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A Response to Governor Palin
09/04/08 at 12:14 PM by lauren<3s music
Disclaimer: When responding to Governor Palin’s speech, I decided to take the same approach she did when drafting these remarks; little substantive fact surrounded by a great portion of commentary. Some of these are personal thoughts and opinions with no clear reference, while others are based on readily available information as denoted by the footnotes.
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NPR.org, September 3, 2008 · In these prepared remarks, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin introduces herself to the Republican delegates by talking about her family background and her tenure as the governor of Alaska. She paints herself in the speech as small-town woman, who gets things done and who is an outsider to Washington, D.C. Throughout the speech, she also frequently compares the GOP ticket with the Democratic one. The speech as delivered may vary from the following text.


Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for vice president of the United States.
I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America.
I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election against confident opponents at a crucial hour for our country.

The crucial hour for our country was caused by the mismanagement of your party over the last eight years. While certainly all the economic woes cannot be blamed on President Bush, his tax breaks for the extremely wealthy, have certainly not helped jump start the economy. In fact , “
Since 2001, the Administration and Congress have enacted a wide array of tax cuts, including reductions in individual income tax rates, repeal of the estate tax, and reductions in capital gains and dividend taxes. Nearly all of these tax cuts are scheduled to expire by the end of 2010. Making them permanent would cost about $4.4 trillion over the next decade (when the cost of additional interest on the federal debt is included). [1]

And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges and knows how tough fights are won — the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.

I take issue with the “harder missions” because pulling our country out of Iraq and reviving our economy and restoring our diplomatic ties seems to be quite the challenge.

It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.

Experts all over, not just Washington, counted Mr. McCain out because his polling numbers were ridiculously low. He refused to give up perhaps because of his commitment to this country, but also because this is his last chance for the office of President.

With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost — there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war.

Another “win at all costs” candidate. That sounds very familiar.

But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.
They overlooked the caliber of the man himself — the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Sen. John McCain. The voters knew better.

It is the primary process. While you have all the “executive” experience in the world, perhaps you should brush up on the nomination process. The “pollsters and pundits” do not decide. Of course the voters decide. Let’s move on from stating the obvious.

And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country first.

Once again, of course the voters realize that we need leadership and to put our country and our citizen’s best interest first. That would be a change from the current administration, one in which your ticket does not support.

Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by.

Mr. McCain is to be commended for his service in uniform to this country. No one has the right to disparage any of our troops’ service.

He's a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight.

Mr. McCain consistently refuses to provide troops with the thing they need the most; relief. He also has not supported the majority of his colleague Mr. Webb’s work in the Senate, to improve many of these veteran’s benefits. Mr. Webb has introduced many bills, such as S.1825 which would reevaluate wartime contracts in Iraq, S. 22 which would provide education assistance to the military, and S. 759 which would prevent diverting military funds to operations in Iran. To date, Mr. McCain has not supported any of these bills. For full cosponsor information, please visit THOMAS .

Victory is within sight; are we talking about the same war here? The Iraqi government has made it clear that they no longer want our troop presence after 2011. We have been responsible for the destabilization of an entire region, let along a country. We have had thousands and thousands of troops die or return injured only to receive subpar care. Our veterans and troops are suffering; it is just sad that one of their own is contributing to it.

And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way.

You are one of many people so says an extra prayer for the troops. You are no different from anyone else and you support and belong a party who continues to allow “our sons and daughters” to go into “harm’s way” without one legitimate and consistent reason.

Our son Track is 19.
And one week from tomorrow — Sept. 11 — he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.

What a coincidence that your son will be deployed on the same day as one of our greatest national tragedies. I wish him all the best.

My nephew Kasey also enlisted and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.

May he have a safe return.

My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children.
In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between — my strong and kind-hearted daughters, Bristol, Willow and Piper.
And in April, my husband, Todd, and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.

I will refrain from comments here, because family is off limits.

