Let’s go through the speech, line by line, and pull out all the references to policy (using as generous a definition of policy as possible) and the Republican vision.
“To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make
How so, what proof is there that John McCain supports services and assistance to the parents of special needs Children? What does the record reflect. Well, I went to the Senate website and did a little historical research on his voting record. It ain’t pretty. As with most things, McCain is a man who likes to say no. That is fine for a legislator and it is good to vote against bills that have good intentions but fall short of being effective in implementation. But if you truly stand for something you find your own approach. That isn’t McCain’s style. He is a No-man. You can’t go to the White House and simply sit and say no. You have to provide a vision! What do you want to accomplish?
“A writer observed: ‘We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity.’ I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman. I grew up with those people.”
“They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in
“[People in small towns] love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of
By 2050, that number is projected to increase to over 90%. 25% of Americans live in rural
“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
This is just too good to be true. We have spent years listening to Republicans tell us that social services should not be delivered by government, that social service nonprofits and faith based organizations can, should and will fill that role. Obama left school and worked with churches and nonprofits as a community organizer. Is the Rube now saying that her role in government was more important? Isn’t there some saying about shoes on other feet?
“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 talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.
Perhaps the Rube should have read the whole quote instead of taking it out of context. The actual quote was: “You go into these small towns in
“And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
If she had bothered to get the context she would have realized that the quote, while poorly worded, wasn’t denigrating rural voters, but rather explaining where their frustration comes from.
“While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for. That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay. I also drive myself to work. And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef - although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending - by request if possible and by veto if necessary.”
“Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources.”
Wow, more of the old and then those hippie solutions as an after thought. That is definitely the Change We Need! If you don't have a forward solution, why the heck are you running. How do you propose providing enough supply domestically? How much of an increase would that require? How will you move us off fossil fuel? What incentives will you create to foster sustainability? No discussion of the roots of the issue, just rhetoric.
“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”
Maybe it was my eight years in Communist
That was a lot shorter speech. She could have cut it down and not wasted our time. She totally cut into Seinfeld repeats (what us city folk, over-educated liberals cling to in this time of insanity).