Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bravo Zulu McCain!

August 1 is the anniversary of John McCain's promotion to Captain in the U.S. Navy. In lieu of a fruit basket, my friends at Blogs for John McCain have set an ambitious goal to get $10,000 in donations TODAY for McCain.

Please contribute via www.bravozulumccain.com (directs you to Slatecard secure link) so we can track those donations to today's money bomb.

This will be *the* pivotal month of the campaign. We NEED participation from everyone to show support for the campaign and fund signs, calls, travel, advertising, donuts, all of it.

To those who don't think McCain needs the money, we have to counter Obama's unlimited funds, thanks to his dishonoring his commitment to take public financing.

To those who are waiting until McCain picks his VP, send your donation and email the campaign to tell them who your pick is and why. This will speak louder than any form of silence.

To those who are waiting until the convention, please remember we have to compete with the Olympics, the Democratic National Convention, and, frankly, the entire mainstream media to make sure our message is heard.

To those who like McCain and support him but don't donate, I have a few thoughts. I have never contributed to a political candidate until this election. If Obama is elected, my family will pay $8,500 MORE in taxes next year, and my kids' college funds, due to capital gains tax changes, will be worth 15% LESS. So ponying up $50 right now to ensure victory for the other guy isn't just emotionally smart, it is a smart investment in my family's financial security.

To the people who are in truly tight financial straits, please shake your couch cushions, pockets, bottom of the purse, drawer, top of dresser, under car seats, coats in the hall closet. Send what you can - you won't miss those coins, trust me.

To the people who think they can't change anything by donating, you're wrong. We have the power, right now, to give America a truly great President. Is that worth $10 to you? I hope so.

Thanks for listening and thank you Senator McCain for your brave service to our country.

PS - If you donate today and email me at moms4mccain at yahoo.com, I will send you a FREE Moms for McCain bumper sticker!

Monday, July 28, 2008

YouTube Viewers Show McCain Some "Love"

Hat-tip to my techie husband who shared this link, in which two new media experts note McCain's encouraging growth among YouTube online video audiences.

Take a moment to check out the two videos: "Obama Love" (note change from the far-superior Frankie Valli music after a copyright tiff) and "Pump" - which 'call out' Obama and the sycophants in the mainstream media who got off the Objectivity Train several primaries ago.

All of us can HELP make sure McCain videos get seen. Visit the McCain YouTube channel often, give the videos 5 stars, leave a positive comment, and share the links with friends too.











Saturday, July 26, 2008

Obama's Troops Fiasco: The Real Test

This week every blog in God's creation will rant about how Obama conspicuously skipped a visit to our wounded troops. I've heard all the different explanations for the no-show from the Obama camp, the Pentagon, and the media. But I see it a little bit differently.

It's not necessarily wrong that Obama didn't go to that particular place at that particular time. Maybe it was right not to go, if the motives were political gamesmanship and nothing more. (If I were lying wounded in a hospital bed and some guy with zero military experience popped in for a photo op, I'd tell him to go take a long walk off a short pier.)

What happened may have been a catclysmic offense, or merely a miscommunication. That's not the problem. The problem was how the Obama camp handled an incendiary situation: without responsibility or apology. If you think you've offended millions of powerful people, you don't respond with haughty defensiveness. You say: I'm sorry.

You don't say "but I went to see them already!" Or "but it wasn't my fault!" You say "I am truly sorry that I could not honor them in person, but today with my sound bite I honor them and their families and I urge Americans to support them too."

The question we should be asking is not 'why didn't he go?' but 'why isn't he sorry he didn't go?' Does he not know this was a mistake (doubtful)? Or does he not care?

This trip was designed to emblazon the image of a potential President Obama on American voters' minds. So how would a President Obama handle a legitimate mistake when it happens?('Cause we're human, it always does.) Will there be swift and clear admission of a mistake and a sincere effort to correct it? Will the offended parties be told to "get over it" and let it go (p.s. some of those parties may have nuclear weapons and some rather unforgiving attitudes about America)? Doesn't Obama, like Dean and cronies, lambast President Bush for refusing to apologize for anything he does? Why then is he not stepping up when he messes up?

