Meanderings and Debates

Every morning, if I see my friends, they cannot help but to comment on how inept President Obama is and how he should be impeached. The latest call for impeachment was if he bombed Syria when he did not have the votes in Congress. Of course, he did not do that. After all, Congress controls the right to go to war. Suffice it to say that the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was, according to them, an Act of Congress which made it legal for tens of thousands of men to go to war in Vietnam.

I have a tendency to befriend Republicans. I do not know why, maybe it’s because I do not necessarily think that, by virtue of their party affiliation, they are wrong. A lot of what Republicans say does make sense. We must rein in the budget, but not by not heeding the debt ceiling and we must remember that the last President to stay in the budget was a Democrat. We need to review Roe vs. Wade, but not by making it illegal for victims of rape or incest to get an abortion. We cannot be “tea partiers” because there is no room for compromise.

People are, by the authority in the Constitution, controlled in the ownership of small arms For instance, we cannot own every weapon devised by man. No one would seriously state that, the Second Amendment does not allow for the control of certain types of armaments. I would take a good bow and arrow anyday. Small arms are so suburban.

It seemed to me that half of the Pawtucketville City Council debate centered on the loss of thirty-three police officers. The overwhelming call by all candidates except one was to hire those who were laid off back. The fact that the debate was supposedly about the budget did not seem to matter. People in Lowell are scared, it was said, and they need those policemen back or new ones replacing them. Having been robbed myself recently, I kind of had to agree with them.

The debate was interesting and I have five pages of notes. The people whom I felt did the best included past Mayor Jim Milinazzo, City Councilor Edward Kennedy, City Councilor Marty Lorrey, and (eliminating their current status for the sake of brevity) Veasna Nuon, Stacie Hargis, Rita Mercier, Van Pech, and Bill Martin. I reserve the right not to vote for the above-mentioned people, but they did a good job. Getting eighteen people to sit across a theater stage makes for a tight fit. One person, one of three women on the ballot, did not show up. I should also include Joe Mendonca in that group that I mentioned. The others were, in my opinion, mediocre at best.

I found Marty Lorrey’s ninth place finish to be a bit disturbing because I have not seen anyone, except for former Mayor Rita Mercier, work harder on the Council. I do not agree with Marty on everything, but he really puts himself into constituent issues. I thought that he would fare better in the Preliminary Election. My good friend, George Anthes, says that it is a Preliminary Election because it does not involve political parties, and, if it did, it would be a Primary Election. He is the lawyer, I am just a Poitical Science major.

Speaking of Political Science, did anyone but me notice that WCVB television used a University of Massachusetts/Lowell poll in the Boston Mayoral race. Aside from the fact that it is probably easier to call an election in Boston than Lowell, I found that significant. In all areas, Marty Meehan continues to do well; pushing his alma mater and his old Political Science major.

That about wraps up the meanderings of this (diseased?) mind. Just a few thoughts. I intend to make it to more debates.

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