Created on Wednesday, 03 September 2008 22:49
Written by Jack Random
PALIN: THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION
Can a party of old white men with ideas as old as the amber
waves of grain be rescued by a little lady from Alaska?
Thompson from good old Rocky Top hitched his pants and gave a speech he might
have delivered four decades ago.
Old Joe Lieberman, the whining wonder
of Connecticut, who cast aside his own party to keep hold of the reigns of
power, gave the same old appeal he might have given for the party of opposition
eight years ago.
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Whatever your beliefs or party allegiance, what we
heard on the second day of the Republican National Convention was a party of old
ideas trying to run away from its eight-year legacy of disasters.
want us to remember the courage and heroism of their chosen one back in the days
of Vietnam so that we will forget that they have taken the most dominant
influential and military power on earth and reduced it to a nation without
direction or purpose.
When the last soldier finally returns from Iraq,
what will we have to show? Was it our intention to make Iran the preeminent
power in the region? Will we own or control the oil for which we swore we would
never go to war? Will we have secured a military foothold in the heart of the
Middle East? Will the seeds of true democracy blossom in the desert sands of
John McCain to the contrary, we will â€œwinâ€ nothing in this
god-forsaken war. We will have lost a great deal in blood and treasure to no
What will we have won in Afghanistan? After seven years of war
and occupation, Al Qaeda is still operative and Osama bin Laden is still at
With our military scattered and overextended, what was our
response to Russia when they called our bluff over Georgia?
us to remember the hollow cry of â€œUSA!â€ against the background of a waving flag
so that we will forget that our jobs are being exported, our wages are
declining, our costs are rising, our benefits are being slashed, our homes are
being foreclosed and our optimism is wearing thin.
They want us to
blame it all on one year of a Democratic congress and to forget seven and a half
grueling years of Republican reign.
So can the young woman Governor of
Alaska become the wunderkind that lifts this train wreck of a party and carry it
It is a truism of American politics that presidents are
chosen among three elite groups: Governors, Senators and military leaders. By
that simple standard, Sarah Palin is deemed qualified to hold the highest office
in the land.
Of course, we all know by know that John McCain wanted Joe
Lieberman. So in his first test of leadership, McCain folded to the interests
of the Republican operatives.
If Obamaâ€™s rise to the top of the
Democratic Party was stunning, then what can be said of Sarah Palin?
Six short years ago she was the mayor of a small town and the losing
candidate in a bid to become Lieutenant Governor.
Only two years ago,
in a state turned upside down by corruption scandals, she was elected Governor
of one of Americaâ€™s least populated states and one that is largely immune to the
current economic crisis because of its oil wealth.
It is not my concern
that her seventeen-year-old daughter is pregnant. I do not care what kind of
mayor or governor she was. I only wonder if she is prepared to take the helm if
something should happen to the shipâ€™s captain.
challenge Barack Obama on the grounds of experience, every fair-minded citizen
must wonder at McCainâ€™s choice of Sarah Palin.
When Obama has been
challenged, his defenders have countered that he is an exceptional individual. Editor of the Harvard Law Review, a soaring speaker and a mind as sharp as
razor, he has not only survived but thrived in the crucible that is the
presidential primary campaign.
Sarah Palin may be an exceptional person
but she has not yet been tested.
Does John McCain know something we do
not know? Does she possess wisdom beyond her years? Does she have the
intellectual curiosity, capacity and drive to learn everything that must be
learned before inauguration day?
Will she face the media and survive
the vetting process? Did she come clean about the investigation she is facing
in Alaska or did she pull a Thomas Eagleton? (When tapped to be George
McGovernâ€™s running mate, he withheld the fact that he had been treated for a
If Sarah Palin survives this campaign and thrives as
Obama has then perhaps she is the exception to the rule that justifies her aged
mentor sacrificing his primary case against his younger Democratic opponent: Experience.
If she falters â€“ exposed by a frenzied media for her lack
of knowledge and understanding â€“ we can only lay blame on the man who chose
The real question behind the selection of Governor Sarah Palin is
whether or not it was a politically motivated calculation. If John McCain
placed politics over country then he has reduced his campaign to the cheapest
brand of political fraud.
There is nothing on the record to suggest
that Sarah Palin was inclined to national office. McCain sought her out.
The question is: Did he fulfill his obligation to select the best
person for the job or did he gamble the future of the nation on a political
Sarah Palin did what any loyal party member would do. She
answered the call of her partyâ€™s leader. It is McCain who staked his claim to
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