Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I'm talking about Blue Star Families for Obama, an energetic group of active-duty military families who, although they respect the military service and sacrifice of John McCain, nonetheless believe passionately that Barack Obama is a far better choice for commander-in-chief.
The decision to support Obama for president by many military families is not an emotional one. It is based on careful study of his long history of supporting legislation that provides the best care and opportunities for our nation's veterans and those still in service. A comparison of Obama's senate voting record with John McCain's by major veteran's groups is not even close. He has voted in favor of veteran's benefits and attention to the troops something like 80% of the time in comparison to McCain's 20%. A case in point, as we all know by now, is the recently passed updated version of the G.I. Bill....
...as a Marine mom who has sent a son to Iraq to fight twice, and three nephews four other times, I know the question I would like to see asked of John McCain, because I never see anybody else ask it of him.
But then, why should they?
Less than one-half of one percent of our nation's population has been asked to fight two wars over the past seven years. They've been asked to fight it over and over again.
They've been dragged out of physical rehab from war wounds and sent to fight it again. They've been pulled away from suicide-watch and shipped off to fight again. They've been sent to fight it, spent a year or more there risking their lives daily, and then, while in line to catch the plane for glorious home at last--been pulled away and told to remain in-country another month or two, during which time, more than a few of those who'd been ready to catch the plane home wind up doing so in a flag-draped casket.
This army has been abused in ways I've never seen in my lifetime, and their families have paid a crippling price. Divorce, spousal abuse, child abuse, suicide, cases of PTSD--every single measure of extremely high levels of stress available shows dangerously high levels of it in the military. Junior officers and non-commissioned officers, those lieutenants and sergeants who tend to be combat platoon and squad leaders and absorb some of the worst horrors of war when they not only risk their own lives, but feel responsible for the lives of everyone under them--are fleeing the service in such large numbers that a serious shortage has resulted.
Even the Joint Chiefs of Staff have expressed grave worries of the strains on our nation's military to their commander-in-chief.
Not that he [McCain] cares or has listened.
The question she wants answered is this:
Just where does McCain intend to get the troops for all the wars he intends to fight?
She wants an ANSWER and she wants it now.
So do I.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Phil Gramm is the vice chairman of UBS's American division and a major lobbyist for the bank. In fact, UBS stands to gain BIG if foreign banks are part of the deal.
And ol' Phil is the McCain advisor who is, more than any other person, responsible for the deregulation that led to the financial collapse.
Josh Marshall has the story here.
I smell the stench of insider influence--again.
...several current and former executives of the companies came forward to discuss the role that Rick Davis, Mr. McCain’s campaign manager and longtime adviser, played in helping Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac beat back regulatory challenges when he served as president of their advocacy group, the Homeownership Alliance, formed in the summer of 2000. Some who came forward were Democrats, but Republicans, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed their descriptions.
“The value that he brought to the relationship was the closeness to Senator McCain and the possibility that Senator McCain was going to run for president again,” said Robert McCarson, a former spokesman for Fannie Mae, who said that while he worked there from 2000 to 2002, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac together paid Mr. Davis’s firm $35,000 a month. Mr. Davis “didn’t really do anything,” Mr. McCarson, a Democrat, said.
Mr. Davis’s role with the group has bubbled up as an issue in the campaign, but the extent of his compensation and the details of his role have not been reported previously.
You know, folks, with McCain, you don't know what to be more angry and disgusted with: his constant, brazen lying, his sickening hypocrisy, or his seeming assumption that Americans are so stupid and gullible that they'll simply swallow his BS. This latest revelation is just another in a long line of incidents that reveal the McCain team's dishonesty and McCain's utter unfitness for office.
Last week, when I got the letter from Robert Greenwald talking about John McCain's refusal to release his medical records to fair scrutiny, the fact that there are 1,000 pages of them (I create medical records for a living, 1,000 pages is EXTREME), and the news that he has had malignant melanoma, deep primaries with removal of lymph nodes, my immediate thought was "Then he's dying." If he were to be elected, he'd have an almost 2 out of 3 chance of having a recurrence if he doesn't have one already. This is not the kind of cancer you count on escaping from. This is not Stage II, as it has been reported: Stage II by definition does not have lymph node involvement. By definition, it must be either Stage III or Stage IV.
