Monday Morning Poll

Monday, July 28th, 2008


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21 Responses to “Monday Morning Poll”

  1. #1 |  Thomas Blair | 

    Good poll. Most mainstream polls don’t include options like “Growth of government” and “Divided government”.

    My biggest thing is a candidate’s commitment to liberty, because it necessarily dictates the correct approach in all of the other areas.

  2. #2 |  Jet | 

    It’s rather a shame that we can’t weight our answers from most important to least important. For instance, of the three main things I’ll be looking at, personality/attributes is one of them. But it certainly wouldn’t rank first!

  3. #3 |  JohnMcC | 

    I’ve seen this PollDaddy here & there across the political side of the ‘net. Does anybody take them seriously? What is the ratio between ‘hits’ on the website and responders to the ‘poll’? How many responses do they get from the same reader? Seems to me that there is no chance at all that the ‘information’ gained is worth a cr#p.

    Does PollDaddy pay for the privilege of using the blog space? I can’t see any other reason to have it here.

  4. #4 |  Radley Balko | 

    #3 — It’s strictly for fun. No scientific value whatsoever. But they use cookies to prevent people from voting more than once.

    And no, I don’t get any money from Poll Daddy. I just like their interface best.

  5. #5 |  Lee | 

    I’m a mostly single issue voter this round.

    Torture

    The GOP is for it.

    I’m against it.

  6. #6 |  Larry | 

    I’ll vote for the candidate who will make Poll Daddy sort their results.

  7. #7 |  Nobody | 

    I tend to agree with Lee in a broader sense–our not following the Geneva Convention and established international laws is taking us down a road we really, really don’t want to be on.

  8. #8 |  Edintally | 

    Where is Education???? So sad.

    Feed the root and solve your problems.

  9. #9 |  perlhaqr | 

    Guns. I’m for ‘em.

  10. #10 |  HtownGuy | 

    Guns. I’m for ‘em.

    Me too.

    Problem is Obama is very anti-gun (sat on the board at the Joyce Foundation, has advocated nationwide bans on semi-autos, handguns, concealed carry). McCain is anti-gun (wants to ban private sales e.g. the mythical “gun show loophole”, supports banning guns with arbitrary cosmetic features e.g. the “assualt weapons ban”) and Bob Barr is anti-gun (worked on, voted for, and praises the Lautenberg gun ban which revokes constitutionally-guaranteed rights over misdemeanors.

    So, all three are anti-freedom when it comes to keeping and bearing arms.

  11. #11 |  crack | 

    Civil Liberties needs to be its own category.

  12. #12 |  The Brown Acid | 

    Nobody:

    “I tend to agree with Lee in a broader sense–our not following the Geneva Convention and established international laws is taking us down a road we really, really don’t want to be on.”

    I am really beginning to think that the torture of our so called “enemies” was never meant to extract information, was never meant to punish them (although on a case to case basis I’m sure more of the torturers were sadists than not – seems a job requirement), or to even terrify them (all the torture scandals have accomplished is creating more potential terrorists and diluting what little support we had from moderate Muslims).

    The torture was for *OUR* consumption.
    I can’t think of any other reason why the stuff keeps getting leaked.

    With Habeas Corpus and other civil liberties essentially gutted, I can’t help but think that this torture bullshit is the current administration’s way of saying

    “Keep your mouth shut and your head down, or you could be next.”

  13. #13 |  Zeb | 

    Two other options should be there: “candidate is not John McCain” and “candidate is not Barrack Obama”.

  14. #14 |  bot | 

    Other:
    Energy policy

  15. #15 |  cb | 

    #12 wrote: “The torture was for *OUR* consumption.
    I can’t think of any other reason why the stuff keeps getting leaked.”

    I could understand that, even if I don’t subscribe to that idea, because the only leap is from “suspicious foreigners” to “suspicious domestics.” And domestic police abuse is a problem, I’m sure we can agree.

    But I don’t see how anyone though it could have happened, and despite “war criminal” rhetoric, it hasn’t happened. What _has_ happened is that it’s been added to the list of circular reasons to oppose the current administration. In fact, by lesser debaters, it’s used to shout and shut down conversations even on unrelated topics. This is a disturbing pattern, and it’s why I read Balko and Reason.

    By the way, on the poll I only voted “Growth of Government.”

  16. #16 |  the brown acid | 

    cb:

    “I could understand that, even if I don’t subscribe to that idea, because the only leap is from “suspicious foreigners” to “suspicious domestics.” And domestic police abuse is a problem, I’m sure we can agree.

    But I don’t see how anyone though it could have happened, and despite “war criminal” rhetoric, it hasn’t happened. What _has_ happened is that it’s been added to the list of circular reasons to oppose the current administration. In fact, by lesser debaters, it’s used to shout and shut down conversations even on unrelated topics. This is a disturbing pattern, and it’s why I read Balko and Reason.”

    Oh I definitely agree. Threw you some Karma. Maybe it’s too early to be that paranoid about it. I know that none of our citizens have been tortured yet (that we know of) but you’re right, the precedent has been set to make it a very short leap from suspicious foreigners to suspicious domestics.

    You’re also right on another point – this issue has been unfairly used to demonize conservatives and shut down debates on completely unrelated issues.

  17. #17 |  the brown acid | 

    oops guess I didn’t need to quote cb given that my post directly followed his. My bad Agitator readers :|

  18. #18 |  Billy Beck | 

    Which issues will determine my vote in November?

    The ethics of freedom, sir. That’s which issue.

    I have never in my life submitted the matter of anyone’s rights to the chance of herd opinion, I do not propose to start now, and I say that every one of you should stop it, or be branded rotten sonsofbitches with a hearty “fuck you” attached.

    Stop it.

  19. #19 |  Tokin42 | 

    Listening to people whine about the “torture” the US puts people through is in itself, torture.

  20. #20 |  Lee | 

    I know that none of our citizens have been tortured yet (that we know of) but you’re right….

    I’m pretty sure Padilla was.

  21. #21 |  Luke | 

    Tokin42,

    Bet you wouldn’t be using quotation marks around torture if it was being done to American soldiers.

    For a real-life historical example, when the Japanese and Germans submitted prisoners (including civilians captured out of uniform) to waterboarding during WWII, the allies didn’t call it “enhanced interrogation”, we called it T-O-R-T-U-R-E and prosecuted them for it.

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