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Enough already

It’s not exactly a secret that I was not impressed with McCain’s choice in VP, Sarah Palin.  I’m definately not a fan.  However, the hating on Sarah Palin needs to stop! 

Seriously, the election is over and she deserves to go home and recover–without all the ugliness that continues to be thrown at her.  As I watched a reporter ask her about some anonymous and rude remarks that insulted and basically laid McCain’s loss on her shoulders, I was actually impressed and felt a “you go girl!” boiling up inside of me.  She refused to address anything that was said anonymously.  She also went on to bash the anonymous persons and at this point I remembered why I wasn’t so impressed. 

I think she was dead on refusing to acknowledge and answer to any anonymous comments.  In The Competent Pastor, Sisk reccomends a similiar strategy in recieving anonymous ugly remarks.  Don’t get your hackles up by it, if it is a written note–post it! 

One of the most gracious things I’ve read post-election has been a “Letter to the losers” by Donna Brazile.  Ms. Brazile’s letter exemplifies grace and understanding.  She encourages those who had worked on a losing campaign against the in-fighting that has been going on, pointing out that it’s self-inflicting wounds which no-one needs or deserves.

Pehaps all of us, winners and “losers”, should take our cues from Brazile and deeply exhale, relax, and get back to our “normal” lives as Obama prepares to take office.  There is plenty of hard work all of us need to prepare to undertake. 

I for one look forward to a government led by hope rather than fear.  This is one campaign promise I expect Obama to keep.  We need to move forward as individuals and as a country with hope and faith.

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Enough already!

Unfortunately I can’t nab the comic and share it here.  However go and visit Matt Bors for a good reminder that all of the canidates are simply human beings, just like the rest of us.  Whatever side you find yourself, it’s important to remember that they are simply people like us.  It’s so easy to get caught up in the rhetoric and demonizing but that is what continues to split and tear our country apart. 

I realize that there are vast differences in our policies and priorities.  The lifestyles politicians engage in are vastly different from the rest of us.  However, they are only other human beings–not one of them is the anti-Christ, an angel, or a demon.  We’ve got to remember that while our priorities and policies are different we are still members of the human race, we are all children of God.  We’ve got to move past these divisive politics and remember our common ground–remember that there is common ground.

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Palin says what?

Ok, so I say dumb stuff all the time.  It would be awful if I was badgered by the press and there were actual recordings of everything I said. Just one of the many reasons I’ll never be a political candidate.

It seems that if McCain is elected then at the very least we’ll have some highly entertaining spoofs on SNL. 

I was intrigued by a news headline that said Palin defends Alaska/Russia statement.  I thought perhaps she was revising her thoughts on possibly going to war with Russia (I was hoping), however it was just more about Alaska being neighbors with Russia.  But then I read this:

Palin was asked if she thought the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan was helping to mitigate terrorism

“I think our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan will lead to further security for our nation. We can never again let them onto our soil,” she said

What?  “We can never again let them onto our soil?” and our presence in Iraq and Afghanistan does this? How so?

Who is she talking about?  I’ll admit I’m rather ignorant on politics and foreign affairs but I don’t see how this makes any sense at all.  It is not as though folks from Iraq and Afghanistan can’t get into the U.S. Furthermore, not all the people of Iraq and Afghanistan are terrorists that we need to fear!

I am not sure which I find more insulting, that McCain picked Palin as a running mate to “woo” women voters or that there are women democrats who are allegedly drawn in by this!  It’s not as though Palin and McCain have suddenly became Democrats and their stances have changed to be reflective of their own.  Egads! 

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Sarah Palin–Qualified for VP or Not?

I recieved this as an email:

PBS has a poll going: Do you think Sarah Palin is qualified to serve as
Vice President of the UA?

Voting started at about 66% No, 30% Yes.  This is now changing.  The right wing has an email campaign going to turn the results around.

http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

After you vote, please send this to others.

http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

I thought I’d post it here and see if anyone was interested.  It’s pretty crazy if you ask me. It’s not a scientific poll but like that matters.  Either side will take it and run with it.  I think this whole focus on the “polls” is destroying our voting system.  People stay in or out depending on the polls.  Rather than thinking for themselves everything boils down to the polls–for both the politicians and the voters.  It’s all making me nausious!  Can’t it be November 10 yet?

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