The meme appears to be Palin = Reagan. I can see it, if by Reaganesque they're focused on bad acting, only able to work if scripted, focused exclusively on the top earning tier of the nation and willing to completely overlook uncomfortable facts. However, they actually seem serious.
I've been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we'd never see his like again because he was one of a kind.
I was wrong!
Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he's a she.
On his best occasions, Reagan had this same quality, but it was more muted, more of a twinkle from behind his carefully maintained stage presence. With Gov. Palin, it's nearly continuous and much more obvious. And I think that's a big part of why she inspires the same harsh counter-reactions from political opponents that Reagan did — the same desperate need to ridicule and belittle, to delegitimize. (You'll see it in the comments to this post within minutes after it goes up, of course.) She has to be shouted down and scorned, because if people are allowed to listen to her, that damned joy might turn out to be ... contagious!
I thought Governor Palin was Ronald Reagan in a dress.
Aside from former President Reagan, only Winston Churchill could stir me to the degree John McCain's running mate did last night.
"Sarah Palin is the next Ronald Reagan," Viguerie, the Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, said.
"In less than a week, Governor Sarah has captured the heart and soul of this convention, the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. She brings together social conservatives, and economic conservatives and libertarians, and people who are fed up with the Culture of Corruption that infests our nation's politics," he said.
"From this moment forward, there's no limit on where Sarah Palin might go," Viguerie concluded.
Isn't that heartwarming. A campaign who after flailing with catchphrases and adapting to the need for change, they're looking over their shoulders at the past for comparison and inspiration.
Palin however, has her little eyes on 2012 and seems just fine with dragging the McCain camp into the mire simply to create herself another stepping stone. Fascinating statements are now being made about her behavior as going rogue, when the definition's not too different from that of a "maverick". Were they just simply not paying attention?
Given that Palin can't even quote Reagan properly, expectations and masturbatory fantasies should be more restrained.
It's as though David Limbaugh was a soothsayer with 20/20 hindsight.
His words, changed ever so slightly as though they were written in October of 2000 rather than 2008.
I am sincerely worried that if Bush wins, the checks and balances incorporated into our Constitution may not be enough to prevent a radical and irreversible diminution of our individual liberties because a confluence of factors has emerged to create a climate conducive to fundamental change.
These factors are: a shockingly unknown candidate, whose mysterious past and numerous shady alliances are deliberately left unexplored by a corrupt, supportive media; the candidate's charismatic qualities that inspire a cultish loyalty; his intellectual trappings that create a fascination and allure among the intellectual elite, including some hypnotized conservatives; a major financial crisis that exacerbates the people's fears and uncertainties; a largely manufactured cloud of negativity placed over America by the media and a grossly partisan Republican Party that places its self-interest above the national interest; and an apparently discredited Democratic Party and liberal movement that have been blamed for our actual and perceived problems.
All of these could lead to entrusting this man with unprecedented power, giving him a license to operate with minimum scrutiny and an opposition party effectively impotent to oppose his radical blueprint for America.
More than ever, perception is trumping reality. An unprincipled Republican Party, aided by a morally decadent media, has demonized President Clinton, the Democratic Party and America itself with distortions and polarizing propaganda designed to dispirit and divide Americans on the bases of race, class and gender. Just look at the domestic and foreign policy picture they have painted the past eight years.
Not only is she underinformed as to the scope of the job she's applying for, but she's apparently unaware that Donkeys represent her opposition.
MCCAIN: Yes. Senator Obama, I am not President Bush. If you wanted to run against President Bush, you should have run four years ago. I'm going to give a new direction to this economy in this country.
Why is it that bad names on voter registration for those who'll never show up at a poll is criminal and worthy of debate but obvious fraud and direct impacts to counties by improper filings doesn't register a blip?
Are you ready Governor?
Therefore, with McCain we get to discuss ad infinitum, the Keating scandal, his involvement as well as its relevance to today's economic crisis. We are allowed to question equally, the "gaffes" that makes us question whether he's mentally fit to hold the postion he seeks.
We get to holler from the rooftops that Todd and Sarah Palin's ties into the Alaskan secessionists puts them within 1 to 2 degrees of separation from Iran. This either is a sign of inherent bad judgement, a preexisting thought pattern regarding government or the Palin's are, at heart, true sympathizers and thus per the government's terminology, terrorists.
Palin cannot effectively continue behaving like the kid on the playground who pisses off all the other kids, incites a mob, hops a cross town bus screaming insults from the window and the once out of site disparages the kids to the other riders for being mean. Eventually, the bus will stop.
If you're content free,
fearhate the media, vapid and unwilling or incapable of speaking intelligently and articulately on the issues of the day. Smoke some red herring and keep your Bush clone in a managed bubble.
CLEARWATER -- Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn't permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters. When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out of nowhere and confront him or her and say, "Can I help you?'' and turn the person around.
When one reporter asked an escort, who would not give her name, why the press wasn't allowed to mingle, she said that in the past, negative things had been written. The campaign wanted to avoid that possibility.
When you own multiple glass houses, throwing stones might not be such a splendid campaign strategy at this point.
Because parity isn't required.
If you happened to serve on a board of directors with someone who behaved violently as a radical in the '60s, you're associating with terrorists.
If your husband was a card-carrying member of a secession organization and you were directly and indirectly aligned with him and its members, you're a maverick.
Well Jo Jo, what'd we learn?
* Sarah Palin is tolerant of gays.
* There will be no more sit-down interviews possibly even less access by any of the press.
* She can stay on message even when it's irrelevant to the question.
* She can obfuscate like a mofo.
* She's a maverick and so is John McCain even when examples cannot be cited.
* Hi Mom!
* She wants more regulation and less government. Separate but equal? Still parsing.
* Cheney's not done enough to expand the office of the Vice President and she'll continue his legacy.
* Global warming is real, not man-made and the solution is to drill ANWR.
* You can't look back, the past doesn't matter... even when the past to which you refer is the present.
* There have been blunders in Iraq, but none since the surging?
* John McCain tapped her...
Still not ready for prime time.
* McCain believes bi-partisan is when you're capable of slamming the GOP and your opponent at the same time.
* Why liberals are merely a hiccup away from being in charge.
* The facts
tax laid bare.
* Understanding the opposition.
Why would this not work?
I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a We Deserve It Dividend. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bonafide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child.
So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.. So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00. My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a We Deserve It Dividend.
This is starting to make too much sense.
Of course, it would NOT be tax free.
So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes.
That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket.
A husband and wife team has $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family?
Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved.
Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads.
Put away money for college - it'll be there.
Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs.
Buy a new car - create jobs Invest in the market - capital drives growth.
Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves.
Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else!
Remember, this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back. And, of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it … instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ("vote buy") economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+!
As for AIG - liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General.
Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work." But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion We Deserve It Dividend more than do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC .
Now how about the $700,000,000,000.00 Bail Out??? Let's spread that one around too!!!!
If we truly believe that trickle-down economics doesn't work, how will any or all of these bailout proposals address the constituency directly as planned?
Updated note to self: Check the goddamn math before posting. True the number above are not viable and no one's going to benefit to the degree proffered... they will moreso than if Wall Street gets it all with no oversight. At least with unchecked math... I'm in fine company. ;-)