Friday, October 31, 2008
Awesome one-page comparison of the candidates. From a Catholic group, but useful for people of all faiths, scroll down for professional brochures and is you're pro-life, be sure to check out their links and commentary as well.
Remember when I told you not to panic about polls? Zogby says (surprise, surprise) Mac is BACK!
From the DUH Department: Media really IS "in the tank" for Obama.
The 'Governator' gets McCain Ohio supporters PAHMPED UP! Article here, video below. 12 Minutes but WORTH IT. Fun zingers *and* thought-provoking arguments. And who doesn't love Dah Ack-sent!
I gave a couple of hours a day, 7 days a week, for 7 1/2 months to share my passion for this candidate and to encourage you to do the same.
What will YOU do for a better America?
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Of all the McCain articles I've read - and there must be thousands - this is among the best. His endorsement of McCain hits several nails on the head.
Why you shouldn't snub McCain because you disliked Bush: "Why, if you thought Bush was inept, would you install as Commander-in-Chief a man whose ignorance of world affairs and military strategy make Bush look like a genius?"
Why McCain's Economic stance is the right one for these times: "McCain is no expert on the economy. But he's proven that he knows how to listen to the people who do understand it. And he thinks that wealth is created by people who work and think and learn and save. Share with the needy? Sure. But prosperity comes from leaving as much money as possible in the productive economy -- not from removing the rewards of achievement."
Why McCain's principles are real, right and sorely needed in The White House: "John McCain is what he seems to be. When he changes his mind or his policies, he admits it. He believes that America is an influence for good in the world. He doesn't follow the party line -- Republicans may hate some of the things he's done, but nobody has ever been able to claim he did them for any reason but his own conscience."
Why McCain's America is a better one: "In McCain's America, you can have confidence that you know the guy in the Oval Office, and he actually pays attention to what you believe in and care about."
Please share this with undecided voters you know!!
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For five years Ali and Mohammed have lived alongside US soldiers in their Baghdad neighbourhood near Rasheed Street, a prominent commercial artery running through the heart of the Iraqi capital.
During that time American culture and politics have become familiar to them, and they say that if they could, they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain in next week's US presidential election.
"McCain would be best for Iraq because he would ensure stability," said Ali, 66, an expert on the Sumerian era.
The personal qualities and political platforms of McCain and his Democrat rival Barack Obama are of little import to Ali, however. His focus is on Iraq and its neighbours such as Iran.
"The Iranians believe that if Obama is elected he will not take action against them despite their nuclear ambitions. That worries me," said Ali, sitting on an old bench in Al-Zahawi coffee shop.
Mohammed, also a professor at the university, said he too preferred McCain "because Obama supports a rapid withdrawal of US troops."
"Our army is still too weak and Turkey and Iran are threats. Iran's President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad has warned Iran would fill the void left when US troops depart," he said.
"I trust the Republicans more. They're more capable of establishing democracy in the world, especially in Arab countries," said the 33-year-old. "Obama is far too left."
There were young and old, male and female, and people from every ethnic group. While we had been waiting in line, some people shared stories about why they were there, and why they were leaning or voting for Sen. McCain. One lady in front of us said she had lived in 25 different countries (for her husband's work), and no matter where she went in the world, everyone always asked her one question, and that was "How can I become an American?"
One young mother in front of us said she had grown up in Saudi Arabia, and having lived in that kind of government, she felt McCain best represented and could preserve the values of America.
Another said she had a roommate in college who was from Sweden. While this person loved their country, he had hated how the government controlled every aspect. She said his father had died of heart disease, while on a waiting list to receive medical care with the government-run health care program in Sweden. She said she did not want America to takes steps closer to socialism.
I'll be posting more rally and event stories this week, if you have a positive story to share, please leave a comment. Thanks!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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When I started the Blogette last year, I wanted to show people what happens behind the scenes in a national campaign. I did this because I love my family and I knew that it might surprise people to see how normal this experience can be. I know this has been a difficult campaign for a lot of people. I know there are many who just want to get past the last eight years. And I know there are people who are so desperate for change they will do anything to get what they think is a better deal.
I make no excuses for the state of politics today. But I want everyone to know that my dad is more than ready to be the President this country needs right now. Everyone always assumed Iraq would be this campaign's number one hurdle. The only thing I respect more than people's opinions about how to proceed in Iraq are the men and women who are bravely serving our country in harm's way every single day. My Dad is the only candidate with real military experience who has the support of an overwhelming majority of current service members. And if you really want to know how much I trust him, remember that I have two brothers who are serving, one of whom is about to redeploy. Of course, all of this is easy to miss, because this election is clearly about moving past the current administration and fixing the economy.
If you honestly think someone with extremely limited experience will solve the severe problems we have in this country then, by all means, vote for Senator Obama. If you want to give complete control of our government to the Democrats who have made a real mess of things over the last two years they've controlled Congress, then go ahead and vote for Senator Obama. And, if you really believe that our taxes should be higher and that government should have a bigger role in our lives, vote for Senator Obama.
Some of you have asked me how I can support my Dad or call myself a Republican when times are so tough, especially since my own personal beliefs don't always sync with the GOP. Well, I have asked myself that same question a lot. But I support my Dad through it all because I know this: my Dad will be unlike ANY other Republican president. My father has the experience, leadership skills, and proven dedication to serve. I only wish people could understand that Dad will bring about the change everyone is so hungry for in a much more real way than Senator Obama could ever possibly hope to do at this stage in his political career.
So, forget everything you've heard or seen. Just know this: everyone wants change. And while some people can only talk about it, my dad will bring it. Don't give up on him. He is never going to give up on you. And by you, I mean every American. Regardless of age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or political ideology; a vote for John McCain is a vote to change our country for the better. Don't hope for a better future. Vote for one.