I want someone in office who takes credit for their accomplishments and responsibility for their mistakes. John McCain has proven that he takes the American people seriously enough to be straight with them, even when it makes him unpopular for a while. He believes that we deserve not perfection, but sincerity. And in my eyes that is what makes him a hero.

Real heroes aren't without fault. Real heroes know their faults better than anyone else. They are anxious to address them, compensate for them, and ensure that their faults don't harm the people they serve. Real heroes aren't the ones with the most friends in Hollywood or on myspace. Real heroes ensure that their principles define their image - and not the other way around.

That's why I am proud to support a true hero: John McCain. If you agree, please get involved today by donating, volunteering, or working online to ensure that our troops and our nation get the kind of heroic leadership we deserve.

UPDATE: McCain Nation Events coming to your town!

The stay-at-home-Mom in me is delighted to support McCain from my home computer. But the extravert in me is VERY excited to meet other McCainiacs in the flesh!

Today the McCain campaign is launching an exciting initiative: McCain Nation will bring parties, barbecues, mini-caucus-like discussions, brunches, Happy Hours, and other grassroots events to voters all across America.

Check it out and make plans to host or attend! If you're in the Seattle area I am planning to co-host an event on Thursday, August 14. Please email me at moms4mccain at yahoo dot com if you'd like more information or an invite next week.

P.S. Only 101 days to go - enough to do 1 of 100 different things every day to help McCain win the White House.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Mom on the Spot: Seattle Girls' School

About a week ago, a teacher emailed me from an independent inner-city girls' school in Seattle (across the bridge from my home). She was teaching a summer enrichment program about the election and was looking for a representative to come and answer questions about John McCain and his platform. Good girl that I am, I first referred her to the official campaign folks. But since the local campaign is setting up their offices this week and literally without contact info, the odds they could send someone to talk to a room full of non-voters is pretty slim. And as she put it, "most of these girls hear a lot about Obama and may not know much about McCain." (Very diplomatic!) So I volunteered and had the privilege of talking to them today.

The small group asked excellent questions about McCain, his background, his platform, his differences from President Bush and from Obama. The girls, of different ages and backgrounds, had mostly described themselves as "pro-Obama" but had the chance to look at actual policies and statements from both candidates. (If only adults would take that opportunity we'd have much better people working for us in Washington!)

They asked about McCain's personal life and "what kind of father he was" and seemed genuinely surprised to hear the true story of Cindy McCain arriving home from a humanitarian trip to Asia with two babies, one of whom, Bridget, was adopted by the McCains and the other of whom was adopted by McCain family friends.

They asked about immigration policy and noted that there "wasn't as much difference between McCain's policy and Obama's." This was a good opportunity to talk about bipartisanship, the idea of a "path to citizenship" and the need for both strength and compassion from our leaders. And to discuss how the Republican party, just like the Democrats, have a spectrum of views on this and other issues.

They asked about how McCain would be different from Bush (in a more respectful way than any news outlet has!). We discussed bipartisanship, experience and background (i.e. McCain's extensive military experience and training led him to support different Iraq strategies than the Bush administration over the last few years). We discussed how rare it was that McCain had successfully passed legislation on key issues by working across the aisle with Democratic Senators.

They asked about my opinion of the YouTube ads on media bias and gas prices. They asked some good followup questions about whether candidates are allowed to make "false claims" which led into a discussion of free speech and how trustworthy the media is in general. I talked about the distinction in my mind between "negative ads" attacking character and background (which McCain has come out against, repeatedly) and pointing out factual differences between the candidates (i.e. observing what is actually being said by the media and the opponent). We discussed the importance of 'accountability' - that they have to be savvy enough to know that the media isn't always telling them the whole story, and that candidates should be responsible for the choices and policies they've supported. I mentioned OntheIssues and other online resources so they can learn how their representatives or candidates voted.

They asked about McCain's gun policies and we talked about my ex-sister-in-law's taxidermist father, whose animal-head-filled house might be creepy, but is his livelihood and isn't harmful to other people. I shared my personal opinion that I'd never want a gun in my home or in my possession, but that I saw this as an issue of freedom AND responsibility. That honoring our constitution often meant respecting the rights of people we disagree with or allowing things we don't like, because 300 million people rarely agree on anything.

