I wandered over to Christmas Ghost (give them your patronage) and found these two posts and cartoons that sum up ACORN and the financial hurricane we find outselves in. It is a two-fer though, besides being right on the money, you will laugh your ass off.
For a second time (Hillary was the first), a politician stands up and comes up with an innovative plan to help America’s citizens that were defrauded by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and both the right and the left want to bitch about it and give John McCain grief about it? Stop complaining about another $300 Billion; it’s not! It is part of the $700Billion that Paulson wants to give to the banks.
Has it gone over everyone’s heads that this is not and never shall be the normal election cycle and that it has been 2 years of up and down rollercoaster ride for Americans in the polls and in the markets? Your (I use your because I have never had a 401K) 401’s have lost a total of $2 Trillion in retirement gains and people are acting like what is happening in the markets, the housing industry, the banking industry and the election is just run of the mill standard operating procedure in a down turn.
If anybody had been paying attention last year they would have been reading this press release from Hillary Clinton:
Hillary goes to the Nasdaq stock exchange today to call on Wall Street to help clean up the housing foreclosure crisis it helped create. Wall Street not only enabled reckless mortgage lending, it encouraged it – 1.8 million home foreclosure notices have been filed this year, a 74% increase from 2006. Now it’s time for lenders, homeowners and investors to come together to solve this crisis and stem the tide of foreclosures.
Hillary will challenge lenders and financial institutions to take three immediate steps today: 1) Voluntarily support a moratorium of at least 90 days on home foreclosures; 2) freeze the fluctuating rates on subprime loans for at least 5 years until they can be converted into fixed rate, affordable loans; 3) Require regular status reports on the progress they’re making in converting unworkable mortgages into loans families can afford so we have real accountability.
Hillary is proposing a comprehensive work out – not a bail out – that would end the foreclosure crisis. If Wall Street refuses to act, Hillary will propose legislation to tackle the problems in the housing market head on.
Unfortunately for the country, the MSM vilified Senator Clinton and these great ideas were lost in the rush of adoration for The Borg Prince (who actually is currently running on Hillary’s platform). So here we are right now watching the housing market crash around our ears.
Have you not realized by now that the Fannie, Freddie, Acorn and the Dems in congress have given us the proverbial, perfect, freakin’ storm of financial chaos that will bring this country to it’s knees by “encouraging” banks to make ninja loans to people that could not afford it? Anybody?
Has anybody been reading the economic mags or my posts about the market, the economy, and the housing hurricane? Anybody? Is it unfair to all the people that have been paying their mortgages, and unfair to all of us that are still renting because we are the working poor? Sure it is, but that does not matter right now. This is not a “normal” time. I would much rather take care of the housing crisis, get a floor under the markets, establish real home values, open up the credit markets, and avert global catastrophe, than watch my family starve in the impending depression. Do not believe me? You must not have been paying attention for the last 3 years. I have been. I have been waiting to be laid off from a job involved in the construction industry and new home starts since the beginning of 2006.
John McCain has the best plan right now for stabilizing the home markets, and it works from the bottom up with the American consumer staying in their homes, paying their mortgages and property taxes, and keeping their neighbors home values from going through the floor.
Here is the plan right from McCain’s website:
(While you are there, take a gander at all the economists that are endorsing McCain)
Homeownership Resurgence Plan
John McCain will direct his Treasury Secretary to implement an American Homeownership Resurgence Plan (McCain Resurgence Plan) to keep families in their homes, avoid foreclosures, save failing neighborhoods, stabilize the housing market and attack the roots of our financial crisis. America’s families are bearing a heavy burden from falling housing prices, mortgage delinquencies, foreclosures, and a weak economy. It is important that those families who have worked hard enough to finance homeownership not have that dream crushed under the weight of the wrong mortgage. The existing debts are too large compared to the value of housing. For those that cannot make payments, mortgages must be re-structured to put losses on the books and put homeowners in manageable mortgages.
The McCain Resurgence Plan would purchase mortgages directly from homeowners and mortgage servicers, and replace them with manageable, fixed-rate mortgages that will keep families in their homes. By purchasing the existing, failing mortgages the McCain resurgence plan will eliminate uncertainty over defaults, support the value of mortgage-backed derivatives and alleviate risks that are freezing financial markets.