Monday, October 27, 2008
- Healthcare: "Almost Everyone would do better under McCain"
- Healthcare and Families: The McCain-Palin Commitment to Children with Special Needs
- Military: Young soldier gives McCain his Purple Heart (also see video at Blogs for John McCain)
- Economy: CNBC: McCain Demonstrates Uncanny Power to Understand the Need of American Small Business Owners (hat tip to Blogs4McCain)
- Economy: Prominent Economists Think McCain's Plan is Best (hat tip to Blogs4McCain)
10 Endorsements of Note
1. Master LIST of endorsements from Wikipedia
2. Swing state, small town: Findley, Ohio
3. Swing state, big town: Columbus Dispatch
4. Blue state, big city: San Diego
5. Blue state, DEEP blue city: San Francisco (really!)
6. Blue state, DEEPEST blue city: New York Post
7. Red state, red city: San Antonio, Texas
8. Red state, red city: Dallas Morning News
9. Swing state, swing city: Tampa Tribune
10. Swing state, ain't over till it's over: Michigan
10 Resources for People of Faith
16. Transcript of Rick Warren Saddleback Church Forum: http://www.rickwarrennews.com/
18. Jewish Press endorses McCain: http://www.jewishpress.com/pageroute.do/36711/John_McCain_For_Pres.html
19. http://americansoffaith.johnmccain.com/ Official Site for "Americans of Faith"
20. http://catholics.johnmccain.com/ Official Site for Catholics for McCain (you can request a Voter2Voter PhoneBank list of Catholics to call in swing states)
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Please visit http://www.teamsarah.org for more information on the call...it will be streamed LIVE here from 11 am - 1pm Eastern Time.
And while you're on your phone, take a few minutes and call 20 undecided voters in a swing state! ** You can make a difference! **
Thursday, October 23, 2008
This ad makes two great points: people want to keep the money they have earned through hard work, and no American should be intimidated or harassed for asking a fair - and important - question. If our leaders aren't accountable for what they do and honest about what they believe, how can we be the greatest nation in the world?
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
More to come...here is one link to the study's findings, and here are my past thoughts on media bias, and why we lowly Moms have put aside the glamour of laundry and soccer-practice carpooling to do what the media refuses to do (you're welcome).
Catholics of good conscience should vote for John McCain. You've all heard this argument from academics (click this one, please), Moms, bloggers, Bishops nationwide. You know the drill: first I offer an impassioned plea about the sanctity of life and how respect for the unborn reveals a person's true character, and whether they value what is convenient over what is right. Then I point out that one candidate has a strong pro-life voting record, an adopted daughter from a Bangladeshi orphanage, and unanimous endorsements from pro-life leaders. But the other is more extreme than NARAL, voted to refuse care to infants born alive (twice), and has said overturning all abortion statutes through the 'Freedom of Choice Act' is quote "the first thing I will do as President." So why on God's green earth would anyone who chooses to be part of a church which calls abortion intrinsically evil think a vote for Obama is ever okay?
Well, they say, don't we care about other issues too? Frustrated pro-life Catholics here begin pontificating and pointing out the obvious distinction. But this is the wrong strategy. Of course we care about other issues too - and we should. The church is clear that respect for life cannot be fudged, overlooked, de-prioritized or ignored, BUT church teaching and common sense require us all to consider other issues of conscience as well. Unfortunately for "pro-Obama Catholics," while OUR candidate is a clear winner on life issues, their candidate does NOT have a monopoly on social conscience. McCain - in yet another refreshing departure from the Republican stereotype - cares too.
If you've been following his campaign, you know McCain's earliest stumping was in New Orleans, Appalachia, and other truly depressed areas of the country. Before anyone else was paying attention, John McCain was going to the forgotten places and planning and working for the needs of the forgotten people. Some of the key issues raised by Catholics include poverty, housing and homelessness, war and peace, environmental stewardship, the list goes on. To Catholics who really want a "values" reason besides abortion policy to vote McCain, here are a few.
McCain's personal and professional experience make him the best choice to bring about lasting peace. Some Catholics rightly note that our church opposes needless and unjust violence and say they hesitate to support McCain because he would "encourage war." (I've addressed this previously as well.) John McCain knows the costs of war more personally than anyone else who has been involved in this race. Beyond his own heroic sacrifice and service, he has two sons serving on active duty, running mate Palin's son is in Iraq right now. Very simply, it is not in McCain's political or personal best interest to exacerbate or provoke unnecessary military conflict.
Yet Democrats still find it attractive to paint McCain as some sort of demonic warmonger, when in fact, he is the only candidate with any military training or experience whatsoever. Obama claims to be a hero for giving speeches about bringing the troops home, but it is McCain's 'surge' - championed at great political expense - which actually stabilized the region and will speed the troops' return. McCain's commitment to veterans comes from personal, visceral experience, and the vast majority of currently-deployed troops agree he is the best choice. So when we look at the facts rather than the rhetoric, McCain is not only the pro-life choice, he is the pro-peace choice as well.
John McCain is committed to being a good steward of the environment. (And as Mac himself would say, he's got the scars to prove it.) He co-authored a key climate change bill with Democrat-Independent Joe Lieberman, and, like Obama, is committed to a cap-and-trade system of ensuring reduced carbon emissions. I've commented about my firsthand experience seeing McCain discuss this issue with a panel here in Seattle, and I was pleasantly surprised to see why Democrats can no longer claim a blanket 'moral high ground' when it comes to environmental responsibility. See McCain's environmental policy points here.
