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The Death of the G.O.P… And the Rise of the Dems…

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So we’ve survived this last round of presidential elections and I managed to only discuss it in the Twitterverse.  Then Romney and Ryan and the other annoying “r” guy… Rove, began their assault on the voting public due to their failure to acquire a win.  There are some significant lessons to be learned here for Democrats and Republicans alike.

But first, a little history… In 1991, at the tender age of 18, I registered as a Republican for my first election.  Why? Well, it was contrary to my parents political views and I did believe it to be the original party of Lincoln.  Parenthetically, based on the cheesy films I was exposed to in the ’80’s, I also thought it was the party of rich people and by being one, I’d somehow be rich.  That never happened.  Ultimately, William Jefferson Clinton happened to me and I was wooed over to declare my status as a Democrat where I have remained since, firmly aligned with core democratic values and principles.  But I digress.

It is worth noting that Ronald Reagan began his career as a Democrat and later switched to the Republican party. (Under the Republican party he served as Governor of California and ultimately succeeded Jimmy Carter as President of the United States.) While I began as a Republican, I associated myself as a Republican with liberal leanings, who was very concerned with social issues and ensuring that all people had basic needs met, without necessarily having big government.  In short, I was and continue to be at heart, a Lincoln Republican. This context is relevant because as a voter who is (1) female, (2) a child of social and political activist, (3) Caribbean descent (specifically Puerto Rican and Barbadian), and (4) politically astute, I am not your typical run of the mill voted down the ticket voter.  I vote and have voted across party lines.  I stay informed on current and historical trends.  I live and love politics and believe in our government and leadership.  I’ve read the constitution, the bill of rights.  In short, I am a true Lincoln Republican/moderate Democrat.

But the reality is that party of Lincoln no longer exists.  And Reagan Republicans have been forced out of the Republican party because they are too moderate and/or liberal in their leanings to be accepted.  Even Senator John McCain’s daughter and wife have advised Republicans to evolve or die.  And while many liberals  and conservative, extreme leftist and right wingers don’t care if the Republicans evolve or not, I do.  I care about those who have been left out of the political process because they don’t fit an either/or category.  I care that it is in the interest of the citizens of this country to have at minimum a two-party system (if not a multi-party system) which, focuses more on policies than rhetoric.  Americans should have a real opportunity to choose the best leaders to represent us, not least bad of two.  And more importantly, I care where those votes will go over the next four years, in 2016, and beyond.

So, where does that leave us?

With a Democratic party that was against the ropes in 2010 and rebounded thanks to a sect of extreme right-wing social conservatives that managed to hold hostage the Republican party.  And with GOPers became weak-kneed and scared that folks like the Tea Party Movement (note movement, not party) had somehow created a large and concentrated base that required pandering to.  Everyone jumped on that fascist band wagon and Republicans moved from the middle to the far right in order to show an essentially racist coalition, that they were on their side.  In 2010, the Dems were reeling from a butt kicking, the GOP is now in the same boat.

2008 brought back the Lee Atwater Southern Republican strategy (a la Karl Rove per Reagan) to scare the crap out of White Americans regarding African Americans.  They increased their efforts around utilizing  “code words” to speak to those fears publicly and institutionally in the hallowed halls of government.  And it was this particular strategy, the Atwater strategy, that Romney and Ryan employed in this election.  Only we saw it.  We knew.  And, as Americans (with a slim majority 50.6% vs 47.8%) we did not find it acceptable.  This election was a fight about the soul of America; who we are and what we represent.

Let me be clear (and I say this as an Obama supporter) I agree with my good friend, Obama would not have won had Romney stayed true to his core moderate Republican roots and base.  Had Romney remained centered and not pandered to the racist and extremist base as he did, women, liberals, Latinos (who are a diverse and disparate voting bloc), independents, and those who were disappointed in his performance would not have voted for Obama.  But instead, Romney’s inconsistencies, his rhetoric, along with those of Fox News idiots, and the Rush Limbaugh’s of the world ensured an Obama win through their Atwater-ish stupidity. And even now they continue.