That's how it is with us.
Our family has the same ups and downs as any other — the same challenges and the same joys.
Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.

Congratulations, you are now like every other American family. Except your income alone is over $20,000 what the average household (of your family’s size) brings in and the state currently pays for all of your cost of living expenses. In 2001, the Governor of Alaska made $81,648[2], whereas in 2001 the MEDIAN, note, not the average income, was $59,898[3].

And children with special needs inspire a special love.
To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.
I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.

Funny how at this point in her speech, she is a friend and advocate to a particular interest groups, and later she goes on to say she will reform their reach in the White House. Additionally, it’s interesting that the Governor is unaware that her colleague has not supported programs that could make the lives of special needs children, and children in general, better. One example, is his lack of support of such preventative measures such as newborn screening (S.1858), which Senator McCain failed to cosponsor, despite this seemingly positive message portrayed by Palin.

Todd is a story all by himself. He's a lifelong commercial fisherman ... a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope ... a proud member of the United Steel Workers Union ... and world champion snow machine racer.
Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package.
We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my guy. My mom and dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town.
And among the many things I owe them is one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.

Unless that door is a family planning clinic.

My parents are here tonight, and I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck and Sally Heath. Long ago, a young farmer and haberdasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency.
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 America who grow our food, run our factories and fight our wars.
They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town.

So no one can love their country if they are not from a small town, fight for their country, run a factory, etc. Basically unless you’re from a one stoplight town, you don’t matter. Good to know.

I was just your average hockey mom and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better.

I want someone above average to be my Vice President. Where is your education? What is your background? Wow you popped out 5 kids, congratulations. So have many others.

When I ran for City Council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.
And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "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 talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.

What are those “actual responsibilities” you are explaining to me? I see NO explanation as promised by your statement above. Mr. Obama actually outlines some of his responsibilities in his biography as to what a community organizer entails. “…where he became a community organizer with a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment.” Sure it isn’t the detailed description you would like to see on a resume, but at least I as a reasonable person, can fathom what you would do as a community organizer given these issues. Basic parameters are helpful. Oh and there’s that whole state and national serving office thing, you seemed to discount.

1. Not all working people fall into the religion and gun category.

2. You can be for hard work and the middle class without being “pro-gun” – the two are not mutually exclusive.

3. In case you haven’t realized, Mr. Obama is a rather religious man himself. I highly doubt he would criticize anyone’s religious choices, unless they were blinded by their views, just as any other characteristic would. Say hockey for example.

We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.

And I prefer candidates who don’t speak to me one way in Pennsylvania and have their friends speak to me, on their behalf in Minnesota. Go Packers!

As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.

Palin has been a member of the Republican Party since 1982. Some may not call that permanent, but 26 years seems like quite an established relationship.

But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

We do expect this. It is a shame that we have been failed by our leadership, for the past eight years. It is also a shame that your colleague, Mr. McCain, has supported this leadership over 90 percent of the time.

Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.
The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.
No one expects us to agree on everything.
But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.

Once again, we do expect this. It is a shame that we have been failed by our leadership, for the past eight years. It is also a shame that your colleague, Mr. McCain, has supported this leadership over 90 percent of the time.

I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network.

The special interest groups such as those that pertain to special needs children? The lobbyists, such as those that you hired to work towards achieving appropriations earmarks via Senator Stevens office? The Good-ol’ boys network, such as McCain and company, who have been in Congress since 1982.

Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve.
But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up.
And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.
I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law.
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.

Congratulations, you achieved “reform.” You also have courted special interest and have quite questionable ethics as demonstrated by your actions with the state troopers and librarians.

In addition, you are right. Jets and chefs are over the top. Congrats for learning how to use eBay and joining us in the 21st century. Oh and just so you don’t think you’re alone, millions of Americans drive themselves to work. But generally speaking our commute is kind of a bitch compared to the small town drive of Alaska. Join me won’t you at 8:30 am trying to cross over the 14th street bridge; then tell me you don’t want a jet.