Perhaps even more importantly, John McCain has proven himself a good steward of American taxpayers' money. He reformed campaign finances (earning more 'scars' from both parties in the process), refused earmarks for a quarter-century while his colleagues (including Obama) took hundreds of Billions. Even though it cost him significant leverage throughout the campaign, McCain honored his commitment to accept public financing limits. Barack Obama broke his commitment to take public financing, even though he himself said doing so might destroy that option for future candidates, and now he is en route to spending over $600 million to run for an office that pays $400,000 a year. If Obama was really interested in helping the less fortunate, wouldn't it be more ethical to accept the fair, adequate alternative and direct his supporters to give the other $500 million to help those in need? Barack Obama has said his experience running the campaign is evidence of his 'executive leadership.' Americans need to look very closely at how he's managed his campaign and ask: how would this person manage MY money?
John McCain has specific, realistic plans to mitigate the risks of an unstable economy for struggling families. John McCain's "HOME" plan provides both short-term assistance to responsible homeowners impacted by volatile markets and unfair practices - but it also addresses the need for long-term reform and accountability to break the cycle. (Give a man a fish, AND teach him to fish, AND punish the stingy fishmongers who hogged all the fish in the first place.) Affordable housing is the linchpin not only of the fancy-pants investing community, but also fulfills a basic Christian need for as many as 400,000 American families who could keep their homes under this plan. And if homeownership is not the right choice, McCain's lower small business taxes would ensure landlords could keep rental properties affordable and properly maintained.
Both candidates' tax policies have varied as recently as this week, but some consistent distinctions show that McCain's strategy will protect the most vulnerable. McCain's lower investment taxes (capital gains, dividends, etc) and temporary freeze on mandatory withdrawals would ensure that seniors and those living on fixed income wouldn't abruptly lose the savings they dutifully stashed away. (Rich investors with wise advisors could take advantage of loopholes; regular people with modest but important savings would be most at risk.)
See the McCain Economic Plan here.
McCain's health care plan has realistic, immediate steps to help Americans most vulnerable under the current system. McCain's health plan provides for long-term reform for a broken Medicare system and protects people with pre-existing conditions, or who live in "less desirable insurance states" (like mine, which currently requires men to buy maternity care. Seriously. And we wonder why it is expensive!) Does McCain's plan promise an instant, priceless panacea for a fundamentally broken, bloated system? No. It offers short-term relief for families, addresses the injustices in the system: inflated cost of care, exclusion for pre-existing conditions, and portability when changing or leaving employers. The most vulnerable are addressed FIRST, rather than attempting an ambitious one-size-fits-all system sure to face resistance from taxpayers, employers, providers, and everyone in between. The goal of healthcare for everyone is an outstanding one, but McCain's plan will do more good, more quickly, to actually help those most in need. See "facts and fiction" of McCain's Health Care Plan here.
This list could go on forever. But since this election won't, and my evening won't, I will invite you to prayerfully consider a vote for John McCain. An informed conscience considers not only what is being promised, but what can actually be delivered. I believe in my head and my heart that McCain, not Obama, is the candidate who can deliver short-term support and long-term freedom for the most vulnerable among us. McCain's record proves he can bring otherwise antagonistic parties to the table, and he will govern in this spirit as well.
For more on Catholic voting, please see resources on Faithful Citizenship. For outstanding reasons to support John McCain, please see www.catholics4mccain.org and the official Catholics for McCain coalition.
Monday, October 20, 2008
I've been working with the grassroots McCain movement for months, but I have dutifully kept my personal politics out of my personal life. Where I live (east of Seattle), Republicans are 'scarcer than hens' teeth' and it can be a very lonely existence to be the only person in the Bunko group, the playgroup, the coffeehouse who sees the world the 'Right' way. It's bad enough to come home to an anti-McCain newspaper, Obama info-mercials delaying the World Series (!), and TV news anchors who "get a tingle up their leg" when The One dares to speak. Even the most diehard McCainiacs like yours truly sometimes just need a break.
Usually my much-needed break is provided by my preschool Moms' group, which sponsors fun, free low-key events. Then I made the mistake of checking this month's Mommy Book Club selection: The Audacity of Hope. My initial reaction cannot be printed here (it involved Kool-Aid, pinheads, and some choice words not suitable for a family blog).
Now, in the great scheme of things, this is a minor event. BUT it raised major questions for me. I've been part of this group for almost 5 years, I've been on their board, I've raised thousands of dollars for them. How could the group that was supposed to be my oasis from political negativity turn out to be so lopsided? Why would they alienate any of their members (half? a third? even a couple?) to prove a political point? Would I, or anyone else, find the courage to speak up, and what would be the response if I did? Would I be praised for bringing another viewpoint, or ostracized for daring to speak out? Why didn't any of my "real life" friends have the courage to call me and tell me themselves that my viewpoint wasn't welcome - OR was sorely needed?
Good girl that I am, I took that amalgam of emotions and slept on it. Yesterday morning I sent a succinct, polite email, referencing the group's announcement that "a variety of viewpoints would be welcome." I explained that I couldn't leave my little ones for a 4-hour wine-soaked Obama Lovefest on a Monday night, but anyone who genuinely wanted an alternative viewpoint was welcome to read my blog. Only one person responded, with a surprisingly liberal diatribe about how she didn't like one of McCain's economic advisors and how he would magically take away her health insurance (um, not really). She was civil, but I'll never really think of her in the same way knowing that's how she sees the world.
I knew when I started this blog that I was putting myself out on a limb. I didn't fear the sort of violence and harassment caused by Obama supporters around the country, but I knew I couldn't 'make an omelette without breaking some eggs.' I know plenty of non-McCain supporters who are and will remain my friends, I'm just surprised at which eggs got broken in this process and why. Can't intelligent people disagree without being called stupid or insensitive or irresponsible? Evidently, if you're an Obama supporter, the answer is no.
