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October 6, 2008


Most people in this country don't have the slightest idea what a Vice President does or what that person's powers are. That's somewhat understandable since most people are struggling just to pay their bills and buy food to feed their families. To say that they're distracted by those concerns, especially in today's world, would be a gross understatement.

I do think however, that we have every right to expect the person running for the office of Vice President of the United States to know everything there is to know about that office. Not only should they have an extensive knowledge of and appreciation for the actual authorities of that position but, even more importantly, what powers and authorities that position doesn't have.

The video below is from the one and only VP debate last thursday. This particular section zeros in on moderator Gwen Ifill's question about the candidates' understandings of the office they're running for.

Pay particular attention to Palin's remarks (at the 2:44 time marker) about what she thinks is the authority of the VP. Then listen to what Biden accurately describes as the VP's limitations.

I agree with Sen. Biden. Dick Cheney is the most dangerous Vice President this country has ever seen. He has pushed way beyond the actual powers of his office and is personally responsible for much, if not most, of the severe problems this country now faces. He has worked "behind the scenes" to undermine the United States constitution, deregulate almost all of the safeguards for fair and honest business practices, illegally manipulated no-bid, billion dollar contracts for the company he used to head (Halliburton) and was almost single-handedly responsible for getting us into the Iraq war by forcing the manipulation of CIA information about Iraq, Saddam Hussein and WMD's.

This is the man who Sarah Palin looks to for her definition of what she would be able to do as Vice President.

This should send chills up everyone's spines. Hasn't this country already lost enough? Do we really want to see the Cheney/Bush policies continued?