In my “day job”, I spend a considerable amount of time driving. Thus, I spend a considerable time listening to the radio. For part of the day, that means listening to some “talk radio”.
Most of my readers know that I’m a liberal. I’m a Democrat. But, I listen to conservative talk radio.
I think Glenn Beck can be hilarious and enjoyable to listen to. I admire Rush Limbaugh’s analysis of the political scene; and I think Todd Schnitt is much more moderate in his rants than sometimes expected. And yeah, I do still YELL at the radio when they say stuff I totally disagree with. I do draw the line at listening to Michael Savage–he’s a loon.
I suppose you could equate my listening to these right-wing conservatives as “liberal re-con” or getting inside the mind of “the enemy”. And surprisingly, sometimes…just sometimes…I agree with or understand their viewpoints. It keeps me open and informed.
All of these radio hosts with their considerable talent “on loan from God” are brought to me daily on my radio through area radio station, WBUV News Radio 104.9. WBUV’s website alerted me to an interesting tool I would like to tell you about.
If you listen to “talk radio”, read political blogs or watch the evening news, you may be aware that voters for the 2008 Presidential Primaries are frustrated with both political parties’ roster of available candidates. The statements rise often: “I’m just not sure who to vote for” or “I don’t want to vote for any of them” or “I just don’t see a clear choice.”
So, how do you make a choice between Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards? Is John McCain really going to be better than Mike Huckabee? Is Mitt Romney more conservative for me than Rudy Giuliani?
Now, you can match your stance on the issues with the candidates by using the Presidential Calculator from VA JOE.COM
VA JOE aims to be your source for all things military. They are building a community of military servicemembers, veterans and retirees from all branches of the armed forces, along with their spouses and families.
UPDATE: November 2015; VAJOE changed its domain to AllMilitary.Com…Both sites are no longer active.
The Presidential Calculator gives you a list of 24 top issues in the 2008 campaign. The issues range from Abortion Rights and Assault Weapons Ban to The Fair Tax and Internet Neutrality. You pick your stand on each issue and gauge its importance to you. If you are unsure of your stance, you can read a very well written, yet brief summary of the issue and objective views “for” or “against” the topic. Then you have the calculator match you to the candidate that best supports and defends your interests.
You shouldn’t let the calculator TELL you who to vote for; but it does give you the percentages of what candidates best suit you. From there, you can do further research on the candidate.
I took the calculator test knowing full well that MY candidate would be certainly confirmed by the answers I plugged in. I was shocked to find that The Calculator had another candidate in mind. My candidate only matched 77% with my concerns. You can bet that I did some further reading on my choices, although I’m still not sure I agree with the Calculator’s results. I can also tell you that my wife’s original choice was not who the Calculator chose, either. But, her Calculator match was certainly a surprise for us. (Don’t worry…it’s liberal; wayyyyyy liberal)
On February 5, 2008, 24 states go to the polls to pick their parties’ candidate for the General Election. I encourage you to try out The Presidential Calculator and then do your research. Pick a candidate that best suits your convictions and your vision of where you want America to be. You may think there is no “clear choice”, but it is your duty to make the most clear and informed choice.
And hey…if you’d like; come back here after you use The Calculator and let me know who you were going to vote for, what the Calculator showed you, and if it affects your choice.
UPDATE: November 2015; Since VAJOE is no longer in service; I suggest “ISIDEWITH”. Another great calculator, that asks great issue questions, and lets you modify issue stances to a more personal view, just click on “View Other Stances” or “More Stances”.
“Getting Political” is a semi-regular feature of “On The Road With Dave”. While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; “Getting Political” allows him to stretch that imagination.