PART 2 of 2
October 20, 2008
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Once you get past the sizzle, do people actually listen to what comes out of Sarah Palin's mouth? Do they have any understanding of the duties of a vice president besides being there to step in if a president should be unable to continue with his duties or pass away?
Art. 1, Sec. 3 of the U.S. Constitution: "The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided." The U.S. Senate deals in treaties and while all 100 U.S. Senators sit in office under an amendment that does not exist, is Palin qualified in this area? Is she knowledgeable about all these treaties and federal jurisdiction in case she does have to break a tie? I submit to you she is not and I'd be happy to debate her anytime. How about Palin's knowledge of U.S. Supreme Court cases? In one interview, her only response was Roe v Wade. This is a terrible weakness on her part for obvious reasons.
I have never agreed with anything coming out of Joe Biden's mouth except that he believes life begins at conception. However, his response to Palin during their debate regarding the VP's job is right on target and an important one:
Moderator: "Governor, you mentioned a moment ago the constitution might give the vice president more power than it has in the past. Do you believe as Vice President Cheney does, that the Executive Branch does not hold complete sway over the office of the vice presidency, that it it is also a member of the Legislative Branch?
Palin: "Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president's agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we'll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation..."
Moderator: "Vice President Cheney's interpretation of the vice presidency?
Biden: "Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.
"And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit. The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress. The idea he's part of the Legislative Branch is a bizarre notion invented by Cheney to aggrandize the power of a unitary executive and look where it has gotten us. It has been very dangerous."
The impression I have about Palin is that she is very disconnected with the world outside Alaska. Her initial response to foreign policy experience is that you can see Russia from Alaska. Gary Tuchman, CNN, actually went to that remote part of the world and spoke with some of the 150 residents; most have never heard of Sarah Palin. She has never bothered to visit that little island area and tragically, the poverty rate is above 40%! In a cash rich state like Alaska, why hasn't the Palin Administration made it a priority to help those those citizens? Most of them have no electricity and their garbage gets dumped into the sea.
How about her misleading statement about Russian warplanes coming into U.S. Airspace and her role as Alaska's governor? When was that, gov?
"However, no Russian military planes have been flying even into that zone, said Maj. Allen Herritage, a spokesman for the Alaska region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, at Elmendorf Air Force Base. "To be very clear, there has not been any incursion in U.S. airspace in recent years," Herritage said."
Palin has spoken of trade missions, but the question is what trade missions? She can't name any and neither can her campaign spokes mouths. I have researched this based on a column here which states the last one was in 1997. However, looking at the Alaska Division of Trade and Development, it appears the Salon article was not fully researched. In 1998, there were several meetings and agreements; other 'loose knit' conferences on trade with the Ruskies took place up to May, 2002. If Palin doesn't know what part her state has played in trade missions, how do you know with any confidence that she understands the speeches she gives that are written by other people on complicated issues like world politics?
Palin supporters maintain that she would be able to step into the presidency because the National Guard is under her command and control in Alaska. That is true, but it doesn't mean she has the experience or knowledge to be commander in chief should she be "called into service" as the U.S. Constitution provides. Palin has never served in the military and has no idea what military service is really about because she hasn't lived it. It appears claims that Palin has issued orders to the Alaska National Guard is a stretch at best; see here.
Douglas Herman, wrote an very factual 'Open Letter of Disgust to Governor Sarah Palin.' Herman skillfully went to the heart of Palin's war mongering and lack of facts on geopolitical issues.
In my first column about Palin, I said she was being given a crash education on foreign policy. The only problem is -- who is doing the educating? The same dirty traitors who have sold us and our sovereignty to the highest bidders for more war and death: Palin to meet Henry Kissinger. "But it is likely that Mr. Kissinger, a close outside adviser to Mr. McCain’s campaign, will give Ms. Palin a broad overview of international affairs, focusing particularly on Russia, China and the Middle East. Mr. Kissinger, who was national security adviser and secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations, is regularly called on by Mr. McCain for advice on foreign affairs."
Many have already forgotten Palin's incredibly stupid threats to Russia. Her bombastic flapping of sanctions against Russia must have given Putin a good laugh. Of course, this is quite a contrast to what Palin said during her interview with flunky, Charles Gibson: "Palin: Well, I'm giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relations with all of these countries, especially Russia."
I guess you keep good relations with Russia by making threats. Palin's response to Georgia's unprovoked attack against South Ossetia shows her complete ignorance on the issue; you can read an excellent summation here. However, she is only parroting what she's been told to say by her handlers. Perhaps Palin should have consulted with some Republicans in Congress who admit Georgia was the aggressor, not Russia; see here.
