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puebloknot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-31-08 09:06 PM
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214. NOW has another view of Kaine.

So, let's look at some of the men whose names are being bandied about. Gov. Kaine is reportedly very close with Obama and is supposedly the frontrunner at this time. This concerns me a great deal, as it should all feminists. Kaine, a former Catholic missionary, is on the record as having "a faith-based opposition to abortion," and having promised to enforce the (numerous) restrictions in Virginia law. We think Barack Obama should look for someone who trusts women to make these important decisions with their doctors and their families.

Kaine says he will uphold the law, and the law is Roe v. Wade. But as always with people who hold personal religious objections to abortion, he does not say he will not undermine the law, as it exists, with new laws, given the chance.

I watched the interview with Kaine on Charley Rose last night. He seems an affable guy, with some good ideas I agree with. But he doesn't feel like a very strong person to be in line for the top job in the land, should Obama not be able to serve.

And he is doing, consistently, something that drives me crazy: I never heard him properly use an "ing" ending once in the whole interview. His comments were rife with "gonna," "thinkin'," "doin'," plannin'." Is he doing that to pander to parts of the country that don't have the best English skills? Is he doing it to make himself folksy and not threating to people who don't want to be "talked down to"? Or is he doing it because he does not have good English skills? He has an elaborate vocabulary. Why dumb it down with sloppy pronunciation?

I've even been critical of Hillary and Obama and his Michelle over this issue. They have advanced degrees. They're clearly capable of using the language properly. So why lapse into that folksy jargon in certain situations?

We need leadership in this country, and especially in the area of education. We have a dumbed-down populace, susceptible to every whim they see on television because they never learned critical thinking in school.

We want someone in the Office of the VP who presents a mature personna to the country, and to the world. People in Europe speak better English than some of our "folksy" political leaders.

Small thing? I think not. Language skills are important.

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