Friday, September 5, 2008

I thought it was 2008- seems more like 1984

Sorry.  I know my blog is getting too political.  But, I have to vent/rant.  I found myself talking to the TV again last night.  Good thing the rest of the family had gone to bed.  I tried to watch the RNC and I did get through a lot of it.  But, I also watched a lot of America's Next Top Model.  I promise.  This will be my last political post- this week.  No matter what John McCain says tonight, I will not post about it.

First, I know both sides lie.  Both sides exaggerate.  Both sides vilify each other.  And, I hate it- from both sides. When Obama brings up that $5M income being middle class joke that McCain told, I get angry at Obama. It was a joke and you know it, Barack.  It's dishonest to use it in your ads. When his ads are more about John McCain than they are about him, I hate it. But, I have to say I think I saw a level of respect and honesty at the DNC that I simply didn't see at the RNC.  Even worse, what I saw the RNC was some of the best (or worst) examples of doublespeak I've seen since reading George Orwell's 1984. 

If the RNC wants to go after Obama's lack of experience.  Fine.  Fair game.  If they want to make the point that he has not served in an executive position, that's fair.  But, a lot (most) of what I saw coming from the podium last night was not fair, was not true and was downright deceitful.

The Republican Party is portraying itself as the party of change. They are the outsiders.  The underdogs.  John McCain wants us to send him and Sarah Palin to Washington to get rid of the "good old boys" (yes, Governor Palin actually used that term in her speech last night- referring to breaking up the good old boys in Alaska).  If John McCain is not a good old boy, who is?  How can the party that has held the Presidency for the last 8 years and the Congress for most of that time call itself the party of change?  Who are John McCain and Sarah Palin going to throw out?   George Bush- who spoke at their convention?  And, now the Republicans are the party of sensitivity.  They admire Hillary Clinton. They dont' know how those evil, sexist Democrats could have denied her the VP slot. They are the champion for all women.  Seriously?  And, women are supposed to buy that?  John McCain nominates a woman whose policy ideas are even more in line with George Bush than his own and simply because she's a mom, we're supposed to believe she represents change?

Then, there's the attacks on the "tax and spend" Democrats.  The Republicans have been spending like Paris Hilton on a shopping spree, have lowered taxes for the rich and have spent us from a surplus into a deficit.  Yet, they still trot out the line "The Democrats want to raise your taxes and expand the government".  Sarah Palin, the maverick, said "No thanks to that bridge to nowhere."  Yet, earlier when she was for the bridge, she was offended by the term "bridge to nowhere" and even though she later decided not to build the bridge (after it became a national symbol for excess), she didn't return the money.  She said if Alaska wanted a bridge they'd build it themselves.  Yet, she took the money for the bridge and didn't build it!

I cannot tell you how many times last night I heard references to how "dangerous" the world is and how John McCain has defended and will continue to defend us.  Now, I know the world is no Disneyland.  But, it's this very mentality that everyone is out to get us that is the very thing about McCain that scares me most (and the very thing about Bush that scared me the first and second time he ran).

No disrespect or sexism intended.  But, Sarah Palin is a clearly a political ploy by the Republicans.  Her lack of experience is a trap luring the Obama campaign into bringing up experience (which they have fallen for).  She is a woman, which give the Republicans a chance to cry "sexism" whenever anyone questions her on anything.  She's a woman, which makes the ticket "historic".  And women are supposed to be thrilled and vote for her simply because she is a woman. I haven't heard a single representative of the Republican party give a single issue that a Hillary supporter would find herself in agreement with Sarah Palin about.  Yet, they all say she should appeal to women who supported Hillary Clinton.  Now, that is sexism.  Last night, I kept hearing last night that Sarah Palin is a sympathetic figure.  Sure she is.  She's a very smart, very ambitious, faith filled woman with a lot of conservative values.  Was there some genius in McCain nominating Sarah Palin rather than Carly Fiorina or Kay Bailey Hutchinson?  Some of us have been scratching our heads over it.  But, now I see it.  Their qualifications for the position would not have been questioned by anyone. They would not have drawn the firestorm that Sarah Palin has drawn.  But, they are not as sympathetic figures.  I heard a delegate from Michigan say she wishes she could learn time management from Governor Palin because she sure must be good at it to be the Governor and be a hockey mom.  Is that a reason to vote for her?! Barack Obama has said that no one should vote for him because he's black and I could not agree more.  Vote the issues, not sex or race.

Sarah Palin was chosen to energize the base and possibly pick off a few Hillary supporters. Well, I have to say her pick has energized me, too.  I thought that John McCain was the best man the Republicans could have put up.  I admired his record as a maverick and, besides his apparent acceptance of the inevitability of war, I could go along with a lot of his policies.  But, this new John McCain pandering to the Republican base is not someone I want in the White House. And, the choice of Sarah Palin, IMO shows very little backbone, lack of judgement and is insulting to the American people and to the office of Vice President.  He chose a woman who wasn't even sure being Vice President is more cool than being Governor of Alaska.

John McCain's campaign manager said a couple of days ago that this election will not be about issues.  I hope he's wrong.  Clearly the Republican spin machine wants to make sure it's not.

I'm off to Obama's site to make another donation.  Thanks for firing me up, Senator McCain.

footnote:  Apparently, I'm not the only one who got fired up by Sarah Palin.  This in on Friday morning from the AP
Obama raises $10 million after Palin speech
ST. PAUL, Minn.
(AP) — Barack Obama's presidential campaign said it raised $10 million
Thursday following the Republican National Convention speech by rival
John McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin.
Obama spokesman Bill
Burton said Palin's address, heavily laced with digs at Obama, prompted
an outpouring of donations from more than 130,000 donors.
up over the previous record and the number is still climbing the more
Palin's attacks are covered on cable and network news," Obama spokesman
Bill Burton said.
The Republican National Committee announced
earlier Thursday, at mid-afternoon, that it had raised well in excess
of $1 million since Palin's speech. Republicans expect Palin to
mobilize their donors. But the Obama camp promptly used the speech as a
fundraising hook, sending an overnight e-mail to supporters to
McCain can no longer raise private donations for his
campaign because he has decided to accept $85 million in public
financing for the fall campaign. The Republican National Committee,
however, can continue to raise money through its victory fund. His
campaign reported raising $47 million in August, an impressive amount
for the Arizona senator that broke his previous record.
Obama is
not accepting the public funds and is continuing to raise money from
private donors. Fundraisers have said he and the Democratic National
Committee will have to raise more than $100 million in September to
stay ahead of McCain.

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