Sen. McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest — and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.

Great, veto threats already. Let’s already promise to get nothing done in a McCain administration. I guess SCHIP won’t happen for another 10 years. Just remember that as we have generations of children who become poorer and sicker. “About half of the 33.2 million low-income children receive coverage from public programs, while 29% have private coverage (Figure 1). The majority of children with public coverage are in the Medicaid program (28 million) and 6 million are covered through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). However, 9 million children remain uninsured.”[4]

Our state budget is under control.
We have a surplus.
And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes.

Define wasteful spending, because I bet what is wasteful to upper class, is useful to middle class Americans. Say, more educational resources? Health care providers?

These things cost money, that money must come from somewhere. Oh right, the jet. My bad. Funny because according to statehealthfacts.org, your state has a population of 647,202 (at the time of the survey) and 111,209 people who are uninsured, with an additional 76,391 citizens relying on Federal funded health programs. Perhaps you should take that and invest in the health of your constituents. I’m sure many of them would like to be able to have affordable health coverage.

I suspended the state fuel tax and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.
I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.
If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged — directly to the people of Alaska.

After you spent taxpayer dollars trying to get the bridge. Now you have nothing to show for it. Good job. Oh and that revenue only allows about 24,328 people to purchase health insurance.

And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.

As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.
I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history.
And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly 40 billion-dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.
That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.
The stakes for our nation could not be higher.
When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.
With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.
To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.
And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: We've got lots of both.
Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems — as if we all didn't know that already.
But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.
Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more nuclear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal and other alternative sources.

Really, this is your energy policy. To set up a pipeline and drill in one location. Wow, gee I wonder if OPEC is shaking in their boots. We don’t know how much oil we have, we don’t know how long it could sustain us. I agree, we do need to reduce dependence on oil, but here is where we differ; we need to reduce dependence on ALL oil, foreign and domestic and create incentives to research alternative fuel sources.

Oh and who is going to pay for all these pipelines and nuclear plants? The middle class? You mean us under 5 million dollar people? Gee thanks. That is going to help my family’s budget tremendously.

We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers. I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.
Maybe you have, too.
We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.
And 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 two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state Senate.

Funny because in the two years the 110th Congress has been in session, he is credited with 129 different pieces of legislation and/or amendments to legislation but I guess those don’t count.

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 own campaign.

Where have we achieved victory? By your own proclamation victory is “in sight” or did you forget about the first portion of your speech?

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 back to some studio lot — what exactly is our opponent's plan?

Governor Palin, you reference eBay earlier, so it is clear to me you do know how to use the internet. Perhaps you should visit your opponents website and see his plan which he has clearly defined in a 32 page PDF. Or his health care plan which is clearly defined in a 15 page PDF, which does not include the FAQs section. So for all those wondering just what Obama’s plan is, I encourage you to visit his website,

What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

Fix the Republican foreign policy disaster
2. Provide health care to every citizen of the United States
3. Improve education
4. Improve the quality of life of the average American.

Shall I continue or have you figured out the copy paste function yet?

The answer is to make government bigger

Funny coming from a Republican who wants to provide government intervention in your bedroom, church, and doctor’s office. Or from the party who has instituted some of the largest government mandates (unfunded of course) expanding government’s reach into traditionally state issues (No Child Left Behind, anyone?)

... take more of your money ...

Seeing as your speaking to a room of people who are above middle class (you know make about 5 million a year) you’re probably right. He will probably take more of the people sitting at the Convention Center’s money. Now for the ACTUAL middle class, whom Governor Palin is referring to, this is a blatant lie. As Mr. Obama clearly states “
Obama will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families to offset the payroll tax they pay.
  • Provide a Tax Cut for Working Families: Obama will restore fairness to the tax code and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need. Obama will create a new "Making Work Pay" tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans.
  • Eliminate Income Taxes for Seniors Making Less than $50,000: Barack Obama will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This proposal will eliminate income taxes for 7 million seniors and provide these seniors with an average savings of $1,400 each year. Under the Obama plan, 27 million American seniors will also not need to file an income tax return.
  • Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.”
give you more orders from Washington ... This is just absurdity.

and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.