The McCain resurgence plan would be available to mortgage holders that:
- Live in the home (primary residence only)
- Can prove their creditworthiness at the time of the original loan (no falsifications and provided a down payment).
The new mortgage would be an FHA-guaranteed fixed-rate mortgage at terms manageable for the homeowner. The direct cost of this plan would be roughly $300 billion because the purchase of mortgages would relieve homeowners of “negative equity” in some homes. Funds provided by Congress in recent financial market stabilization bill can be used for this purpose; indeed by stabilizing mortgages it will likely be possible to avoid some purposes previously assumed needed in that bill.
The plan could be implemented quickly as a result of the authorities provided in the stabilization bill, the recent housing bill, and the U.S. government’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It may be necessary for Congress to raise the overall borrowing limit.
For once the American public is going to go into debt for the American public. That’s bold and refreshing. Did you think we really had that $700 Billion just laying around? Nope, it will be a loan from some foreign country rolling in dough that we, our children and grandchildren will be paying back. If we are going to go into debt, shouldn’t it be for us and not the Wall Street Banks that thought they were going to get away with this fraud?
I have been railing AGAINST the Wall Street Bank Bailout bill(s) since Nancy and crew decided to go with Hank’s 3 page plan to become the most powerful person in the country, even over and above our President, with complete control of $700 Billion and no oversight. Nancy must think that the sleeping giant is still asleep.
Please take your heads out of the sand. Read your history books about the great depression and how our government actually made it last longer and was more detrimental to our citizens because of their intervention. When our Congress passed this bailout bill, they were doing the same thing the administration did in 1929 by tinkering with something that they should have left alone. Now it’s done, let’s use the $700Billion very, very wisely.
John McCain’s plan will stop a significant portion of the home foreclosures that are occurring right now and will help to put a floor underneath the housing crisis and stop the slide. It all started with the housing bubble and that is what needs to be addressed for this to turn around. I am also hoping that John McCain, when elected President will personally oversee the investigation into all the Democrats that fostered Fannie, Freddie and Acorn which created this mess. I am still following the FBI investigation of the Wall Street Banks, but there is quite the media blackout on this subject.
What follows is a video that explains the plan better than I can:
UPDATE: Jerome Corsi interview (10/7/08)
Yesterday the news broke that Jerome Corsi, author of “The Obama Nation: Leftists Politics And The Cult Of Personality; was being held in Kenya while his immigration status was reviewed. I did not initially cover this story because some of the best PUMA and patriot sites were writing articles about this. When I checked in this morning, I found that Jerome Corsi, by some freak chance of good luck is still in the news and realized that a post I reprinted for another great PUMA dovetailed nicely into this story. Please read on past the background information to the meat of this story. I am reprinting Spirited Politics’ heavily researched article because the public needs to know what is really happening behind the Jerome Corsi story, and why he was detained and deported. Once again, read and make up your own minds but remember, Americans are not as stupid as the liberals think….connect the dots folks.
For those just joining the conversation, the LATimes has the following:
Jerome Corsi, the author of a controversial book attacking Barack Obama, has been detained in Kenya and is expected to be deported, The Times’ Nairobi bureau chief, Edmund Sanders, reports.
Corsi is the author of “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” a bestselling book whose assertions — that Obama was raised a Muslim and is secretly seething with “black rage” — have been widely dismissed as false and based on little more than the author’s desire to derail the Democrat’s presidential candidacy.
Corsi arrived in Kenya Thursday to promote the book and to investigate Obama’s ties to Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, according to a news release sent to the media by Corsi’s publisher last week. In a chapter of Corsi’s book titled “Kenya, Odinga, Communism, and Islam,” the author claims Obama gave Odinga $1 million for his 2007 presidential campaign — a claim both Obama and Odinga deny.
Corsi was detained on Tuesday by Kenyan immigration officials for failing to obtain the proper visa needed to work in the country. He told the Associated Press that he expects to be deported soon.
