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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Getting it Straight


I got this email yesterday that I just had to share. It's got my snarky tone but captures the issues rather succinctly. And yeah, it's slanted. But if you took the lean facts and charted them side by side, you'd come to the same conclusion. Take a looksie. And do your day's public service by passing it on.

Seriously, it's time we start looking at things a bit differently. It's time we start doing our own digging and thinking. It's time we think about the long term impact of the McPain ticket. It's time we apply realistic metrics to what both sides are promising. It's time to get serious.

I realize that Obama is running against McCain, not Palin. But the combination of the McPain ticket is frightening. Take a look at what Eve Ensler wrote about the ticket. It's a package deal, my friends.

Excerpted from the email I got:

If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."

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: 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 over 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: local weather girl (sports caster), 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with fewer than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with 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 Christian.

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 DUI 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.
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6 comments:

Mayberry said...

Check out David Brooks's column in yesterday's NYT - he makes some powerful points about Palin's inexperience (and he's not a Democrat). http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16brooks.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Ilina said...

Great article. I have to reiterate Mayberry's link to the NYT. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/16/opinion/16brooks.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Read it.

DC Urban Dad said...

I got this yesterday in an email and it cracked me up.

My wife and I are tempted to move back down to NC so our vote will make a difference or perhaps VA. In DC, we are all Obama - at least 98%.

Anonymous said...

my mother in law sent me this yesterday!!
kate

The Over-Thinker said...

I just printed 5 copies of this article (and left each of them on the desks of Republican co-workers)....may they consider it a visit from the Democrat Fairy.

Anonymous said...

Monkey,you did it again.What a grat article.I am soooo proud of you.