Thursday, September 04, 2008

Same Old, Same Old...

So, it seems this is the extent of Sarah Palin's speech last night:

"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." said Palin, toying with the central theme in Obama's campaign.

Palin's 19-year-old son, Track, ships out for Iraq next week with his Army unit. The governor was unflinching as she contrasted McCain's military record with a lack of armed service by Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware.

"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," said Palin.

"I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities," she said in a swipe at Obama's own early career in Chicago.

Democrats argue that McCain, by picking the relatively untested and unknown Palin, had ceded his argument that Obama was too inexperienced to be president.

Palin also found Obama's lofty style of rhetoric wanting and devoid of details of where he would take the country if elected although she offered few policy specifics of her own.

"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 (Illinois) state senate... What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet?" she asked.
This all pretty much seems to be the extent of Palin's speech.

Let's recap.

The lie: She accused Obama of using change to promote his career and praised McSame for using his career to promot change. Except for one problem. The truth: McSame votes, when it actually matters, solidly with the Republicans on EVERYTHING. So how is that using a career to bring about change?

The lie: Military experience automatically qualifies one to be president. McCain served and was a POW (and Palin's son ships out to Iraq next week which, she implies, makes HER qualified to be VP), Obama and Biden didn't. Therefore, McCain is qualified to be president and Obama isn't. The truth: Being a military man and a POW does NOT make one qualified to be president and Commander and Chief. Sound judgement, like bringing the troops home from Iraq responsibly and shoring up forces in Afghanistan, which Obama firmly believes in doing, makes much more of a logical choice than "I served. Therefore I should be president." Further, serving as president is much more than just running a war. And McCain has never even RUN a war. And he's weak on economy, social reform, and wants to make abortion completely illegal. As does Sarah Palin.

The lie: A community organizer has NO responsibility. The truth: While she made reference to Obama's gaffe about gun-toting religious small town people who cling to their guns and religion when times are bad, presumably showing how Obama doesn't really care about the working class, Palin herself here more than implies that community organizing, which is a very important first step in politics, especially when the goal is the RESPONSIBILITY of helping people find jobs and get back on their feet again, is basically unimportant. In other words, Palin here did the exact same thing she accuses Obama of doing several months ago. She says community organizers have no responsibility to the people they are helping. But, I guess when Sarah Palin says it, it's OK.

The lie: Obama has authored no laws or reforms. The truth: Obama worked hard in the Illinois senate to help poor people, including providing healthcare to children whose parents could not afford it. His track record is long, the Republicans choose to ignore it and would have everyone believe Obama is a child completely inexperienced at politics. Except for one thing. The Republicans seem to think NO ONE has internet access to check these things. They really don't seem to understand people CAN think for themselves and that people, when sick of one party for completely screwing things up, will look to the other party with the track record of economic prosperity to put things back and make them right.

The lie: There's nothing wrong with the environment. The truth: What else do you expect from a gun-toting, religious fringe nut job who hunts and doesn't want to protect the environment, especially that of her own beautiful state, and was against putting polar bears on endangered species list (since doing so mean there IS something wrong) and from someone who firmly disbelieves pollution and screwing up the environment is man-made?

And all this while her five month pregnant daughter, Bristol, and her "fiance" who knocked her up and is being forced to "do the right thing" and marry her were sitting there... Lovely.

So, did she actually make any real proposals for this country? Hm. No.

In other words, once you get past her bullshit rhetoric, she's said absolutely NOTHING. In fact, she's accused Obama of the same thing, except Obama AND Biden have spelled out the reforms and plans they want to put in place. All Palin did was praise McSame's military service and mock Obama.

Some VP candidate...

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