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A Strong Woman is Running for President

I am so proud that we have such a strong woman likely to be the next president of the United States.  It is sad to say, but I don’t think everyone is proud.

In fact, I think there are many that feel threatened by such a strong woman. The day Hillary Clinton became First Lady, and began working on establishing health insurance for all, was just too much for the Good Old Boys (GOP) and conservative Democrats to handle.

We need to look past the Republicans’ effort who are trying everything and anything to keep this wonderful strong woman from becoming president. They have been trying, in vain, to discredit Hillary Clinton for years. We cannot let them get away with it.


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Sarah Palin, a Republican’s Pawn

I am starting to feel really bad for Sarah Palin. It is becoming more and more clear that she is being used by the republican party to appease the Evangelicals, and a transparent attempt to get the women voters. Hillary Clinton supporters have already heckled her, and she has only appeared twice!

We should be outraged that McCain would select a person who has not been vetted and is totally, completely and clearly not ready to be the most powerful leader in the world dealing with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Vladimir Putin,Kim Jong-il, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, the list goes on.

Can you imagine Sarah dealing with these leaders effectively, without risk? Would that make you feel safe?  It is almost like she is being set up like a stooge so McCain can win over the women’s and Evangelical vote. Barack Obama is right, McCain just doesn’t get it!

And with her modest four year college degree in journalism, how can she be expected to make decisions regarding the supreme court.  As next in line for the presidency, she will need to be ready to “defend the constitution of the United States.”  I wonder if she has even read the entire document! She has certainly never had any reason to study it. Barack Obama is a constitutional scholar and knows that document inside and out.

The republican’s talking points include this notion that Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama because she is a governor with executive experience. They even have the audacity to say that Barack has no foreign policy experience. Who are they kidding?

Barack Obama is not only brilliant, but his excellent skills of connecting to and inspiring people, as witnessed throughout his campaign, has been put to the test. He traveled extensively and established very successful relationships overseas. He has been dealing with national and international issues as a U.S. Senator, while Sarah Palin has admitted that she is not even interested in Iraq, even though her son is getting ready to serve there!

To say that Palin is more experienced than Obama is a blatantly false talking point put out by the Rebulican Party.  She has not even completed a full term as the governor of a state with a population of only 700 thousand (compare to Illinois: 13 Million, California: 37 Million). She is still in training for her current office as Governor!

Can you imagine if McCain won the election, than had a heart attack on inauguration day from the excitement?  That would indeed be a sad day because we will have lost a good public servant and war hero, but it would be a frightful day for the American People.

And to Sarah Palin, I am so sorry that you have been used.  You deserve better.


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Obama, the stronger foreign policy candidate.

There is a serious problem with people choosing a president based solely on impressions. More serious yet are the misperceptions that the mainstream media do not attempt to correct.  Everytime a newscaster says the words “McCain is more prepared to deal with a foreign policy crises than Obama,” the perception is deepened, as if this were true. For example, you may hear

“50% of the American people believe that McCain is more prepared to deal with a foreign policy crises than Obama.”
“Obama needs to change the perception that McCain is more prepared to deal with a foreign policy crises.”
“McCain is a decorated war hero and it is going to be difficult for Obama to convince the American people that he, Obama, is more prepared to deal with a foreign policy crises.
“McCain said today that he is more prepared to deal with a foreign policy crises. Obama is on vacation”

The press bombards us with these statements on a frequent and regular basis, and yet, if you listen carefully, there is nothing that offers new information that tells us that McCain is better prepared to be our next Commander-in-chief.

Dana Bash, the CNN reporter following the McCain campaign actually said that McCain’s new proposal, made in a July 15 speech, to send more troops to Afghanistan was “proof” that McCain knows how to win wars. Proof? Objective reporting? True? Not a chance.

Later that day, on his campaign bus, McCain clarified his speech by saying that we would need to take troops out of Iraq to put them into Afghanistan. Why that is odd, since this was Obama’s proposal.   After all, the McCain proposal which Bash says offers proof that McCain knows how to win wars was actually Obama’s proposal! So, Ms. Bash, you need to revise your statement to say that it was actually Obama that offered proof that he knows how to win wars.

The results of all of these statements is the continued perception that McCain is actually better to deal with a foreign policy crises than Obama. The press should do their job and  look more closely at the things McCain says. They should report the full and true stories regarding the candidates and their foreign policy credentials, for both candidates. It would become quite apparent that, in fact, the perception had been wrong all along and would clearly demonstrate that, in fact, McCain has shown some profound weaknesses in dealing with foreign policy. The American people would then see that Barack Obama has a far better toolbox for dealing with these most critical national security and foreign relations and policy.

Let’s take a look at some news items that have been buried, but are critical to understanding which candidate is the strongest in foreign policy.

Do you remember McCain’s advisor Charlie Black? He was the one saying that it would be  helpful to McCain if there was another terrorist attack in the U.S. before the election.  This remark was outrageous and the judgement to keep Black around for even a moment after this statement is one very serious error in judgment. It doesn’t just send a bad message, it sends a dangerous message. There is no room for these kinds of mistakes when it comes to foreign policy.

McCain’s pre-war predictions for Iraq were made clear as he stood by President Bush and his declaration that the “mission accomplished” banner meant that major combat was over.

Recall a more recent gaffe where he disclosed his complete lack of understanding for the relationship between Al Qaeda and Iran. Iran does not support Al Qaeda. The only Al Qaeda operatives that are in Iran are prisoners!  He then continued to confuse the sunni and shiite, which is a most revealing error.  Major conflict in Iraq is the violence between the sunnis (the sect of Saddam Hussein) and the shiite, which is the group friendly to Iran. If you had any profound understanding of a conflict you are purporting to be ready to command, you couldn’t possibly mess that up!

Despite those McCain campaign ads attempting to strut his foreign policy qualifications, telling us that he is ready to be commander-in-chief, you see live footage of McCain showing us that he is not ready. Let’s try to explain why McCain makes such errors.
He was tired.
He forgot.
He was confused.
He is just not as sharp as he used to be.

If John McCain had to answer the phone at 3 a.m., I imagine he would be tired, forgetful, confused or all of the above. Could he make the wrong call? “Take out those Shiite outposts” or “Take out those Sunni outposts.” Order given but which one is right? He is alone at 3 am.  Joe (Sen. Lieberman) is not there to help him. Whoa!

Obama met with many foreign leaders last month, and the press just pounded out words like “He thinks he’s a celebraty.”  Of course, Obama has never said “gee, I’m a celebrity” but the press uses this as a distraction so that the American public will not notice the intellegent manor with which Obama conducted himself. There were no gaffes reported, and during the public press conferences with the various leaders, it can be clearly seen that Obama has gained the trust of these leaders. But all the press wants to talk about is the big crowd in Berlin, as if that was a bad thing. How does that crowd indicate that Obama is not ready to be commander-in-chief. It actually tells me that he has a strong influence on our allied nations, which is the strongest argument yet for saying that Obama is the stronger foreign policy candidate.

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