Monday, September 08, 2008
Election 2008 and American Voters
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
Yet, support for McCain has gained momentum after the Republican Convention. His gains are partly due to his vice presidential pick. It is becoming clear that the red state/blue state divide, which was a major factor in Bush's victory in 2004, not only exists it is perhaps more stark because this time the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, is a black man. Whether they admit it or not, come November 4th many Americans in the so called "red" states, and even some in "blue" states, will not vote for a black presidential candidate. Real issues confronting us and our country have receded into the background. Republicans, adept in creating smoke and mirrors, have succeeded in implanting fear.
Then there is the God vote. The war and God; energy crisis and God. According to Sarah Palin all problems facing our country can be solved by prayer. It is obvious that many voters believe that. At the convention she spoke about hockey moms being like pit bulls with lipstick. They lapped it up. I read a comment that she would be like Cheney with lipstick.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."
In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."
Palin asked the students to pray for the troops in Iraq, and noted that her eldest son, Track, was expected to be deployed there.
"Our national leaders are sending them out on a task that is from God," she said. "That's what we have to make sure that we're praying for, that there is a plan and that plan is God's plan."
A video of the speech was posted at the Wasilla Assembly of God's Web site before finding its way on to other sites on the Internet.
Palin told graduating students of the church's School of Ministry, "What I need to do is strike a deal with you guys." As they preached the love of Jesus throughout Alaska, she said, she'd work to implement God's will from the governor's office, including creating jobs by building a pipeline to bring North Slope natural gas to North American markets.
"God's will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that," she said.