And she concludes:
If he is in fact a Dead Man Walking, then the choice of Sarah Palin as Vice President also becomes more than a Hail Mary pass intended to destroy any bounce from the wildly successful Democratic Convention. It becomes reckless in the extreme: Choosing an heir apparent who lies, engages in petty revenge, wants to know how to ban books, faithfully attends a church which believes dinosaurs were around 4000 years ago and Jews are punished by God for not believing in Jesus, has less foreign policy experience than a Delta flight attendant, doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is, and has less than two years experience governing a state with a population less than that of Wichita, Kansas or Raleigh, North Carolina.
We know that the secret cabal, the Council for National Policy, who hopes to replace American democracy with religious rule (THEIR religion, not yours), are the people who investigated Sarah Palin and "chose" her for McCain as his VP. Since he accepted their decision, fundamentalist organizations have thrown themselves behind his campaign in a way they had not before. It raises the question of a deal. What would a dying man have to offer power brokers in order to have their backing for the U.S. Presidency?
Quite the deathbed request that would be.
Are you as alarmed as I am at the moment?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Recently the Associated Press noted that "McCain has not shown up for eight Senate votes last year and this year to extend [renewable energy] tax credits, which expire at the end of this year. The last such vote was July 30." Yet at an Aspen Institute meeting in August, when McCain was asked about those missed votes, he simply lied to the audience.
"I have a long record of that support of alternate energy," McCain said. "I come from a state where we have sunshine 360 days a year ... I've always been for all of those and I have not missed any crucial vote."
In fact, on Dec. 13, 2007, the Senate was considering a bill to spend $13 billion on renewable power over five years. The cloture vote to allow the amendment to be brought to the Senate floor required 60 votes; it received 59 for, 40 against, and one senator absent. Yes, you guessed it: No McCain. A spokesman later said he would have voted to block the bill.
Again, in February, the Senate tried to include in a stimulus package an extension of the renewable tax credit, plus nearly $3 billion more for alternate energy. The cloture vote again failed 59-40-1. And again, McCain's absence didn't kill an unpopular alternative energy bill -- it stopped a popular bill from even coming to a vote.
Yet McCain continues to insist: "I have not missed any crucial vote." He would seem to be either a practiced liar who can fake sincerity, a pathological liar who believes his lies, or a man with simply no memory of key events several months earlier.
As for McCain's "long record of that support of alternate energy," consider the votes on renewable energy funding and a federal "renewable portfolio standard" (RPS) that he did show up for this decade:
Tax credits for clean energy R&D (2001)
Require a 20 percent RPS where utilities buy 20 percent clean energy ('02)
Reduce 20 percent RPS requirement ('02)
Waive 20 percent RPS if utilities balk ('02)
Increase clean energy R&D funding ('05)
Clean energy incentives ('05)
An RPS to require utilities [to] buy some clean energy ('05)
Tax oil companies windfall profits to fund clean energy ('05)
In every case, McCain voted against renewables, as did Sen. "Global warming is 'the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people'" Inhofe. On the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the biggest congressional effort to push alternative energy in more than a decade, McCain voted against it along with just 11 other senators. Even Inhofe voted for it.
Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.
Friday, September 19, 2008
If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."
Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.
If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.
Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.
If you spend 3 years as a community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 250,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.
If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising two daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.
If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.
If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America's.