I share this not to evoke pity or to scare any of you from sharing what you truly believe. Speaking the truth is not always easy or convenient, but it IS important. Give people the facts and let them decide, but equally important, practice what you preach. When it comes to genuinely changing minds, you "gotta put up or shut up."
If you truly believe John McCain is the right choice for President, have the courage to say that. Say it in writing, say it on your answering machine, say it to anyone who will listen - and even some you think won't listen. Don't be obnoxious, be sincere, open the door and you may be surprised who walks through. I can't promise it will feel good right away. Cause frankly, it may not. But the reward when you make a difference is a thousand times worth it. I, for one, am willing to endure a little awkwardness to support a man who can restore accountability and pride in my country. (And really, compared to what McCain has given for his country, a couple of nasty emails is a small price to pay.)
If speaking politically intimidates you (and I'll admit it, it intimidates me), come join a group of like-minded McCain Moms to get real-life ideas and suggestions for how you can make a difference. Email moms4mccain at yahoo dot com and I'll help you gets started. There is still time to change minds, and if you are reading this, John McCain and your country need you now. Most of us will never serve our country under fire, will never give thousands of dollars, will never work in Washington. But we CAN make a difference - if we say what needs to be said.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Thanks to Blogs4McCain for the video link. (Be sure to see Ed Morrissey's comments at Hot Air as well).
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
This is an interesting take on the final debate, Time Magazine, hardly a bastion of conservatism, gave McCain higher marks, saying:
Avoided the policy weeds, as usual, but sounded more engaged on his economic program, presenting a clear, thematic argument. He was also good on climate change, trade, taxes, and spending. It was an impressive performance from a politician who is generally more comfortable offering broad statements and displaying his compelling personality, than focusing on detail and nitty-gritty.
More responses forthcoming, the campaign's summary here.
I saw a rockstar on TV who doesn't like McCain, so I think I'll give up.
My union told me not to vote for McCain, so I give up.
I was called nasty names when I admitted I support McCain. So, I give up.
I heard some soldiers died in Iraq. So fighting terrorists there and making life safer for Iraqi people? We should give up on that too.
I heard the banks are all failing. So my money's going in a sock under the mattress. I think I'll give up on banks.
I heard the constitution is too loosely interpreted. And heck, those old guys probably had no idea what today's world would be like. So I'm not going to defend to constitution. I give up on that too.
I heard the stock market is down. So now that all my investments are devalued, now is the time for me to sell them all. I give up.
I think politicians are all corrupt losers. We shouldn't fight their wasteful spending and backroom deals, we should just let it continue. I give up.
I heard other countries hate us now. So I give up on trying to do business there, exchange ideas, and share cultures, I give up.
I heard American jobs are going overseas. We'll never be able to keep them here anyway, or retrain our workers to do anything else. I give up.
I heard the ice caps are melting and natural resources are being squandered. I give up on my planet too.
You know, many years ago, I heard an American pilot was captured , arms and legs broken, locked in solitary confinement, and tortured for almost 6 years. We should have given up on him too.
BUT what if we had given up on John McCain then?
Thousands more Americans and Iraqis would have died in the absence of McCain's successful 'surge' strategy. Our safety and security would be at even higher risk.
Special interests would still fund campaigns and none of us would ever know who was involved where, and why. Earmark spending would be at even higher levels, and no one would know about it.
The Democrats, under Pelosi's "leadership" (and I use the term loosely), would have forced through an even worse pork-laden bailout package with special goodies for their favorite puppet groups.
Bipartisan efforts on climate change, immigration, spending, torture, and other key issues would never have been brought to the forefront in the Senate.
And last but not least, four McCain children wouldn't be here. Three, including two current U.S. military servicemen, wouldn't have been conceived, and Bridget McCain, without lifesaving medical care and a loving amily here in the U.S., almost certainly would have died in Bangladesh.
We didn't give up on John McCain when he was invisible, broken, dying, defeated.
Let's not give up on him now.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
In Portland, Oregon this week, a man's McCain sign was set ablaze with homemade firebombs, less than 5 feet from where his injured wife was sleeping. (A similar incident occurred here in Seattle when a senior citizen put up a McCain sign and the infamous 'flaming bag of poo' got out of hand and nearly burned his home to the ground.)
Dozens of McCain supporters were harassed, cursed and intimidated in New York City merely for marching down the street waving signs for their candidate.
The South Carolina GOP suffered several hundred dollars' worth of damage and theft when the York County office was tagged with hate-graffiti claiming 'Republicans Love Slavery.' (Guess Abe Lincoln didn't get that memo.) An Oklahoma City GOP office suffered similar vandalism, and local residents there report theft and damage to private property as a result of visible support for McCain.
Even more alarming, however, are the personal stories McCain Moms are sharing, often reluctantly, with me and with fellow supporters:
A Florida Mom was cursed at with racial epithets and hate speech in front of her young children - because of a bumper sticker, and over $50 in McCain signs were stolen from her suburban neighborhood over the course of weeks.
A Minnesota woman found her minivan dented - intentionally, based on the damage her vehicle sustained - while she was at a McCain-Palin rally.
A Pennsylvania Mom of 2, who is pregnant and on her own much of the work-week due to her husband's business travel, organized a "sign drive" in her neighborhood. She woke up one morning and found that over $100 of McCain signs she purchased and helped neighbors put up had been stolen.
A New Hampshire Grandma spent her entire weekend putting up dozens of McCain signs in New Hampshire. The next morning they were all gone - several hundred dollars out of her pocket.