They asked about the two-party system and what party George washington belonged to. I mentioned that I was familiar with 'Federalism' but couldn't tell them everything about it offhand. I did some research when I came home and discovered that the two-party system in America dates back to 1794, when Hamilton's "Federalists" and Thomas Jefferson's "Democratic-Republicans" stood for 'larger' versus 'smaller' government, respectively.

They actually did stump me with a question about education policy and schools "competing for teachers." I hadn't really heard or read much about this (education is mostly under states' purview), but did talk a little about decision-making and top-down versus bottom-up philosophies for managing and regulating schools. I alos mentioned that I had read Obama comments against school choice, which as a Mom and a teacher's daughter, is an important issue for me. This is one I have to learn more about as my kids enter school next year. This might be a good area for McCain to expand discussion during debates - Moms and families need to know what role, if any, a McCain government would have in ensuring good education for our kids.

As I left, I thanked them for having me and asked them to tell their friends they met a Real Live Republican who didn't even have horns! I even flattened my hair to prove it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Media Bias and McCain: Your Turn

(I've decided to interrupt 'small business week' to address some funny business making headlines: media bias. More interviews later this week!)

Despite McCain's overly-gracious dismissal of media bias as a "bit of fun," actual Americans are increasingly acknowledging that the media is clearly in the tank for Obama. As of today, one non-scientific poll of over 100,000 people puts the percentage claiming pro-Obama bias at a whopping 79%.

Usually media bias is carefully disguised, but I think anyone whose synapses are firing can see the overt pro-Obama bias: over-the-top ObamaLove, or refusing to even give McCain a chance to be heard at all. As a wise man once said, don't get mad - get even. Here are some specific, constructive things any of us can do to address and overcome media bias against our candidate.

Call them on it. Email the networks when they're out of line, cancel your subscriptions and *tell them why.* Don't forget their advertisers, who want your business long after the election is over. We have more choices than ever before and need to vote with our feet.

Change the coverage. Make it a habit to "Buzz Up" pro-McCain pieces on Yahoo news. Rate YouTube videos with 5 stars and post supportive comments on McCain articles online. This actually changes which articles show up at the top of the list or front page, versus being relegated to the bottom of the virtual barrel.

Be "proactive" about your news. If you watch the news from 6:00-6:30 over dinner every night you'll hear exactly what that group of people wanted you to hear. If you are interested in healthcare or the economy or Iraq policy, go to the candidates' own sites and get the facts for yourself. If you want opinions and insights, come join our forums at McCain NOW and Let's Get This Right.

Go straight to the source. There are many false rumors going around about BOTH candidates. See a basic summary of issue positions and voting records at http://www.ontheissues.org/. Debunk rumors at http://www.snopes.com/, and visit http://www.johnmccain.com/ often for information straight from "the horse's mouth."

Prioritize what you want to know. I am a former research analyst and longtime geek - if I truly went through all the data available on the Presidential candidates even MY head would explode. Pick 3 or 4 things that are truly important to you - character, specific issues or policies, experience or qualities you think are important. Compare the candidates side-by-side and ask yourself which of these two people would do a better job as President. Not a better job as a speaker or a dinner date. A President: Commander-in-Chief, Judge-Appointer, Congress-Checker, Foreign-Emisary.

Light the candle instead of cursing the darkness. Blog, volunteer and doorbell in support of McCain. The #1 most important thing we can all do to combat media bias is speaking up ourselves. Your word will carry more weight than all other advertising combined. Please consider doing something positive to support John McCain - there are MANY ways to be involved.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Small business week: Tammy

Earlier this month, McCain held a town-hall meeting focused on women entrepreneurs as part of unveiling his economic plan. This week I'm featuring interviews with a variety of small businesswomen, sharing why they support McCain for President. Thanks ladies for sharing your thoughts!

Tell us about yourself. I’m Tammy from Redmond. I am 45 years young and have an 18 year old daughter.

