Thursday, September 04, 2008

From Diapers to DC

Ok, most you know that I can take off on a real political rant once in a while. I feel my time of being sliced and diced (i.e., "collateral damaged goods") as right hand woman to a County Clerk in the process of being ousted in a power grab, earns me a few rights to do so since I have experienced first hand the choking smell of political manure in real time.

So, here's my take on Palin. Ok, gal, I'm from Wyoming, I understand that a good hairdresser is hard to find in an extremely sparsley populated area, but didn't someone in your party clue you in - maybe McCain's classy looking wife? Why hasn't she pulled you to the side and whispered in your ear about looking as good as possible? And please ditch the wire rimmed glasses. I know you are sharp to pull off the written rhetoric (last night at convention) given to you by the party without batting one of your wire-rimmed eyes or a stutter one, so use that pretty head and fix yourself up.

Next, please don't relate to women struggling to meet the costs of food, clothing, schooling, keeping a roof over the heads of their children as "Hockey Moms" until they too can afford a private chef for their families. Until they don't have to work one or two jobs and then can stay home from the office or mini mart or wherever they are working and, thus, their children would enjoy the privilege of playing hockey because Mom would be able to then drive them.

Next, don't haul your kids around to conferences when they should be in school the next day or in bed at home and not expect that will be an issue to some? What were the little ones doing up so late last night anyway? I wasn't impressed.

Second, do not attack Obama, it doesn't become you anymore than your glasses or your hairdo. But, if you do, do some research and make sure your information is correct. Please stand on your own merits - something hopefully more than getting more oil out of the ground, shooting wolves, and managing pipelines.

And, while I'm thinking of it, why are the oil barons wanting that relatively small area of Alaskan Wilderness so badly? What's the big deal? Can't we just make up for it and leave a peace of pristine land and habitat complete with its wolves and other wildlife alone and, instead, stop exporting our oil and keep it for ourselves? Maybe someone smarter in economics than I can explain to me.

Now, isn't this a crazy mixed up world? Toss out Hillary and bring in someone who looks like they come from a Mormon polygamy cult and speaks of male dominated arenas just as convincingly. (Ya, ya, ya, ya, looks aren't everything.)

McCain, now I have really lost what little faith I had in you. Maverick? Haw haw haw haw haw. While I do respect your suffering as a prisoner of war, I would have thought you would have pulled someone out of the hat rather than a dark horse to run with you - but then I forget - politicians are only puppets for those who REALLY run the show. (She was chosen because she'll be a good girl and do what she's told.) And "those" (power behind the politicians) are the ones looking for those willing to sell their souls for ego, for what they mistake as power, and for lots and lots of fame and money. On any level.

Oh my - two more months, then hopefully our suffering will be over - or will it just begin?


tweetey30 said...

Scary thoughts there. I am not lookingt forward to this election at all. Esp if what i heard about Palin with the books. She wants to ban books from what i have heard. Yikes...

Wandering Coyote said...

Yeah, well...I haven't been living under a rock, so I am aware of some of the things you mention here...Great rant! As you might know, I love a great political rant!

Red said...

Obviously the thought of McCain/Palin making it to the White House is frightening. For you guys, most of all, but for us in the Europe too, since everything seems to be informed by what happens Stateside (not least the current economic crisis gripping the UK, which started with the sub-prime mortgage crisis in the US); and for the world at large.

But I have to be honest with you: I don't know that Obama is the man for the job either. Okay, of course, he is younger and more enlightened than McCain and his running mate, who have ideals that hark back to the Dark Ages, but I think he's a bit of a puppet. I haven't heard him speak convincingly about anything yet.

I think we're all heading to a world of pain here...

Gardenia said...

Red, I agree - Obama is very very bright, but two years in the Senate is not a terrific lot of experience - I think if he had about ten more years of experience then I would feel good. Even five. His desires about what he would accomplish are admirable, but can he? And how?

But then Kennedy was young...he did well.

But then we have a country here full of people that elect movie stars to office, for Pete's sake!

McCain looks physically ill to me. I feel concern over his health - I've been dealing with a 71 year old attorney and he has been unable to complete an uncomplicated will......I don't mean to sound like I'm full of ageism - I'm getting there myself.

Yes, our economy affects the rest of the world - I don't know if we could go on rocking back and forth like we're going to tip over - before we really tip. Don't like to even think about it. Republican policy seems to be "spend it, worry about it later." That was even voiced publicly by one our County officials - it was scary.

One party plays heavily on "religion." I've become too cynical to think that because someone calls themselves a Christian that they automatically have the ability to run a country - vs. running it into the ground. Politics have gotten so rotten dirty and so tied up with money that many real Christians want little to do with it. That said, Palin really has little experience either.

