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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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What Would ‘Tightening’ Look Like? from fivethirtyeight.com


It has been awhile since my last post and I have had very little time to attend to Truth in Politics NOW.  I don’t usually re-post an article from another site, but this is a wonderful site for poll watchers such as myself. They crunch and re-crunch the numbers every possible way. Visit them at www.fivethirtyeight.com.

Before you go, take a look at this article from five thirty eight, posted on October 27th, 2007. It made it very clear exactly what to watch for in terms of poll numbers between now and November 4th. I found it very helpful:

What Would ‘Tightening’ Look Like?

There is a lot of discussion going on about whether the national race is tightening; our model concludes that it is not. But what would meaningful ‘tightening’ look like in terms of the Electoral College?

Let me be oddly specific here. In order to conclude the Electoral College has tightened to the point where the outcome on November 4 is at least moderately uncertain, I would want to see the following between now and the election. Call it the 2/2/2 condition:

John McCain polling within 2 points in 2 or more non-partisan polls (sorry, Strategic Vision) in at least 2 out of the 3 following states: Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania.

If this condition is met, then I think there could be some drama on Election Night (though by no means would McCain be the favorite). If not, then it’s very hard to imagine McCain winning.

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Keith Olbermann speaks for us and our fears of the Right


A special report from Keith Olbermann discussing the McCain campaign. He points out the true and verifiable facts that supporters at the McCain rallies have been promoting a theme of disrespect, hatred and violence towards Barack Obama. It is a disgrace and hasn’t been seen since the years when racism was accepted as legitimate public policy.

At the same time, the rallies at the Obama campaign show Obama quickly and effectively silencing simple boo’s at the mention of McCain.

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Smears galvanizes Obama supporters


Every smear promoted against Barack Obama only galvanizes his supporters.  What the McCain campaign does not understand is that Barack Obama represents every American who ever felt marginalized.

Every woman who was been raped.  Every woman that survived breast cancer.  Every man and woman who
had to work 2 and 3 jobs to make ends meet.  Every soldier who went to Iraq and knew it was wrong and had to do it anyway.  Every African-American who was subject to racism (and that would be every black person in America). Every Hispanic who was subject to prejudice.  Every child who was ostracized
or alienated for being “different,” every elderly person made to feel obsolete and unimportant, every disabled person made to feel deficient and anyone else who was marginalized by the minority ruling class:  the 1% of predominantly white, male Americans who control most of the country’s wealth
and therefore most of the power.

In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, every tyrant who ever ruled has always fallen.  They are consumed by their own hatred.  So when the Republicans smear Obama, it is GOOD for the Obama campaign. It just makes everyone in his campaign work that much harder.  In fact, we should thank the Republicans for handing him this election.

And THAT, my friend, is why Obama will win.  Just look at history and reflect upon the energy of this campaign.  It is born from the negative energy that produced the opposition:  prejudice, murder, hatred, hundreds of years of discrimination and violence.  Now all Americans who were victimized by our fear and stupidity have a leader.

Yes, there is danger, because the minority ruling class is fearful and does not want to lose power.  However,
just like Ghandi, King, and Bobby Kennedy before him, Obama will not lose
because he has the spirit of all those leaders within him.

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North Carolinians Speak Up. Let’s Listen


North Carolina, for perhaps the first time in its history, has the chance to become a blue state.  An Obama canvassing training was held in Raleigh last night and there were literally hundreds of people present.  Each one of those people are expected to get 10 more people to get out the vote between now and election day.  The best news for us all, though, is that the McCain campaign never counted on an election in this state to be so close.

He’s had to allocate financial resources to battle the Obama tide in North Carolina and that means he has less resources for an already troubled financial campaign.  Obama, however, does NOT have a troubled campaign.

Could it be that the negative campaign ads, direct mail, rallies and television appearances are working against McCain and Palin?  Senator Obama’s campaign strategy was perfect:  no need to attack McCain and Palin  because they will shoot themselves in the foot.  And they continue to do so….

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Sarah Palin supports Militants with ties to Iran: A verifiable true story


Everyone is talking about Bill Ayers and his militant activities while Obama was just child of 8 years old, but there is another militant group that is still active today. It is called the Alaskan Independence Party, also know as the “AIP,” and it is supported by Sarah Palin and her husband.