The GOP need to realize, people by in large did not vote for Obama per se. They voted to reject the GOP’s message and proposed policies.  They voted to send a message to the party that while they were pissed off at Obama in 2010, they are thoroughly disgusted with the direction that the party has gone in 2012.  Marco Rubio is changing his stance (passively), Bobby Jindal is back to opening his mouth after being silenced by his party,  and other prominent Republican leaders are suggesting that the party reflect and regroup (via a proctology exam).

The GOP as is should die.  The level of hate and racism emitting from the party’s leadership and its pundits is divisive and horrible for this country.  As Meghan McCain stated in her Tweet, it must evolve, it must reflect the growing diversity that is America, it must embrace its roots as the party of Lincoln, it must review in great detail, it’s decision to move so far to the right and those implications. OR it should embrace it’s current extreme configuration with aplomb.  And if they do, those with any basic sense and love for this country, should create a nationally recognized 3rd party that holds true the core principles of the Republicans while ensuring its evolution.

And my fellow Dems should take heed. We should not pat ourselves on our collective backs or rest on our laurels.  People, throughout this nation, are pissed off and disenfranchised with their political leadership.  From local state races to major national races, the people are getting tired of the bullshit.  And they should.  With social media being utilized to share information and call out mis-information, we have a more sophisticated constituency who seeks results and accountability of its leadership.  Obama won by 2.8%.  That isn’t much and it is a message for those in either party willing to listen.  While the GOP is licking it’s wounds, now is the time to batten down the hatches, take a good look at ourselves, and make sure that the next election (when the campaign begins in roughly 2.5) we can give the voting public a clear reason why they should continue to let us represent them. Because the jury on that is still out.  And there is enough time to rebuild a  party or create a New Republican Party…

Why Vote?

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If you are like me, you have a diverse group of friends who run the gamet from being conservative christians to liberal earth mama pagans. From being straight laced heterosexuals to outrageous drama queens. From living check to check to support a family with husband wife and baby to being of means or living as a same sex couple rasing one or two children. They are a Gen Xers like me, have parents who marched on Washington for civil rights, some were hippies promoting love not war. And through all the diversity and differeces and similarities, I hear the same moaning and groaning with respect to American politics. All politicians are corrupt, they don’t care about the people, they aren’t community focused.

Having spent my life in politics (the daughter of a Puerto Rican activist and Bajan educator/workforce developer) and working for state Assembly on and off since 1997, I can say I have spent nearly all of my life working in and around government and politics. I don’t always agree with all elected officials, I have at times questioned their decision making, but I can name at least two or three who I know are deeply committed to their communities, Eric Adams, Hakeem Jeffries, and Kevin Parker come to mind. Again, I don’t necessarily agree with everything they do, but I do know they are committed to public service and their respective communities. I also am accutely aware of the work it takes to be a public servant.

I say all of this to say, simply… it’s important to vote and it’s more important to be an informed voter. We, the people, directly impact politics and policy on a local and state level. So why vote in the presidential campaign? I mean, the arguments are pretty well known why we should not. Electoral colleges, “stolen elections”, popular vote vs electoral vote… we could go on. The fact is, it’s still pretty important to get out to every election (primary and general) and vote. My mother took me with her, I take my six year old inside the booth with me…

While factually, there is more overt democracy in local and state races, federal (ergo presidential elections) races are pretty important as well. Again, one may ask why it is important to vote in a presidential election when the electoral college may vote differently than the popular vote? Because in spite of the two historic occasions where the vote was split between the popular vote and the electoral vote (in the case where the electoral college voted in contast to the popular vote such as in 2000), in general, the electoral college votes in the same vain as the American public because the American public votes for the electoral college.

First, a lesson in history… let’s go back to what the electoral college is. The electoral college is made up of elected offcials, 538 elected representatives who vote on behalf of the public for the next president. Voting for electoral reps is not consistent state to state but it is written in the Constitution that every state must have electoral reps. Simply put, “Only 538 persons, representing the slates of electors chosen by voters in the fifty states and the District of Columbia, actually vote directly for president. The person receiving a majority of the votes of electors becomes the president. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of electoral votes, the decision falls, under the 12th Amendment, to the House of Representatives.” (http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/conlaw/electoralcoll.htm)

Many times, these electoral reps are pledge delegates, which is why we saw a discrepency in 2000. Often times, we can argue the question of accountability to the public. For example, here in Brooklyn, there were many elected officials who supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. In fact, quite a number of Black elected officials who supported Clinton found that many of their constituents supported and voted overwhelmingly for Obama. So I do agree that there is something very wrong in a system where the elected officials who are supposed to represent the people are not representing the interest of the people. I stronly believe that people should hold their elected officials accountable and more importantly they should informed and organized before going into the voting booth.