Tell us about your business. What do you like most and least about it? I have been a Hair Designer for 29 years. The first 17 years were in Scottsdale, Arizona and the last 12 here in Washington.

I have owned my own hair business for the last 22 years and love working for myself. It has allowed me to set the hours that work best for my family. I currently work 38 hours a week which is way more manageable than the 70 hour weeks that I used to put in before having my daughter.

I love making people feel better about themselves. Every day is different depending on who I see and which services they are having done. It’s a very social business which suits me really well. What I like least is that after all these years my tendons in my arms are wearing out from overuse. This is very disturbing as I truly have a passion for my business.

What is your involvement in politics? How would you describe your political views? I am not very "active" in politics but do have some strong opinions and several clients who are very involved in politics so I get to hear a lot of different views. I have always leaned more towards Republican (dare I say that in Washington, hahaha!).

I’m someone who sees issues as more 'black and white' versus living in the 'grey zone.' I like absolutes and for decisions to be made and acted upon. There is nothing more upsetting to me than a whole lot of talk and no action. Just going round and round in circles and never getting anywhere. I think there are a lot of people out there who would like our world that way then no one need be accountable for anything and they can keep pointing their finger at someone else. I say get off your ass and do something!

Have your views changed this year (is this election any different)? I find this year's election quite interesting. For me the answer is pretty simple, McCain is the only one who understands what needs to be done from a defensive standpoint. I will vote for experience over promises made.

I also support Republican business views which are very important to me. Being self-employed does influence my decisions on whom to vote for. I’m very interested in tax laws and would like to see them changed to a "flat tax" system.

Who do you support for President and why? I am absolutely voting for McCain. I do think that it is time to figure out this gas thing in our country. We need to be less dependent on other countries for our fuel and tap our resources here to lower gas prices.

What should McCain do to appeal to business owners like you? I think McCain should offer more deductions or a "flat tax" for Small Business owners. So many do not succeed as they cannot keep up with their overhead and tax payments. Self-Employment insurance needs to be more affordable also.

As a stylist, you hear lots of opinions from male and female customers. What do you think McCain should do to appeal to your customers and people like them? I love hearing my clients' views on their choice in candidate and I have noticed that the Obama supporters feel that if he becomes president that he will sweep in and end the war like a magic war fairy. Do they not understand that things don’t work that way? Do people really think that it is that easy?? I too would like to see this war end but know that it will take some time to get out of there. People need to remember that the President only has so much power and that he is at the mercy of his House and Senate also.

Any other thoughts to share? Personally I have tried to stay away from the media as much as possible, as I get tired of hearing the same debate presented in 100’s of different ways. I tune in periodically to get updated and my clients keep me pretty well informed also. As the election gets closer I will tune in a bit more but right now I find it to be a huge waste of my time.

I think it would be an interesting concept to have a Democrat and Republican working together as R- President McCain and D-Vice President Obama for a more balanced world but maybe we would implode if that happened.


Tammy's next big project is a charity walk to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research. Please consider making a donation here or donate to our Slatecard candidates in Tammy's honor. Thanks!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Summer funnies II: McCain on Conan

Senator McCain shows his lighter side, talks about 96-yr-old Mama McCain, and shares some laughs with Conan O'Brien.


Monday, July 14, 2008

McCain and Obama: Gone to the Dogs

Since I'm on vacation this week, I thought I'd lighten the mood a bit with this piece about pet owners preferring McCain. Proving that demographers have waaaaay too much time on their hands, they produced this interesting tidbit:

Christina Duffney, a spokeswoman for the American Kennel Club, said "you usually
connect with things that you're familiar with, so that could be a part of" why
pet owners lean toward McCain.


Well, if voters identify with a guy who owns pets, it's easy to see why they'd like the Arizona senator. He has a veritable menagerie, including Sam the English springer spaniel, Coco the mutt, turtles Cuff and Link, Oreo the black and white cat, a ferret, three parakeets and a bunch of saltwater fish.


On the other hand, the poll found that among people who don't have pets, Obama leads McCain 48 percent to 34 percent. But that still leaves McCain looking strong, since the majority of homes have a pet.



