Now the Race Gets Interesting. . .
I disagree with Bulletproof Diction's view that Bush's actions as President were 90% right (more like, 90% wrong). I don't think that Mr. Bush cares about nor can even relate to the average-income earning worker earning $55,000 a year or less. I don't think the current President really cares about the predatory lending by Big Banks and mortgage lending institutions which contributed to the recession the economy is in now. Plain and simple, I have my problems with Republicans, who are not noted for their social and economic reforms.
But I will not be voting for Senator Obama, and here is why:
Although Senator Obama's speech was truly eloquent and inspiring, reminiscent of Dr. Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy's oration so many years ago, extemporaneously his responses leave something to be desired; case in point, his ill-prepared remarks at the discussion with McCain in August at Saddleback Church in California, when asked when he thinks a baby should be entitled to human rights:
“Well, uh, you know, I think that whether you’re looking at it from a theological perspective or, uh, a scientific perspective, uh, answering that question with specificity, uh, you know, is, is, uh, above my pay grade.” - Sen. Barack Obama, on “When does a baby get human rights?”
Bad gaff. If it's above his 'pay grade' he should stick to his pay grade and not be running for the highest office of president of the United States.
But what is more worrisome to me and what I've posted about previously are Sen. Obama's avoidance of openly discussing his Muslim upbringing in Indonesia & his long-time affiliations with various Islamic and other radical organizations who seem to wish to undermine the heritage and culture of the United States, promote Sharia law in its stead, and who support terrorism and call for the destruction of Israel.
Some of his connections include Bill Ayers (of Weatherman fame), the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Jr. and his ties to Project Islamic Hope.
In this era of the war of Islamofascism against Western civilization - and do not mistake it, we are in a war of survival of our way of life, a war not of our own making - I cannot vote for someone who is not forthright about his own obfuscated past and his current affiliations with supporters of terrorism. Just go back to two of my posts on Senator Obama (-and click on the links in the posts), here and here to understand what concerns me.
Now, to the race-gets-interesting-part: how 'bout that Sarah Palin, huh? I was thinking of voting for McCain before, but now I'm really thinking about it. Palin is a relative youngster in politics, being all of 44 years old. Married to an Eskimo (no less), she is the mother of five children, the youngest of whom has Down Syndrome. She was city councilwoman and then mayor of the town of Wasilla, Alaska.
In 2006 she ran against and defeated then-governor of Alaska Frank Murkowski on a 'clean up the government' campaign.
So far, as governor, she seems to be doing the right thing: cutting pork-barrel projects (not kosher), and signing an ethics bill into law; yes, there is some controversy over her dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan possibly due to conflict-of-interest, but the investigation is still going on and apparently she is cooperating.
Does she have credentials to be Commander-in-Chief of the United States Military ('cause with our luck, McCain will take office and kick the bucket two months later. G-d forbid)? Turns out her eldest child, a son, enlisted in the army and is scheduled to be deployed in Iraq.
So far as I'm concerned, McCain/Palin ONE, Obama/Biden, ZERO.