Ultimately, this presidential race is not about McCain, its not about Obama. It is about the people, the “us”, the American populace. We are the movement of voters who make up a diverse population of people who must take back ownership of government and put pressure to reform government and institute accountability in government on all levels.

Some of my readers have heard of Dan Charnas, who is an awesome blogger that provides a fresh and different perspective of society, politics, etc. Some of my friends know that I just absolutely love this man’s mind. He said it best, I think when he quoted Gore Vidal in his most recent video blog, “American’s get the government they deserve.”

On Tuesday, September 9th, which was a primary day, I stood at the train station in front of the Brooklyn Museum of Art for 6 1/2 hours as a volunteer passing out literature and urging my fellow community residents to vote. Those two or three invested ones stopped to ask questions about my candidate, his views, ask questions about state and local politics. But most had no idea that we had a district leader/state committeman race, between a new guy and an incumbent (Walter T. Mosley vs William “Bill” Saunders). Walter won 60% to 40% but no one I’ve spoken to knows the role of the District Leader, a role Saunders had for almost 20 years! No one knew that there were a ton of County Democratic Committee seats open (roughly 6000 seats representing various election districts here in Brooklyn.) And we heard too many times from people, “There is a primary today?”

While I am happy with the outcome, having worked on Walter’s campaign and petitioning to obtain a County Committee seat, I am deeply troubled that most people had no idea that it was a primary day. More still did not want to be bothered and I found myself saying, more often than not, “If you don’t vote, don’t complain, if you don’t seek the information to be an informed citizen, then you do yourself a huge diservice.” And America, when you don’t vote, you will get the government you deserve.

Palin for President?

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Okay, I have to ask, “Has it really come to this level of silliness?” I mean, it was only nearly two weeks ago when Sarah Palin was being painted as the “tough as nails” broad who was boasting that she was a pitbull in a skirt. Men and women alike across this nation were drawn to her biting sarcasm, her brawler attitude. I mean, this is a woman who hunts and shoots moose! (As an aside, she is a better shot than our current VP.) I hear that she even skins and cooks these beasts for consumption. Bison burger anyone? No doubt about it, hear them tell it Sarah Palin can make an Brooklyn gang banger looks like a pampered pooch.

Seriously, consider that this is the woman who single handedly bucked her own party in Alaska, is she not? According to the McCain camp, she’s taken on the very corporations and industries that make elder politicians turn ashen and tremble in their boots. And even as she cast the stone by taking the proverbial the gloves off at the RNC while looking at the camara informing Obama and the rest of us community activist/organizers that there was no pride or strength or responsibility in serving the poorest of the poor, trying to empower the most disrespected and forgotten (or ignored), Palin made in abuntdantly clear, she is a tough chick.

So imagine my surprise when the McCain decided to change the conversation from real issues to instead focus on a comment Obama used a couple of days ago about putting lipstick on a pig and smelly fish and possibly molding bread. (I admit, it wasn’t important enough to me intially to warrant a reaction.) But can you imagine how surprised I might have been that they have further demanded that Senator Obama provide a formal apology to Palin. This surprises me greatly. Afterall, this is politics, this is the way it is, Sarah knows this, McCain knows this. And hasn’t McCain used this old saying with respect to Hillary Clinton? In a very obvious way? Btw – where was his apology? This is the same method of distraction often used to get us off message and onto the entertainment of campaigning. But let us not be fooled.

Sarah Palin is the big girl, or should be, afterall, she’s tough, lives in one of the coldest states in the country (close to Russia and all). She hunts, handles guns with ease, has five kids and seems okay (trust me, I am a mom). She can handle it, if she can’t, then she should go back home. Political campaigns in America, unfortunately, aren’t for the faint hearted and there is little to no honor when twisting words and misconstruing truths are the norm. It’s how it is. The facts are, when you have no experience or basic competencies, it becomes essential to create distractions. When you can’t handle the media and your camp must control the media’s access to a candidate to the point of censorship, yeah, you REALLY need these distractions.

