British Columbia, Canada
Dang, said I was going to read and stay out of this, but here goes...
For what it’s worth, I know Balladeer (Michael) personally, and wasn’t going to say a word, but I think we all know how passionate he is about his politics, but he is equally passionate about people. He is one of the kindest, smartest, and caring people I know. This thread serves as a good example of how the internet can distort words, how they are said, or taken, and tarnish any person’s halo. The beauty of this site is that Ron has given us all a forum to voice our opinions while showing respect for each other’s opinion while we do it. I think if you show respect - you get it back.
I remember a saying my mom taught me and I still pull out of my bags of tricks, and it was, "Well honey, if they are talking about you then at least they are leaving someone else alone."
I think a lot of people are talking Palin today and leaving Obama alone. So, is that a good or bad thing? Palin's speech is going to dig up a lot of things to research that may do her some good, but in my opinion, more bad once you start digging as I did. What I find amazing is that any research on both candidates in question will surface both bad and good judgment, because they are human. So, back to square one – who will do the best job for the country and forget digging up “stuff” about them. I remember a time when who a candidate was personally didn’t even matter, it was the party that counted and their platform of change.
I watched Palin’s speech again this morning on TiVo before writing this. She is like just about every hockey mom I know living here too, strong, educated, independent, and over-opinionated. She just needed to be wearing Lululemon head to toe, and she could have been any mom I see at Ringette hockey here. Just like the moms here, Palin is confident, obviously well-educated, and the simple fact is, she will be subject to severe criticism if she could win. All the things she says she stands for would indeed suffer, like her family, a special needs child, her country, and even herself. They say women rule with their hearts, men with their heads, and these times require serious head sense if you ask me, but who is right?
Here are just a few things I didn't like about Palin’s sarcastic attacks on Obama, and the Democrats. I still was as I said very impressed with her delivery, confidence, and presentation, who would not be?
Firstly, taking shots at people that do public service or demeaning that role was unfair. I have done my dues over the years for my community and it is every bit as important as what McCain did for his country, so that is a poor leg to be standing on. Both were necessary positions to be filled. Both leave obvious scars, some visible, some not. Obama could have left college and started a great career but instead went into the masses to help the poor, because it was needed. The remark about using the election and change to benefit his career doesn’t fly with me one bit.
To also forget the fact that Badin suffered trauma equally as disturbing as McCain’s, in loosing a wife and child really bugged me. Just because someone serves in war, no matter how honorable that is, and I really respect those that do, does not to me in anyway make it any less than serving one’s country at home. Both are necessary.
What I simply hope after all the dust settles and the arguments are done, is that the President you elect is the best candidate to take care of business, and I do mean business. There is a huge debt in the USA, a mess that needs cleaning up from that awful war, and an energy crisis that needs addressing. The future of the USA and their neighbours is at stake more than ever before, in my opinion.
There is not a day goes by I don’t think of New York and 911, and when this election rolls around, picture who you think could stand there on your behalf, or somewhere similar if it ever happened again, heaven forbid!
I guess I am a diehard, as I made a thread in the lounge when Obama first became Senator, and I told my son the day it happened, that man will be President one day, you watch! He said, “Dream on!” I didn’t say, “First African American President, I simply said, President.” My son for what it is worth is a businessman, and has a company also in the USA as well as Canada, and the “Republican” if you will in our family, and I am as you can tell the “Democrat” or Liberal here. We argue nicely all the time, it is acute stimulation for the mind I started with him very early in life. I respect his mind, his integrity, and his business sense, but this time we are sure butting heads here.
Poetdevine (Sharon) Nice to “see” you. I loved that clip of the daughter wetting the baby's hair myself, and it sure was a precious moment and the one that screamed to me, PANIC! Palin has her hands full, and although she is strong, educated, and determined, do you actually think if something happened to John McCain she could run your country? Just curious? She is a good speaker I will give her that, but the argument would be – well, so is Obama, and that he is!
[This message has been edited by Mysteria (09-04-2008 03:12 PM).]