I must admit we are among the few non-pet-owners in our neighborhood (a Golden Retriever kind of place), although we discussed getting ferrets before having our wonderful son and daughter. And every now and then, when they've had too much sugar and too little sleep, we are tempted to re-consider our 'raise ferrets instead' plan.

But being serious, strength and familiarity in these "all-American households" is good news for McCain. Who's for McCain dog leashes - good conversation piece walking through the neighborhood twice a day!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Moms in the Right

I am delighted to announce a new site for "Moms in the Right" - presenting intelligent blogs and ideas from a conservative perspective. I was thrilled to hear from Kat in Texas who is the site's founder - she is very skilled and enthusiastic and this is a BADLY needed resource for our under-represented demographic!

Kat ran into some Leftist Ladies who took it upon themselves to be obnoxious and try to intimidate her, but I am proud to say she did not relent. Please stop by www.momsintheright.com and say hello, leave her a comment or encouragement.

Don't forget to join the forums at www.letsgetthisright.com, sharing ideas and support for deserving candidates across America.

Thanks!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Courage

This election marks the first time I have ever done anything besides voting, silently, for my preferred candidate. I decided to take action this year because I saw the antidote to inaction and gridlock in Washington: Courage.

And no, I don't just mean fighting for your country, although clearly that shows courage. Real courage is something more than one opportunity for bravery decades ago.

Courage is taking a stand, and remaining standing.

Courage is telling people what you really think, not what you think they want to hear.

Courage is perseverance and patience. But it is also boldness and action.

Courage is Going Where No Republican Has Gone Before.

Courage is facing voters head-on without a teleprompter. Ten times. Even when your opponent, who is "leading," refuses to join you.

Courage is standing up for what is right, even when you're standing alone.

And that's why to me, courage is John McCain.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The McCain You Don't Know

I blog every day about John McCain and why I think Moms should vote for him. Today I am cross-posting at Politics 4 Moms, a nonpartisan site dedicated to facts, news, links and useful non-bitter stuff - go check it out!
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'The Man Inside the Suit'

You know McCain is Republican (insert applause or sneers here). You may NOT know that McCain has been endorsed by both prominent Democrats and conservative Republicans (Fred Thompson, Sam Brownback, Gary Bauer, to name a few). You may NOT know that in the Senate McCain actually *got things done* working with Democrats, passing key legislation, including campaign finance reform and climate change.

You know that John McCain served with distinction in the navy, including a 5 1/2-year stint as a prisoner of war. You may NOT know that due to his father's high military rank, he had the chance to go home early - and didn't take it, out of loyalty to his fellow servicemen and his commitment to his country.

You know that McCain is married to Cindy, a former teacher and active philanthropist. You may NOT know that sons Jimmy and Jack are currently active-duty military, and Jimmy was actually *in Iraq* in 2007, during a rocky period for the McCain campaign. You may not know that daughter Meghan has a great blog with behind-the-scenes photos. And you may not know that Cindy McCain brought home daughter Bridget from Mother Teresa's orphanage in Bangladesh for life-saving medical care - and a very surprised Senator McCain welcomed them and adopted Bridget within the week.

You know that the media has given more attention to Obama and Clinton, perhaps because of the historic nature of the primary, perhaps because of barriers breaking, perhaps because they just like them better. You may NOT know that McCain has thriving online and grassroots support, and that outreach to women and Moms is growing every day.

Come join the discussion and learn more about John McCain: a leader America can believe in.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Overcoming Objections: When McCain is the Runner-Up

A few weeks ago, I spent a few posts addressing potential objections to McCain's candidacy. There is another challenge ahead: appealing to people whose hearts belonged to another candidate.

Let's face it, the primaries were ugly. Mud was slung. Podiums were pounded. Nominees were chosen (fairly or unfairly), PUMAs were born. And millions of Americans are now left with two men who weren't their first choice. Here are some of the objections I've heard, and some thoughts on why these people should vote McCain with a clear conscience.

