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Chuck Hagel: The “Perfect Fit” for Secretary of Defense

December 31, 2012

One of the first ways I got involved with politics was being part of the Internet movement that supported former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) for President back in 2008.  Back then I ran the Michigan for Hagel 2008 blog and co-ran the Students for Hagel blog.  Once Hagel announced he wasn’t running, the group disbanded, but a few of the leaders of the movement have stayed in touch.  When rumors came out that President Obama was considering Hagel for Defense Secretary, we decided to come together and ensure that the smear campaign against Hagel wasn’t successful.

He has combat experience—having served in the Vietnam War as an infantry squad leader, he achieved the rank of Sergeant and was awarded multiple medals including two Purple Hearts.  After leaving the military, Hagel was dedicated to helping American troops and veterans.  He was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration, where he fought for funding for VA programs, and he served as president and CEO of the USO.

Hagel also had a successful career in the private sector, co-founding a cell phone manufacturing company and serving as CEO of American Information Systems.

In short, Hagel has the military and administrative experience needed to be America’s next Secretary of Defense.

And despite the arguments made by some, Hagel’s positions do generally fit with the Republican Party.

Yes, it is true that Hagel was critical of many of President George W. Bush’s policies, including the Iraq War, but much of his disagreement with the Bush Administration dealt with the lack of transparency.  Throughout his Senate career, Hagel fought for transparency in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and encouraged open Congressional debate, rather than quick votes on such important issues.  Isn’t that at the heart of the Republican Party—encouraging open public debate instead of shady, quick votes to ram legislation through? Hagel captured this principle in saying, “To question your government is not unpatriotic—to not question your government is unpatriotic.” Considering that right now, the GOP is fighting for transparency on the issues of the conflict in Libya and Benghazi, doesn’t it make sense to support someone who fought for DoD transparency, from both a Republican President and a Democratic Senate?  The fact that Hagel’s fight for transparency transcended political boundaries is exactly the reason he’s perfect for the Department of Defense.  The Defense Secretary shouldn’t be loyal to a party; he should be loyal to American and her national security.  And Hagel has agreed with this, saying, “I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn’t take an oath of office to my party or my president.”

And labeling Hagel a liberal based on his Iraq policy is absurd.  Hagel’s plan for Iraq was different than both the mainstream Republican and Democratic plans at the time. Rather than withdraw as soon as possible or stay indefinitely, Hagel advocated for moving our troops out of the areas of civil war and to the borders. This would ensure that terrorists did not flee or enter the country, while leaving the Iraqis to resolve the inner conflicts, a job that they, not the U.S., were best suited for.

On the issue of Israel, he has defended “our continued commitment to Israel’s defense” and acknowledged the “special and historic bond” between the U.S. and Israel. At the same time, he realizes that peace with its neighbors is the best thing for Israel.

While acknowledging that the defense budget needs to be cut, Hagel has never come out in support of across-the-board sequestration cuts.  In fact, it was because of reckless Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives that we are facing such drastic across-the-board cuts.  The defense sequestration cuts would come about as a result of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which was supported by 174 House Republicans and 28 Senate Republicans.  Passing such a bill to allow across-the-board cuts was reckless, and Hagel has never come out in support of sequestration; however, like many Republicans, he agrees that the Defense budget is bloated and should be cut where possible.

And Hagel supports continued sanctions against Iran and has never ruled out military action against Iran to prevent them from achieving nuclear capabilities.  But as a result of his experience in Vietnam, he realizes that we shouldn’t be putting our servicemen and women in harm’s way unless combat is absolutely necessary.  And that’s a good principle that the GOP should agree with.

Does Hagel agree with every single word in the Republican platform? No; but then again, who does? In fact, he had an 84% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. Republicans could not ask for a better nominee for Secretary of Defense from a Democratic President, and instead of hounding Hagel for disagreements in the past, Republicans should rally around him as a defender of many conservative principles and causes.