A Washington woman driving three elderly women on a volunteering trip was loudly flipped off and harassed in traffic by a carload of cursing Obama supporters - due to her bumper sticker. Dozens of Moms told tales of parking their McCain-stickered minivan, only to emerge from the supermarket to find a total stranger had ripped their sticker off.
American voters, and both candidates, deserve better.
After months of encouraging you to go get signs and stickers, why would I share these stories? Well, for starters, I care more about my family's safety - and yours - than the outcome of any election, anywhere, anytime. I can't in good conscience tell you to go out and get McCain signs without asking you to use good judgment about your safety. (And, please, please, report ANY suspicious actions to your local police, for your own protection and that of others.) But I also want to remind you that McCain needs your support both publicly and privately. And the only opinion that truly matters is the one you express privately on November 4 (or on your absentee ballot).
I want to note that there are plenty of ethical, responsible Obama supporters, and, unfortunately, some McCain supporters whose burgeoning 'anger' has gone too far. (Vitriol on our side is even more damaging, since the entire mainstream media is anxious to paint us as extremist loons.) I encourage anyone who thinks these kind of shenanigans are okay to follow our candidate's example and, as my Mom would say, put a lid on it. (If you're mad, use your anger constructively - to help get our guy elected.)
McCain rightfully defended Obama this weekend as a "decent family man." Contrast this with Obama himself, who is on record telling supporters who encounter opposite viewpoints to "get in their faces", and that in this campaign "when they bring a knife, we bring a gun." Folks, this is not a negative ad pointing out someone's voting record or shady associations -- these are words from the candidate's mouth, at public events, where kids and families were present. Undecided voters need to ask themselves which kind of example they want from our next Commander-in-Chief.
Sadly, these intimidation tactics are working. Thousands, perhaps millions, in America, are feeling pressure to vote for Obama, not just because their favorite celebrity said so, and not just because of racial or party lines, but because they may fear for their lives, their job security, and their family's safety if they don't. "Pundits" are throwing fuel on the Fear Fire by floating the possibility of riots if the American people dare NOT to choose The One. This is perhaps the most irresponsible piece of reporting I've seen in this campaign (and no, I do not say that lightly).
Here is what I want to say to undecided voters, since no one else sees a need to. When you are in that booth, you can do what you want. We have 'secret ballot' for a reason in this country, because free speech requires protecting the nutcases and common sense requires protecting ourselves. Have the courage to speak your mind: publicly if you can, privately if you must. Men like John McCain fought and died for that right. Please don't let a few dummies take it away.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Barring a truly bizarre catastrophe, either John McCain or Barack Obama will be our next President. 100% of media outlets, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents agree on this. Yet many voters, with motives admirable and petty, insist that they can have a meaningful role in the process by withholding their vote from both of these candidates: staying home, or voting for a third-party candidate.
I'm not going to make the (errant) argument that third parties don't have a role in American politics: half of Americans see a role for them, half don't (sound familiar?). But at this point in the process, the ship has sailed. The horse has left the barn. Elvis has left the building.
Everyone in America gets a voice - but it's not "Open Mic Night." It's a multiple-choice test: Column A or Column B. If you withhold your vote over one issue, one vote, one speech, one bugaboo with a candidate, you're not 'sending a message to them.' You're forfeiting the opportunity to send a message. You're walking away from the most important discussion. You're deciding that your disagreements are so significant that you don't care which of them is chosen. You're taking your proverbial marbles and goin' home.
Every voter gets an equal voice in this process. (Assuming, that is, we can prevent the entire Dallas Cowboys squad from voting multiple times in Nevada courtesy of ACORN.)
The question right now, with less than 30 days to go, is not 'who is perfect' but 'which of these two people should run the country?' Which of these people do you want as your Commander-in-Chief? Which of these people do you believe can really work with a bitterly divided government to get anything accomplished? Since we know ONE of them will be chosen, WHICH one do you prefer?
I can't tell you how to vote. But I can tell you what your vote can do, and can't do. It can't end the two-party system in America. (And no, that's not me being a meanie, that's what empirical data in this election tells us.) It CAN put someone in office who you believe can make the tough calls, can act with courage, can take a stand, can restore pride in our country.
America will go in two very different directions under these two candidates. You can choose the direction for this country, or you can idle in the driveway while others take the wheel.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Good morning. This is John McCain, speaking to you at the end of another week filled with troubling news about our economy. On Tuesday, Americans also had a chance to hear my opponent and me debate our very different plans to meet the crisis.
We've had two debates now, with a third coming this Wednesday night. And I can't shake the impression that Barack Obama is trying so hard to exploit America's financial crisis that he hasn't really focused on how to solve it. He keeps talking about the past, too -- although in a very selective way. He leaves out certain details, like the part about how he was taking campaign money from the same executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac who were causing America's financial crisis.
At the time, I was the one who called for tighter restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that could have helped prevent this crisis from happening in the first place. Senator Obama was silent on the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and his Democratic allies in Congress opposed every effort to rein them in. But that doesn't prevent him from talking now as if he'd seen and warned about the coming crisis all along -- like some voice in the wilderness who went unheeded. Far from warning executives from Fannie and Freddie about their reckless conduct, he not only took their money but added them to his team as advisers.
As I said in Tuesday's debate, in this time of crisis we must go to the heart of the problem, and right now that problem is a housing crisis. Under my orders, as President, the Secretary of the Treasury will carry out a Homeownership Resurgence Plan.
It's a simple idea. Take some of the money that Congress has already committed to fixing our financial system and use it to give millions of homeowners a new mortgage and a fresh start. No default. No bankruptcy. No foreclosure. No deteriorating neighborhoods. The United States government will support the refinancing of distressed mortgages for homeowners and replace them with manageable mortgages.