Actually your opponent is against global warming. Global warming and energy are not the same thing. I know it’s a hard point to make, just wait until your state starts to defrost and you will see that it is real. Mr. Obama’s energy plan proposes to
“ -Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
-Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.
Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.”

Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.

Another lie. Mr. Obama does not want to forfeit, he wants to end this war, which we were misled into to begin with. He would like to end the occupation of a foreign nation and bring our troops home safely, so that Iraq may begin to regain the sovereignty they rightfully deserve.

Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay ... he wants to meet them without preconditions.

Blatant lie. Is anyone keeping count at this point? Really, yes Barack Obama stands for giving anyone who wants one a nuclear weapon. You, me, Bob over there. Maybe we can base it on the AP system; if you’re staff you get secret access to a special bin; if you’re prestigious – Members only weapon stockpile. If you’re a noob well then you better up that post count bitches. C’mon Governor, you better get crackin. I wonder how she feels about FOB…

Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights?
Actually he’s worried about the integrity of the Constitution and the principals this country was founded on. But eh, it’s just a sheet of paper right?

Government is too big ... he wants to grow it.

Congress spends too much ... he promises more.

If Congress is spending too much, blame President Bush. He set forth his veto threats and has kept it every single time a budget went over something he specified in his request.

Taxes are too high ... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.
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.

One more time, for the people in the back....
Obama will cut income taxes by $1,000 for working families to offset the payroll tax they pay.
  • Provide a Tax Cut for Working Families: Obama will restore fairness to the tax code and provide 150 million workers the tax relief they need. Obama will create a new "Making Work Pay" tax credit of up to $500 per person, or $1,000 per working family. The "Making Work Pay" tax credit will completely eliminate income taxes for 10 million Americans.
  • Eliminate Income Taxes for Seniors Making Less than $50,000: Barack Obama will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This proposal will eliminate income taxes for 7 million seniors and provide these seniors with an average savings of $1,400 each year. Under the Obama plan, 27 million American seniors will also not need to file an income tax return.
  • Simplify Tax Filings for Middle Class Americans: Obama will dramatically simplify tax filings so that millions of Americans will be able to do their taxes in less than five minutes. Obama will ensure that the IRS uses the information it already gets from banks and employers to give taxpayers the option of pre-filled tax forms to verify, sign and return. Experts estimate that the Obama proposal will save Americans up to 200 million total hours of work and aggravation and up to $2 billion in tax preparer fees.
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.
How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you're trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio ... or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia ... or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.
How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?

Once again, LIES.

  • Provide Tax Relief for Small Businesses and Start Up Companies: Barack Obama will eliminate all capital gains taxes on start-up and small businesses to encourage innovation and job creation. Obama will also support small business owners by providing a $500 “Making Work Pay” tax credit to almost every worker in America. Self-employed small business owners pay both the employee and the employer side of the payroll tax, and this measure will reduce the burdens of this double taxation.
  • Create a National Network of Public-Private Business Incubators: Barack Obama will support entrepreneurship and spur job growth by creating a national network of public-private business incubators. Business incubators facilitate the critical work of entrepreneurs in creating start-up companies. Obama will invest $250 million per year to increase the number and size of incubators in disadvantaged communities throughout the country.”
Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election.
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.
They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals.
Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things.
And then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things. They're the ones who are good for more than talk ... the ones we have always been able to count on to serve and defend America. Sen. McCain's record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency — from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.

Typical rhetoric and fluff, with only one notable correction. Comfortable committee chairmen in Congress – that’s a joke. The committee chairs are based on the majority party, so those comfy chairmen have been there for 2 years.

Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd. He’s just been jogging with them for 26 years.

He's a man who's there to serve his country, and not just his party.
A leader who's not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the majority leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee.

Do nothing. Hmm, interesting. Perhaps that’s because your party keeps shooting everything down constantly. Shall I refer you to Mr. Coburn?

He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man. Clearly what the majority leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain. He cannot stand him. Not stand up to him. There is a difference.

That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House. My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery." This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer.

Explain to me how he is a maverick. He is bipartisan when it suites him, just as any other Member is and wants things done his way. That is how the world operates.

Scare tactics. Oh no, I am frightened. Please, save me Maverick. And while you’re at it, call Goose too.

And though both Sen. Obama and Sen. Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely.
There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain.

Politics should not be treated as warfare. They are, or should be, completely different. Oh and for the record, President Bush also never fought “
where winning means survival and defeat means death."

In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.
It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a 6-by-4 cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.
But if Sen. McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made.
It's the journey of an upright and honorable man — the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home.
To the most powerful office on Earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless ... the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God ... the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pinhole in his cell door as Lt. Cmdr. John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.
As the story is told, "When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe's door and flash a grin and thumbs up" — as if to say, "We're going to pull through this." My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.

His character is to be commended for being able to survive such an awful ordeal. However surviving torture does not make you qualified to run for the office of the President. If so, perhaps we should look for some real experts in Guantanamo Bay.

For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.
For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.

Barack Obama has done both.

If character is the measure in this election ... and hope the theme ... and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.


Thank you all, and may God bless America."

God bless.


[1] http://www.cbpp.org/9-27-06tax.htm

[2] http://www.stateline.org/live/ViewPa...ontentId=14239

[3] http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/incom...1/inctab1.html

[4] http://kff.org/uninsured/upload/2144-05.pdf
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Collapse of Reality
07/08/08 at 05:55 PM by lauren<3s music
Standing under the blistering sun in all black i kept looking at my friends wondering if this could possibly be real. How the fuck did we end up here? WHY did we end up here? How could none of the people standing around this blue coffin have not anticipated this and done something? Sobs break the silence as we all reach for each other with hands or knowing glances. i keep repeating to myself in my head you can not be sad you can not break down you are here for his family and you will keep it together. the preacher spoke and a pastor read and sobs began to wrack everyone as the service progressed. Looking for comfort in familiar faces and moments alone out of eyeshot of the family while tears streamed down our faces. Short and sweet just like his life. His parents walked up and lost it at which point we all uniformly rolled out. Can't watch that. Can't see that pain and that guilt and knowing that it is real and it is awful. His father, who probably feels the worst, under the circumstances, broke into sobs that shook him and finally passed out over his son's dead body.

There are so many people there who would have given anything to trade places with that kid to save everyone the pain they felt and none of us could find that magic formula to make it happen. His mom said to us later "you kids don't know how many lives you touch every day" to which we all looked at our shoes and said I'm so sorry. What else can we say? Words do not make this better. Time does not make this better. Nothing makes this better. I have spent all day holding it together and finally I can fall apart. It is not fucking fair that someone with so much to offer is gone and awful people get to walk around every day. I wish I could do something other than be there. I wish I was around more or had a chance to tell him how incredible of a kid he was or something a least significant.

There is no peace in death for those left behind.
Tags: death, funeral, suicide
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A Fond Farewell
06/07/08 at 09:12 PM by lauren<3s music

I'm trying to put my thoughts out there in hopes of clarifying the jumbled mess of thoughts and memories flooding my brain at the moment.

I found out tonight while working at one of my (many) jobs, that the restaurant is being sold as of June 15th. It will remain a restaurant but the owner has sold it to three new guys. Oh the irony. It's supposed to "be the same" but nothing will ever be the same.