Don't get me wrong, I love my country and am thankful for it - but it hasn't all been squeaky clean throughout its history. I'm told I have too big a sense of right and wrong - its like the abortion issue - the Repubs get stuck on that, and when the children do come, they cut programs that help children and educate children. As Obama said, they passed the "No child left behind" thing, but left the money behind. Our education system keeps slipping behind that of other countries. How can we stay competitive? Ah, I could go on and on.

This year I see a lot of arrogant politicians. But I can't do anything about it but to go out and cast a vote for a candidate that I did not choose in the first place.

Babe said...

What a wonderful country inwhich we live where we have the freedom to express our opinions to the world like this!!
Personally, I believe that Obama is somewhat of a plant and the thought of having him as POTUS is very,very scary to me.
I see some people claiming him to be messiah...NOT. and others claiming he is the antichrist....NOT.
This is a crucial time in history.
Tough times across the board.
Another thing I have observed this past week is how many WOMEN do not like Sarah Palin and yet how many MEN do.
No brainer there. LOL
Enjoyed reading your thoughts.

Candy Minx said...

I think Palin is going to be bigger force than fmany and she should be taken seriously. I think Biden better be oon his toes.

I actually think a lot of voters find Palin "hot". the secretary look, the machine gun photos...she might strike a chord in some rural areas...

I am horrified by the idea of another extremist like Palin being in government. I think this is the most shocking thing. I don't know why people keep picking these extremists to lead, and then often they get elected. I guess I am such a Canadian because we usually laugh extremists right out of office.

I think she is a good speaker...but that joke about pit bulls and hockey mums is about 20 years old. You can't hope to impress a Canadian with a hockey joke. She made me ashamed of my favourite sport!

Jon Stewart and Colbert have been hilarious in their coverage and spoofs of both the representative conventions.

I am surprised that not much noise is being made about the fact that Palin is under investigation in alaska...

And side note...Obama's acceptance speech laid out specific plans he was going to make. If someone didn't see he whole speech they might not have realized how strong his speech was and how many pledges he are some:


Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.

Unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.

I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the startups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.

Health Care:

Now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American. If you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves. And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their jobs and caring for a sick child or ailing parent.


And for the sake of our economy, our security and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.

Washington's been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years, and John McCain has been there for 26 of them. In that time, he's said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil as the day that Sen. McCain took office.

As president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies retool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America. I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars. And I'll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy — wind power and solar power and the next generation of biofuels; an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't ever be outsourced.


Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy. Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don't have that chance. I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers and pay them higher salaries and give them more support. And in exchange, I'll ask for higher standards and more accountability. And we will keep our promise to every young American: If you commit to serving your community or your country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.

How to pay for it:

Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime — by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't help America grow. But I will also go through the federal budget, line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less — because we cannot meet 21st-century challenges with a 20th-century bureaucracy.

Gardenia said...

Candy, you made great points. Great points.

A dark horse is one I want to look at closely before opening my arms wide - jees, what are people thinking?

I've been watching Obama closely since Hillary is out - I'm impressed. Biden - I have a wait and see - but at least we KNOW who he is.

Truthfully I think Palin is a last minute play off - a rather desperate party grab for minority status & appeal to Hillary's ten million out there, not to mention her State's resources.

Energy rich states don't get but very little back from the energy, though I will admit she seemed to be able to get some back. The benefits usually disappear into the coffers at the top level.

But I'm still wondering WHAT people are thinking - even the newscasters , maybe you are right - maybe her "odd" look was carefully orchestrated Yeh, the hockey mom thing really got me.

Her oddness as far as seeming to live in the past, her phrases, etc., come from living in an isolated area I think. We used to joke that Wyoming was always 15-20 years behind in everything. It takes a special person to live in such isolated areas. Perhaps that would be a bonus in dealing with some countries that are also running a bit behind.

Would have liked to have heard her talk about something besides oil and gas and pipelines.

Unlike the opposing party, "O" is specific. And I like the sound of the specifics - if I can't "be with the one I want, I'll love the one I'm with."

Candy Minx said...

Gardenia, interesting stuff. And I just found another interesting article and I'll add the link at the end of this.

My feeling with Palin is very simple. She supports oil lines, is being investigated for ethics, worked for Senator Ted Stevens (which should be reason enough to nt accept her...what was McCain thinking?) and her views on choice. No "likes" abortion...but people fought long and hard to have pro-choice options. Especially women fought for the right to choose for themselves. Who else can answer the questioon of whether or not they are ready for motherhood than a woman? It's personal...not for the government!

Here is an interesting article for you...

Hattigrace said...

I love you as my friend, always. I find your comments very surprising. How she wears her hair and what type of glasses and what venacular and how old her jokes are, who cooks for her kids, and what time they go to bed etc etc have nothing to do with her value or charactor.

What I want to know is how did Obama use his power while in the Senate? What changes has he helped to bring about that give him room to assert that he is the man for this moment? What is his track record in the Senate?

All that glitters is not gold. He makes a lot of promises. When the government gets their hands in things, do they really improve?

Keep listening. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you hear as the Father hears.