It's critical that we stabilize mortgages, or else the housing market won't stabilize and homeowners across our country face troubles even greater than they face now. The housing market faces distortion by a glut of low-priced, foreclosed homes. And this would lead to a crash in the value of the number one asset of a majority of Americans. With so much on the line, the moment requires that government act -- and as President I intend to act, quickly and decisively.
As we help homeowners to avoid the worst, moreover, we must also act to protect investors -- especially those relying on their investments for retirement. Current rules mandate that investors must begin to sell off their IRAs and 401Ks when they reach 70 and one half. Those rules should be suspended, so that investors aren't forced to sell their stocks at just the time when the market is hurting the most.
The response from Senator Obama to my Homeownership Resurgence Plan was typical of his response to the entire crisis. First, Senator Obama tried to claim that it was really his idea. But if anyone believed that claim, they didn't believe it for long because the very next day Senator Obama and his campaign attacked my plan to stabilize mortgages. He claimed that the cost of the plan would place a burden to taxpayers -- this from the same guy who plans to increase federal spending by 860 billion dollars. In reality, the money will come from funds already committed under the rescue package passed by Congress. The funds aren't new, but the priorities will be when we put the financial strength of our government back on the side of working families.
My fellow Americans, Washington is on the wrong track, and even greater financial troubles lay ahead if we don't act quickly. The tax-and-spend policies of Barack Obama will only make matters worse. But if you give me the chance, I'm going to set it right. You don't have to hope that things will change when you vote for me. You know things will change, because I've been fighting for change in Washington my whole career. I've been fighting for you my whole life. That's what I'm going to do as President of the United States. Fight for you and put the government back on the side of the people.
Thanks for listening.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
**Washington State Moms! ** Absentee ballots arrive next weekend, NOW is the time to tell your friends why you support John McCain.
Nationwide, as many as one-third of voters are expected to vote early, so let's make sure every undecided voter knows about McCain and why he is the best choice.
Would you give an hour of your time for a better America?
Rachel in Michigan and Nancy in Ohio, self-described 'conservatives,' got to attend McCain-Palin rallies in their hometowns. (Rachel put up dozens of McCain signs in her town at her own expense; Nancy works nights full-time and has squeezed in time to volunteer at her local McCain office.)
I interviewed Hillary supporter Randa the day after the DNC's historic decision -- foretelling the PUMA movement before it had an acronym. Key Hillary volunteer Tracy, Mom to three girls in Texas, shared her thoughts on McCain and has since continued to play a key role in pro-McCain grassroots and netroots efforts.
Local Seattle-area business owners Linda and Tammy (both more conservative than I am, neither of whom started out as McCain supporters, I should note) shared their thoughts on how each candidate would impact their housecleaning and hairstyling businesses. Tiffany is a personal chef and caterer in Wasilla, Alaska, who discussed the hometown response to the McCain-Palin ticket.
Military Moms Marissa and Whitney shared their perspectives on the war, the media, and the next Commander-in-Chief.
Baby Boomers Barbara and Andi shared their support for John McCain from a more independent perspective. Leslie, a young single Mom in Florida, shared why she chose McCain as her candidate early in the process.
And not to be outdone, I shared my experiences serving as a King County delegate, meeting McCain, discussing politics at a Seattle girls' school, and volunteering at the local McCain HQ.
What started as me in my living room Googling McCain articles has become a labor of love, and is making a difference all over America. These Moms are the new face of political outreach, they have made a difference in both traditional and unconventional ways. If you are a McCain supporter reading this right now, you can make a difference. Please take action today to ensure proven, courageous leadership for your children. Thank you!
Friday, October 10, 2008
PLEASE CALL IN at (347) 633-9273. You can also log on to the site for live chat and info during the show, or if you miss it live, it is posted in the archives shortly after broadcast.
I'll also be featured in an upcoming issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, more details once I knwo the publication date for sure (should be Saturday, or possibly next week). Stay tuned!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tell us about yourself. My name is Whitney and I am from Parkersburg, West Virginia. I am a 21 year old stay at home mommy of two sweet girls.
Tell us about your family. My husband's name is Kris. He is enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. We are the proud parents of Lexi, who is 4, and Molly who is 20 months old.
Why did your husband join the service? My husband joined the Air Force a few months after we got married. He had been in the Air Force JROTC program all through high school and has always had a sense of pride and a commitment to serve in the military.
It was a tough decision for two 18-year-olds to make. We had Lexi when we were in high school so it was a scary thought to up and move away from family and friends and have no one but each other to rely on and to take care of a little one. But deep down we knew the burn for Kris to serve would never go away.
What are some of the sacrifices your family has made/will make during his deployment? This January he will be deploying overseas. We just recieived his orders last week. During the time he is gone he will miss all of our birthdays, Valentine's, Mother's Day and Easter (which is a big deal in our house). We are also Christians and my husband is going to college for Christian Ministries. Unfortunately, when he deploys he will have to leave behind one of the things that comforts him the most - his Bible. Since he will be in the MIddle East, he can not have any type of Christian material. It will be difficult for him to get used to it.
As one whose spouse is in harm's way, what is your opinion on the Iraq war? I believe it is fully neccessary. We both do. We fully understand if the war is not over there, it will be here. We live in a very secure country compared to most people. I think living so far from the violence allows people to become disconnected from the real threat. I never want to come to a point in my life where I take that safety for granted.
We have friends in Iraq right now. They all fully believe in what they are doing too. Living in the military, I get a different perspective than many people. Everyone hears about the men and women who oppose the war and do not want to go back. The part I hear about is the men and women who know what they are doing is right and needed and VOLUNTEER to go back. They are not a small milority either. They are the silent majority. They are the ones who do not boast about where they have been or what they have seen. They simply know in their hearts that what they are doing is better for everyone involved.
