Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Think about these examples: (Thank you Andrew Wilkow)
If you have been serving for over 30 years in Washington:
Conservative- You are what's wrong with Washington and we need new blood.
Liberal - You have experience and provide leadership and example to Washington.
If you are new to Washington with little experience in National politics:
Conservative - You are too inexperienced to do any good and don't know the ins and outs of politics necessary to get anything done.
Liberal - You are the fresh new face for "hope" and "change" that is just what the country needs.
If you listen to your constituents and vote in their best interests and not your party's:
Conservative - You are not thinking of the greater good.
Liberal - You are in tune to your base
If you cross party lines to achieve a vote you deem important:
Conservative - You are a bi-partisan
Liberal - You are a traitor
If you are a mother with children and you decide to serve the country:
Conservative - You are a beast who does not take her family obligations seriously.
Liberal - You are self-sacrificing for the better good. A trend-setter
You have children at home when you run for political office:
Conservative - You knew what you were getting into, it's open season on the family, what are you trying to hide anyway?
Liberal - You are running for office, not your family, respect their dignity and give them privacy, even if they wax political themselves, it's their right to do so.
Watch the news people, I am not making this up. And I am not talking Democrat and Republican. I am speaking of a larger distinction, one vastly more important. Conservatives and liberals have completely different views on everything from the right to life to the amount of Government involvement in our lives. Because the majority of the mainstream press is liberal, we get the news in the prism of their world view. I think they really do feel they are giving fair coverage, but they fail to think anyone else may have a different world view. They cannot relate to mainstream Americans. And that is what angers them the most. What else could have caused such viscous personal attacks on the innocent Gov. Palin? They cannot understand how a soccer mom could have energized a party. They don't get it and so they attack. I hear the false claims and statements echoed at work among people who are not political but watch the nightly news where they are bombarded with biased and absolutely evil double speak.
I agree with the recently heard sentiment that 2008 may be the year recognized as the death of legitimate mainstream journalism in America.
So on to the debate. I think she can do great vs. Biden. She has that charm that us regular Americans can relate to. But just in case she may be looking good, they have thrown in a stacked deck. One of the moderators has a book coming out Jan. 20, 2009 (inaguration day) about, who else?, Senator Obama. Yes, she has chosen a side and is set to gain from Obama's election to the presidency. So why is she still slated to 'moderate'? That my friends is the million dollar question.
Monday, September 15, 2008
So why are we not hearing stories about this? Is it because that would be like admitting that just the threat of more oil production brings down the price? If we ever actually get the ball rolling on drilling here domestically we can see a speculated price per barrel somewhere around $70 per.
So why are we not pushing for this? Because the media and the liberals(are they the same people) do not want us to know any of this. They are wrong and they know it. But they don't want you to know it.
But we already do.
Here's to an oil drilling ticket. Go McCain/Palin!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This was WAR! The very people who had declared war on us many years earlier. Osama Bin Laden had been behind the USS Cole bombing. We did nothing. Terrorists were responsible for kidnappings, beheadings, and US Embassy building suicide bombings. We did nothing. Under
the watchful eye of Bill Clinton, we refused to go after this radical but bold and fearless group of terrorists. We were even offered Bin Laden once. But Bill said he was too much of an 'hot potato' and refused him. And Bill Clinton knew who he was and what he was a part of.
As the twin towers collapsed. First the north tower, and soon followed by the south, chaos ensued. Everyone ran for their lives. People pulled strangers into shops or helped grab people under vehicles. The cloud from the collapsed stretched far and wide.
It was said it was like a war zone. NO, it WAS a war zone. And those who were not mere innocents targeted by cowards, were the brave men and women who we call Firemen, and Policemen. They were running into those buildings while everyone else was running out. These were true heroes. They buried many of their own that day. This act of terrorism was felt by an entire nation.
As soon as they dusted themselves off, and called their families to let them know they were okay, these brave heroes went right back to work. Because we ARE Americans. You can not keep us down. These terrorists awoke a sleeping giant. And as soon as we recovered from 'the sucker punch from somewhere in the back'(Great song) we went after those who would dare attack us.
And let us not forget the brave passengers on united Flight 93. As they learned during their hijacking, from cell phone calls to family and friends, they quickly changed from those who sat waiting for it to be over, to those who would take control of their own fate. Thes brave and heroic citizens stormed the hijackers in an attempt to take back the plane. They knew they were dead and were determined to deny these cowards their target. It has been concluded that flight 93 was intentionally crashed by those terrorists because the plane was being taken over and they knew the gig was up. Whether heading for capital hill or The white house, these men and women died protecting this country. Heroes, one and all.