I have worked at this place since I was 16 on and off again throughout the years doing a variety of activities. Hosting, busing, serving, salad bitch, you name it I was there. It's amazing how a simple job in high school can change your life forever. I know it sounds incredibly lame/over dramatic but its true. I met some of my best friends there, people I can count on and who would always be there should I need them. I had some of the best moments in my life there, met some of the most amazing people, loved, heartbreak, and lost some of the most amazing people this world has ever seen.

I remember doing my homework on Mondays and being sent out for custard, tiki torch oil, and most importantly my gardening projects. I remember the owner telling me one day I would make something of myself and would I still work there every once in awhile when I was running the Senate. I remember the day I found out Paul was gone, my friend's father had brain cancer, and all of the other awful moments and those who gave me a shoulder to cry on. Tonight, I was so happy when my old manager looked at me and said "my hostess with the mostess. God you're a real grow up with a great job and drinking a beer. I'm so proud of you." I will never forget all the lessons those people taught me through the years and not just how to balance four plates on your arm. My regulars who are now lifelong friends who care about me. Who call me to cheer me up, buy me silly bracelets, upstairs Long Islands, people who will come to your rescue when you're having a shitty day no matter how small of a reason all encapsulated in one stone house.

All of these great memories and people will slowly fade away given this new change. Things never stay the same, and while I know to expect that, this is just almost too much to bare. Stupid right? I had always planned on having my rehearsal dinner in the 20s and having the whole crew around for quite some time. God, we won't have another Christmas Party.

To anyone who's read this far, I hope you take those moments in your own life that you love and hold on to them and cherish them. Love the people around you who make you smile, who notice the smalls things, who will get you waters so you can stand in the freezer for another minute trying to cool off and who make you lo mein because you're craving it and sick of every other god damn thing on the menu. You will never know when things could change in an instant and how what you had was so important. Love your life as you know it.
Tags: end of an era, advice, change, frienships, life
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Poor Kitty
04/14/08 at 06:19 PM by lauren<3s music
We made the decision, tomorrow morning if she's not like completely better, than we will be putting my wonderful cat to sleep.

there are no words.
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An Odd Favor
04/11/08 at 07:31 PM by lauren<3s music
I'm not overly religious and I realize I'm being completely irrational, but it looks like my kitty is sick. We took her to the vet today and she's lost half her body weight (6 pounds) in about a month, stopped eating, and they're running a bunch of tests. We should know something hopefully tomorrow, but they're thinking its her kidneys. I realize it may seem stupid to ask people to pray/happy thoughts for an animal, given everything else in this world, but i love her more than I can put into words. Animals are always there when everyone else fucks up so if you are feeling extra nice and would think a nice thought about my kitten tonight, I'd really appreciate it.
Tags: pets, sick, sadness
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Sleepless wishful nights
03/24/08 at 12:43 AM by lauren<3s music
That's right. its almost 4 am and I'm awake. my first thought: thank god i don't have to work tomorrow. and then my second thought is back to the same old loop that keeps playing through my head. i wish i could stop fucking things up. i wish i could sleep. i wish i could go back in time and had just explained why the fuck i was losing it. i wish any of it mattered. i wish i could sleep. i wish my phone would go off.

i'm full of wishes that never come true.
Tags: insomnia, wishing, missing people
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Meet me in Montauk
03/21/08 at 09:46 PM by lauren<3s music
Clementine: Come back and make up a good-bye at least. Let's pretend we had one.
(Joel comes back)
Clementine: Bye Joel.....

I'd like my goodbye now.
Better than that I'd like a hello.
Or anything other than silence.

Tags: goodbyes, blah, random thoughts
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We live with woe...
02/26/08 at 01:23 PM by lauren<3s music
"...She said I can't get laid in this town
Without these pointy fucking shoes.
My feet are so black and blue and so are you."

