As someone who appreciates language, I can say that Palin did a fine job delivering her speech last night.Â She was poised, confident, and presented herself well to her core constituency.Â Looks like that Beauty Pageant training paid off.
If I was a Republican and reality didn't cloud my judgment, I would have been inspired.Â She hit all of the talking points that her folks wanted to here, and rallied her troops.
But did she say anything that would change the mind of moderates and independents?Â Or did she simply cater to like-minded people in her own party?
The Spectre of 9/11
Our son Track is 19.
And one week from tomorrow - September 11th - he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.
Of course, the spectre of 9/11 appears early in her speech.Â It's that attempt to use fear to garner votes.Â And noting that her son in going to Iraq, well, shows she shares something in common with Biden.Â
About that Mayorship
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.
Except your first order of business as mayor was to hire a Business Administrator, and then promptly delegate most of the duties of the mayor to him.Â The town threatened to recall you...twice.Â You fired everyone who didn't support you during the campaign, and even tried to fire the librarian because she wouldn't let you censor books in the library.Â That was how you dealt with responsibilities.
Having worked in small town government in my youth, most small-town mayors are NOT full time positions.Â Â It's a few hours a week in the office and attending a city council meeting once every other week.
I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.
Yet as mayor, you hired a legal firm to bring millions of dollars in earmarks to a town with, at the time, around 6,000 people.
I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.
Only after the amount of money they were allotting was determined not to be enough to complete it.Â It's already been noted time and time again you were in fact FOR the bridge..until U.S. taxpayers weren't going to foot 100% of the bill.
And oh, did I mention McCain was a POW?
There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.
It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.
Define that Victory for us?
Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.
We already ousted Saddam.Â We've installed a new government.Â What, exactly, defines "victory" in Iraq?Â This is the question?Â When they all convert to Christianity?Â According to the Republicans, we can't leave until the government there is able to run itself, but the government can't run itself until we leave.
About those terrorists...
Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.
Our failed diplomatic policies over the last eight years, couple with our "shoot first, make demands later" use of force, has strained our military might andÂ emboldened all of these terrorist states.Â Like a gang that takes over neighborhood after neighborhood because the cops are spread too thin, we can make all the threats we want...but we don't have the resources to do anything other than bark.Â We need to look at alternatives to war-mongering.
Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights?
Our Founding Fathers shared the same concern, you idiot.Â Have you even read the Constitution that you want to swear to uphold?
Have you bothered to read the plan?
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.
Link to the ACTUALOBAMA PLAN.
The Obama plan lowers taxes for the majority of Americans.Â It rolls back tax breaks for the wealthy installed by Bush, and closes loopholes that allow the most wealthy to hide money in off-shore accounts.
Way to Slap your own party.
...and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency - from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.
Hey, Sarah, it was the REPUBLICAN Party in 2000 that screwed over McCain, not the Democrats.