"I'm disappointed that McCain won't break barriers like [insert candidate here] would!" White guy McCain may not cause the same reaction as a female or minority candidate. But McCain breaks the silent barriers in Washington. Complacency. Secrecy. Partisanship. Vanity above country. With his veto pen, he can end the multi-Billion-dollar practice of pork spending. With his military policy, he can restore fact-based decision making and pride in our troops. With his commitment to energy independence, he can lower gas prices today and reduce our dependence on foreign oil tomorrow. McCain can break the barriers that count.


"I don't like McCain 'cause he's not a true conservative like [Candidate X]!" I have addressed this numerous times. McCain is not running for President Of The Conservatives, he is running to lead a Democratic-majority-Congress in a country fed up with a Republican President who was grossly ineffective or merely controversial, depending on who you ask. So here on Planet Earth, where there are only two viable candidates, the conservative movement's best - and only - chance for a future is in McCain's hands.

"I don't like McCain because he's MORE conservative than [Candidate X]!" If only these people would talk to the previous people, I'd be out of a job (hahaha). I have commented previously on why McCain's Republican identity shouldn't exclude him from being the choice of conscientious voters from all parties.

"I don't like McCain's unwillingness to talk about faith and court the evangelical vote like [Candidate X]!" John McCain is a private person. He doesn't talk much about his POW captivity, his seven children, his wife's charity work, or lots of other things that other politicians would be pimping to the hilt right now. When he attends church, it is without an entourage and with a prayerful heart. His faith, like all things about him, is evidenced not in pretty words, but in actions.

"But I agreed with [Candidate X] on [Issue Y]!" There is a handy shortcut here which allows you to look at some - not all - key issues and quickly compare McCain and Obama. And I'd be lax if I didn't point out that compared to Obama, McCain has seven times more legislative experience, 100% more military training and experience, and the only real record of successful bipartisan cooperation (and by some metrics the only meaningful record of legislation passed at all). So whether you are motivated by issues or character or both, McCain is a choice you can and should feel proud of.

I recognize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm and passion for McCain, and frankly that's okay. There is a long time until the election and open, candid discussion of the issues and the character of the candidates will make whomever wins a better leader.

But to those who think it's okay to skip this meaningful choice because they aren't on board with 100% of McCain, I say this: Voting is not an essay question in which you pledge your eternal love. If your heart is heavy voting for McCain, do it with your head. If your head is confused about the candidates or the issues, get the facts . And then decide - which of these two people would be a better leader for our country?

Yeah, that's what I thought too.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

McCain on Obama's Iraq comments

More time to blog about this next week, but in short Obama has begun the inevitable backtracking on an Iraq withdrawal timetable since (duh) suddenly realizing he doesn't have a clue about what is actually going on over there. He even called a 'mulligan' (do-over) news conference when he realized liberals all over America were stocking up on rotten tomatoes to hurl at him.

McCain said what millions of Americans have been saying for months (emphasis mine):

"Since announcing his campaign in 2007, the central premise of Barack Obama's candidacy was his commitment to begin withdrawing American troops from Iraq immediately. He campaigned in Iowa, New Hampshire and across the country reaffirming this pledge to the American people.

"Today, Barack Obama reversed that position proving once again that his words do not matter. He has now adopted John McCain's position that we cannot risk the progress we have made in Iraq by beginning to withdraw our troops immediately without concern for conditions on the ground. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind when the facts on the ground dictate it. Indeed, the facts have changed because of the success of the surge that John McCain advocated for years and Barack Obama opposed in a position that put politics ahead of country.

"Now that Barack Obama has changed course and proven his past positions to be just empty words, we would like to congratulate him for accepting John McCain's principled stand on this critical national security issue. If he had visited Iraq sooner or actually had a one-on-one meeting with General Petraeus, he would have changed his position long ago."


Pop quiz! Which guy do you want in charge: the one who has to re-do a press conference when public response is mixed, or the guy who smiled through the insults, willing to be unpopular to safeguard our troops and their mission?

Friday, July 4, 2008

Let's Get This Right!!

This Independence Day, I am doing 3 things. I am celebrating my Mom's 60th birthday (Happy Birthday Mom!). I am celebrating my country's 232nd birthday (Happy Birthday America!). And I am putting my money where my mouth is.

