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Monday, September 08, 2008

 

Election 2008 and American Voters

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56 Days to November 4th

"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

--Winston Churchill

Despite the dismal record of the Bush Administration and consequences of its policies American voters seem to be edging toward electing another Republican to the White House, a Republican who does not want to be seen campaigning with Bush but supports most of what he has done. Whether it is Iraq war, the environment, Supreme Court appointments, efforts to curtail women's right to chose, John McCain is on the same wave length.

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.

What about praying for sex without pregnancy? Surely God can take care of that but they believe that sex is for procreation. Bad news for condom manufacturers. Trust them to come up with an ad campaign. Perhaps condoms imprinted with verses from Solomon's Song of Songs, New Testament. Now, that was frolicking pure and simple.

Source: www.benettontalk.com

On November 4th I shall do my part as a citizen of this great country. I do not expect a change for the better, especially if the McCain-Palin team wins. In fact, the prospect is quite depressing. And so it goes.


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