We all stoop a little closer to one another after that. There was a renewed sense of National pride. A flag was raised by these fireman, there at ground zero, representing the spirit of America. It cannot be conqured.
As the dust settled, we see the Statue of Liberty. She still beckons all ye tired and poor. But I say it stands as a warning also. A warning that America is a land of freedom, and that we will stand and fight for that freedom. Many will give their lives and their treasure to do so. Today we remember them. Those who have passed. And those who carry the torch today.
I find it interesting that we have people in our country who have forgotten what happened that day. They have forgotten the feeling of terror so many felt. They forgot that for a moment politics was a side note. Republicans and Democrats arm in arm sang on the from the steps of capital hill. We were a nation full of resolve. Where has it gone. Half of this country supports an agenda of losing the war on terror. They are now suffering politically because we are winning ground and already shifting power to Iraq forces in many areas. This is also happening very quickly. We are still in west Germany and Japan. It took us years before we turned over control of those areas to local leadership.
By the way, this same argument was happening way back when this country was first founded. The Muslims operating out of North Africa had actually been known as Barbary Pirates. They followed the Korans teachings and enslaved millions of Europeans they captured at sea for many centuries prior. They demanded tribute or basically extortion to allow merchant sailing vessels to pass by unharmed. Our first Presidents succumbed to this bribery. Thomas Jefferson had had enough. He outfitted a Navy and decided to take the fight to the 'pirates'. What Jefferson knew was that these people were terrorists. They were then and they are now. The following is an excerpt from an entry made by Jefferson after talking with an Arab diplomat, asking by what right they attacked Americans at sea.
"The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the laws of the prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take prisoners."
Jefferson did the right thing back then and George Bush did the right thing after 9-11. Many can argue that certain strategies did not work as well as planned. But we still have not been attacked on US soil again. And we know of at least 4 major attacks on New York City that have been thwarted. And how many cannot be planned because we are keeping them occupied in their own homeland?
I mourn the loss of any American Serviceman. But I understand that great sacrifice is necessary sometimes. Every soldier out there knows the risks. They do not want it to be them. Yet they all chose to be where they are and doing what they are doing. Take the time to say thank you. These brave souls are why those who do not have the best interests of this country at heart, have the right to criticize. And why they are able to do so here in this country, safely.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The inbound flights to Alaska have probably tripled in the last week and a half. Nobody was prepared for McCain's VP pick. Especially the liberal democrats. They had their attacks in place for Mitt Romney or any of the other well qualified options available to him. Gov. Palin was a surprise pick on several fronts. They had kept it quiet. And what did that do to the liberals?
It turned them absolutely insane. All of their preparation was for naught. They had nothing.
They still have nothing. But that has not stopped them. Gov Palin has such impeccable credentials. Her approval rating is higher than any other Gov. in the U.S.
This is the list of what they are attacking Gov. Palin on:
- She has a 17yr old daughter who is pregnant. So what? She taught her daughter her beliefs, but her daughter is responsible for her own actions. And she did not get an abortion. And the her and the father are getting married. The family is supporting them. If they are saying this is bad, they will lose voters.
- She was Mayor of Wasilla, a town of ONLY 9 thousand. Okay, and Obama was mayor of how many? Nada, nil, zilch. He WAS a community organizer though.(?)
- She has no foreign policy experience. And Obama does? And by the way, The Gov of Alaska has to share international waters with Russia and deal with borders with Canada.
- Her husband had a DUI 20+ years ago. Not a great example, but what does that have to do with anything?
- She is the mother of five including a young 5 month old, insinuating she should stay home with her family. Okay, let me get this straight. They want women to go to work and be treated as equals, but only if they are liberal. Okay, that makes sense. Not!
The attacks keep coming and it seems that a story does not need to be true to receive air time. Understand this; The polls are not looking good for the Obamanites. And that's with the media doing what they can to give the Obamanistas a false pad. The more they tear at Palin and McCain the more people they turn away from their candidate. You wait and see. The attacks will get worse, and it will serve to further alienate Obama from those who have been supporting him.
I can't wait!
Monday, September 8, 2008
McCain is simply not the skilled speaker that Obama is. But after watching his speech I was way more impressed. Why? Well, I Just had a sense that he was more telling in who he was and what he stood for.
