Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, Sept. 1
President George W. Bush
Vice President Richard B. Cheney
First Lady Laura Bush
Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)*
Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)*
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.)
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)*
U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
Tuesday, Sept. 2
Rudolph W. Giuliani (NY.)
Mike Huckabee (Ark.)
Tom Ridge (Pa.)
Michael Steele (Md.)
Fred Thompson (Tenn.)
House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio)*
Wednesday, Sept. 3:
Mrs. Cindy McCain
Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (Mass.)
U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman (Minn.)
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas)*
U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (Ind.)*
Gov. Charlie Crist (Fla.)
Gov. Tim Pawlenty (Minn.)
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)*
U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
And I thank you, Senator McCain and Mrs. McCain, for the confidence that you have placed in me. Senator, I am honored to be chosen as your running mate. I will be honored to serve next to the next president of the United States.
I know that when Senator McCain gave me this opportunity, he had a short list of highly qualified men and women. And to have made that list at all, it was a privilege. And to have been chosen brings a great challenge.
I know that it will demand the best that I have to give, and I promise nothing less.
First — first, there are a few people whom I would like you to meet. I want to start with my husband, Todd. And Todd and I are actually celebrating our 20th anniversary today. And I promised him … I had promised Todd a little surprise for the anniversary present, and hopefully he knows that I did deliver.
And then we have as — after my husband, who is a lifelong commercial fisherman, lifetime Alaskan. He’s a production operator. Todd is a production operator in the oil fields up on Alaska’s North Slope. And he’s a proud member of the United Steelworkers union. And he’s a world-champion snow machine racer.
Todd and I met way back in high school. And I can tell you that he is still the man that I admire most in this world. Along the way, Todd and I have shared many blessings. And four out of five of them are here with us today.
Our oldest son, Track, though, he’ll be following the presidential campaign from afar. On September 11th of last year, our son enlisted in the United States Army.
Track now serves in an infantry brigade. And on September 11th, Track will deploy to Iraq in the service of his country. And Todd and I are so proud of him and of all the fine men and women serving this country.
Next to Todd is our daughter, Bristol, another daughter, Willow, our youngest daughter, Piper, and over in their arms is our son, Trig, a beautiful baby boy. He was born just in April. His name is Trig Paxson Van Palin.
Some of life’s greatest opportunities come unexpectedly. And this is certainly the case today.
I never really set out to be involved in public affairs, much less to run for this office. My mom and dad both worked at the local elementary school. And my husband and I, we both grew up working with our hands. I was just your average hockey mom in Alaska, raising…
We’re busy raising our kids. I was serving as the team mom and coaching some basketball on the side. I got involved in the PTA and then was elected to the city council, and then elected mayor of my hometown, where my agenda was to stop wasteful spending, and cut property taxes, and put the people first.
I was then appointed ethics commissioner and chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. And when I found corruption there, I fought it hard, and I held the offenders to account.
Along with fellow reformers in the great state of Alaska, as governor, I’ve stood up to the old politics as usual, to the special interests, to the lobbyists, the big oil companies, and the good-old- boy network.
When oil and gas prices went up so dramatically and the state revenues followed with that increase, I sent a large share of that revenue directly back to the people of Alaska. And we are now — we’re now embarking on a $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.
I signed major ethics reform. And I appointed both Democrats and independents to serve in my administration. And I championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. In fact, I told Congress — I told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks,” on that bridge to nowhere.
If our state wanted a bridge, I said we’d build it ourselves. Well, it’s always, though, safer in politics to avoid risk, to just kind of go along with the status quo. But I didn’t get into government to do the safe and easy things. A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why the ship is built.
Politics isn’t just a game of competing interests and clashing parties. The people of America expect us to seek public office and to serve for the right reasons.
And the right reason is to challenge the status quo and to serve the common good. Now, no one expects us to agree on everything, whether in Juneau or in Washington. But we are expected to govern with integrity, and goodwill, and clear convictions, and a servant’s heart.
Now, no leader in America has shown these qualities so clearly or present so clear a threat to business as usual in Washington as Senator John S. McCain. This — this is a moment when principles and political independence matter a lot more than just the party line. And this is a man who has always been there to serve his country, not just his party.
And this is a moment that requires resolve and toughness, and strength of heart in the American president. And my running mate is a man who has shown those qualities in the darkest of places, and in the service of his country.
A colleague once said about Senator McCain, “That man did things for this country that few people could go through. Never forget that.” And that speaker was former Senator John Glenn of Ohio.
