|The race seems to be all about Sarah Palin right now, even though she isn't around. She's not around in part because she's been getting a briefing on foreign policy.
I missed this last week, but the Washington Post added some detail to the Newsweek account of how Palin is getting up to speed, which I discussed here. The highlights include details of her trip to AIPAC, chaperoned by Joe Lieberman -- prompting yet more tea leaf-reading about her views on Israel. Another highlight is the list released by John McCain's campaign of the foreign trade representatives she had met with from foreign countries, which strikes me as among the more credible foreign policy-related credentials she has in a record that still remains very thin. The Public Diplomacy blog takes note of some other points from the piece here.
Condi Rice isn't impressed, either way. The Secretary of State declined to praise Palin's nomination in a recent interview, as she did for Barack Obama's pick of Joe Biden. I continue to be surprised by the lack of outrage from the right at Rice's friendship with Obama and some of her comments about the campaign; they've only indirectly attacked the State Department for undermining McCain on the campaign trail.
|Although the majority of the world's people are "waking up," becoming enlightened, and so, automatically, more & more peaceful, certain governments seem to prefer war – or find it to be the only way. They disregard the people's wishes, and persuade them through fear to follow them on a non-peaceful path. Where they are leading them and why is not revealed.
McCain & Palin also seem “hidden,” in spite of the fact that Sarah Palin’s persona is “up front.” Just a no-nonsense gal, salt of the earth, honest as the day is long, and a few other related cliches. She wants to “reform our country.” So, it’s more of the moralizing that we’ve endured for 8 hideously long years. Who are these people to reform anyone, to set the standard to decency or patriotism. Cliches, so many cliches. The fact is, the Republicans are squares! There’s just no way around it. Always have been. And, they speak with forked tongue. Especially now.
Details of some of Obama’s goals seem somewhat misty, true. It’s the campaign season. Personally I would wish him to be much more liberal. I prefer the positions taken by Dennis Kucinich. I think Barack should take Dennis up on creating The Department of Peace, and make him the head of it!
But Barack is destined to be President. Barack Obama carries in his being the hopefulness and love of diplomacy and truth that so many people have been longing to see! The image and the message are just irresistable. We all want to move forward – and upward! And to have a thoughtful and intelligent president in the White House seems like heaven about now.
Experience is much more than roles and accomplishments to be put on a resume. Experience is in the living that we do from the moment of birth, the judgement and discernment we develop by observing closely and pondering deeply. It is the character we form by the choices we make throughout our lives. Just by looking at Barack Obama up close, watching him listen, then think, and then speak, one can tell that this man has a great deal of experience. He seems fully worthy of carrying the honor and responsibility of being President.
|Florie | Homepage | E-Mail | 15.09.2008, 04:42|
|Some who promote Obama have mastered the art of the double standard.|
|BL | Homepage | E-Mail | 10.09.2008, 21:30|
|To elect McCain president because of Governor Palin is a mistake. The Vice President of the United States has no Official powers other than to break a tie vote in the Senate and assume the presidency if the President expires.
How is it advancing Women's causes to have a woman play number two for eight years? Did McCain's campaign show any inclination toward change prior to announcing Governor Palin? This is nothing more than a ploy. Is Governor Palin was going to be a major influence and player in a McCain administration?
I find that concept hard to swallow considering that she has is spending the last two weeks being force fed information from the McCain campaign.
Obama Biden have been campaigning for a change in the executive Branch of this country for as long as Governor Palin has been Governor of a state with a population smaller than most major cities in the United States.
What national and International Issues have Governor Palin been contemplating in the past 20 months.
I have family who have served in Iraq and are currently serving in Iraq. I respect and admire the Palin family for their son's commitment to our Nation.
Likewise I have a sister and three cousins who had unplanned pregnancies and have chosen life, two choosing adoption and two choosing to raise the child.
Governor Palin is an accomplished individual who has a life anyone could would and should be proud of. Governor Palin would be an excellent Presidential Candidate. To go from a complete unknown nationally to a heartbeat away from the presidency in under three months is not the way to do it though.
Stand Up America! Electing McCain because of Governor Palin is a Mistake. Give Governor Palin an opportunity to determine a path without being tied to the one Bush and McCain are lying down.
|Mat M. | Homepage | E-Mail | 09.09.2008, 14:38|
|Hey all let us put country first. Please look at the Facts. Sarah Palin and John McCain is an extension of George Bush. History will judge us if we get it wrong this time (and elect the Republicans) it will begin the decline of the US. The Chinese will take over|
|Robert | Homepage | E-Mail | 09.09.2008, 13:31|
|Women's rights are not synonomous with "Hillary-Rights." If you want to support the cause of women, Jill G., you need to look at the partys' policies. Despite the fact that Palin is a woman, the party of equal pay for equal work, the party of women's choice is the Democratic Party.
More than that, Palin is in the same position, VP candidate, that Democrat Geraldine Ferraro was in over two decades ago. So before you start repeating Palin's line about breaking through the glass ceiling, please note the Democrats broke it when Palin was still in high school.
As far as Clinton being a sellout: there's something you should realize. Clinton, unlike you, thinks the Democratic Party is the better party for the future of the country, so, unlike you, she's willing to put her emotions aside and support the Democratic candidate. You might want to rethink what fight your fighting. That's not "selling out," that's sacrificing for ideals--something you should admire, not deride.
Although, I suspect, like other illogical Hillary-fans you were never a Democrat to start with and so suddenly "switching" to the Republican Party was inevitable anyway.
|Jim | Homepage | E-Mail | 09.09.2008, 11:52|
|I am changing my vote for Obama to McCain after hearing Governor Palin's speech and I am amazed at the audacity of the Democratic Party and the Media.
For so many years they have been pushing equal rights for women and said absolutely NOTHING when Hillary was disrespected and mocked in front of the entire nation and then overlooked for VP nomination. Obviously, the powers that be in the democratic party never had any intention for a women to take on such a responsible position.
Now they ridicule the one woman in our lifetime, Sarah Palin, who actually has a chance to hold the second highest office in the world. And look at Hillary; beaten down and answering “yes sir” to Mr. Obama while listening to Tammy Wynette. What a sell out!
|Jill G | Homepage | E-Mail | 09.09.2008, 04:08|