Then the news came out that Kenya deported Corsi. According to the AP: Kenya Deports US Author Of Anti-Obama Book:
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The American author of a controversial book accusing Barack Obama of seething with “black rage” and of being unfit for the U.S. presidency was kicked out of Kenya on Tuesday.
The deportation of Jerome Corsi came just hours before he was to launch his book in a country where the U.S. Democratic candidate for president is wildly popular.
Corsi, who wrote “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” was detained at immigration headquarters in Nairobi for not having a work permit before being ordered to leave Kenya, said Joseph Mumira, head of criminal investigations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
Corsi was scheduled to leave on an evening flight to London, Mumira said. Airport officials would not allow journalists access to Corsi at the airport and a message left on his mobile phone was not returned.
In the past, the Obama campaign has called Corsi a bigot peddling rehashed lies to hurt Obama in the U.S. presidential race against Republican Sen. John McCain. The best-selling book, released earlier in the United States, collects false rumors and distortions to portray Obama as a secret radical who cannot be trusted.
Obama’s late father, whom he barely knew, was a Kenyan economist and the candidate is considered by many here as a “son of the soil.” Obama’s last trip to Kenya, in 2006, drew thousands of Kenyans who thronged every stop of his tour.
Ahead of the Nov. 4 election in the U.S., minibuses here are emblazoned with Obama’s picture and vendors sell T-shirts bearing his image.
But Obama was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood raised by his mother, a white American from Kansas. (Not true; Obama was spent most of his CHILDHOOD raised in Indonesia and came back to Hawaii as a teen that was raised by his grandmother.)
Corsi’s book claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president and includes innuendoes and false rumors — that he was raised a Muslim and attended a radical black church. (True; raised as a muslim in Indonesia.)
So here we go kids; make sure you are comfortable and have your big glass of water or libation of choice right next to you because this is very long and very indepth.
What we would like you to know is what the American press has been keeping a dirty little secret. Obama IS a muslim and he IS a racist and this is a fulfillment of the 911 threat that was just the beginning. Jihad is the only true Muslim way. We have been working with them for 20 years this July! He is not an American as we know it. Please encourage your friends and associates not to be taken in by those that are promoting him. It is world wide jihad. All our friends in Europe are very disturbed by the Muslim infiltration into their countries.
“Pray for us here in Kenya. We are still fighting for our nation to withstand the same kind of assault that every nation, including America, is fighting. Takeover from the outside to fit the new world order . As believers, this means we will be the first targets. Here in Kenya, not one mosque was burned down, but hundreds of churches were burned down , some with people in them, burned alive. Jesus Christ is our peace but the new world order of Globalism has infiltrated the church and confused believers into thinking that they can compromise and survive. It won’t be so.”
God Bless you. Christian Missionaries in Kenya (names removed to protect their privacy.)
To investigate these claims, I contacted the senders. I confirmed their solid background, of long standing missionary work, in Africa. Mutual email correspondence since has resulted in stunning documentation showing their concerns to be neither malicious nor exaggerated. In fact, in the main, they are supported by cumulative evidence, cumulatively, this fleshes out a rational, if alarming explanation for Obama’s rapid catapult into US Presidential politics. It also demystifies the dark veil of secrecy that has intentionally obscured, distorted and repressed the full facts behind his candidacy. In fact, on closer examination, correlations between Odinga’s ODM campaign strategies and objectives with those of Obama’s own campaign become self-evident. For instance, Obama, in his own biography, refers to (what he calls) Malcolm X as offering some “hope” for whites to be “brothers in Islam” and, claims he, himself, is looking “to see where the people would come from . . . to populate this new world”
Authors of above letter will not be identified here because they have become a target of rumors and viciousness. Many bloggers know, first hand, the venomous attacks made on any who dare to question or critique Obama. Growing numbers have been subject to hacked websites, disrupted comment threads. obscenities, intimidation and worse. Since the Obama camp’s invasion into the US democratic process. – psychological warfare has replaced political discourse. Indeed, no legitimate candidacy, in the history of civilized government, has been subject to the degradation, false allegations and chaotic disruption that Hillary Clinton and her supporters have endured in this 2008 campaign. No one even discusses the disruption of two Hillary campaign offices (one by fire and one by gunfire) – those ‘misfortunes’ being left, like so much of this recent political trail, left to the realm of remarkable coincidence.