Republicans can’t just oppose Hagel because they want to oppose the President.  It’s time to stop being the party of “No”.  Hagel is one of our own, and while he may lean more moderate, he’d make an excellent Secretary of Defense.  It would be a shame if his nomination or confirmation was destroyed because the GOP wants to oppose Obama.  There is no good reason the GOP should oppose someone like Hagel.

For those who would like to show their support for Chuck Hagel, I would encourage you to like the Facebook page that was started, and if you’re on Twitter, I would encourage you to use the hashtag #SupportHagel in your tweets on the subject.

Done Ranting,

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Pictures from the McCain/Palin Rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan

September 6, 2008

So, yesterday I went down to Sterling Heights to the McCain/Palin rally, and was able to get a few pictures.  I was about 15 rows back, so I was a little bit too far away to actually get to shake anybody’s hand.

Representative Candice Miller

Representative Candice Miller

Attorney General Mike Cox

Attorney General Mike Cox

One of the veterans who was in the Hanoi Hilton with John McCain

One of the veterans who was in the Hanoi Hilton with John McCain

Representative Joe Knollenberg

Representative Joe Knollenberg

State Senator John Pappageorge

State Senator John Pappageorge

U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Hoogendyk

U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Hoogendyk

McCain and Palin Enter the Stage

McCain and Palin Enter the Stage

Palin and McCain

Palin and McCain

Bridget and Cindy McCain

Bridget and Cindy McCain

Palin Speaking as McCain Watches

Palin Speaking as McCain Watches

Palin Speaking

Palin Speaking

McCain Watching Palin Speak

McCain Watching Palin Speak

McCain Speaking

McCain Speaking

A Shot of the Crowd During McCains Speech

A Shot of the Crowd During McCain's Speech

McCain Speaking

McCain Speaking

McCain Going Out to Meet Some of the Crowd

McCain Going Out to Meet Some of the Crowd

Probably my favorite picture of the whole rally - I took this right as somebody reached out to shake McCains hand, but it looks like theyre grabbing his face

Probably my favorite picture of the whole rally - I took this right as somebody reached out to shake McCain's hand, but it looks like they're grabbing his face.

Governor Palin Walking Through the Crowd

Governor Palin Walking Through the Crowd

And those are all the good pictures I had.

The rally was a lot of fun.  I just wish they would’ve used speeches that weren’t abridged speeches of the convention speech (although McCain did add a few parts, including one where he talkied about the need to win Michigan this year).

Hopefully I’ll be able to meet them eventually some day.

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Live Analysis of John McCain’s Acceptance Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

Alright, we’re now waiting for McCain to come out and speak – he’s had his family come out and Cindy spoke, theyr’e playing a video of him now.  And his mom just called him a “mamma’s boy” – that was funny.

Talking about his service in the military, and talking about being held as a Prisoner of War – I gotta say, no matter who you are, you have to respect John and any of our troops.

Talking about his time in the Senate, “committed to protect the American people,” opposed to pork barrel spending and tax increases.

Talking about his family, his children.  “What a life, what a faith, what a family.”  Nice quote.

The video is now over, and we are waiting for McCain to come out.

And Fred Thompson is now narrating, John McCain has now come out.  There’s a huge roar from the crowd.

It’s been about 2 minutes, all he’s been able to get out so far is, “Thank you,” over and over again.

“Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans, a privilege of accepting our party’s nomination for the President of the United States.”  There you go, he is now OFFICIALLY the Republican nominee.

“In my life, no success has come without a fight,” and this campaign wasn’t any different.  He’s saying that that’s a compliment to his former opponents, and he’s thanking them for now supporting him.  I think that’s one of the last few times he’ll need to try to bring bitter people over, people who had supported other Republican candidates, but not him.  Although he probably won’t sway over any more Ron Paul supporters that he hasn’t already won over.

