OK, I’ve had meetings and homework all night, and I’ve been trying to catch up on these speeches. Palin’s is so long that for now I’ll just analyze half, and then I have to get sleep, or I’m just gonna crash. So, here goes:
Here she goes, “I will be honored to accept your nomination for the Vice President of the United States.” And she got a big response right there (of course it was expected) – they really like her.
“I accept the call to help our nominee for President to serve and defend America, and I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election, against confident opponents, at a crucial hour for our country, and I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions and met far graver challenges and knows how tough fights are won. The next President of the United States, John S. McCain.” She seems very formal in her speaking (and remember, I had to leave for class when she gave her speech in Ohio, so this is really the first I’m seeing over her since she was chosen).
Now she’s talking about being committed when everybody counted him out of the election. Talking about him saying he’d rather lose an election than a war. “The pollsters and the pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off. They overlooked the caliber of the man himself, the determination and resolve, and the sheer guts of Senator John McCain.” And that got a pretty good response. “There’s a time for politics, and a time for leadership, a time to campaign, and a time to put our country first.” She’s building McCain up as this great person for America, but I don’t know what’s different about it. She seems to be doing it in a unique way, not stressing the moderate viewpoints, but just saying that overall, McCain cares for this country.
She’s talking about serving the country in the Navy, and talking about the troops in Iraq “who now have brought victory within sight. And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as Commander in Chief.” And now they’re showing her son. But that’s a good quote from her – it shows that as a military mom, she trusts McCain to take care of her son and all the troops overseas.
She’s talking about her son going over to Iraq in a week, as well as her nephew who’s over there now. She said that her family is so proud of all of the men and women serving the country in uniform. Now chants of “USA” have broken out.
Now she’s back to talking about her family. Now she just introduced her daughters. They look like such a nice loving family, and the youngest daughter is so cute. Bristol’s boyfriend (soon to be husband) is with Bristol now – holding her hand. Again, I wish them the best!
She’s talking about her son, who has Down’s Syndrome and that “children with special needs inspire a very very special love.” And that got a HUGE response from the crowd. Sarah just seems like such an amazing mother – she’s down to earth and just comes across as so nice and loving. She told families of special needs children that “if [we are] elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.”
Talking about her husband, Todd, who is a union member, and that could help with union members, especially in Michigan, where the race is close and we have a lot of unions. And she’s talking a bit about how they met. The crowd loves him as the whole family stands up. Honestly though, I think some of this could’ve been cut out to save time. Maybe I’m just tired of speeches (or tired period), but I think this speech may seem too long. She’s talking about her parents now.
She’s talking about hard working Americans who “love their country in good times and bad, and they’re always proud of America.” Talking about farmers and factory workers, the working class citizens of America.
She’s talking about having the privilege of living in a small town and being a hockey mom and on the PTA. And there’s some chants of “hockey mom” in the crowd. “They say the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull, lipstick.” That was a good one.
She’s talking about joining the PTA to make children’s education better, and running for city council. She’s talking about being mayor of her hometown, and then running for Governor. “I guess a small town mayor is sorta like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilites.” ZING! Wow – that got a great response from the crowd. And that was just an exceptional point to make – showing that even rookie politician Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama.
“I might add that in small towns we don’t quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they’re listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren’t listening. No, we tend to prefer candidates who don’t talk about us one way in Scranton and anothe way in San Francisco. As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man.” And it’s good to get that perspective of how offensive that was to small town Americans. It really shows how out of touch Obama is, and how offensive that comment was to small town Americans.
And this seems like a good spot to stop for now. I’ll finish up my analysis in the morning.
OK – back up and finishing her speech:
“Well, I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment … and if you’re not a member … some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone. Here’s a little newsflash for those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve this great country.” And that got a HUGE response from the crowd. She’s showing that she’s not the same old politician that we’re used to, but that she CARES about the people she’s serving.
She’s talking about the right reason being “to serve the common good and to leave this nation better than we found it.” She’s talking about being expected to govern with integrity and a servant’s heart, and she just promised to carry herself like that as Vice President. She’s saying that this is the same spirit when she ran for Governor and stood up to corrupt politics. She’s talking about true reform being hard to achieve, but she had the people’s support and was able to overcome the corrrupt machines inside of Alaskan politics.
She’s talking about ethics reform, and getting rid of stuff that Alaskan citizens shouldn’t have to pay for, such as the luxury jet that she put on eBay. She said that there’s no reason that she needed a personal chef.
Now she’s talking about using the veto, and that McCain will use it to avoid wasteful spending. She’s talking about ending earmark spending from Congress. She said no to the Bridge to Nowhere. If Alaska wanted to build the bridge, she said “we’d do it ourselves.”
She’s talking about breaking away from oil company lobbyists and breaking their monopoly on power and resources. She said she’s a champion of competition and fairness.
