22 May 2007

The Dream Presidential Campaign

Reagan Vs. Kennedy

In a year where the Presidential campaign for 2008 is running at a frenzied pace, a year earlier than it should be, and characterized by a crop of less than encouraging candidates (not including the still unannounced Fred Thompson), the above article from NR led me to think about what 1968, 1972, 1976 or 1980 presidential elections could have, without the intervention of the unfortunate turn of history, could have looked like.

On May 15, 1967, then Governor Reagan engaged in a world wide debate on stage with the left's then idolized Sen. Robert Kennedy (Bobby as the world would remember him as) with the Viet Nam war as the subject. The NR story relates how the underestimated Reagan ate Bobby for dinner much to the surprise of the liberal media.

Imagine the presidential campaign that could have been. Not just because Reagan, by the evidence available was the superior debator, not because Reagan was, well...Reagan and not because Bobby, appeared as, well.... as an uptight New Englander, but because the possibilities to put the champion of the right vs. the champion of left up for the American people to see, question, and evaluate. Compared to a possible Hillary or Obama vs. McCain, Guiliani, etc (again Thompson excluded) race, one is left hungering for the greatness that was America's political past. And, more personally to me, I am led to remember my President, Ronald Reagan in all his glory and grandeur. Read the article and imagine with me.

(UPDATE) The reference for this post came from a FreeRepublic posting. FR Poster "always right" posted the transcript of the debate which is post #22 which can be found here.

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What Words Offend Arabs? The Truth.

Children's Poetry Booklet Recalled After Arabs Complain
(Israeli censorship kowtows to Arabs.
When Will We Tell The Truth Without Fear)

(IsraelNN.com 7 Sivan 5768/June 10, '08) Ynet's web site and Arab complaints against a ten-year-old boy's poem about terrorists has resulted in the recall of all of the Nes Ziona municipality's children's poetry booklets.

Ynet boasts that its coverage of the poem resulted in its being recalled.

The text of the poem (Ynet's translation):

Ahmed's bunker has surprises galore: Grenades, rifles are hung on the wall. Ahmed is planning another bombing!What a bunker Ahmed has, who causes daily harm.Ahmed knows how to make a bomb. Ahmed is Ahmed, that's who he is, so don't forget to be careful of him.We get blasted while they have a blast!Ahmed and his friends could be wealthy and sunny, if only they wouldn't buy rockets with all their money.

Poetry competition director Marika Berkowitz, who published the booklet, was surprised at the protests and told Ynet: "This is the boy's creation and this is what he wanted to express. Of course there should be a limit, but I think the there is no racism here. 'Ahmed' is a general term for the enemy. These are the murmurings of an innocent child."

The Education Ministry told Ynet: "The local authority that published the booklet should have guided the students in a more correct manner through the schools. The district will investigate the issue with the local authorities."
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