Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sarah Palin Speech Forgets The Issues

The Truth About Sarah Palin

Governor Sarah Palin accepted the nomination as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Republican Party last night in Minnesota with a dynamic speech. In a speech that introduced herself not only to the Nation but also to her own Party, Ms. Palin was perky, snide, humorous and personable. She introduced her family, shared her political experience and delivered left hooks to the Obama Campaign.

Ms. Palin was able to present herself as a Conservative Republican who will be embraced by the hard core base of the Republican Party. However, her speech lacked issues content. Ms. Palin failed to present her vision, ideas, and agenda that will deliver our Nation into the future. The only domestic issue she mentioned was Energy Policy. The Energy Policy that she presented was of course the mainstream Republican McCain Policy of more drilling and the continued use of fossil fuel. As a Republican beholden to the large Fossil Fuel Industry she failed to covey any leadership towards the future. Ms. Palin did not mention Health care, Education, Social Security, the failing Economy or the Housing Crisis.

Governor Palin did mention that she has no regard for the law of the Constitution when she said, " Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights? Government is too big ... he wants to grow it." Again another Administration is on the horizon that wants to do away with the rights of our Constitution. After the attacks of 9/11 President Bush was fond of saying that the terrorist hate us because of our freedoms. Well, it seems that the Republicans have allowed the terrorists to win by eroding the freedoms that they hate, and Ms. Palin agrees with this concept.

Although Ms. Palin presented herself as a small town woman with small town concerns she did not once mention the economic hardships that small towns are facing because of the Republican policies of the last eight years. Main Street Businesses are closed, food pantries are overwhelmed and coming from a town of less than 6,000 myself, I can tell Ms. Palin and the Republicans that small towns are devastated by the Republican policies of the last eight years. In my Town School Lunches are down over 20% because families can't afford to buy lunches on a daily basis for their children, but Ms, Palin failed to mention the economic cries of small town inhabitants.

Political jabs at the opposing campaign are expected but out right lies are not. Ms. Palin told bold face lies in her speech, " 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. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that's now opened for business - like millions of others who run small businesses. " Simply a lie.

Governor Palin tried to keep the myth alive that John McCain is some kind of reformer who does not get on well with the establishment in Washington. Mr. McCain's entire campaign is run by Washington Lobbyists, from his campaign manager to his speech writers. He is hardly a Maverick as the campaign likes to portray him. Senator McCain is so out of touch with the average citizen that he stated middle class is those making $5 million a year.

The theme and slogan of the Republican Convention and The McCain Campaign is " Country First", yet Senator McCain was willing to sell the office of the Vice President to the Christian Right for their support. Although Ms. Palin comes off as charming when you dig through the thin record as Mayor and Governor you will see the shocking reality. She is a creationist who believes that certain books are not worthy to be in public libraries, book banning is not an American Ideal. She has given speeches in churches where she asks the congregation to pray that a pipeline is completed or that a war is won. Does her God favor Corporate Profits and the murders of war?

In conclusion, Ms. Palin seems to be a charming, energetic woman but her ideas and agenda is very UN-American and her lack of world knowledge and domestic issues has not been expressed. The nomination of Governor Palin by Senator McCain is another one of Mr. McCain's gifts to the lobbyists who feared that the Christan base of the Republican Party was not going to support his election.

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