Having lived in a 3rd world country for several years, experience has taught me how closely the terror and innuendo tactics of the Obama camp resemble the low grade political punches of unevolved nations and dictatoriships rather than what one expects in a mature democracy. Is it another coincidence the head of Daily Kos , Obama’s internet arm, was born a US citizen, then like Obama, was was raised outside the US – in this case, in turbulent El Salvador?
In March, this poison pen agitator targeted those opposed to Obama, equating the Democratic primary to a “civil war.” Since then a tsunami of disruptive techniques have assailed pro- Hillary supporters online . As a popular anti-Obama blogger recently commented “ Barack Obama can’t kill those of us who will never support him like Cousin Odinga is doing, so instead he is working deliberately to kill our spirit, our dignity, our status as human beings, and our Choice of President. Remember, this is the same man who eliminated all of his competition when he ran for State Senate.”
In subsequent correspondence the missionaries expanded their somber warning:
“Danger of a Race War: Our main concern is that because Obama’s race has become a black thing, it is just like Kenya when Raila’s race became a Luo thing (his tribe). When Raila cried rigged , it triggered a tribal war. We see the same parallel here with race becoming the main issue here. Believe me, all Africa is looking at this US Presidential race. Among most blacks it is no longer analyzing the candidates regarding issue, but just because he is the same color. This is now starting to stir up the old racial devils in whites which most had let go.
If Obama loses and he cries rigged like his Kenyan cousin, believe me the potential is for US to have a race war like there was a tribal war in Kenya. We have seen this first hand, and see the exact same seeds growing here. If people of all races don’t look at this rationally instead of racially, its a real possibility we will see the same hell here they saw in Kenya, and it could be much worse. Believe me, every body will lose . It also brought economic ruin to Kenya. ”
It’s worth noting that the gloomy forecast foreseen by these missionaries was originally initiated not only from far off our shores, but as far back as last year. An illustration – featured in Part 2 of “Obama – the ODM Candidate” – will demonstrate that, what Americans have yet to grasp of the true nature of Obama’s candidacy, far away Kenyans have seen coming well before our 2008 Democratic Primaries had even occurred.
If one examines Obama’s endorsement by the Black Panther party , an uncomfortable resemblance to Odinga’s own army of machete armed thugs can be seen. Baby boomers may recall this violent, mob-action group from earlier decades. Sadly, they have resurfaced, are well organized and, not surprisingly are 100% behind Obama. This connection has been so blatant that, prior to Father Pfleger’s notorious “outing” on TV, the Black Panther website featured photos of their hero, Obama and was linked directly to the official Obama Presidential campaign website includes a radical 10 pt. platform demanding 1) the exemption of all black men and women from the military service and 2)the release of all “people of color” from US prisons.”
The site’s hip-hop background soundtrack of incitements and obscenities correlate to a popularized current Obama pitch book, “Party Crashers” Attractively mass marketed, this new politics manual was published in February by a young AA author, who appeared in May on Fox Noon News show. Overwhelming an otherwise intelligently staffed panel discussion of F. Pfleger , this Obamanite hurled racial rants throughout the show’s airtime. Typical of this ‘movement’ she gave neither other panelists nor moderator opportunity to speak. Instead, her constant interruptions justified Pfleger’s virulent comments, not only about Hillary’s supposed “supremacist’ agenda, but also the author’s insistence that US blacks “do feel raped” by the white race. Interesting, that a google link which originally turned up her “hip-hoppers” guide for political disruption has since seemed to vanish from the web. One suspects her Fox appearance didn’t have its intentional effect. ( On a side note, those interested in F. Plegers most inflammatory rants ought to download them before they disappear. In completing this article, I had to change the above link 3 times because his pulpit rants are vanishing from youtube. See here a partial summary of Obama’s terrorist-related supporters now scrubbed from his campaign website. Fortunately, a diligent search still turns up other other evidence of Obama’s radical and corrupt connections
The ODM party, which blazed into infamous influence in Kenya’s government recently, is said to stand for Orange Democratic Movement. It isn’t a stretch to substitute the first letter with either of these first cousin’s names. More correspondence clarified a key role played, in Kenya’s downfall by not only Obama, but another ‘American’, Dick Morris. This early 90’s Bill Clinton adviser political power base ended badly when his long term involvement with a prostitute was revealed. These days, Morris is political pundit on Fox news and hosts a website, from which he circulates maligning newsletters. His animosity toward Hillary Clinton is well known in political circles, attributed to her influence upon his misconduct departure from Presidential politics. Not hard to see how he’d be readily responsive to allying with Obama.