And John Glenn knows something about heroism. And I’m going to make sure nobody does forget that in this campaign. There is only one candidate who has truly fought for America, and that man is John McCain.
This is a moment — this is a moment when great causes can be won and great threats overcome, depending on the judgment of our next president.
In a dangerous world, it is John McCain who will lead America’s friends and allies in preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
It was John McCain who cautioned long ago about the harm that Russian aggression could do to Georgia and to other small democratic neighbors and to the world oil markets. It was Senator McCain who refused to hedge his support for our troops in Iraq, regardless of the political costs.
And you know what? As the mother of one of those troops, and as the commander of Alaska’s National Guard, that’s the kind of man I want as our commander in chief.
Profiles in courage: They can be hard to come by these days. You know, so often we just find them in books. But next week when we nominate John McCain for president, we’re putting one on the ballot.
To serve as vice president beside such a man would be the privilege of a lifetime. And it’s fitting that this trust has been given to me 88 years almost to the day after the women of America first gained the right to vote.
I think — I think as well today of two other women who came before me in national elections.I can’t begin this great effort without honoring the achievements of Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and of course Senator Hillary Clinton, who showed such determination and grace in her presidential campaign.
It was rightly noted in Denver this week that Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America but it turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.
So for my part, the mission is clear: The next 67 days I’m going to take our campaign to every part of our country and our message of reform to every voter of every background in every political party, or no party at all.
If you want change in Washington, if you hope for a better America, then we’re asking for your vote on the 4th of November. My fellow Americans, come join our cause.
Join our cause and help our country to elect a great man the next president of the United States.And I thank you, and I — God bless you, I say, and God bless America. Thank you.
Sarah Palin is basically the female version of John McCain. She will find and fight corruption anywhere in either party. She puts what she thinks is best for the country ahead of what is best for the party. They both support off-shore drilling, Palin even goes further supporting drilling in ANWR. They are both pro-life, but Palin shores up McCain's pro life credentals something (for whatever reason) he needed to do. Palin vetoed one third of earmarks in her State. If you wanna read more go to "Why Sarah Palin."
Thursday, August 28, 2008
John McCain should name Sarah Palin has his VP. Palin is like McCain's twin when it comes to fighting corruption. She doesn't care where it is she's going to find it and make whoever is responsible pay. She also helps in the energy debate, she is for drilling offshore, and for drilling in ANWR. She brings in all three segments of the Republican Party and she's a Christian so she may very well spark the evangelicals to rally to McCain's side. (Something McCain has not acheived on his own.) We need all three branches of the Republican Party and a few Democrats to win this election. Palin could bring some Democratic women into the fold. I believe that naming Palin as VP will give us the best chance to win in November.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Governor Palin has passed ethics reforms in her state and is ethical to the point where it almost cost her a political career. She is refered to as, "A crusading corruption buster". She has gone after corrupt Republicans as well as Democrats in Alaska. "The landscape is littered with the bodies of those who crossed Sarah," says pollster Dave Dittman, who worked for her gubernatorial campaign. It includes Ruedrich, Renkes, Murkowski, gubernatorial contenders John Binkley and Andrew Halcro, the three big oil companies in Alaska, and a section of the Daily News called "Voice of the Times," which was highly critical of Palin and is now defunct." (Hard to sell papers critizing someone with a 90% approval rating.) It is now a crime in Alaska for public servants not to report bribery that they know about. http://weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/013/851orcjq.asp?pg=1
Another issue where she would be a plus is on Coastal drilling as well as drilling in ANWR. With high energy prices and American's screaming for congress to act Palin will help highlight one of Obama's biggest weaknesses. Also being from Alaska Americans may be more interested in her opinion about drilling there than they would a politican who may have visited once or twice in their lifetime.
Governor Palin also has a record has a strong fiscal conservative. She believes that people can handle their money better than government, an overriding conservative principle. Palin cut property taxes while at the same time increasing services as a Council Member/Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. As Governer She has vetoed 1/3 of earmarks put into legislation, including several put in by Republicans. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/opinion/columnists/vassilaros/s_517252.htmlGovernor
Palin is a devout Christian. This can only help McCain with the social conservative base of the party. Who, for whatever reasons, do not believe he shares their values. Palin is pro-life and believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. However she failed to sign a bill outlawing Gay Marriage due to the fact the Alaskan Supreme Court had said the law would be unconstitutional. She refers to her State Constitution as "my bible in governing."