Max Bemis is a god damn genius. I had the pleasure of finally seeing Say Anything last night and I think that might have been in the top 3 shows of my life. Simply incredible to experience. A full hour and a half of mind numbing, spine tingling, musical bliss. It is wonderful to have something to flip your brain to the off position and just enjoy yourself. One of the best nights in a long, long time.
Tags: say anything, good mood, shows,
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oh the places we'll go...
02/17/08 at 08:37 PM by lauren<3s music
my travel list, in no particular order, of places i need to get to/revisit. i'm going to aim for a minimum of three a year.


Portland (both)
San Fran
San Diego
Sanabell Island
Rhode Island (it just seems cute)
Ft Lauderdale

shit. i need to get to work...
Tags: travel, random,
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Sometimes (I wish)
02/14/08 at 09:04 PM by lauren<3s music
If I was a simple man,
I’d own no home, I’d own no land
Would you still stand by my side?
And would our flame still burn so bright?

Sometimes I wonder why,
I’m so full of these endless rhymes
About the way I feel inside
I wish I could just get it right

If I was a simple man
And I could make you understand
There’d be no reason to think twice
You’d be my sun; you’d be my light
If I was a simple man…
No I'm not a simple man...
If I was a simple man…
But I am not a simple man...
Tags: personal, thoughts, random
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Well I've seen a palace in London, I've seen a castle in Wales
02/13/08 at 05:31 PM by lauren<3s music
But I'd rather wake up beside you

And breathe that old familiar smell

I'd never thought you could leave me
I figured I was the one
But I understand your sadness
So I guess I should just hold my tongue
But I'm comin' home
I'm comin' home
I know that we're taking chances
You told me life was a risk
I just have one last question
Will it be my heart
Or will it be his?

this is the most beautiful statement any person could ever make. it is simple and perfect and everything you could ever hope for. i want that feeling. more than i care to admit.
Tags: thoughts, beautiful, music, dallas green.
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random friendships, kind strangers, & something corporate
12/02/07 at 10:36 PM by lauren<3s music
in my pondering today while watching tons and tons of football (yay giants) i was thinking about how insanely lucky i am to have met some of the people i'm friends with. if not for the good fortune of random bullshit, i would not have some of the most important people in my life. thank god or whoever/whatever is up there for that. its amazing to think that if i had sat 2 seats over or switched classes or stomped on someone's foot in a pit (really on accident but very hard) i'd be without some of the people that i love dearly.

im also so amazed by people on here. people i have never met bend over backwards to help me find shit (because my computer is a pos), entertain me when i'm dying of boredom and just are amazing. i think its odd how certain types of people really just click. you don't see that with sports or politics the way you do with music. and while we all bitch about different things, its funny that i can talk to someone 3000 miles away who shares your freakish love of yfw or doesn't think its strange you'd jump in a car and drive 19 hours for a show. rambling over - just grateful.

before i die i want to see a something corporate show. i miss their music. it's like having a long lost friend show up on your door everytime i think to pop it in.

"its to jimmy eat world and those nights in my car, when the first star you see may not be a star. i'm not your star.."

pure love . right there.

by the way i think it's odd that there isn't a 'happy' mood on this damn thing.
Tags: friends, love, random, ap, something corporate
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brand new @ VT
11/29/07 at 10:45 PM by lauren<3s music
sheer utter perfection. i can die happy now. i finally got to see crack the sky and soco in person. amazing set. this is the happiest i've been in a long long time.
Tags: brand new, shows, happy
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mike huckabee - kiss freedom goodbye
11/21/07 at 11:38 AM by lauren<3s music
So for those of you who don't know, I live and breathe politics. I love it even though it can be a gigantic pain in the ass more times than not. When i'm bored I randomly decide to research the presidential candidates of both parties because I like to be well informed. Today was Mike Huckabee day considering he tripled his polling numbers in Iowa. So I figure I'll see what he's all about, having heard snippets of his spiel through work things, just because it's good to know the 'enemy.'