Prior to this Presidential election, I have never given money to any political candidate. Frankly, I need my money to fill my gas tank and raise my kids. But this year is different. This year we have a candidate of unprecedented courage who will not run again. Against all odds, we have a real chance to elect a President with character, conviction and qualifications - the experience to know what to do, and the backbone to do it.

Many people have tried to tell me, directly or indirectly, that this cause is foolish. That McCain isn't really a hero - just a guy who flew a plane that got shot down. That McCain isn't really going to solve anything. That McCain can't possibly do any good because he's too old. Too feisty. Too Republican. Or not Republican enough.

Those people are WRONG. The only way to prove them wrong is by electing John McCain.

This year, a motley crew of independent activists, ranging from zealous idealists to pragmatic realists, have developed a new home for all of us who want the RIGHT kind of change in America. 'Let's Get This Right' is the epicenter of grassroots support for McCain and other strategically chosen candidates who can ensure that in 2009, America heads in the right direction.

Today, millions of PUMAs will voice their dissent to the DNC's ill-advised, undemocratic selection of their nominee by donating to the McCain campaign. I invite you all to contribute $19.64 - one penny for each day of John McCain's POW captivity - or an amount suitable to your means through the Let's Get it Right Fundraising Movement.

Money can't buy you an election, but it can buy you a voice. Let's show McCain that we will speak up for him. Today we declare our independence from overspending government, Big Brother policies, and amoral leadership. Today, and in November, we will get this right.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

An Open Letter to General Wesley Clark

Dear General Clark,

I am not a military wife. I am not a member of the armed services. But I am an American. And when those men and women fight and die, they fight for me too. For my children, for my right to live the American way of life.

This week, you went on national television and said of John McCain:

“He hasn't held executive responsibility. That large squadron in the Navy that
he commanded -- that wasn't a wartime squadron...."

“Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president.”



You not only impugned my favorite candidate, but did so by dishonoring the service of millions of men and women and their families. You confirmed the most shameful of sentiments: that troops' service is only admirable until they come home, at which point it makes them an irrelevant footnote in our country's history and a burden on its present. And nothing could be further from the truth.

In the interest of fairness, there is one valid point there. Military service alone is not sufficient to rubber-stamp an otherwise unqualified President (hence the public's rejection of your own short-lived bid for the Presidency). McCain's "leadership" as a POW alone includes coordinating covert communications among imprisoned troops, maintaining morale under unspeakable conditions, conducting Christian services from memory, honoring his commitment to country above his own hide.

They say that a good soldier 'never leaves a man behind.' So it is truly a sad day when someone of your stature and accomplishment puts partisanship ahead of respect for the importance and relevance of serving one's country. John McCain gave a lifetime of service to his country, and you sold him out for a sound bite. Shame on you.

To his credit (and yes it pains me to give him any), Obama rightfully disowned your remarks. But unfortunately the damage - to the morale of our troops, fighting daily in 100+ degree heat, is done. Considering the foolish fracas over his temper, John McCain's response to you was more gentlemanly and courteous than mine - as always, McCain is more interested in discussing what's best for the country - affordable energy, freedom from terrorism, and financial security - than what's best for McCain.

The essence of leadership is the courage to do what is right, putting the needs of those you serve above yourself. On the battlefield. In captivity. In Congress. In the media. And with the American people. And *that* is what John McCain is really about.

Today, I invite every American who disagrees with you, General Clark, on the relevance of military service, to donate $19.64 - one PENNY for every day of McCain's captivity in VietNam. (See 'Slatecard' link at right.) Please add a comment that this is in honor of General Clark and I'll be sure to pass along our total for your edification.

General Clark, this week Moms across America - even those of us who are challenged by gas and grocery prices, will shake our couch cushions and hold Freedom Bake Sales and Yellow Ribbon Lemonade Stands. We will get out the vote and we will get out the funds to ensure that our nation has strong, proven leadership under President John McCain. And know that when you speak indifferently about anyone in my country's uniform, you do NOT speak for me.

Sincerely,

Moms for McCain