If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Gramm is responsible for the rise of the wild and woolly $62 trillion swaps market. And he was chairman of the McCain campaign and a top economic adviser for McCain--until he dismissed Americans worried about the economy as "whiners." After that comment, McCain dumped Gramm. But was Gramm truly excommunicated from McCain land? Last month, he attended a meeting of McCain's top supporters in Aspen, Colorado. And at a dinner that day, McCain singled out Gramm for praise. Last week, failed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul revealed that Gramm, now an exec for Swiss banking giant UBS (which also lost billions of dollars due to subprime loans and swaps), had recently called him as part of a McCain effort to win Paul's endorsement. Paul turned Gramm down. (Both Gramm and Paul are Texas Republicans.) Gramm's Paul-courting effort seems to indicate that the fellow who has done much to cause the current financial troubles (and who was once considered a possible Treasury secretary should McCain win the White House) is back in the good graces of the McCain campaign.
Shortly after McCain promised he would "clean up" Wall Street, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, his running mate, appeared at a Colorado rally on Monday morning and proclaimed that "John McCain and I will put an end to the abuses in Washington and Wall Street that have resulted in this financial crisis." She promised a McCain administration would "reform the way Wall Street does business." (She was short on details and spent more time discussing Colorado sports stars from Alaska.) What neither she nor McCain has explained is how they plan to be able to reform Wall Street when they are being assisted by 177 lobbyists and the guy who greased the way to the current crisis with a backroom legislative maneuver. If McCain and Palin are serious about never putting America "in this position again," they ought to consider seriously writing down any economic advice they get from Phil Gramm
BTW, here is more about this amoral, unprincipled BFF of all white collar criminals, Phil Gramm.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
In 2000 McCain Wanted to Divert Social Security Money to Private Accounts. The Wall Street Journal reported that “[a] centerpiece of a McCain presidential bid in 2000 was a plan to divert a portion of Social Security payroll taxes to fund private accounts, much as President Bush proposed unsuccessfully.” The plan would put workers’ retirement money into the risky market and reduce the amount of Social Security payments they would receive from the government. The plan would undermine the Social Security system. [Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08]
McCain STILL Proposes Privatizing Social Security—Despite What His Website Says. McCain told the Wall Street Journal he still backs a system of private retirement accounts that he supported in 2000 and President Bush pushed unsuccessfully. The Journal reported he “disowned” details of a proposal on his 2008 campaign website that says he would “supplement” the existing Social Security system with personally managed accounts. But when asked about the position change he denied it and promised to change the website to reflect his true position. “I’m totally in favor of personal savings accounts… As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it—along the lines that President Bush proposed,” McCain told the Journal.[Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08; Campaign Website, accessed 3/3/08]
McCain Might Raise the Retirement Age and Reduce Cost-of-Living Adjustments. “[T]he McCain campaign says the candidate intends to keep Social Security solvent by reducing the growth in benefits over the coming decades to match projected growth in payroll tax revenues. Among the options are extending the retirement age to 68 and reducing cost-of-living adjustments, but the campaign hasn’t made any final decisions. ‘You can’t keep promises made to retirees,’ said Mr. Holtz-Eakin, McCain’s chief economic aide.” [Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08]
Monday, September 15, 2008
The nation's economic anxieties were sharpened by a historic upheaval on Wall Street with the announcements that financial giant Lehman Brothers was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy while titan Merrill Lynch was being bought by Bank of America for about $50 billion.
Charging that McCain was out of touch, Obama said, "He doesn't get what's happening between the mountains in Sedona where he lives and the corridors of power where he works. Why else would he say that we've made great progress economically under George Bush. Why else would he say that the economy isn't something he understands as well as he should.
"Why else would he say, today of all days, just a few hours ago — think about this, we just woke up to news of financial disaster — and this morning he said that the fundamentals of the economy are still strong. Sen. McCain, what economy are you talking about?"
Actually, there might be a few they missed.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
But there's just something breathtaking about John McCain's 2008 campaign, and it's not just because he's running in part on his reputation for candor and integrity. We're talking about a candidate who's been lying about everything -- his record, his running mate, his opponent, his agenda, his past, and his policies. He'll lie, get caught, and then repeat the same lie. He'll lie, get caught, and then lie about lying. He'll lie about some things in which the truth was just as good, but lying came more naturally. And he seems to be lying more as the race unfolds.
Will the media call him on it--and help save our country from the disaster of a McCain-Palin presidency?