So who is the AIP?  Is it just another independence party, like Joe Lieberman? Not by a long shot.

The founder of the AIP was a man named Joe Vogler. Like Ayers, Vogler preached armed insurrection against the United States of America. Vogler was know for saying,

“when the [federal] bureaucrats come after me, I suggest they wear red coats. They make better targets.  In the federal government are the biggest liars in the United States, and I hate them with a passion.  They think they own [Alaska]. There comes a time when people will choose to die with honor rather than live with dishonor. That time may be coming here.” Vogler continues, “I hope we dont’ have to take human life, but if they go on tramping on our property rights, look out, we’re ready to die.”

This is the same ideology that produced people like Timothy McVeigh, who was convicted and later put to death for the Bombing of Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There was Waco, Texas, where the “Branch Davidians” leader, David Koresh taught that the U.S. government was the enemy of the Davidians, and that they would have to defend themselves.

Voglar made an appearance before the United Nations to denounce United States’ “tryanny,” and in front of the entire world, demanded Alaska’s freedom. Now here is the kicker. He actually persuaded the government of Iran to sponsor his anti-American cause.

Sarah Palin was not 8 years old. She was the Governor of Alaska, addressing the Alaskan Independence Party’s convention herself  just six months ago. She told them in her speech to “Keep up the good work” asking for God to bless them.  She wished the party luck on what she called its “inspiring convention.”

This is here and now and Sarah and Todd Palin show a deep involvement with this domestic terrorist organization. And we now see the buds of this kind of ideology at McCain’s rallies just this week!

At another town hall meeting on Friday, McCain gave the lady a microphone. She said she was afraid if Barack Obama would become president, because she said he was an Arab. The embarrassed McCain had no choice but to then defend Obama and say the truth, lest he be caught in a televised lie in the making.  The crowd booed McCain, but the sad thing is that this lady should be fearing the presidency of John McCain. I fear that the climate of this country could become more like McCain’s rallies.  I would fear for this country if John McCain was elected president.

John McCain pulls out the worst in people while Barack Obama continues to talk about hope and change.

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Round 2: Debate goes to Obama


Barack Obama had no problem rising to the challenge of a town hall meeting. He put his thoughts together well, and spoke with the tone of a leader. He spoke with a comfort and command of the issues that make you feel safe.

John McCain had some good things to say, but he missed an opportunity to demonstrate the self confidence that one looks for in a commander-in-chief.  He fumbled with some questions, made a few attempts at humor that fell flat and generally apppeared ill-at-ease.

The performance meters set up by CNN clearly showed high positive responses for Obama, particularly by women. McCain showed mostly unaffected responses, or would lose ground sharply each time he attempted to attack Obama. It should be said that Obama also lost some ground as well when attempting to paint McCain in bad light.

CBS and CNN polls concur, showing Obama with a clear advantage.

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When you have the opportunity to make a choice


Today, I was listening to a radio talk show when a woman dialed in with a comment. She was sobbing to the point where she could hardly speak, but felt compelled to recount her plight. The show host was patient and gentle, helping the woman tell her story and I found myself listening with sadness and empathy as this terrible story unfolded.

After attending her Evangelical church, as she did regularly, she told us about one horrifying evening that changed her life forever. After church one evening, she had become a victim of rape. To make a terrorizing experience even worse, she became pregnant from this rape. This woman is a pro-life evangelical and she was faced with the most excruciating choice ever to face a woman. The pain was so great, that she had seriously considered suicide, but she had a choice, without which two lives may have been lost.

Yes, she had a choice, and Sarah Palin had a choice to keep her special needs child. Both of these woman are pro-life, and yet, they both made different choices. Our talk show caller terminated the pregnancy because, as she told us while deep in tears, it was the only choice that enabled her to go on living.

Sarah Palin believes that this woman should have been considered a criminal, and yet, she was the victim. When Gov. Palin has her chance to build a supreme court, and she will, she will pick judges that will reverse Roe V. Wade, even in cases of rape or incest.

The idea of criminalizing our talk show caller makes me feel profoundly angry and fear the future of this country. No one can claim to understand how this woman felt and no one should have the right to dictate what this woman must do.