I am no slouch in the area of brawling having grown up in Brooklyn, NY. I must admit that as I size Palin up, I think she could handle herself physically here. Which means, she can handle getting over a misunderstanding. So Republicans, please, let’s get back to the issues. Stick to prepping your candidate for her debate with Biden. I want to hear more about McCain. First, I’d like him to stop being a hypocrite and stop acting like you guys have not been using the race card (remember the emphasis on Barack Hussein Obama?) and other means at your disposal to discredit Obama (and previously Hillary). Focus on the issues, the economy, the housing crisis, education, healthcare, social security, economic development, the war, and getting America back on track.

We rank woefully low in academic preparedness in comparison to similarly advanced nations, we have some of the most unhealthy citizens, including alarming rates of obesity among children and adults, along with cancer and diabetes. As of last week, the unemployment rate in this country reached an alarming 6.1%, up from 5.7% in August. (Bureau of Labor Statisitcs, U.S. Department of Labor) The rate of housing foreclosures in this country has increased by 90% since last May. (CNBC: http://www.cnbc.com/id/19193611/) The US can boast a national average of 70% with respect to their dropout rate, according to writer Barry Grey.

These are the issues that impact an entire country, that as this country suffers, we all suffer. So I am wholly offended that both the media and the McCain camp would seek to focus on this unimportant issue. I am offended that people would consider Palin such a wilting flower after all that bravado I witnessed at the RNS. I am offended that people would think that Obama is so crass as to offend the former beauty queen (who clearly is in top form) and compare her physically to a pig. Let’s move on people. We are in the midst of a recession, we have a war that has claimed more lives of our soldiers than Vietnam, we have an administration that abuses power and lies so much we may as well be living under the Mussolini regime. The McCain/Palin approach is not pro-American, its in fact anti-Democracy. The Bush agenda follows a fascist approach to governance.

No, Palin is no pig, she is no weak wilted flower… McCain is scared and using her to deflect how poorly he actually measures up on his own to Senator Obama. So, I am going to be politically incorrect and say directly to Senator McCain, Listen, you old fish man, let’s stop the hypocrisy and get back to the issues because I frankly don’t want to hear about Palin. She is a secondary issue since she’s runnig for the number two slot. If you want to be the next Commander and Chief of this nation, and you want my vote, then start acting like freaking a presidential candidate and put yourself out there.  We know that she has balls, but do you?  Or is it Palin for President?

Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t…

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In today’s NY Daily News, op-ed writer, Richard Cohen pens an interesting piece saying that Barack Obama is boring because he is unflappable, he does not engage in the dirty mud slinging politics of old. In fact, Cohen says, “Thank God for Sarah Palin. Without her gibes, her sarcasm, her smug provincialism, her hypocrisy about family and government, her exploitation of mommyhood and her personal attacks on Barack Obama, the Democratic base might never be consolidated. This much is certain: Obama could never do it.” Cohen is essentially saying that Obama is boring because he is not reactive. The problem for Cohen is Obama is rather reflective. He is cautious, a thinker who chews on his thoughts before shooting off his mouth. And when he does not, the consequences are huge. His words maligned and twisted, ultimately resulting him his being branded as an elitist.

The fact is, as Cohen referenced in his piece, that Obama may be fearful of being labeled as that “angry black man” were he to “go off”. And he cannot afford to do that. Because as I have said in previoius posts, Obama knows what many people of color learn as they go through life. The world, as it is today, is NOT color blind. And regardless of his experience, his title, his educational attainment, and ability to connect to the human truth as experienced by many today, Barack Obama is a black man with a weird name. Any whiff of stereotypically black male behavior will cost him this election.

Instead, he is impassioned to practice a different type of politics that may not be entertaining to the masses. But why should it be? In a world where we have come to rely on television and print media to tell us how to vote, how to think, what is important, what is unimportant… we need to return to learning and thinking for ourselves. We need to get passed that glossy and glittery facade to see the issues that matter, that impact us. We need to be informed and educated about our elected officials, hold them accountable when they abuse their power, and not be swayed in allowing them to implement their religious or personal views, rather, truly represent the we, the American people.