Holy shit. I kid you not this man is frightening. Here are direct quotes from his website:

On marriage.

"What's the point of keeping the terrorists at bay in the Middle East if we can't keep decline and decadence at bay here at home? The growing number of children born out of wedlock and the rise in no-fault divorce have been a disaster for our society. They have pushed many women and children into poverty and onto the welfare, food stamp, and Medicaid rolls. These children are more likely to drop out of school and end up in low-paying, dead-end jobs, they are more likely to get involved with drugs and crime, they are more likely to have children out of wedlock or get divorced themselves someday, continuing the unhappy cycle."

Beyond the lunacy, I'd like to point out that there are also factual problems with this statement. I take personal offense to this bullshit that conservatives propagate as truth, because my mom was single when she had me. by no means was it easy for her or i, but i certainly didn't come out so fucked up that the government should be more concerned with me than with terrorists. And as for the whole "expense" argument. Maybe if women didn't make 72 cents to every 1 dollar men made, we'd be less likely to be on government programs. and ps fucker its not called welfare anymore. welcome to 1996.

On Faith

"My faith is my life - it defines me. My faith doesn't influence my decisions, it drives them..."
"The First Amendment requires that expressions of faith be neither prohibited nor preferred."

Really that's great for you. I'm sure millions of people feel this way, but why should the people of this country have to abide by what drives ONE man. This scares the shit out of me for so many reasons. And his argument about how the 1st amendment is literally true, but don't you think having the President of the United States make a decision based on his personal faith gives preferential treatment? Under that argument shouldn't he be consulting with Jews, Muslims, atheists, etc? I mean hell Christianity can't even all agree on one thing, so really we all have to endure the results of your decisions based on one small segment of what this country believes. Goodbye Bill of Rights

On Taxes:

"The FairTax is also progressive, but it doesn't punish the American dream of success, or the old-fashioned virtues of hard work and thrift, it rewards and encourages them. The FairTax isn't intended to raise any more or less money for the federal government to spend - it is revenue neutral."

I'm sorry but I love candidates who think they're going to wipe out the IRS. Really even if it were a good idea, its such a cluster fuck that you'd NEVER be able to do it. Let alone get Congress to approve it. Can you imagine the uprising of people who wouldn't get their Social Security after all this time? How exactly are you going to lead this country with no money? It's just so impractical it makes me laugh. Don't get me wrong I think our tax system is fucked, but really i mean come on let's all wake up from our nap. and clearly huckabee hasn't met anyone from the irs because those people will tear him to shreds over this. i really wouldn't screw with them.

so much more but seeing as i'm sure no one cares, I'll be done for now. Let the insanity of the conservative "moral majority" continue. i should start working on my dual citizenship applications...
Tags: politics, conservatives, crazy, huckabee, liberal, marriage, taxes, religion
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dreamy senators, veto, and poor kids
10/03/07 at 10:08 AM by lauren<3s music
So I'm at work today and we know today is the day that the president is going to veto SCHIP. SCHIP is health insurance for the working poor's kids and the program has been tremendously successful. Currently there are still 9 million uninsured kids in the US. this means they can't go to the drs when they're sick, they don't have access to preventative meds, etc and over 70% of these children's parents have at least one job. We're not talking 'welfare,' but a program that actually aids the people who bring you your food, clean up your office, etc each and every day. Sure why would we as americans want to help poor kids. they're not important. let's spend 12 billion dollars A MONTH in the war in iraq, essentially kililng people. That's a logical way to spend money. UGH.

Anyways so that long winded rant is an entry into some very dorky but fun news for me. I went to a meeting on schip/approps today and senator harkin was trying to enter the room and in the process touched my shoulder. swoon. haha i love that man and I think he is a great and rational leader who really wants to put the american people's best interest first. i realize that this makes me sound like a total loser, but seriously highlight of my week.

Off to go help con republicans into thinking healthy kids are good.
Tags: politics, bush, senate, love
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