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THE FIRST DEBATE…..Two Bracelets, No Sale

After first suggesting that the debate on foreign policy be postponed so that participants can work on the 700 billion dollar economic bailout package, John McCain joined Barack Obama on the stage in Oxford, Mississippi. The suspension of normal campaign activity by McCain’s campaign actually did little to effect the issue that it intended to and it was not a move that was seen through by McCain. The bailout bill has still not been assembled and neither one of the potential White House occupants have influenced the final product that either one of them will have to contend with in 4 months. That is disappointing. And so was this debate.

As someone who did not support McCain during the primary process for the Republican nomination, I am behind him now. Not because I feel he is the very person for the job, but because he is the best alternative we have for the job.

Some may see this as settling but I see it as necessity. A necessity created by the very diverging directions that Obama and McCain offer. Obama’s direction is a far left turn to the economic and foreign affair policies of Jimmy Carter. Not good.

McCain’s direction is a more middle of the road approach. It is an acceptable approach based upon experience and supported by his proven record. Not great, but better than Obama-ology.

I became a bit more enthusiastic with the McCain candidacy after demonstrating what I saw as strong, bold, judgment when he selected Alaska Governor and political reformer Sarah Palin as his running mate.

In this debate I was hoping for McCain to be able to vividly clarify the lines of distinction between him and Obama. I was hoping that he would be able to show that the two have starkly different approaches and that McCain has the experience to advance his offered direction in a more capable and competent way than Obama.

Instead I saw that the two men disagree on certain approaches. That is not news. The nation is quite polarized in their opinions and it will take a lot to change those opinions. So from that perspective this debate accomplished nothing. The same opinions held before the debate, remain that way after the debate.

Generally speaking, McCain did take a few more rounds than Obama. He was able to point out the disparity between Obama’s rhetoric and his voting record. He made it clear that Obama’s approach to winning in Afghanistan hinged on losing in Iraq.

McCain was able to point to experience and accomplishments as a source of support for his leadership, Barack could not.

McCain was able to point out the naiveté and inexperience of Barack Obama on seven separate occasions while on 8 different occasions Barack Obama agreed with the elder statesman, McCain.

So on a point by point technical assessment of the debate, maybe McCain won, but based on the overall results of this match up, it was a draw. Neither candidate was able to make either side of the electorate see the issues in a new light and from a different perspective. Neither candidate changed minds. If you agreed with our mission in Iraq this morning you still agree with it tonight. If you felt that it is wrong to try and grow our economy by over taxing businesses yesterday, you still feel that way today.

I can best sum this debate up with one example which played out during the course of the debate.

John McCain showed a bracelet bearing the name of a serviceman killed in Iraq. He explained that he was given that bracelet by the soldiers mother who asked McCain to wear the bracelet, honor her son and not allow him to have died in vain. It was a demonstration of conviction to finish the job that we started in Iraq.

In response, Barack Obama showed a braclette of a slain Iraqi serviceman given to him by that warrior’s mother. She gave it to Obama to wear in memory of her son and in the hope that he will insure that other mothers will not have to endure the pain that she has suffered.

So there we have it. Two men, two bracelet’s and two differing opinions. Neither one convincingly moved one position over the line more than the other. As a result, Americans have two very symbolic bracelet’s representing two very opposing visions but neither of the men selling those bracelets were able to make one more appealing than the other.

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WHY THE LIBERAL ESTABLISHMENT IS FIXATED ON SARAH PALIN

As far away from the dysfunctional mentality of politics as Alaska is from Washington, D.C.

As far away from the dysfunctional mentality of politics as Alaska is from Washington, D.C.

 There are quite a few critics of Sarah Palin out there. They don’t outnumber her supporters but they are louder than those who stand by her. Her supporters are not among the Hollywood elite or the newsroom water coolers. They are not the ones at the Emmy’s accepting trophies for their mindless portrayal of some lovelorn, sex and drug addicted, mistress on a never ending daytime soap opera. They’re not the ones sitting on sofas and describing their view of things while they wave their diamond, bedazzled fingers in the air during animated conversations from the insides of a studio.

No, supporters of Sarah Palin are the people who are hard at work during the day establishing their views based upon the real lives that they live. They are the people who appreciate the changing courses in Sarah Palin’s life which brought her to the vice presidential nomination.

Her critics like to make of fun her religious values and belittle her mayoral experience. When making fun of those characteristics doesn’t get them far, they attribute fictitious actions to her in the name of her faith or in the line of her duty. Yet, admirers of Palin appreciate the changing paths that brought her leadership to them. They appreciate the fact that by drawing from her personal, religious faith, she has functioned with sincerity, bravery , confidence and conviction. And she has done so without enforcing that personal faith on others and intruding on their own beliefs.

For all those who denounce Sarah Palin and her selection for the vice presidential nomination, I suggest that they take forty minutes out of their lives and get a grip on their loose cannon critiques of her. Pick up a copy of….

SARAH: How A Hockey Mom Turned
Alaska’s Political
Establishment Upside Down
by Kaylene Johnson, Epic Press

Long before Sarah Palin was nominated for Vice President, Alaskan author Kaylene Johnson penned this quick read because she felt the story around this new Governor of Alaska was remarkable. Obviously she was right. The 140 or so pages of this paperback, details Palin’s path from small town girl to big time leader.

In it you get a sense of her unintentional role as David going after Goliath and you come to realize that Sarah Palin is not your typical politician You will understand that she never set out to conquer the world. She simply set out to do her part in the world and fell into circumstances that forced her right the wrongs she found and to stop those who tried to use the system to short change the people around them. As each page in this book turns you develop a sense of how Sarah Palin was never driven to put her name on any ballot to fulfill some aching desire for greatness or the admiration of millions. Unlike many vain politicians who seek the praise of others and set out to achieve personal greatness, Sarah truly set out to do what she felt needed to be done and in doing so, greatness found her.

It is a simple story but it is also a powerful one One that will allow people to understand why John McCain selected this woman who was relatively unknown to the lower 48, but is a hero to fellow Alaskans. Readers will come to realize that Sarah Palin was not picked for looks or her gender or to try to win over jilted Hillary supporters. She was picked because she is a doer and because she is as far removed from the dysfunctional mentality and workings of Washington as her state is. She was picked because her direction and leadership offers what all Americans, regardless of their gender, needs…….honesty, integrity and sincerity of purpose. You will see that in choosing Sarah Palin, John McCain took on a partner who is the antithesis of all that is wrong in politics. Someone who cares not about the comfort of the political class but the needs of the working class.

If you think you hate Sarah Palin or if you thought you liked her, read this book.

After reading it, Palin critics will have to reassess their opinions and mindless attacks Fans of Palin will be wanting to run her for President instead of John McCain and they will better understand why the left is infatuated with here and fixated on tearing her down.

 

 

  

 

 George W. Bush, in an airport lobby, noticed a man in a long flowing white robe with a long flowing white beard and flowing white hair. The man had a staff in one hand and some stone tablets under the other arm.

George W. approached the man and inquired, “Aren’t you Moses?”

The man ignored George W. and stared at the ceiling.

George W. positioned himself more directly in the man’s view and asked again, “Hey there! Aren’t you Moses?”

The man continued to peruse the ceiling.

George W. tugged at the man’s sleeve and asked once again, “HEY THERE! Aren’t you Moses???”

The man finally responded in an irritated voice, “Yes, I am.”

George W., a bit peeved at this point then asked, “Why the cold shoulder?”

To which Moses replied, “The last time a bush spoke to me I ended up spending forty years in the wilderness.”

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