It is amusing that Fox has relied on his election prognostications while his overall reputation for ‘missing the mark’ on election forecasts is notorious. Morris , observed to be a ‘closet’ member of the Obama camp, has, since the end of the Democratic primaries, cleverly shifted his FOX attacks from Hillary to Obama. One can suspect, now that the Primary publicity has made his new book a “bestseller” it’s time for the pundit to cover his tracks. The motivation behind his puzzling contribution to Odinga’s ruthless assault upon Kenya’s government, thus, remains a mystery. Traveling there, on a tourist visa, Morris became prominent in Kenya’s public eye when he was announced to be Odinga’s new campaign strategist . Ironically, he is ascribed here with leading the Clinton Presidential campaign from which he was actually fired. What logical connection exists between an Obama related Muslim’s seeking of office and US based Morris, other than their mutual relationships with Obama? A confidential copy of Nov. 2006 ODM Campaign Finance Statement indicates Morris’s service, provided pro bono , were valued at more than a quarter million US dollars. The same account statement indicates “Friends of Senator B.O.” to have provided Odinga with the US equivalent of a million dollars campaign gift ! ( Item #37 and stated in Kenyan currency.)
Morris left Kenya, just as the government protested his misuse of a tourist visa for political purposes. Though his stay there was cut short, one expects that his role as Odinga’s “political adviser” continued, based on the dollar value ascribed to his services. Following this thread of bizarre international transactions at least makes one wonder, why would both Obama, a forthcoming candidate for US President and Morris, a former US campaign strategist be so interested in supporting the ODM campaign in distant Africa? And why would both these US citizens abuse US visa privileges to actively work on behalf of Odinga’s campaign???
Connecting the dots between Obama/ODM/Forces for Terror will continue in Part 2 of “Obama, The ODM Candidate for President.” In the meantime, consider the strangest coincidence of all – the synchronistic time line of these two close relatives of Muslim origin both running for President at nearly the same time. International awareness of ODM’s Kenyan atrocities also makes one wonder why has the US MainStreamMedia been so silent about Odinga’s genocidal atrocities and his relationship with Obama? Also curious that Obama has not protested the mass murder and mayhem in the ‘beloved’ homeland of his father? Then there’s Odinga’s recent “official visit” to Washington, which only foreign press have even acknowledged?!
ODM Action Plan as Executed in
Obama’s US Campaign:
A Checklist Comparison
4. Both employ vague rhetoric extolling the need for “ CHANGE!” – the same Kenya ODM battle cry heard, ad nauseum, in Obama’s campaign here.
5. Each identify themselves as leaders of a “ Movement” – as if to deflect attention away from the candidate to incite “mob” energy, most often extolling popular platitudes rather than addressing specific issues.
5. Both employ core strategy of “seek(ing) to elevate the emotions within young constituents .” Consider D. Brazille’s boasts of Obama’s popularity with new voters as well as his primary season targeting of college campuses. Lowest of all these youth grab tactics, may be the current explicit democratic party sponsored internet sex ads, which suggests that single young men will be sex-deprived if they support the senior McCaine over the hip Obama.
6. Ridicule of “old people.” is a strategy to usurp respect for existing leadership. The ODM candidate, by contrast, is surrounded by the youthful “promise of a buoyant future.” Just last week 2 young MSM bloggers extolled how “cool and hip Obama is” describing McCaine as “old and dumpy.” The insinuation is McCain is unfit to lead because of his age. Similar internet insults of both Clintons were rampant during the primary season. One would think we were voting for American Idol, not the leader of the free world!