And Karl Rove is acting as a consultant.
A storm of despicable filth, slander, and smears is already being thrown at Obama. Now these bastards intend to add to it.
2. Palin claims she was opposed to the so-called "Bridge to Nowhere". LIE. She campaigned for it, and after it came under fire, she kept the money that had been earmarked for it.
3. McCain claims Palin is against earmarks and pork barrel spending. LIE. Alaska gets more federal aid per person than any other state in the Union.
4. McCain claims he has never approved earmarks. LIE. He has regularly sought special funds for Arizona.
Friday, September 12, 2008
In 2000, there were 497 rapes reported in Alaska, FBI statistics show. That's a rate of 79.3 per 100,000 residents, the highest in the nation.
Nationally, victims' advocates have for years reported scattered instances of rape victims being required to pay for their forensic tests, says Ilse Knecht of the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington. Those complaints have subsided somewhat after Congress in 2005 passed a law requiring states to provide rape exams free of charge or reimburse victims for the costs, says Knecht, whose group supported the provision.
"The reason we passed the legislation was that we saw it was prevalent enough to be a pretty considerable problem," Knecht says. "There are no other victims of crime that end up being billed for evidence collection."
The Senate version of the legislation that included the rape-exam provision was sponsored by Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, the Democratic vice presidential nominee. Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama was one of 58 co-sponsors; Republican presidential nominee John McCain was not.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
My God. Are the Republicans ACTUALLY SAYING that this woman is the 2nd most qualified person in America to be president??
Day after day [Palin] said she had told Congress "no thanks" to the so-called Bridge to Nowhere, a rural Alaska project that was abandoned when critics challenged its costs and usefulness. For nearly a week, major news outlets had documented that Palin supported the bridge when running for governor in 2006, noting that she turned against it only after it became an object of ridicule in Alaska and a symbol of Congress's out-of-control earmarking.
The McCain-Palin campaign made at least three other aggressive claims this week that omitted key details or made dubious assumptions to criticize Obama. It equated lawmakers' requests for money for special projects with corruption, even though Palin has sought nearly $200 million in such "earmarks" this year.
It produced an Internet ad implying that Obama had called Palin a pig when he used a familiar phrase, which McCain also has used, about putting "lipstick on a pig" to try to make a bad situation look better. McCain supporters said Obama was slyly alluding to Palin's description of herself as a pit bull in lipstick, but there was nothing in his remarks to support the claim. Obama accused the GOP campaign of "lies and phony outrage."
The lipstick wars were fully engaged when the McCain campaign produced another ad saying Obama favored "comprehensive sex education" for kindergartners. The charge triggered the sort of headlines becoming increasingly common in major newspapers and wire services monitoring the factual content of political ads and speeches.
"Ad on Sex Education Distorts Obama Policy," was the headline on a New York Times article Thursday. "McCain's 'Education' Spot is Dishonest, Deceptive," The Washington Post's "Fact Checker" article said.
With Palin giving McCain's campaign a boost in the polls, Obama supporters are nervously watching to see what impact the latest claims will have. Surveys already show that most people believe Obama would raise their taxes — a regular McCain claim — even though independent groups such as the Tax Policy Center concluded that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under his proposals.
Lie after lie after lie. The McCain-Palin campaign doesn't give a rat's ass about the truth. It only cares about winning at any cost. So what if by lying they're spitting in the face of the American people? They literally DON'T GIVE A DAMN.
Rotten human beings.
Because Georgia is such a vital interest of the United States, I guess. That's news to me, btw.
Yes, Obama and Biden are open to Georgia being in NATO (a bad idea, btw). But neither of them would ever be so reckless as to discuss the option of war with nuclear armed Russia with such disarming casualness.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
The Obama team's response:
"It is shameful and downright perverse for the McCain campaign to use a bill that was written to protect young children from sexual predators as a recycled and discredited political attack against a father of two young girls - a position that his friend Mitt Romney also holds. Last week, John McCain told Time magazine he couldn't define what honor was. Now we know why."
