is very hard to believe, as this event was planned a year in advance, and all the candidates agreed to attend. The running theory is that since most African Americans don't vote for Republicans, why would the candidates attend an event where their views on such controversial ideas as Affirmative Action and criminal justice might be attacked. But isn't it the job of a president to defend their beliefs? If a Republican is elected in 2008, he will not just be the president of the white, heterosexual, Christian United States of America.

Again, the lower ranking candidates, including a "special appearance" by Alan Keyes, who had nothing to lose, made the effort to show up.

"Fortunately, there are those in the Republican Party who do understand the importance of reaching out to people of color," said talk show host Tavis Smiley, the debate moderator, thanking the six other candidates for participating.

A total disappointment...When will the American people stand up against this nonsense.


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