We are all pro-life, and there is no such thing as a pro-abortion movement. All we are asking for in this great free country is the freedom to make the most difficult and personal choice a woman might ever have to make.

Sarah Palin is too extreme for this country. She might make a great leader of a secular nation, but not of this free nation.

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Letter from Anne Kilkenny about Sarah Palin: a Must read before you vote


First, let it be said that John McCain is the oldest man to ever run for President of the United States.

Do you also know that McCain has had at least 5 bouts with Cancer?  That POW’s have a very difficult time in life, and tend to have a shorter life span than others?  (So, in fact, the possibility of Sarah Palin becoming our President is not far fetched, but rather, likely.)   In fact, the pressures of serving as President are so tremendous that people age more quickly…and McCain cannot afford to age more quickly than he already has.

So you loved Sarah Palin’s speech, and now you think she would make a great President should the need arise?

Be very careful. You cannot judge Sarah Palin based on her ability to simply read a speech – especially one she didn’t write herself.  Ask yourself whether a person who presided over a tiny town in the remote state of Alaska before becoming Governor of that state really has the experience necessary to run a country as complex as the United States.  Ask yourself if someone who has approximately 20 months of experience as Governor is ready to assume such an enormous task.  She has little experience outside of Alaska and even less experience with the remaining 49 states that comprise our Union.

Examine the facts thoroughly before you make your decision.  If the ability to read a speech, assuming credit inappropriately, local popularity, serving as Mayor and becoming a hockey mom were enough to qualify someone for President (or Vice President) for the United States, then just about anyone could run for office and we would not be the superpower we are now.

Let’s strive for higher standards this time around.

Read the truth about Sarah Palin from someone who knows her well.
This letter was written by Anne Kilkenny, a resident of Wasilla, Alaska.  She has known Sarah Palin since 1992.

Here are some excerpts from Kilkenny’s letter:

She is savvy. She doesn't take positions; she just "puts things out
there" and if they prove to be popular, then she takes credit.
...
During her mayoral administration [of Wasilla, Alaska] most of the actual work of running
this small city was turned over to an administrator. [There goes her executive experience.]
She had been pushed to hire this administrator by party power-brokers after she had
gotten herself into some trouble over precipitous firings which had
given rise to a recall campaign.

Sarah campaigned in Wasilla as a “fiscal conservative”. During her 6
years as Mayor, she increased general government expenditures by over
33%. During those same 6 years the amount of taxes collected by the
City increased by 38%. This was during a period of low inflation
(1996-2002). She reduced progressive property taxes and increased a
regressive sales tax which taxed even food. The tax cuts that she
promoted benefited large corporate property owners way more than they
benefited residents.

The huge increases in tax revenues during her mayoral administration
weren’t enough to fund everything on her wish list though, borrowed
money was needed, too. She inherited a city with zero debt, but left it
with indebtedness of over $22 million.
...
While Mayor, City Hall was extensively remodeled and her office
redecorated more than once. [She sold her corporate jet, but not on Ebay
(although she did list it on Ebay). She sold it at a loss, not a profit.]
...
Sarah complained about the “old boy’s club” when she first ran for
Mayor, so what did she bring Wasilla? A new set of "old boys". Palin
fired most of the experienced staff she inherited. At the City and as
Governor she hired or elevated new, inexperienced, obscure people,
creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally
grateful and fiercely loyal--loyal to the point of abusing their power
to further her personal agenda, as she has acknowledged happened in the
case of pressuring the State’s top cop [Troopergate]
...

She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in
help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town
introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council
became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She
abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t
like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

I highly encourage you to read this letter in its entirerty now.

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Bridge to Lies


When Sara Palin was introduced to the American People, it didn’t take but a minute or two before she blew out her first lie when she said “thanks but no thanks” on that bridge to nowhere.

She not only supported this bridge, that would have brought only a few dozen people to their homes, but fought hard to secured a $223 million earmark in 2005.

As soon as she realized the entire country was making a mockery of this bridge idea, Palin called off construction midstream, and NEVER RETURNED THE MONEY!

Now how well can we trust a politician who, in her first few minutes of her first national appearance while the entire nation was watching, choses to include an easily verifiable LIE!

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