Thursday, September 18, 2008

Local "Gepetto" Speaks Out on Campaign

It was effective in 2000 and 2004. Why not, especially now, use it again? I'm referring to the litany of distractions thrust into the political discourse.
Selecting Sarah Palin instead of Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty or Rudy Guiliani, in hindsight, was really no surprise. Anyone else selected would mean that the debate would have to be about the issues. With Gov. Palin, we have been drawn into controversies over experience, lipstick, women doing it all, hockey moms, moose hunting, etc. Yes, this was a brilliant Republican strategy.
But is this what we really want and what this country deserves? These same brilliant Republican strategies were used in one way or another to win in 2000 and 2004. What exactly did we win -- lost jobs, lost homes, lost health care, lost pensions, lost wealth and stolen dreams of retirement? Although brilliant, this strategy is a sad reflection of what strategists think of the electorate.
Let's demand that the candidates talk about the issues. Their detailed policies, not just their position on issues, will settle who is qualified, ready to lead and experienced enough. This is far better than speculation about the candidates based on lies and misrepresentations.

Alan Cheah

Right on per usual Alan!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I Am A Little Confused......

Let me see if I have this straight.....

* If you grow up in Hawaii, raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic,

* Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

* Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating with only a bachelors, you're well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with more tnan 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: beauty pageant contestant, local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with fewer than 7,000 people that is the crystal-meth capital of Alaska, 20 months
as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your
disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the
proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

* If, while Governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a
prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't
represent America's.

* If your husband is nicknamed 'First Dude,' with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

OK, much clearer now!

Monday, September 15, 2008

What More Need Be Said????

Sunday, September 14, 2008

How Does Palin Govern?????

Throughout her career, Ms. Palin has pursued vendettas, fired officials who crossed her and blurred the line between government and personal grievance.

When there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Ms. Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as a qualification for running the roughly $2 million agency.

You can click on the link to read the whole story. Pretty astounding that our of 300+ million people, McCain picks this kook to be his running mate!