7. The ODM Action Plan call – “ trigger a class war” by focusing on issues of “ disparity ” explains why Obama, the candidate who touts up “unity” routinely engenders divisiveness between virtually all interest groups. Surely, we recall classic strategy of ancient Roman – to “divide and conquer.”
8. ODM’s adage: “Elevate emotions to gain protest votes” is the “conquest” which follows the incitement of “class warfare” to divide. As a middle aged American, I’ve always been familiar with references to the “middle class” as our country’s great strength. In Obama’s clever dissembling of the “middle class,” we have been subtly shifted to the language of the “ working class “ the “ working poor ”, etc. Clearly the “middle class” is Obama’s worst enemy were it to remain one cohesive
9. When it comes to “reinforce promises of jobs and economic gains to supporters and “retain discipline among the party leadership, we can see a summary of Dean and Axelrod’s illegitimate Super Delegate sweep, in flagrant violation of the voters in numerous state primaries. Could be the Obama campaign has, as the ODM plan instructs, been remind(ing) these party leaders of their own vulnerability.”
10. Come election day, the ODM call for “manipulation of voter turn-out ” with “discouragement of voter participation in hostile areas.” This was reflected in innumerable reports of Caucus fraud in this spring’s campaign. These were so intentional as to demonstrate careful advance planning. As we all know, it was these caucuses that established Obama’s press “momentum.” Caucus outcomes, which hardly reflected the “Will of the People, were reported to include aggressive participation busloads of youthful Obama supporters. As caucuses, historically, have involved small groups of local political devotees, verifying documentation of residency, etc. are not usually part of the rules of that process.
11. We could call last one “when all else fails ”, since the ODM even planned a strategy for “winning” – vehemently implimented after Odinga lost the popular vote. Well organized riots and violence followed large, advance sales of machetes, carried along with gasoline cans, by ODM supporters, into predominantly Christian areas.
It seems they do; and the DNC leadership, mostly liberal left, have gone to the time, trouble and financial expense of selecting the Most Liberal Senator and Third Most Liberal Senator to run as the Democrat Ticket against the Maverick Ticket on the Republican side. What with Hollywood elite bashing on Sarah Palin, and Barack Obama speaking at a fundraiser in San Francisco about us regular folks clinging to our guns and religion, you would think that they are just way too good for the rest of America. Does someone have to remind them who does all the meaningful, brass tacks, peon work in this country? Where would they be if we were not getting up everyday to do our jobs? Stuck on the side of the road waiting for a cab, stuck at the airport waiting for someone to take their luggage, stuck at the restaurant waiting for a underpaid, lowly servant to bring their food and clean up after them? The elite in this country are starting to sound very much like “let them eat cake” and we all know how that worked out for the French aristocracy.
Today, I ran across an interesting article about why Elite Women Hate Palin and I think it definitely sums up the class war that has been in this country since, well since our country was founded. It also shows just how “high school mentality” this segment of the female population is, and why women who bash on other women make me so very angry. Isn’t it bad enough that we have been, and continue to be second class citizens in our own country making .77 on the dollar versus men? Elite women better wake up and smell the coffee, and soon.
Has the “elite” of this country, with the exception of Lady Lynn de Rothschilde and Cindy McCain (both of middle class upbringing), not realized that the working class of America outnumbers them? Why is it we only get to see the opinions of hollywood stars and trust fund babies on television? Oh, I forgot, the MSM is owned by the very same people bashing on the Republican ticket.
“If Sarah Palin is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, so am I!” (Oh Please! Not Likely! Working everyday to make a better place for your children requires very large ovaries and a backbone; elements that are created and made stronger by a lifetime full of adversity.)
These words spoken by my friend Janet were true. But Janet hasn’t put herself in Palin’s position by running for office. She’s made films and renovated houses, cushioned by inherited money. And since she doesn’t have any kids, it’s hard to say what would have gotten in the way if she’d wanted to be in politics. She didn’t, though, any more than 99% of my women friends and acquaintances; she believes in cultivating one’s own garden. (Translation: they are lazy.)
Most women I’ve talked with about Palin–all certified members of either the media elite or the just plain elite–take her nomination personally. Their animus isn’t explained just by her politics; none of them hate Condoleezza Rice, though they disagree with most everything she’s done. Nor, for that matter, do they even dislike John McCain. Typically they “respect” McCain but find him too old or too erratic or simply adore Obama. (Does the adoration of Obama come from his position on the issues or something else?)