He’s saying he’s grateful for George W. Bush, Laura Bush, George H. W. Bush, and Barbara Bush.  He said he’s “indebted” to Cindy and his 7 kids.  I “can’t imagine a life without the happiness you’ve given me. … [Cindy] is more my inspiration that I am hers.”  And that’s good – showing he’s a down-to-earth family man.  “And I know she will make a great first lady.”

He’s talking about his mother raising him as a kid, while his father was in the Navy, and he’s thanking her now.  96 years old!  Wow – she doesn’t look that old – Congratulations!

“I intend to earn [your trust].”

He’s saying that him and Obama will go at it, “but you have my respect and admiration.”  He’s saying that they’re both Americans, and that means more to him than anything else.  And that’s showing that McCain is going to keep this a civil election, and that ultimately, both want the best for America.

“My friends, we’re going to win this election!”  And that energized the crowd pretty quickly.  He’s showing a lot of optimism going into this.  After we’ve won we’ll “get this country back on the road to prosperity and peace.”  And there’s now a war protester, and they’re all drowning her out with chants of “USA.”  He can’t get a word out.  “My friends, please don’t be diverted by the ground noise and the static.”  And the crowd has erupted.  “Americans want us to stop yelling at each other, OK.”  Back to what he was saying, these are tough times, and he got interrupted again.  Anyway, talking about him showing that a McCain administration will turn the country around, and get us back on our feet.

He’s just talked about Sarah Palin being his running mate, and that she’ll make a great Vice President.  He thanked everyone for their warm welcome last night.  He’s talking about her executive experience, energy, corruption, balancing budgets, taking on special interests, reaching across the aisle – he’s emphasizing things that Obama, who is a rookie as well, hasn’t accomplished.  And that’s the difference of experience.  Both Palin and Obama are rookies, but Palin has actually DONE things!

“I can’t wait to introduce her to Washington. … Change is coming!”  And Palin and McCain will bring change to Washington (sure, not all of it will be good,  but most of it will).

“I’m not in the habit of breaking my promises to my country, and neither is Governor Palin,” so you can count on us saying that we will turn this country around.  They have the strength, judgment, and experience to carry this out, he said.

“I don’t work for special interests.  I don’t work for myself.  I work for you.”  And that was an awesome quote.  It both brings him down to earth, but also appeals to moderates.  He’s talking about fighting corruption, no matter what party, and fighting big spenders in both parties.  And this is one of the things that I love about McCain – he’s saying he’ll veto any pork bills that come to his desk, and I love that policy.  It’s time that we stop wasting money, and McCain will do that for us.

“I’d rather lose an election than see my country lose a war” – using the quote he used during the primary, but that is such a GREAT quote, and it’s so true of John McCain and his “country first” slogan and policy.  Fortunately, the surge worked, and now McCain can go on to both win an election and help us win this war!

“I don’t mind a good fight [and] I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. … What you fight for is the real test.  I fight for Americans.  I fight for you.”  Again, a great quote, and McCain will fight for Americans.  Obama has spent most of his time in the Senate campaigning, and before that, he was in the Illinois legislature, where he voted “Present” most of the time.

He’s talking about making sure that the country where we have lost troops “will remain safe from its enemies.”  And he’s showing that he cares about these soldiers who have died overseas.

“We lost the trust of the American people when some Republicans gave in to the temptations of corruption … when we made government bigger … when we valued our power over our principles.  We’re going to change that.”  And he’s again, showing that he will reform government, even if it makes Republicans angry.  “The party of Reagan and Roosevelt and Lincoln is going to get back to basics.”  GREAT quote – as I was saying, Republicans have lost their small government principles, and McCain will bring us back to that.  He’ll end big spending, and give the money back to the people where it belongs.

He’s talking about “letting the people keep the fruits of their labor,” cutting taxes, etc.