To that end, we need someone who is not reactive, we need someone who has a sense of diplomacy, we need someone who does view government and the media outlet as entertainment to garner votes, but rather someone who will identify the problems facing the country and then implement a solution for resolution. We need someone who will not hide from the media to brush up on their foreign policy, or someone who ask the state of Alaska to pray for a pipeline. Someone who will not tell me that things will not come to fruition if I don’t carry their God in my heart or somehow lack the ability to “be right with God”. We do not need a joker in office who will carry additional Bush policies into office. And we certainly don’t need additional corruption in Federal government when the State and City of New York are certainly facing those allegations openly.

America is a young country in comparison to her European sister. In 1776, this country adopted a Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress. It was signed by 13 men as a result of the American Revolution, seeking independence from Great Britain. At that time, our forefathers and the American people sought truth, they sought people who were resolved and commited to do better and be better. This document served to stress two particular themes, (1) the right of the individual and the (2) right of revolution. Today, those rights have begun to dwindle down considerably. The right of the individual is questionable and becomes subjective with one’s personal and political opinions that at times are predicated on one’s culture. The right to revolution, while often thought to be a physical manifestation of change, can also be a quiet, deliberate, and slow movement. We have seen this and we know it is true.

In his Gettysburg’s Address, Abraham Lincoln further stressed the rights of the American people, all Americans, to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. He believed those rights extended beyond the white race. Barack Obama is a testament to that. Bayard Rustin is often quoted as saying “To whom much is given, much is required.” As a graduate of NYC’s Bayard Rustin HS for the Humanities, I cannot forget that quote, neither can I forget a white guidance counselor in the same school who informed me that I would not be able to attend college, but perhaps community college would be more my speed. (By the way, I have a Master’s of Science in Urban Policy)

Obama represents all these multiple histories, all these multiple experiences. He is and will be held to a higher standard whether we admit it to ourselves or not. As such, he cannot be an “angry black man” he cannot be reactive, he has to be consistent, unwavering, and deliberate in his responses. If he were not to do so, he’d be damned, and since he is not doing so, he’s being damned. So its damned if you do, damned if you don’t… I put my money on him doing it his way, its may not be exciting to some, but its the right way. And dammit, I say he sticks to it.

Sarah Palin? Oh no!

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Today, I decided to get acquainted with Gov. Palin. I figured, no matter what, she’s the first woman who was nominated by a major party to serve as VP on a presidential ticket. I figured I owed it to her to look at her state’s website, browse through her newsletters, her accomplishments, etc. You know, its what we should do, be informed voters.

However, the problem I encountered was that I could not access any of her newsletters even though there were links that should have taken me as far back as December 2007. I kept getting a “Object Not Found!” on all the Alaska First newsletters. Hmmm, I decided that would not deter me, I want to know who Sarah Palin is. I mean, if she is there to represent mothers and women in politics, if she is the second coming of Hillary Clinton, then, hey!, I really want to know this woman.

Then I get an email from a colleague which is essentially an open letter entitled “About Sarah Palin” written by an Anne Kilkenny who seems to have really done some research of Gov. Palin. She refers to Gov. Palin’s ability to hold secrets. That doesn’t fit the description of a straight talking, shoot from the hip lady she appears to represent herself as. In fact, Anne says that Sarah (cause we are all salt of the earth women here, we can use first names) wasn’t quite the mayor, but the town was run by a county administrator because Palin’s decision making skills as a legislator and executive were questionable. No, no, they MUST have this wrong because the Sarah Palin I met on MSNBC told me that she was more qualified than Barack Obama BECAUSE of her experience as mayor… I mean, he was only a community organizer while she was mayor… so I said, yes, this must be that sexism thing that McCain’s people were talking about and so I must find out who Sarah Palin is.

Well, I learned that Sarah Palin was born in Idaho and her parents moved to Alaska when she was just an infant. Her high school nickname was Sarah Barracuda because of her intense sports play, her drive and ambition, and her alleged level of aggression and questionable morality when she focused on a goal. I don’t know about anyone else, but in my world, as a woman, its something that we need to do to move ahead and hey, she always led team prayer.
She admits to smoking marijuana, even thought she didn’t like it and participated in a beauty contest or two. Hey, can you be mad at the woman? Her bio goes on to provide the story of Palin’s rise from City Council to Mayor to Governor and ultimately, her being passed over for a US Senate appointment. Notice, appointment, not being voted in, she was also passed over for a Lt. Governor position before ultimately becoming governor.