Obama has stood on the platform for 'change' and has cried that montra through the democratic primaries and now again in the push towards November. What I find amusing about this is that Obama is the direct product of the 'same old political machine' that has produced previous candidates. Obama's ascension is as scripted as they come. The only real change they offer is that he is a black man. And here I thought we were to vote for so much more than the color of his skin. He has been molded and groomed by the very bureaucrats that he claims need changing. He has no real plans to change anything in Washington. Other than increase the welfare state and push his(their) socialist agenda farther. For proof just follow the money trail. Moveon.org and the like are behind his campaign. And then when he selects his VP he selects a Washington insider who has been there for 35+ years. Change? Not!
On the other hand, McCain is offering REAL change. I definitely do not care for all his positions. But he has proven that if he believes in the issue he will do what it takes to enable that to succeed/pass etc. For those of us conservatives who were just not convinced that he would remember us, his base, he has proven us wrong. With his selection of Gov. Palin as his running mate he showed that he does understand that we want someone who will represent the conservatives on his ticket. And that she does! She also represents change. Geographically, she hails from about as far from Washington as one can get. And she does not owe anyone in Wahsington ANYTHING. She has proven that she will even go after her own party if they do not represent the people or the ideals she feels are important.
We do need change in Washington. And the McCain/Palin ticket represents that change. For all the hot air, Obama/Biden represent the same old politics, and worse than that a very socialist agenda.
I watched over the last couple of weeks the republican base get excited and I cannot remember the last time I felt this much energy within the conservative movement. I can only imagine that Reagan might be the last time there was this much energy among conservatives. I must be right because I have seen media bias and political hit jobs disguised as news but never to the level that they are now. Everyone must feel the buzz that came out of the republican convention. There is definitely a level of excitement that has been missing.
Side Note: I read an article today that stated MSNBC actually pulled Chris Mathews and Keith Obberman from political activities anchoring because even the liberals were disgusted with the gushing and obvious political bias they reported with. Kudos MSNBC, but I dont think it will help your ratings. But it is a start.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for vice president of the United States ...
I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America.
I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election ... against confident opponents ... at a crucial hour for our country.
And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won — the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.
It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.
With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost — there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war.
But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.
They overlooked the caliber of the man himself — the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better.
And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country first.
Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by.
He's a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight.
And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way.
Our son Track is 19.
And one week from tomorrow — September 11th — he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.
My nephew Kasey also enlisted, and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.
My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children.
In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between — my strong and kindhearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper.
And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.
That's how it is with us.
Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys.
Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.
And children with special needs inspire a special love.
To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.
I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House. Todd is a story all by himself.
He's a lifelong commercial fisherman ... a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope ... a proud member of the United Steel Workers' Union ... and world champion snow machine racer.
Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package.
We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my guy. My Mom and Dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town.
And among the many things I owe them is one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.
My parents are here tonight, and I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck and Sally Heath. Long ago, a young farmer and haberdasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency.
A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.
I grew up with those people.
They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars.
They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town.
I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better.
When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.
And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.
We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment.
And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.
But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.
Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.
The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.
No one expects us to agree on everything.
But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.
I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good ol' boys network.
Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve.
But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up.
And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.
I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law.
While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.
That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.
I also drive myself to work.
And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef — although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending — by request if possible and by veto if necessary.
Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest — and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.
Our state budget is under control.
We have a surplus.
And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes.
I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.
I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.
If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged — directly to the people of Alaska.
And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.
As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.
I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history.
And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.
That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.
The stakes for our nation could not be higher.
When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.
With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.
To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.
And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.
Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems — as if we all didn't know that already.
But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.
Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal and other alternative sources.
We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers. I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.
Maybe you have, too.
We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.
And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.
But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state Senate.
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.
Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.
Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.
Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.
Congress spends too much ... he promises more.
Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.
The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes ... raise payroll taxes ... raise investment income taxes ... raise the death tax ... raise business taxes ... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business — like millions of others who run small businesses.
How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.
How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy? Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election.
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers.
And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.
They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals.
Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things.
And then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things. They're the ones who are good for more than talk ... the ones we have always been able to count on to serve and defend America. Senator McCain's record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency — from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.
Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd.
He's a man who's there to serve his country, and not just his party.
A leader who's not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee.
He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man. Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House. My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery." This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer.
And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely.
There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.
It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.
But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made.
It's the journey of an upright and honorable man — the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home.
To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless ... the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God ... the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pinhole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.
As the story is told, "When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe's door and flash a grin and thumbs up" — as if to say, "We're going to pull through this." My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.
For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.
For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.
If character is the measure in this election ... and hope the theme ... and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.
Thank you all, and may God bless America.
I have nothing to add. Well done, Well Done.
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