It’s as though Palin were an average girl from their boarding school class–or, frankly, from the public school down the road–who unexpectedly won a big prize. “Why not me?” is the subtext, and it’s one I’ve never heard from men talking about male politicians. Many New Yorkers hate George Bush, for instance, and say similar things about his and Palin’s lack of intellectual capability and curiosity about the wider world. But they don’t view him as a personal rival. (What IS IT with women and this rivalry sh**? See: High School Popularity Contest. Oh, that’s right, your life has not been filled with trials that forced you to grow up.)
My friends who hate Palin are all more articulate and better educated than she is, better traveled, probably smarter, definitely more fun to talk with. But the reasons they can’t stand Palin are all wrong. (This statement smacks of elitism in and of itself. How would you know?)
It’s not so much that Palin isn’t one of our own–an Ivy League type, or an Eastern preppie, or a self-made intellectual like Rice. It’s not for the fake feminist reasons that “she’s against freedom of choice” or “she didn’t tell her daughter about birth control.” (Though there is an element of hatred for her fertility, and the fact that it hasn’t impeded her rise.) It’s not because Palin only got a passport a few years ago and doesn’t speak any foreign languages. (Why is that important when domestic issues are taking the forefront in this election? Issues like the economy, jobs, healthcare? Last time I checked, speaking foreign languages was not required to balance a state budget.)
No, it’s because Palin makes us look like the slackers we mainly are. We’ve had our bit of success, but we’ve also spent a lot of time smelling the roses. We’ve gone back to school to get another degree, volunteered in poor countries, devoted ourselves to a sport or a hobby. We’ve not had kids, or if we have, we’ve had one or two, and we’ve had nannies paid for by our work or our husbands or our inherited money. (Here is the disconnect and lack of appreciation for what the middle class does.)
We not only have had passports for decades, we’ve put serious mileage on them. We’ve lived overseas or spent months wandering around Africa or India, we understand foreign people and places in ways Palin never will–and yet it’s she who could become vice president, not one of us. (Maybe because she woke up everyday, went to work to make a better life for her family, and deserves it. Has that occurred to you?)
People who become writers and intellectuals and artists tend not to want power that badly or pursue it that obsessively, which is what makes us interesting and fun–and makes few of us household names. Success at the Palin level in politics or business takes a level of blinkered self-confidence that comes mainly to (a very few) men. A lot of the people with this quality are annoying to be around. Maybe they aren’t very happy with themselves. But it’s not a surprise that a vice presidential nominee should be one of them. (The circles you fly around in must be pretty sad. Most of my female friends are just like Sarah Palin and have a level of self-confidence you may never attain. What does this say about me, putting my ego on the line everyday with this blog?)
The lesson of Sarah Palin for privileged women is to try harder. And that may be the toughest one to hear. (I would not say try harder, I would just say “WORK”.)
Sarah Palin and John McCain offer the middle class families of this country what they actually need in the areas of tax relief, health care, leadership, and lest we forgot, HONESTY. Sarah and John come from the very middle class that Obama and Crew look down their noses at. Has everyone forgotten that near the end of the primaries, Hillary was kicking Bambi’s behind by 70-20 margins because she is one of the people and he is not? Party affiliations aside, Sarah and John connect to more people just by the very nature of who the middle class is, and what the middle class does. Barack Obama can never do that because he has no common point of reference. He was raised by one of those middle class grandmothers who worked hard to make a better life for her family while Barry was out surfing, drinking and doing drugs.
Sarah and John are not tainted by the subprime mortgage meltdown, yet Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, and the Democratic Congress are.
Look at Sarah and John’s records and you will see elected officials that have put the American people first, unlike Obama and his buddies in the Democratic party who fostered all the bad mortgages under Fannie and Freddie.
Sarah and John’s stories are our stories. PTA mom that took a passion for her children and turned it into a career, and POW that has lived the worst and seen the best in Americans.
At this point, a vote for McCain/Palin is the only viable option.
Why are we still having this conversation?