I'll say it in plain language: I thought the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004 set the standard for all-out dishonesty, but the McCain-Palin campaign is setting the all-time record for lying and smearing. An absolute out and out scumfest.
John McCain hasn't been an honorable man in 35 years. He's a slimy, grasping opportunist who will do ANYTHING and say ANYTHING to win, however loathsome. Adulterer, thief, con man, grifter, and political sewer rat are terms more suited to him than "honorable". If this is how the Republicans intend to fight, I say, let slip the dogs of war.
Oh, and one other thing. As Dick Cheney would put it:
Go fuck yourself, McCain.
UPDATE: From Kansas City.com:
What happened: A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama's record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach " 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners." The announcer then says, "Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."
Why that's wrong: This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain's votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12.
But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach "age-appropriate" sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators.
Republican Alan Keyes tried to use Obama's vote against him in the 2004 U.S. Senate race. At the time, Obama spoke about wanting to protect young children from abuse. He made clear then that he was not supporting teaching kindergartners about explicit details of sex.
In shorter language: the ad is a goddamned lie.
And yeah, I'm really pissed off right now.
Monday, September 08, 2008
In another post, he states simply:
Think about that. On the stump, not a single word that comes out of her mouth -- or not a single word that the McCain folks put in her mouth -- is anything but a lie. I know that sounds like hyperbole. But just go down the list. None of them bear out.
We know, for a fact, that Sarah Palin lied about being "against" earmarks. As mayor of her small Alaskan town, she hired a Team Abramoff lobbyist to squeeze Washington for generous funds, funds far in excess of what the average American small town could expect. The lobbyist delivered nearly $27 million worth of earmarks to the town of less than ten thousand people: a fine haul, indeed. She said so herself, in her own handwriting.
So she lied. Baldly and repeatedly. McCain is now on a multistate tour, repeating the very same lies -- and for Republicans, they are applause lines. Huzzah to the "anti-pork" governor whose state is more dependent on pork than any other state. Hooray for the "anti-earmarks" candidate who made a name for herself as a champion of the earmark.
The question is: what of it?
There is absolutely no penalty for lying, in politics. None. Zip. Nada. Sarah Palin could stand atop a stage and declare herself moon-goddess of Endor, and it wouldn't make a bit of difference. Yes, the papers would correct her. There would be a few cable stories on how there was no prior record of her being declared a moon-goddess. In the end, however, it would not matter, and it would not matter because Republicans have decided that it does not.
UPDATE: This comment on Hunter's post was tremendous:
The GOP is a crime syndicate--get used to the idea. And with any crime organization the best way to assure fealty is to ask initiates to commit a crime. Lying may not be a crime but, in partisan politics, it serves as a gateway to real criminality. Lying publicly and blatantly demonstrates that the individual is ready to enter the "family." Some Republicans like Larry Craig simply live a dual life that opens them up to blackmail. There's no need to worry about Craig's fealty to the GOP, is there? But others, like Palin and Pawlenty make a show of lying to win the right to commit real crimes. Once a GOP politician has committed a serious crime they they can be trusted to keep faith with the party.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
A. OBAMA-BIDEN CAMPAIGN OFFICE LOCATIONS
Illinois people--YOU ARE NEEDED HERE.
Illinois Democrats can help here as well. Milwaukee is 90 minutes from Chicago.
Californians--YOU ARE NEEDED HERE. (Hawaiians too, for phone banking.)
Kentucky and Tennessee Democrats--work where it will make a difference.
THIS IS THE ULTIMATE BATTLE GROUND.
Illinois people are needed here, too!
Massachusetts folks: if we had worked harder here in 2000, we'd be winding up Al Gore's 2nd term.
Idaho and Wyoming residents: Work where you're needed
Tell the lying right wing beauty queen to blow it out her ass, Alaskans!
B. PLACES TO CONTRIBUTE MONEY
My personal Obama contribution page. I'm going for $10,000. Help me make my dream come true!