So what do I know about Sarah Palin, what does my research yield? I found Palin to be a scary woman. She would turn back a woman’s right to choose regardless of circumstances including cases of rape or incest that would result in a pregnancy. I found Palin to have a very narrow view of the world, particularly since she’s never travelled outside the continental US. I found Palin to be a fundamentalist Christian, which is scary since it was the fundamentalist Muslim that gave us 9/11. It leads one to ask, what would be the result of a fundamentalist Christian in the White House and how would that impact our foreign relations, oh wait, I think Bush provides a good preview of that answer. My bad.

I found that Palin distorts the truth. Here are a few examples:

PALIN: “I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending … and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress ‘thanks but no thanks’ for that Bridge to Nowhere.”
THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a “bridge to nowhere.”
PALIN: “There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform — not even in the state senate.”
THE FACTS: Compared to McCain and his two decades in the Senate, Obama does have a more meager record. But he has worked with Republicans to pass legislation that expanded efforts to intercept illegal shipments of weapons of mass destruction and to help destroy conventional weapons stockpiles. The legislation became law last year. To demean that accomplishment would be to also demean the work of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a respected foreign policy voice in the Senate. In Illinois, he was the leader on two big, contentious measures in Illinois: studying racial profiling by police and requiring recordings of interrogations in potential death penalty cases. He also successfully co-sponsored major ethics reform legislation.
PALIN: “The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.”
THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama’s plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain’s plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.
Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.
He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise. * Source: Associated Press: Associated Press Writer Jim Drinkard in Washington contributed to this report.

Now, alot of people would criticize Palin for her lack of foreign policy experience. The fact is, she does not need foreign policy experience, for the Republicans, McCain is the man with the master plan for that. But Palin does need a few things as VP. First, a clear understanding of what the job of the VP of the United State actually is. So for all you Palinites, this is for you: “The Vice President of the United States[1] is the first person in the presidential line of succession, becoming the new President of the United States upon the death, resignation, or removal of the president, serving out the balance of that presidential term no matter how much or little time remains in it. Every presidential term ends on January 20 of the year immediately after a presidential election. As designated by the Constitution of the United States, the vice president also serves as the President of the Senate, and may break tie votes in that chamber.[2] He or she may be assigned additional duties by the president but, as the Constitution assigns no executive powers to the vice president, in performing such duties he or she acts only as an agent of the president.” *Source: Wikipedia

Second, most people who reach the executive level of national government, typically have post graduate degrees or experience. This is not a measure of intelligence, rather, the academic rigors really hones your critical thinking skills and provides a measure of professional development that college does not; particularly among those who aren’t quite critical thinkers and problem solvers naturally. Sarah Palin recieved a BA from the University of Idaho, with a minor in political science. I guess it helps to stay in the midwest if you want to run for city council, mayor, and governor in the midwest, but without a clear understanding of the rest of the country, I don’t think Palin is prepared to represent all Americans.

Wars oversees impact the production, costs, and local economy of all states. Palin was not quite clear on that prior to her rehearsal for the RNC since she has been quoted as saying this war is “God’s will”. Separation of church and state for that woman? Not at all. In fact, Palin has made many a quote relative to her love for Jesus and his impact on the local economy and politics impacting Alaskans.

The fact is, Palin is as excessively fundamentalist and facist as some of these so-called terrorists. Her words echo Islamic extremist. Should the McCain/Plain duo reach their goals of becoming the top two executives at the White House, I would think that we would see our country worsen. I think the poor would become even more so. I think the inability to understand other cultures, people, and customs would further erode our standing and respect on the national stage. I think Palin is a sign. A sign that while women have come so far, she represents the very worse of us, she represents everything we’ve fought for through the Suffrage Movement. She represents a step back into time, when a pretty, youthful woman, can act smart and tough, but lacks any substantive character at a time when we need it most. Palin is no Hillary Clinton, she actually should not be mentioned in the same sentance for Clinton deserves our respect for doing this right. Even Emily’s List has issued reasons why she is wrong for this country…

Sarah Palin? Oh no, not at all. She’s all wrong. Wrong for you, wrong for me, wrong for this country.