I know the military is "neutral," but we keep hearing conflicting reports in the media about sentiment of military families in this election. What is your perspective on the general military sentiment in the Presidential election? Who do you support and why? Our family supports McCain. McCain has been in the military himself so he knows what is invovled and what it is like first hand. Our men and women serving want to know that their Commander in Chief is prepared to lead them into battle. Not only that, but we have job security right now. Under Democrats, the job security is no longer stable. They want a small military and that cuts our jobs. Republicans make us feel wanted and needed. Democrats are known for not giving good raises to the military. It is frustrating to know they will give the military the smallest pay raise possible, but give themselves the best that they can. This is the general consensus in our ring of friends. We can not put out yard signs and such when you live on base, so we go by word of mouth .
What issues besides military issues are most important to you? Social issues are a must. When we are away from family and friends we realize how much family means. It is what holds us together. Keeping those values strong is absolutely neccessary. I would never want a leader who thought that our children could even be viewed as "being punishment". They are NEVER that, and I never would want my children to hear something like that.
What do you think of Governor Sarah Palin? I think she is a great role model for so many girls ranging in so many ages. A woman in her 40's can see how well she handles being a new mommy and a career later in life. Someone in their 20's can see how poised and confident she is. Teens and younger can see how she stands up for what she believes in and is a very loving mother. I am so glad to see someone who is strong in their moral beliefs no matter what the opposition is.
What would you say to military families who are undecided about who to vote for? They need to take into consideration what is best for everyone, not just special groups. They need to choose someone who has never been questioned if they are patriotic or not. They need to choose someone they would like to lead their husbands into battle. Someone who truly appreciates what our families are doing and going through. And someone who knows what war is and not just seen on T.V and short little trips just to come home and call it all a failure. Democrats have always said they are "for" the working class, but I have never seen a case where they are "for" the working military.
Thank you Whitney for sharing your perspective!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
In the meantime, this is a GREAT opportunity to call undecided voters, write letters to the editor, and take action to put proven leadership in the White House!
You are the 10-15% of Americans who say you haven't truly decided who would make a better President, McCain or Obama. There is an easy way to resolve this dilemma in one question. What do you really care about?
If you care about the price of gas, you are choosing between a man who supports job-creating alternative energy plus domestic drilling, clean coal, and clean nuclear energy, OR a man who only supports the politically-correct options.
If you care about your savings, you are choosing between a man who supports keeping investment taxes low, OR a man who supports the death tax, dividend tax, and increasing the capital gains tax to anywhere from 20-28%.
If you care about your ability to get credit, you are choosing between a man who advocated for a responsible policy years before the "crisis", OR a man who advocated for loopholes and social pressure to make loans that made no good business sense.
If you care about the security of your job, you are choosing between a man who co-sponsored the 'Family Friendly Workplace Act' and has a plan to reduce taxes and burdens on small business owners, OR a man whose tax policies would hurt farmers and small business owners at the time they can least afford it.
If you care about ending silly fighting between political parties, you are choosing between a man who has a strong record of bipartisan success on key issues, OR a man who voted with his party 96% of the time.
If you care about politicians playing fair, you are choosing between a man who bucked his own party to reform campaign financing, OR a man who pledged numerous times to take public financing for his campaign, and reneged on his promise as soon as it was financially convenient.
If you care about how government spends your money, you are choosing between a man who refused to sneak ANY 'pet project' earmark spending onto bills in 26 years, OR a man who snuck in $80 million last year alone.
If you care about health care, you are choosing between a man who wants the federal government to help you pay for the care of your choice, OR a man who thinks the government can do a better job managing your care.
If you care about bringing our troops home with prudence and victory, you are choosing between a Commander-in-Chief candidate with decades of military training and experience, OR a candidate with none.
If you care about the Constitution, you are choosing a man whose court would uphold its principles, OR a man who believes 9 non-elected judges should re-interpret whatever they deem necessary.
I can't tell you what you should care about, and I can't tell you how to vote. But I can tell you that America will "change" in a very different way under each of these men. You have an opportunity - and a responsibility - to decide what you really care about, and what America should really care about under the next administration.
I support John McCain because I care about proven, principled leadership for my country, and I believe he is the man who can deliver change - in the right direction. I invite you to join us as we fight for the America we care about.
Monday, October 6, 2008
My advice? Instead of spending 10 minutes a day checking the polls, spend 10 minutes a day calling undecided voters in swing states, writing letters to the editor, or talking to a friend about why you support John McCain. Here's why:
1. Most polls represent the opinions of less than a thousand people. A 3% drop in a poll of 500 people means a whopping FIFTEEN PEOPLE changed their minds. This is not rocket science. You can't accurately predict what 300 million people are gonna do based on this kind of information.
2. Many polls conduct 'creative' sampling. There are more registered Democrats than Republicans in most areas, so polls may 'correct' for that by asking more Democrats than Republicans who they're voting for (guess what that does to the numbers?). More people live in urban areas than in suburban and rural ones, so many pollsters specifically choose a proportion that reflects that. So, say here in Washington, they'd pick a lot of Seattle voters (who are the bluest in the country) and many fewer from Yakima, Spokane, Kennewick, etc. In New York, they'd include more Manhattan voters than Schenectady and Buffalo. So while those few hundred people are 'scientifically chosen,' they may not truly represent
3. Every pollster has an agenda. I actually had a Mom upset over DailyKos poll numbers (the evil clowns who celebrated 9/11 as 'Happy Twin Towers Day'). You can tweak a poll with the order of your questions, the tone of voice of the questioner, and a variety of other factors. So there truly is no such thing as a 'non-partisan' poll.
