Above The Aisle is a place to help counter the growing polarization in our politics. The leadership of the two major parties, Democrats and Republicans, are moving further away from each other towards the extremes of their respective beliefs. This has resulted in what Above The Aisle considers to be limited options for voters. Above The Aisle wants to change that by highlighting candidates for office who are either from other parties or running as an independent candidate.
There have been events in our history from the very beginning that have helped form our national character. But few, if any, have had such a transformational effect as 9/11 has. That horrible day will forevermore will be held up alongside Pearl Harbor as the definition of infamy. But while Pearl Harbor and prior events have served to strengthen our national identity and dedication to liberty, 9/11 has taken away from that.
For all the outrage and military action following 9/11, the primary response was to give in to fear.
Another election is over, finally!
Most of us are both upset and happy at the outcome here in Nevada and nationally. That is as it should be.
The Republicans have retaken the House, and the Democrats have retained control of the Senate. Let us hope that with balance restored to D.C. our government will once again realize that Americans are not left or right but just American!
Most, if not all high schools today have a requirement to take a semester of economics in order to graduate. This was not the case when my generation was in school and it shows.
For example, take this comment on a recent Sun editorial titled "Observing Labor Day"<: "We should have had a jobs bill that word 'stimulus' reeks of failed trickle down economics !"
Vegas PBS and KLAS have decided that there are only two candidates running for Governor of Nevada this year. A visit to the Nevada Secretary of State website will show several more, but they are being ignored.
I find it highly inappropriate that so-called minor candidates have not been invited to the debate that KLAS and Vegas PBS are sponsoring. The voters should have easy access to hear all the candidates, not just those that the television stations approve of.
The polls for the Nevada primary elections close at 7PM today. The real campaign season begins at 7:01. Now is the time for those of us who chose to ignore the major parties to get our own talking points lined up. Now is the time to start telling our friends, neighbors and even strangers on blogs that there are alternatives to the Democrats and Republicans.
Immigration, the Gulf spill, Wall Street, they all faded to insignificance. I spent five hours tending a wood-fired BBQ this afternoon, keeping the temperature at 225 degrees for a pork loin, smoking a La Gloria Cubana cigar and drinking a single-malt Scotch while listening to Talking Heads and The Art of Noise. 'Nuff said.
An AP story (via the Las Vegas Sun) titled "Administration seeks employer sanction review"< raises an interesting question. Specifically, if the sections of the AZ law in question promote profiling, then why is the existing Federal statute, which the AZ law took almost word for word, okay?
The fictional character Lazarus Long has supposedly said:
"Everything in excess! To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks."
Look at any candidate's campaign donation disclosure and you will likely see several contributions from people and firms that are located in the district that the candidate is running for. But often you will see contributions coming from an entirely different state. Why is this permitted?