Sarah Palin needs to sit down read President James Monroe's State of the Union address, December 2, 1823, when he conveyed to European powers that America would not interfere in disputes on their continent. It is this reckless kind of talk from politicians that brought WWII and all it's ugliness. Again, I urge Americans to read Patrick Buchanan's latest book. It is a factual, historical accounting of how bad decisions by politicians and heads of state can have the most dire consequences for the entire world. Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World is a horrifying and fully documented (with 1300 footnotes) account of past wars and how easily maniacs (in their own words) took the world into Hell. As Buchanan so correctly points out at the end of the book:
"We are approaching what Walter Lippmann called "foreign policy bankruptcy." Our strategic assets, armaments, and allies cannot cover our strategic liabilities, our commitments to go to war on behalf of scores of nations from Central and South America to the Baltic and the Balkans, to the Middle East, the Gulf, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, and Taiwan. Like the British before us, America has reached imperial over stretch. Either we double or treble our air, sea and land forces, or we start shredding commitments, or we are headed inexorably for an American Dienbienphu. For if the U.S. Army and Marine Corps are stretched to the limit by the insurgencies in Mesopotamia and Afghanistan, how can we police the rest of the planet? We cannot. If two or three of the IOUs we have handed out are called in, the bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy will be exposed to the world."
These are the policies Palin supports on the ticket with McCain.
Palin has come under fire from Republicans, i.e., Mike Murphy, a conservative columnist and Peggy Noonan; see short video. This conversation was caught while the mike was still hot. These long time Republican figures are disgusted with Palin. Kathleen Parker, a well known conservative writer kicked Palin to the curb some time back: "Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.
"No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I've been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted. Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there...If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself."
Parker was telling it like it is. Did people listen to what Palin said about the bail out? You could have knocked me over with a feather; you can watch the video here:
"COURIC: "Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries? … Instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?"
PALIN: "But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy– Helping the — Oh, it's got to be about job creation too. Shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americas. And trade we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive scary thing. But 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We've got to look at that as more opportunity. ALl those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that." Huh?
Former Bush speech writer David Frum, in an interview in the The New York Times, said: "I think she has pretty thoroughly and probably irretrievably proven that she's not up to the job of being president of the United States."
This is what happens when you go for a gimmick instead of an individual who is qualified for the job. I must also say that I wish Palin would stop using her new baby as a prop. I know that's not a politically correct statement to make, but I find it troubling that a mother who supposedly is trying to bond with a new baby, one with Down Syndrome requiring more attention because of special needs, drags her little boy all around the country from one time zone to the next. Palin brings this baby onto the stage late at night. She did it at the GOP convention, close to 10:30 pm. She did it after the Biden debate, close to 10:00 pm. Babies need routine. I have never seen Palin look at that baby with love or tenderness. Every time I see her with the baby, that little boy looks like he's just being hauled around as a chore. I'm sorry, but to me it all looks so contrived.
It is obvious I have little respect for Sarah Palin as a candidate. In my opinion, she is a political animal with big ambitions. This woman smells power and she wants it, badly. Palin admires a despicable man like McCain who sold out our POW/MIAs, left to die in commie prison camps. She stands next to McCain and gushes what a war hero he is and how we should all endorse his love of war (bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran) and the unconstitutional, immoral invasion of Iraq. Palin is his running mate. She endorses his platform. People should remember that.
Lots of folks keep sending me email wondering why Palin or McCain don't talk about illegal immigration? Are you kidding? Anyone who hasn't been on another planet for the past few years knows McCain has worked tirelessly to support this massive invasion and protect the 15-20 million illegals here in our country. The blood of tens of thousands of Americans slaughtered by illegals drips from his hands. McCain doesn't want to talk about this invasion anymore than Obama wants to talk about his birth certificate.
Sarah Palin is dangerous because she isn't qualified for the job of VP or president. What I presented above is just a small sampling of why. Americans should know these candidates, what they stand for and their experience. I am fully aware come election day when another giant hoax will be perpetrated upon the American people, that tens of millions of Republicans will vote for McCain to keep Obama out of the White House. Putting a Marxist like Obama in the White House would be a nightmare words can't describe. Many will vote for McCain because they willfully believe his lies. Many will vote for McCain hoping the 'until death do us part" comes sooner rather than later so Palin can step into the Oval Office. Be careful what you wish for because Sarah Palin in the White House would be a disaster. You may feel differently and that is your choice. For part one click below.
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Mayor of Wasilla, Palin Cut Own Duties, Left Trail of Bad Blood
2 - Top Republican says Palin unready
3 - In Defense of Palin and national security
4 - Aides Incorrectly Claimed Palin Traveled Into Iraq
opposed Senate Select Committee on POW/MIAs - short video
2 - Missing, Presumed Dead - short video
3 - Learn more about how families of POW - MIAs have suffered all these trying to find their loved ones