Alec Baldwin writes a really timely post about how Sarah Palin is really the next W in disguise. A mere puppet for the cabal that is currently pulling the strings in Washington DC.
But McCain is not Bush. No matter what you think of McCain, you can’t pin that on him. Now Palin? Palin is Bush. What helped propel Bush into the White House was not only some effective electoral nullification. It was his lack of a record in public office. The governorship of Texas is one of the more ceremonial of all the governorships in this country. The state legislature calls the shots. Bush came into power with less foreign policy experience than Barack Obama has now. And was “elected” to two terms. Bush had no foreign policy record to examine. He had only his father’s rich friends and their stranglehold on the Republican National Committee to call upon. It proved to be more than enough.
Bush was elected and, of course, allowed a cast of neocon savages to take over from there. We knew next to nothing about Bush and even less about how Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Ashcroft, Gonzalez, Paddington, Bolton, et al would manage the world post 9/11.
Someone going by the name “White Hat” wrote this in the comments section and I thought it was pretty on point. Did you know these things about Ms. Palin? (I did but that’s because I listen to Randi Rhodes who schools us in such things, dontcha know?)
We DO know things about Palin.
As mayor, the Budget Slasher got $28mm in federal earmarks and still left her town $27mm in debt. The Moral Icon fired city employees without cause.
As governor, the Budget Slasher presided over Alaska receiving TWICE the per capita federal funds of the next closest state. She lobbied for the Bridge to Nowhere and the Road to Nowhere. The Moral Icon is currently under investigation for abusing her authority. She has now filed a state ethics complaint against herself (!) in a blatant attempt to derail an independent investigation.
We know that the PlainFolks Outsider has campaigned for (allegedly) corrupt Sen. Ted Stevens, received improper campaign contributions from Veco (Stevens’ pals), and hired an Abramoff associate.
The Freedom Lover opposes “allowing” free Americans to have the same choice she had with Trig. The Loving Mom opposes sex education that might prevent unwanted pregnancies, such as her own daughter’s. We know her cruelty that issue.
The Patriot’s husband is a member of a secessionist group. She was a keynote speaker at one of their meetings. Their platform is not unlike that of the Michigan Militia.
From her convention speech, we know the Moral Icon happily lies about the opposition. It’s a fact: she made it look easy.
And we know that the Barracude Pitbull is currently hiding from the press, refusing all contact even in the presence of her attorney (paid for by the State of Alaska).
Heather, over at my beloved Dooce, wrote about it and in addition to getting over 2300 comments (!), she received email death threats as well. Nice, isn’t it? Gotta love that freedom of speech.
So, give your vote some deep thought. I will not sit here and say that Barack Obama is going to save us all. He’s got a BIG BIG cleanup job on his hands, no question. Is he up to it? None of us know for sure. But we can vote and then hold him accountable to his words. Accountability is sorely lacking in this current climate and those that are struggling to do so are painted as whackos. (See: Kucinich, Dennis and Bugliosi, Vincent) It’s a shame, really.
One thing Mr. Bush and his group have done is to awaken this country to what our rights are even as he/they pull them away from us bit by bit. I took the “separation of church and state” for granted. I see clearly now why that MUST remain so. This “marriage” between fundamental religions and this (and some other) administration is detrimental to us all and cannot continue.
Edited to add this and I say “HELL YEAH!”
In Indiana today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., expressed bemusement at Sen. John McCain’s nomination acceptance speech.
“I have to say, when John McCain says in his speech that he wants to reduce the rancor in Washington … and Iâ€™m thinking, ‘Did you pay attention to the last two days of your convention?'” Obama asked.
“I mean, What? Were you not, were you not watching?” Obama continued. “Did they not get the memo?
“You know, thereâ€™s got to be some consistency in how you approach these things,” Obama said, “Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with a vigorous debate because the parties have very real differences. But when it starts getting personal, when you start just focusing exclusively on trying to tear the other person down instead of what you are going to do on behalf of the American people to deal with this economy, then thatâ€™s not serving Democrats, thatâ€™s not serving Republicans, thatâ€™s not serving anybody and thatâ€™s the kind of politics we want to put to an end when Iâ€™m President of the United States.”