Since Republicans Are in Minnesota

3 09 2008

. . .it seemed like a good time to make fun of it. And of them, as fitting right in there. 🙂

So here’s my extended forecast:
I don’t think the original tribal leaders will have any more luck reclaiming for their own exclusive territory, Minnesota OR the Dakotas nor the words once used to describe them simply and clearly, than the heap big tribal leaders of Home Education have had or can hope for . . .It’s quite clear even when it’s cloudy, that going on the warpath over words ends badly, and leaves behind a populace no more enlightened than it ever was, much less than it could have been. . .

Glad we cleared that up! Have a bright week and clear sailing, whoever and wherever you really are . . .

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Real Vetting of Palin Underway and It’s Same Old McSame Old

3 09 2008

Wanna know what’s REALLY happening?   The real vetting is less than a week along — Slate calls it Hurricane Sarah — but already Sarah Palin is proving to be just what we’d expect,  red-white-and-blue campaign confetti bundled in patriotic bunting like a newborn baby, being fired off with a big bang to distract from and cover up  what we knew all along about the ruthless politics of personal profit, public exploitation, and God and Guns enforcing it all, no questions allowed!

Forget the family stuff and the smears and counter-smears, who is Sarah Palin herself, as a politican campaigning in her own right? Can we trust her character and judgment, faith and feminism and um, public fairness and diplomacy? How does SHE treat women politicians and does she respect them personally even when she opposes their politics?
[UPDATE – this youtube video mysteriously disappeared a few hours after posting. So here’s a longer, audio-only clip. The relevant part starts about halfway through. And I put my own summary and a news report’s summary in the comments below.]

Or let’s look at her “qualifications” and governing principles once in office, never mind theocratic abstinence-only sex ed or the FCA and FFL, or adding creationism to public school science classes; let’s talk major national issues like the economy, energy policy, war and peace:

In a talk to the church congregation on the Iraq War, for example, Palin said “[Pray] for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God….That’s what we have to make sure that we’re praying for, that there is a plan and that that plan is God’s plan.”

. . . Palin, in supporting a $30 billion Alaskan national gas pipeline project, said: “I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that.”

Faced with an onslaught of critical stories, the McCain campaign has adopted a strategy of knocking down some incomplete or imperfectly substantiated stories and blaming them on the Obama campaign.

Snook readers will recall I am nonpartisan and was all for Unity ’08, even registered as a delegate and blogged about it some at Culture Kitchen. The Unity ’08 movement was about issues and reforming our governance processes, no names to take sides over, just a hope for better politics and real, post-partisan, intelligent reforms.  I thought it was actually better NOT to have specific individuals clubbing each other into the ground, instead of coming together in a sort of collective wisdom that was about us, not rooting for or against specific personalities and celebrities.

American politics is cynical and corrupt, completely broken, and the only hope for real change now (no guarantee, but the best shot we can realistically hope for) is Barack Obama’s fresh, honest, principled approach and his absolute refusal to be dragged down into the McSame Old along the journey. He willingly went into the Saddleback lion’s den and told the truth about his own faith without pandering to voters as the Bush Rs have done and as he knew McCain would do, too. (Some maverick.) Talk about the kind of character and TEMPERAMENT that best qualifies the true American “leader” we need now. . .