Sarah Palin – The Last Straw

September 23, 2008 at 10:37 am 5 comments

Chie From Chie:  I wanted to like John McCain. I really did. When you hear him tell his story as a POW and see his tired, broken body, it is very compelling. I watched his acceptance speech at the Republican convention and almost believed him when he talked about wanting to set a new standard for transparency and accountability in government. I almost believed him when he talked about reaching out across the aisle to share ideas – no matter who gets the credit. And at the end of his speech, when he asked us to stand up and fight for decency, faith, justice and goodness – I almost believed him.

I said almost. For despite what I saw at the convention, that John McCain is not the one who is running for President. The John McCain who apologized for not taking a stance against the Confederate flag is not the John McCain running for President. The John McCain who sponsored the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill is not the John McCain running for President. The John McCain who called the Swift Boat ads “dishonest and dishonorable” is not the John McCain who is running for President. Instead, what we have seen over the last 18 months is the John McCain from the Keating 5 scandal. We have seen a John McCain who runs campaign ads that are completely untrue.  We see a John McCain who ignores his own first choice and picks an unqualified, polarizing vice presidential running mate in order to pacify his own political party. We see a John McCain who sent a cadre of lawyers to Alaska in order to obstruct an investigation into Sarah Palin – an investigation that was initiated by Republicans.

My fight for transparency and accountability in government begins by voting Democratic in November. Any conservative views that I hold have been completely offset by my distaste of what has happened to the Republican Party and the people they have chosen to lead it.

The Republican Party has been taken over by the so-called “conservative” hypocritical Right. You know who I mean. They hate judicial activism – unless it’s for school prayer. They hate big government – unless it’s for creating an ineffective Department of Homeland Security. They espouse fiscal conservatism – unless it’s for big guns and a war that somehow manages to profit those who started/ran/supplied the war (Halliburton, blind trusts, chummy Saudi princes, etc.) They call themselves “federalists” who believe in a strict interpretation of the Constitution and then either ignore its precepts or ignore our laws. Pre-emptive strikes and torture have become part of our foreign policy. The Geneva Convention is thrown out the window, as are civil liberties, due process and the rule of law.

When asked what makes America great most people will say Freedom. WE THE PEOPLE have the freedom to succeed and the freedom to fail. We have the freedom to worship God as we choose or not worship at all. We have the freedom to speak our mind, even if it’s against our government. These freedoms are what define America and what make it rich and strong. We also have made mistakes along the way – slavery, McCarthyism, internment camps. But we have acknowledged those mistakes and hopefully learned from them.

The Republican Party however, seems to have learned nothing. Over the last 8 years George Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove (our own internal axis of evil) have operated on the basis that civil liberties are an inconvenience that have to be worked around and they have expanded the powers of the executive branch far beyond its original scope. For me, the protection of these rights and the re-establishment of checks and balances in our government are far more important than whether the capital gains tax is 15% or 28%.

I found this quote: “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.”

Sounds like any of our current leaders? It was said by Hermann Goering, Nazi Reich Marshall during the Nuremberg Trials.

Now, some of you may feel that John McCain is not George W. Bush and that McCain will bring our government back from the edge. I might have believed it until he picked Sarah Palin as his Vice President. By picking her to pacify the evangelical conservatives in his party, John McCain indicated to America that he put his campaign first, not his country. 

Even if you can forget the fact that she believes the earth was created 5-6000 years ago (ignoring the Egyptian and Chinese civilizations that were in existence back then), or if you can ignore her belief that certain books should be banned from our libraries (First Amendment) or a women’s right to chose (Fourteenth Amendment), or if you can ignore her pattern of behavior in abusing her power as an elected official, how can you ignore her current actions regarding the Troopergate investigation? Once promising full cooperation and claiming she had nothing to hide, Sarah Palin and the national Republican Party are stonewalling the investigation (if not permanently, at least until after the election). Her husband has actually refused to respond to a court subpoena. How’s that for transparency and accountability in government?

If John McCain chose her because he really believes she is the best possible candidate to be vice president (and potentially president), then you have to question his judgement. Of course, if you really believe she is the best possible candidate, then I have to question your judgement.

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She said, She said… Election 2008

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jamie Holts  |  September 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work 🙂

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  • 2. Jamie Holts  |  September 23, 2008 at 11:59 am

    I found your site on Google and read a few of your other entires. Nice Stuff. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

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  • 3. Sarah Palin - the Last Straw  |  September 24, 2008 at 12:52 am

    […] I might have believed it until he picked Sarah Palin as his Vice President. By picking her to pacify the evangelical conservatives in his party, John McCain indicated to America that he put his campaign first, not his country. …[Continue Reading] […]

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  • 4. DeeTee  |  September 29, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Holy Moly, Chie, why don’t you tell us how you really feel?! 😉

    Seriously: hear, hear! You’ve saved me the trouble of trying to put my feelings into words. As I’ve told you in our private opine-n-winings, I believe McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as potential VP (and therefore, potential President) is contemptuous of women. As in: “hey, women won’t care whether or not she’s qualified; she’s female and that’s all THEY care about!”

    Because McCain was also so obviously pandering to the right-wing extremists, I believe him now to be a contemptuous panderer.

    Nicely said. I’ll add some interesting links in my next post.

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  • 5. sarahpalinmoose  |  November 16, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Ms. Sarah Palin is gonna be qualificated pretty soon, like by 2012. Maybe you wanna vote for her then? She’s working on foreign policy by sending smoke signals to Medvedev from her house.

    http://sarahpalinmoose.wordpress.com/

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