C. SOURCES OF EXCELLENT VIRAL VIDEOS
The Real McCain
Robert Greenwald's Brave New Films
D. SOURCES OF EXCELLENT VIRAL E-MAILS
Is this guy mentally stable?
The Senator Nobody Really Knows [McCain and corruption]
McCain's LOUSY Choice [thanks to Kossack Hudson!]
The Senator and the Terrorist
A Shocking Anti-Veteran Voting Record [Directly from Donkey O.D.]
Senator Do-Nothing, the D.C. Fraud
Job Killer, American Dream Killer
Don't Like Women? That's OK, Neither Does He
How to Cheat on Your Wife and Profit From It
Letter from a POW
E. VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR EVERY STATE
You know what to do!
F. HOW TO CONDUCT A VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE
G. FIGHTING REPUBLICAN VOTE SUPPRESSION AND VOTE FRAUD
Black Box Voting:
Brad Blog (This guy is a STAR!)
Secretaries of State
Obama's voter protection page
H. EARLY VOTING STATE BY STATE
Ohio is CRUCIAL here.
I. MEDIA ADDRESSES
A comprehensive list of 900 different outlets. Let them hear from you!
J. ADDRESSES OF PRO-OBAMA UNIONS :
K. A letter that I sent to dozens of Facebook friends:
Hey everybody, it's Joe Miller.
I've seen many elections in my long life, but I've never seen a more atrociously bad Republican ticket than the one that is now threatening our nation's survival. At the top is John McCain, Mr. 90% Bush Supporter, falsely promising change while he cozies up to every powerful special interest and lobbyist in America. McCain actually thinks that the whole Iraq War tragedy was a GOOD IDEA. He would do it ALL OVER AGAIN. He has said so himself.
And his candidate for Vice President is so dangerous that she makes me physically ill just thinking about her. Sarah Palin isn't some American Idol contestant. If McCain wins, THERE IS A ONE IN SIX CHANCE THAT PALIN WILL BECOME PRESIDENT. Those are the odds a 72 year old man faces within a four year period. Palin is a right wing fanatic of the worst kind, who is opposed to abortion even for rape victims and victims of incest. She is a creationist, an opponent of gay rights, and an End Times believer. She is even more fanatically pro-Bush than McCain is. She is supported by people who want to turn America from a Republic into a theocracy. She has been the governor of our 47th most populous state for a year and a half; her only other political experience was as mayor of a town of 6500 people (her term ended in 2002) and a member of the city council of that town. Most of you go (or have gone) to schools that have more people than that. Oh, and another thing:
About her record, about Obama, about her readiness for office. (See here:http://jamillerrampant.blogspot.com/2008/09/shes-simply-damned-liar.html)
McCain as president would be a disaster. He would continue ALL of the incredibly bad economic and foreign policies of the worst president in our history, George W. Bush. McCAIN WOULD BE BUSH'S THIRD TERM--PERIOD. But Palin as president would be a catastrophe. Anyone who is that grossly unprepared would be eaten alive by our nation's enemies and overwhelmed by the burdens of office. She would be a puppet of ultra-right radicals. She would be a blow from which our nation might not recover.
These two MUST BE STOPPED. The alternative is unthinkable.
So what can you do?
First, go to my blog and bookmark this page: http://jamillerrampant.blogspot.com/2008/09/j-millers-insanely-useful-action-post.html
There are all kinds of actions you can take using this as a resource.
Second, if you have $5 or $10 to spare (or know anyone who does), have them go to this page:
Urge your friends who feel as you do to also kick in $5 or $10. Urge them to hit my action page.
Just being angry and venting doesn't really accomplish anything. If Barack Obama and Joe Biden are to have a chance, it will be because millions of people like you cared enough about the country's future to help elect them. Please, please, please take action. I'm 56 years old and I've seen America go through some tough times, but I've NEVER been more worried about our country's future than I am now. Please don't wake up depressed on 5 November, wishing you could have done more.
The time for talk is over.
The time for action is now.
This is everything I could think of. If you have further suggestions, please add them in the comments.
The time for meaningless venting is done. The time for action is now.