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Friday, August 29, 2008

Now the Race Gets Interesting. . .

Although I don't agree 100% with Bulletproof Diction's analysis of Mr. Obama's speech, it's worth reading. I left a comment on his post on Senator Obama's speech, and that, along with McCain's surprising but brilliant choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate for vice president prompted me to write yet again, about this suddenly really interesting race for President of the United States.

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.



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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Democrats for McCain/Palin ... I will probably vote for a Republican for president for the first time in my life (but for our Democratic Senatorial, Congressional and local candidates). And that's from a former volunteer for Robert. F. Kennedy.

mb007bpd said...

Thanks for the citation! I responded to your comment on my blog.

--Bulletproof Diction

A Living Nadneyda said...

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.

Perhaps he should have worded it differently, indicating that although he feels qualified to answer many questions and make decisions in many fields, there are some areas for which he feels he would need to consult experts -- religious / theology, moral, political, or otherwise -- in order to come to a more complete understanding of the subject, and thus a better decision.

But hey, you're right - he didn't put it that way, and his answer ended up not nearly as well-thought-out as usual. I'm sure he ran back to his consultants to polish it up.

Lakewood Falling Down said...

Very well put.

ella said...

The world we hold in our hands is both ancient and advanced. Lined with the mistakes of the past we confuse them and believe they are patterns for us to follow. While the choice is ours, our skates are stuck in the ridge that their dance has made.
Between two dark shadows I pick the one with the most light. Then I pray. But in all honesty, I was cheering for Hillary.

Lady-Light said...

anon: Desperate times require desperate measures.
mb007bpd: You're welcome. Haven't had a chance to see your response to mine, yet, but am planning on it.
a living nadneyda: Yes, he could have said, 'that is a very serious question which has scientific and theologic overtones and requires deep analysis which I am not prepared to give at this time.' But he didn't. I can't infer what he meant by the way he said it. Bush probably would have been worse, though ('Uh, don't know 'bout that, dude')
lakewood falling down: Thank you. (don't let yourself fall down; get up!)
ella: (Welcome to blogging!)
Yes, the world is ancient and advanced. We look to the past to see our past errors: actions, and their consequences; from those, we need to learn what not to do again, and what to do instead. We don't have to be stuck in that 'ridge.' We can jump out of it. And, btw, Hillary was deep, deep in that ridge herself, wasn't she? How was choosing her, going on a new path--except for the fact of her gender?

 
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