Sunday, August 31, 2008
It's increasingly obvious that the Left is scared witless of Sarah Palin, and the attacks have already begun.
Here are some of the Left's hurriedly marshalled talking points - and the truth.
"She's totally inexperienced, especially in international affairs and this reflects on McCain's judgment, putting somebody like that a heart beat from the presidency."
I mean, how experienced is the Democrat top half of the ticket? And what kind of judgment does nominating him show? Aside from that neat turn around, the fact is that Sarah Palin has more executive experience than anyone on either ticket.She's run her own commercial fishing business, spent two terms as mayor of Wasilla, served on Alaska's Oil and Gas board, commanded Alaska's National Guard and served as Alaska's governor for two years. And during that time, she's done more than just serve - she's balanced budgets, cut taxes and government spending, engaged in ethics reform, tangled with Big Oil to get it to rebate more money to the state, overseen spending on infrastructure and negotiations with the Canadian government over a $40M gas pipeline, among other things.
John McCain has at least run a naval squadron, served with distinction in our military ( where leadership has a lot more life and death implications than most political posts), served two terms in the House and has been in the forefront of the senate during his tenure.
Obama's only accomplishments are as follows: editor of the Harvard Law Review, for which he did not write a single article; his time as a 'community organizer' which essentially means he worked at helping people like Tony Rezco bilk the government out of money to build dysfunctional slums that are currently falling apart because of the shoddy construction and planning; a stint as a college professor where he and his colleague Bill Ayers worked together on an 'education' project that wasted over $100 million of taxpayer dollars without any tangible result; two terms in the Illinois legislature where he accomplished nothing of substance and even had bills created by others attributed to him to fatten his thin resume; and his single term in the US senate, where he started running for the presidency almost from day one and in which he's established a record for voting 'present' more than any other senator in US history. And oh yes, he's written two books and delivered a few speeches.
Biden likewise has never run anything in his life. Aside from a brief stint as an attorney, he's spent all his life as a senator. And while he's had a lot of experience dealing with foreign policy, in Biden's case experience doesn't necessarily equal expertise. If Joe Biden had his way, Saddam Hussein would not only still be in power but would be controlling Iraq and Kuwait's oil and be in a position to threaten the Emirates and shut down the oil flow through the Persian Gulf.Biden was also a major supporter of the decisions we made regarding Kossovo,starting withe the Clinton Administration and the fallout of that decision has only now become evident.
"She's anti-Israel, and she endorsed Pat Buchanan for president."
This horse manure is being peddled by the National Jewish Democratic Committee and especially by Obama's foul little shill Robert Wexler (d-his mother-in-laws' couch)who called Palin's nomination 'an insult to Jews.'
The truth? Palin's 'endorsement' consisted of telling someone that she'd be willing to wear a Buchanan for president button 'just out of politeness' when he visited Wasilla while she was mayor during the campaign!
People who vouch for Palin's pro-Israel leanings include Israeli Foreign Ministry official David Akov, who served as Israel's Consul General for the Pacific Northwest Region, the head of Chabad in Anchorage Rabbi Yosef Greenberg, Alaskan Republican Jewish Coalition member Terry Gorlick, who knows Palin well and has worked with her on several issues, Alaska's AIPAC chairman David Gottstein, and Anne Lieberman from Boker Tov Boulder.
On the other hand, Obama's endorsement by known Jew haters and his consorting with them is pretty well known. As are a number of his questionable views on Israel...not to mention advisers on foreign affairs to his campaign like Susan Rice, Dan Kurzer, Robert Malley and Zbigniew Brezhinski.
"Sarah Palin's latest kid isn't hers...she's covering up for an out-of-wedlock birth for her teenage daughter."
This whopper comes from the fine people at places like Daily Kos and Democratic Underground.The sole basis of it is the fact that the daughter in question spent a couple of months out of school because she contracted mono, and the fact that Governor Palin's pregnancy didn't leave her looking especially large and that she was back at her desk a matter of days after giving birth.
Aside from the fact that there are plenty of pictures of the governor where she's obviously pregnant if not especially large (frequently the case with athletic women), the hospital records and the fact that she's breastfeeding, there's the fact that the odds of a forty plus woman giving birth to a Down's Syndrome baby as opposed to a teenage girl is over fifty times greater.
"She's under investigation for an ethics violation and abuse of power."
One of our readers, 61northak sent me a number of links on this one, and as always, I preferred to check this story out rather than simply putting unvetted links on the site.
Here's the real deal, courtesy of Mataharley over at Flopping Aces.
What the 'ethics violation' concerns is whether Governor Palin improperly fired Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan because he refused yield to pressure to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was involved in a messy divorce and custody battle with her sister.
Wooten's a real beaut. In addition to tasering his own 11-year-old stepson son, being involved in domestic violence and being caught driving drunk in his patrol car, he also threatened the Palins and especially Palin's father, who Wooten said would "eat an f**king lead bullet" if he tried to get his daughter a lawyer for the divorce case.
He was also found guilty, in a subsequent investigation, of being involved in a bar fight, making racist remarks about Native Alaskans ( Palin's husband Todd is half Yupik) abuse of state resources ( use of gas credit cards), and illegal hunting activities, a serious offense in Alaska and one of the laws Wooten was sworn to enforce.For these activities, he was sentenced, believe it or not, to a mere five days suspension after the union protested.
What we have here, obviously, is a loose cannon who would have been fired in most jurisdictions and not allowed to run amok with a badge and gun.
The Palins made a number of documented complaints about Wooten, back when the death threats and the other incidents occurred, back in 2005, before Palin was elected governor.
Here's where the so-called abuse of power angle comes in. Todd Palin was apparently ordered to talk to Monegan about Wooten by no less than Special Agent Bob Cockrell, head of the governor's security detail to discuss Wooten with Walt Monegan, as Cockrell felt Wooten presented a credible threat to Governor Palin’s safety. And Cockrell, now protecting his sixth Alaskan governor has com eout openly and called Monegan's allegations false.
Monegan further says that others around Palin `applied pressure' but admits Palin herself never said a word to him on the subject. The only other person so far that's surfaced as applying anything like the kind of pressure Monegan is talking about is director of boards and commissions Frank Bailey..who mentioned the subject to not to Monegan but to Ketchikan-based Lieutenant Rodney Dial, and in no way intimated he would be fired if he didn't get rid of Wooten. And Bailey admits that he made the call on his own.
According to Palin, Monegan, a cabinet official who served at the pleasure of the governor and was appointed by Palin was fired for problems in his complying with a budget cut for the troopers, department morale, failure to meet recruiting goals, and problems with bootlegging enforcement. She had every right to fire him. And here's another morsel as to how trumped up this nonsense is..if Palin wanted to get Wooten fired, why didn't she push for that back in 2005 when the original complaints surfaced?
And since complaints were already filed and being investigated by Wootren's immediate superior, Colonel Julia Grimes, why would even need to pressure Monegan over firing Wooten? Why not go directly to Grimes? And if getting Wooten fired was what she wanted why the two-and-a-half-year time lag before firing Monegan?
What this is is a vendetta by a disgruntled political appointee, aided and abetted by a man Palin beat out for the governor's race in the primary, Andrew Halcro.
Expect to hear more of it as the Left magnifies it out of all proportion, but compared with a certain presidential candidate's associations with people like Tony Rezco and Mazen Asbahi , it's not even worth mentioning.
If that's the best the Angry Left attack dogs can come up with, I wouldn't worry.
The truth will set you free...selah.
Posted by Freedom Fighter at 9:46 AM