Let's see did I forget anything why else would this young woman be a good pick for VP. That's right, because she's a young woman. Having a energetic young woman on the ticket would help McCain with the women's vote and Palin could also do a great job on energizing the base. Also with a nickname like "Sarah Barracuda" you have to believe she could fill out the traditional role of the VP has an attack dog very well. I would not want to be on the other side of a debate with her.http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/06/the_vp_case_for_gov_sarah_pali.html
If the Obama campaign goes forth with its plans to have Obama speak on Thursday from the Greek Temple set currently being built o the Invesco Field grounds, I am convinced it will blow up in his face. Rush has already noted on the air today that the Greeks built their temples as homes of worship to their pagan gods. The audacity of this symbolism will not be lost on the American people.
In addition, I am hearing that Obama will step onto a platform that will elevate him high above the adoring worshipers on the ground. Whether or not he delivers his speech from "on high," he will be cementing his candidacy as the cult of personality it is. This is not a good way to go for anyone seeking election as President of the United States.
Most Americans do not worship their politicians. They don't even think very highly of them. Most of us are looking for someone who shares as many of our views as possible, and has not become too corrupted by the system or too in love with themselves. JFK was the only recent President to run on a cult of personality platform, and his term didn't go very well. Much has happened since then to convince most Americans of how corrupt and arrogant most politicians are.
There have been very few politicians in my lifetime that I still, if ever, have respect for as people. More important, like most Americans, I have no confidence in government, no belief in government as a tool for making my life better. Sure, many of us want our government to address a couple pressing issues. But the idea that some politician is going to make the world a better place by fixing every perceived wrong in the world does not carry any water.
Most Americans want government to leave them alone. Most Americans believe that they themselves hold the keys to their success. Occasionally we find a Reagan-type who comes to be almost universally loved and respected, but that love comes because they work to free us of the odious restrictions past governments have placed on free people. That love comes from a virtuous character and unbending adherence to long-held beliefs.
America will not love this spectacle. This is a slap in the face to Americans who believe that "we the people" run government, and that those that represent us are our servants, not people to be worshiped.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Hat tip: Docs on the web http://docsontheweb.blogspot.com/ the site is where conservative doctors go to complain about the state of medicine. It's pretty funny and it's on my blog list.
For more by Scott Martin, including a live-blog of tonight's DNC speeches, visit Conservatism Today.
Bill Clinton today posed a "hypothetical" question that it would seem many Hillary supporters are asking themselves right now.
Bill Clinton appeared to undermine Sen. Barack Obama again Tuesday.
The former president, speaking in Denver, posed a hypothetical question in which he seemed to suggest that that the Democratic Party was making a mistake in choosing Obama as its presidential nominee.
He said: “Suppose you’re a voter, and you’ve got candidate X and candidate Y. Candidate X agrees with you on everything, but you don’t think that candidate can deliver on anything at all. Candidate Y you agree with on about half the issues, but he can deliver. Which candidate are you going to vote for?”
Then, perhaps mindful of how his off-the-cuff remarks might be taken, Clinton added after a pause: “This has nothing to do with what’s going on now.”
Of course it doesn't. This is going to be the key question of this convention. Will the Clinton's fully back Obama and enthusiastically urge her supporters to go with Obama, or will they (looking to her possible 2012 run) continue to do things like this? I expect Bill, eager to rehabilitate his badly wounded image among many Democrats, to deliver one of the best speeches he ever has. But if I'm right on this, then why does he continue to make statements like this. I'm at a loss.
We're going to kill you with this. Don't you have any political savy at all? This is better than. "I voted for the 87 million before I voted against it." Remember delegates when you go to RNC in a few days bring your filp-flops I believe we'll be putting them to good use once again.
Hat Tip Conservatism Today.
What does this mean? It means this election is already in the bag for Republicans. This is shocking even to me. If there was ever a situation where the Democrats should win an election it's this year. All the factors favor them, slow economy, unpopular war, Republican candidate that has trouble with his own base. However the Democrats did what they always do found the most unelectable candidate they could and gave him the nomination. Now it's their party that is divided while the Republican Party is rallying around John McCain. Can you say landslide?
Check out Scott Martin's post over at Patriot Room to see a top ten list on why Obama will lose.
Scott Martin is the author of Conservatism today. http://www.conservatismtoday.com/my_weblog/
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The U.S. couldn't seem to find their defense which had carried them so far in these Olympics. However they were able to score enough to win and in the end a win is a win. Spain was called for a techicnal four late in the 4th which made the score a bigger margain than it would've been. The U.S. is back on top on the basketball world for the first time since 200o, but it won't be easy to stay there.