Talking about the natural gas pipeline, “to help lead America to energy independence.” She’s saying that we will have to rely less on dangerous nations. We won’t have to draw from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve when a hurricane comes into the Gulf of Mexico.
“We cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.” She’s talking about Iran and Russia trying to take over more and more of the oil supply. She’s saying that “we need to produce more of our oil and gas. … Take it from a gal who knows the north slope of Alaska–we’ve got lots of both.” And the crowd liked that one, but she makes a good point. And there go the “Drill baby drill” chants again. Anyway, Palin, an Alaskan understand more than most people that we CAN drill in and off the shore of Alaska, without harming the wildlife as a whole. Will we hurt some animals? Probably, but that happens ANY time we build anything. With people come cars, an it’d inevitable that a car will hit an animal, but we don’t say, “We need to save the squirrels, so no more roads,” so why are we keeping from drilling in Alaska because we may wind up killing 100 or so animals?
Now she’s going on about drilling, that it won’t solve our problems, “but the fact that drilling won’t solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.” And that’s so true. We should be doing EVERYTHING we can to end the energy crisis: drill for oil, build nuclear power plants, build wind power plants, etc….
She’s saying that a McCain Palin administration will drill, build a pipeline, build nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal, and other power plants. She’s a nuclear power girl! I like her! Talking about using AMERICAN workers.
“I’ve noticed a pattern with our opponent … we’ve all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers, … but listening to him speak, it’s easy to forget this this is the man who has authored 2 memoirs, but a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state Senate!” And that’s awesome right there. Reminding people that Obama has done pretty much nothing as a legislator shows that he’s inexperienced. Inexperience is different than being new. Palin is new, but she has experience. She has actually DONE THINGS since she’s been in office, not vote “Present” or go around campaigning for President for 2 years.
“This is the (or a) man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. And that right there makes the military families happy about McCain.
Now she made a joke about Obama’s fake White House columns getting taken back to a studio – it was a pretty good joke. She’s saying he’ll take more money and weaken us as a nation in the world. She said, “Victory in Iraq is finally in sight, and he wants to forfeit.” She’s talking about Al Qaeda terrorists getting ready to attack us and “he’s worried that someone won’t read him (a terrorist) his rights.” That’s good right there – she’s showing that a lot of what Obama wants is simply BAD for America.
“Government is too big, he wants to grow it. Congress spends too much money, he promises more. Taxes are too high, and he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan.” He’ll raise income, payroll, investment income, death, and business taxes. It’s good that she’s showing that Obama WILL raise taxes (other than those making around I believe it’s $40,000 a year or less, and trust me, $50,000 is not that much to live off of that you need to be taxed more).
She’s saying, how will these people be better off if Obama increases taxes?
“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then, there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.” And there you go – she’s showing that Obama is just using what America wants to hear to get elected, but in reality, he’s going to drive America into the ground.
“They are the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed Presidential seals.” That was a good one again.
She’s saying that “there are those, like John McCain, that actually do great things,” that they’re the ones we can “count on to serve and to defend America.” She’s talking about Senator McCain having a great record on reform, and that’s why lobbyists oppose him so much. “He’s a man [who will] serve his country, and not just his party. A leader who’s not looking for a fight, but sure isn’t afraid of one either.” And that shows that McCain is different from other politicians, but he’ll stand up for what he believes in. And the fact that liberals hate him, means that “we have chosen the right man.” And she’s right here – the fact that liberals hate him so much, means that he’s what we need in the White House.
“Take the Maverick out of the Senate–put him into the White House.” GREAT quote!
“There is only one man in this election who has ever fought for you,” contrasting that against Biden and Obama saying that they’re fighting for “you,” meaning the American people. And that’s true. All that Biden and Obama care about is getting themselves elected.
She’s talking about McCain bringing compassion, wisdom, and confidence to the White House, all because of what he faced over in Vietnam, seeing evil, and seeing evil be overcome.
She’s telling a story of McCain smiling and giving a thumbs up to a fellow POW, after McCain would come back from being beaten, a smile of encouragement and that everything would one day be OK. “That is the kind of man America needs to see us through the next 4 years.” And she’s right. McCain has been through trials and tough times, and he’s shown that he can not only pull through himself, but help others pull through as well.
“For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words, but for a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds. If character is the measure in this election, and hope the theme, and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next President of the United States. Thank you, and God bless America. Thank you.”
And there you have it, Sarah Palin’s speech to the RNC.
Overall, I thought it was a good speech. She definitely appealed to the Republican base, portraying McCain as both a conservative and reformer (just like herself). But she also showed that McCain is a Maverick on some issues, and some of her speech will appeal to undecided voters.
Overall, I say it was good, but it wasn’t the best speech I’ve heard through the conventions. I’ll give it a 9/10.
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