Thursday, September 4, 2008

Republican National Convention, Part 2

Here I am again with my thoughts on last night's Republican national Convention.

What can I say about Sarah Palin but WOW. When I was originally thinking about this post I was going to sturcture it like I did for Day 1. I was going to talk about Mitt, Mike and Rudy and what they said. Believe me they had some excellent things to say. Romney's comment, "It is time to stop dependence on government and fight it like the poison that it is" was striking. Mike Huckabee's thanking of the MSM for unifying the Republican Party around McCain/Palin was hilarious. Calling BO's tour of Europe "Obama's Excellent European Adventure" was wonderful. And then we came to Rudy Guliani who is like no other when he is on the attack. Those teeth, that laugh!

As usual Rudy hits it on the head:
to those who still feel torn about who to vote for in this election. I have something that might help you. Imagine you are hiring someone to do a job, a job that relates to the safety of you and your family. Imagine you have two job applicants, both honorable men. On the one hand you have a man who has devoted his life to the service of his country. He has passed every test. Even his adversaries acknowledge that John McCain is a true American hero. He has sacrificed for this country as few do. America comes first with John McCain. He has proved his commitment with his blood.

On the other hand you have a resume for a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a "community organizer". He immersed himself in Chicago machine politics. then he ran for the state legislature and got elected, and 130 times he couldn't make a decision. He couldn't decide whether to vote yes or was too tough! He voted "present". For the President of the United States it isn't good enough to be "present", you have to make a decision. A few years later he ran for Senate. He spent his time as a "celebrity" senator, sponsoring no legislation. He has never run a city, he has never run a state, he has never run a military unit, he has never had to lead people in a crisis. Barak Obama has never led anything, nothing, NADA. The choice in this election calls for substance over celebrity. This is no time for on the job training. No one can look at John McCain and say he isn't ready to be Commander in Chief.

I was already pumped and then came Sarah Palin. She is what the Liberals and those on the Left fear the most and understand the least; a self made woman who holds her office totally due to her own merits and not because of who her husband is (not to take anything away from Hillary's many accomplishments or for that matter Elizabeth Dole). Articulate, well informed, competent, in a job that she has earned on her own merits, in a successful 20 year marriage with a man who obviously adores her and is proud of her, with a family that is reflective of the majority of us and who is a Conservative Republican. Who couldn't have been moved by seeing her 6 year old daughter Piper holding her little brother Trig and as the world watched, kissing his face and then licking her whole hand and smoothing down his hair. Or Gov Palin's 17 y.o. daughter who sat there, very composed, with her fiance by her side, quietly holding his hand. Yes we all know that Bristol Palin is pregnant and isn't yet married but the Liberal Left would expect us to throw them under the bus for this rather than praising the Palin family for again choosing life and showing unconditional love for their child. Sarah Palin is a strong woman who is living the dream and doing the things that for the last 30 years the Feminists have been telling us we can do. We are supposed to be able to hold a job, have kids, have a successful marriage and be good at all of them. Hmmmmmm. Perhaps that was only if we were voting Democratic. I guess Sarah Palin and I must have missed the memo on that one.

Getting back to the matter at hand, The Speech. Gov. Palin had to give the speech of her life and she did so. I have heard it bandied about that she didn't write the speech, that she was only "parroting" someone else's words. Well of course she had someone's help in writing that speech you moron, all politicians do. Do you thin that BO spoke his won words last week at Barakopolis? My guess is that what we heard last night was written with the help of someone but was totally reflective of who Sarah Palin is. Another little tidbit is that there were teleprompter problems and that she did a great portion fo the speech from memory, ad lib and notes. I couldn't tell that, could you?

Let's think about what a VP nominee is supposed to do, at least in my opinon. They are supposed to reflect the Presidential nominee. Their job is to reflext what the Presidentila nominee is telling us that he or she (someday) will do once they are in the White House. The VP nominee is the Moon to the Presidential nominee's Sun to use a really stupid analogy. To use another phrase, the VP candidate is the "attack dog" for the President. Hmmmmmm. What was it that Sarah Palin said about being a Hockey Mom? Oh yes I remember, "Do you know what the differnece is between a Hockey Mom and a pit bull......lipstick." Sarah Palin did just what the VP nominee is supposed to do, she reflected who John McCain is, how much he has sacrificed for this country and what they paln to do WHEN they are elected in November. She know her stuff on energy policy and isn't afraid to say that we need to drill now. To quote Rudy, "Drill baby drill!"

Not that I had any doubts before but I think that Sarah Palin has no problem getting into a fight if she has to. She most likely will do it with a smile and with lipstick and high heels but make no mistake, she will take it to you if need be. A woman who took on her own party to win the Governorship and who took on the corrupt Republican machine once there is a woman without fear. A woman who continued with her fifth pregnancy despite knowing that her baby would have Down's Syndrome is a courageous woman. This is a woman that I will be voting for without hesitation and with pride.

There were so many good quotes from her speech that I don't think I can pick out my favorite. Well, maybe I can:
I guess a small town mayor is sort of like "community organizer", except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talke about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening. We also tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored tow memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate.

This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his won campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled bact to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? The answer is to make government bigger...take more of your money...give you more orders from Washington...and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world.
Since the announcement last week of Sarah Palin as the VP nominee the MSM has subjected her to the most vitriolic, misogynistic, over the top witch hunt that I have ever seen. With this speech she proved that she can take it and give it right back. Rather than doing an "Eagleberger" on her, they strengthened her commitment to this fight and the commitment of those of us out in "fly over country" who see in Sarah Palin our own lives and the every day issues that we deal with.

I am reminded of the quote by Isoroku Yamamoto, the author and executor of the attack on Pearl Harbor:
I fear that all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.

Amen to that


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