Thursday, September 4, 2008

I take a moment from this regularly scheduled blog...

...to say how ill the whole RNC is making me feel. I don't understand Republicans, and I never will. Actually, calling it "Republican" is a bit of a misnomer. I was no fan of Ronald Reagan (which was no harm to him because I was, oh, 5 or 6 when he was first elected) but the tone of the "right" is so much more "wrong" these days. I don't understand how a party once known for for fiscal responsibility has become the party for radical idiocy and budget deficits. 


I was a Hillary supporter. I would love to see a woman in the White House, and I found that between her and Obama, there wasn't much difference--it was a cult of personality. However, as a woman, I am not so desperate for this goal that I'll throw the baby out with the bathwater and elect plain old CULT.


People on the right like to say liberals are:


Godless...and perhaps some are, as are some on the right (not counting the ones who have morals in name only). On the other hand, many have strong faith, whether it's Bible-as-it's-written based may be another question.


Privileged/Elitist...hardly. Both sides try to appeal to the masses by flaunting how "common" they are, but from what I've seen, no one does it as well or in as exaggerated a manner as the conservatives. Take our current president--he was from Connecticut and went to elite private schools, including college at Yale, where, let's face it, he only got in because he was a legacy. And, once he got there, he didn't work very hard either. So spare us the cowboy act, padre. Now, they've found themselves a hockey mom from the frontier to perpetuate this. I'm not dissing hockey moms or people from Alaska...all I'm saying is this does not necessarily a good VP make. So, working hard to go to school and succeed is bad now? What does that say for our country? Where will it go from here? Ask yourself: would you elect YOUR PTA president as VP of the country? Since when is being educated in foreign affairs bad for someone who is going to have to deal with foreign affairs? Holy hell. 


Baby killers...wanting to keep abortion legal and wanting to have abortions or wanting others to have abortions are separate matters. Period. If you expand the idea of killing as a sin to incorporate fully developed living and breathing humans, then perhaps a fuller assessment of the morality of the candidates can be made. War-mongering to promote financial gain is NOT a moral act.


Anti-military...The military is a noble and wonderful thing. Some people may not agree, but we need a defense. What we don't need is someone who fails to defend us in the first place via lack of intelligence and preparation and then uses false intelligence to send the noble soldiers to a meaningless war to die. There are many democratic families who have veterans in their family. I'm one. I don't oppose veterans, I oppose the policy of the current administration. As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, I find it offensive that the Republicans are USING the veterans' sacrifice in such a way.


Lacking in Family Values...I grew up in a democratic household, and I seem to have turned out okay. We ate dinner with each other every day. I didn't end up a teenage mom. And, think, out of the last 2 presidents, whose daughter(s) were seen cavorting about irresponsibly?


When I talk about the right and Republicans, I'm talking about the leadership and the general tone of things, not individuals. I respect every person's right to choose who they think is best for their nation and their family and themselves. I personally don't think that's John McCain/Sarah Palin. My main message here, though, is not to be misled by the rhetoric--on either side. (Someone could easily do a similar outline of how the liberals think all conservatives are gun-toting idiots or something). Don't let the loud clanging of the rhetoric obscure other issues that are more pressing. Dig deeper, and don't be so quick to judge. Why can't we all just get along?


All that said, I'll try to be less political now. I've been so upset by this and what it means for our country. But before that, here's a good article that looks at a few claims made by Palin last night from the AP, via Yahoo News.


Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention





By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WriterWed Sep 3, 11:48 PM ET



Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president. In some cases, the reproach and the praise stretched the truth.


Some examples:


PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... 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."


THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."


PALIN: "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."


THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.


PALIN: "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."


THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.


Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.


He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.


MCCAIN: "She's been governor of our largest state, in charge of 20 percent of America's energy supply ... She's responsible for 20 percent of the nation's energy supply. I'm entertained by the comparison and I hope we can keep making that comparison that running a political campaign is somehow comparable to being the executive of the largest state in America," he said in an interview with ABC News' Charles Gibson.


THE FACTS: McCain's phrasing exaggerates both claims. Palin is governor of a state that ranks second nationally in crude oil production, but she's no more "responsible" for that resource than President Bush was when he was governor of Texas, another oil-producing state. In fact, her primary power is the ability to tax oil, which she did in concert with the Alaska Legislature. And where Alaska is the largest state in America, McCain could as easily have called it the 47th largest state — by population.


MCCAIN: "She's the commander of the Alaska National Guard. ... She has been in charge, and she has had national security as one of her primary responsibilities," he said on ABC.


THE FACTS: While governors are in charge of their state guard units, that authority ends whenever those units are called to actual military service. When guard units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, for example, they assume those duties under "federal status," which means they report to the Defense Department, not their governors. Alaska's national guard units have a total of about 4,200 personnel, among the smallest of state guard organizations.


FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."


THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor's election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.


FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right — change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington — throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."


THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate.

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Associated Press Writer Jim Drinkard in Washington contributed to this report.

2 comments:

  1. I agree with much of what you say here. I will say though that Hillary was ready to bomb Iran, and more. She was no different than any of the rest. It is impossible to get into the presidential debates unless you are beholden to corporate America. Democrats and republicans: the two headed beast.

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  2. Thanks for this post. You sound like such a level headed intelligent person. I live in CO now, but from 1986 - 1990 I lived in the DC area. Gah. I was raised Democratic also and all I wanted was to see VA in my rear view mirror.
    Oh, and I live the vintage stuff, too, except your vintage is my life, because I'm so old!

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