4. People will ask: but what about the aggregate of all the polls? Yeah, what about it? 5 or 6 small surveys with different methodologies do not a clear picture make. The sample size is larger, but this is sort of like slicing a variety of fruits into a pie and being shocked when every slice doesn't taste like apple. Sure, some will, some will be overpowered by other fruits, but the whole pie will just taste like, well, fruit.
5. People will ask: but what about all the cell phone youth who aren't represented? Hmm? Hmm?!!? Yeah, and what about the hundreds of thousands of military votes, which one might expect to include quite a few McCain supporters, or the seniors or the multi-voter households where only one person was surveyed? Here's a news flash: I've never heard of surveyors calling you at work, which is where you'll find most McCain supporters on any given day. I know from my phone banking volunteer work that I got maybe 2 or 3 live people out of 10 calls, and those were disproportionately younger and female.
The bottom line is no matter what the polls say, we McCain supporters must persevere. People have asked me on almost a daily basis, for the last seven months, how would I feel if McCain lost? I said, well, lousy. But not as bad as I'd feel if he lost because I stood back and let it happen.
The Obama camp would be delighted if we all held a Pity Party and gave up. But we must fight on. It ain't over till it's over. Don't give up the ship.
John McCain never gave up on his country under the most unspeakable of all conditions (negotiating with Democrats in the Senate). His POW time was pretty cool too. Please show him, and the pollsters, and your country, that you care about that too. Thank you.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
PLEASE take a moment to submit a question, here are the details:
The Commission on Presidential Debates has partnered with MySpace to create a new Web site, http://www.mydebates.org/, to enhance the educational value of the
televised debates and to engage viewers throughout the general election period. The Web site will become available in the days leading up to the first Presidential debate on September 26. You will be able to track the positions of the candidates on issues of interest to you, submit questions to candidates throughout the campaign and submit questions for possible inclusion in the October 7, Town Hall Presidential Debate.
Friday, October 3, 2008
(Note gratuitous Budweiser product placement -- it would have been interesting to see the "3-beer" response, for truly candid feedback.)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Biden's 10 lies (and counting)...
Interesting 'scorecard' with bullet-point breakdown of their answers
Great headline (and interesting, albeit non-scientific 'man on the couch' response) at RedState
Mainstream media coffin nailed by debate?
Official campaign page with video clips here.
The answer isn't that people don't know how to get involved, it's much more simple: we are afraid. (Myself included.) We are afraid that if we ask a question we'll be ridiculed for not already knowing the answer. We are afraid that if we put a sticker on our car it'll be scratched up or honked at or worse. We are afraid that if we put a sign on our lawn it'll be stolen, or our homes vandalized. We are afraid if we call a total stranger they might rant and rave or laugh at us or hang up. We are afraid that if we speak up about what we believe, something bad will happen.
Well, folks, I have news for you. If we DON'T speak up about what we believe, something FAR WORSE will happen, for FAR LONGER. Is it awkward if you get a dirty look for wearing a McCain button? Sure, for five minutes. Is it worth it to put the more experienced, principled, dedicated man in charge? Absolutely.
I won't tell you "have no fear." A lot is at stake, frankly, you'd be crazy NOT to be afraid for your country and your sanity right now. But here is my challenge to you: Feel the Fear. And DO IT ANYWAY. Make that call. Stand on that street corner. Knock on that door. After you've spoken to one friendly person, or gotten one thumbs-up for your sign, or persuaded one undecided person to get out there and VOTE for McCain, I promise it will be worth it.
We have a candidate who, to borrow from Governor Palin, "is the only man in this race who has ever truly fought for you." I'm asking you, personally, to do one thing today to fight for him. He has earned it. The Hard Way. Without any real thanks along the way. Stand up and fight, so that no matter what the outcome is in your state, you will look back at this election not with regret but with pride. Thank you.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
With thirty-something days to go, 5-15% of Americans still say they are 'undecided.' If everyone reading this blog reached just one person, we could swing the entire election. I've talked about ways to get involved, the importance of getting voters registered. But we also need to stay focused, and be willing to "make the case face to face" with anyone who will listen. So how can regular people make the case?
- Ask everyone you know, "are you registered to vote?"
- Unless they instantly spout Obama slogans, ask "Can McCain count on your support?"
- If the answer is yes, invite them to get involved.
- If the answer is no, please have the courage to ask "why not?"
- Listen. Bite your tongue if you must. Till it bleeds. Let them know you genuinely want to hear their concerns (because you do -- you must if you want their vote).
- Once you know WHY they object to McCain, you can address that concern. Some shortcuts to common objections: age issues, worries about the war, Republican party and bipartisanship, judge appointment, women's issues (beyond just the uterus), and - this is a good one - supporting McCain when he wasn't their first choice.
- Be honest and sincere. Use real sources for your facts - http://www.johnmccain.com/ is the best starting point, other good resources include http://talkstraight.org/ and non-partisan http://www.ontheissues.org/.
- If they're still unsure, invite them to check out the website and if they're friends, let them know you'll still be their friend no matter what they decide. (This shows that you are passionate and sincere but not a stalker!)
- If they're voting McCain, celebrate! Thank them - sincerely - for their vote. Offer to mail their registration, or babysit while they go to the polls. Invite them to volunteer if they're comfortable doing so.
- Remember, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar: be proud of our candidate, share the facts and let people decide for themselves.
You can do it Moms - please share your successes!
Now THIS is the Sarah we love, the Governor we admire, and the Vice-President we need.
Read the whole thing here. Hear it from the Governor's lips here.