“We believe in the values of  families, neighborhoods. … We believe in a government who doesn’t make choices for you, but makes sure that you have choices to make for yourselves.”  McCain will reduce spending and Obama will increase them (McCain said that).  He’s saying that he’ll cut spending, but Obama will raise it.  McCain will encourage jobs, but Obama’s policies won’t.  McCain says he’ll cut the 2nd highest business tax in the world.  He said he’ll double the child tax exemption to $7,000, and that’s something that’ll appeal to the middle class, as it should.

“Government assistance for the unemployed was design for the 1950s.  That’s gonna change under my watch.”  Thank you – the welfare system is so out of date.  We need to completely reform the system (I’d say get rid of it, but that won’t happen, because the American church, who used to do what the government does now, can never take back the responsibility of caring for the poor).

Talking about finding employment at a decent wage.

“Track and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.”  Or you could just fire them!  That was harsh, I know.  “Parents deserve a choice in the education of their children, and I intend to give it to them.”  That’s good, as long as it’s not vouchers.  We don’t let people get out of Medicare taxes if they won’t use Medicare, so I don’t see why we should do it for schools.  “I want schools to answer to parents and students” not unions and bureaucrats “and when I’m President, they will.”  Great quote.  The school system (especially in Michigan, and ESPECIALLY in Wayne County needs reform!).  We need to cut spending where we can, where it’s just being wasted and put it into areas that NEED money.

He’s talking about more offshore drilling, and the crowd loved that – more “Drill baby drill” chants, using nuclear, power, wind, hydroelectric, and tide power plants.  “We must use all resources … to rescue our economy from rising oil prices and restore the health of our planet. … It’s an ambitious plan … but we’ve faced tougher challenges.  It’s time to show the world how Americans lead.”  That’s good.  He emphasized that Obama doesn’t like nuclear, and I LOVE nuclear power, as do a lot of Democrats I know.  We can’t keep making excuses for every type of power plant we find.  There’s downsides to all of them, but we can’t just sit around waiting for the perfect energy solution.

Talking about Iran, and their terrorist-supporting administration.  Talking about Russia invading Georgia, in order to gain more control over oil.

“I know how military works. … I know how the world works.”  He’s talking about knowing what is good in the military, and he said he knows the bad things that have happened in the military.  He will strengthen our military.  Talking about his grandfather, and World War II, and then dying the day after the peace agreement was signed – that shows you what he was living for.  He wanted to see America through the war safely – that is an American patriot for you!

“In America, we change things that need to be changed. … The work that is ours is plainly before us.  We don’t need to search for it.”  From transportation fuel, to disaster response, to the way we train workers.  “We have to catch up to history, and we have to change the way we do business in Washington.”  Emphasizing change is good.  He’s showing that Obama won’t change Washington, he hasn’t.  McCain has been a champion of change, and when he’s President, he will CONTINUE to change Washington.

“I will fix problems that need to be fixed.  I will reach out my hand to anyone to get this country moving again.  I have that record and the scars to prove it.  Senator Obama does not.”  Great quote there – and showing that Obama has been a DO NOTHING Senator, but McCain has done stuff, even when it wasn’t popular.

“We can do anything we put our minds to.  I’ll ask Democrats and Independents to serve with me.  My administration will” be transparent.  And he’s shown he’ll have Independents – I think he’ll have Lieberman in his cabinet.

“I’ve never lived through days, good or bad, that I haven’t thank God for the privilege.”  Good quote there.  Now he’s saying that he “was blessed by misfortune … [in] serving with heroes.”  He’s talking about being captured by the Vietnamese, talking about getting ready to go out for his 23rd mission.  He’s saying that he was doing stuff for his own pleasure and pride.  Now he’s talking about being put into the cell.  Once they found out who his father was, they took him to a hospital, putting him simply in a cast, not setting the bones properly.  Saying that he couldn’t even feed himself, that he was no longer living for selfish independence.  Talking about being with 2 men.  “Those men saved my life.”  Talking about him being offered to leave early, but he refused, because there had been men shot down before him.  And that got a huge response from the crowd, as it should – he’s an American hero, and now they’re shouting “hero” – but he is a hero.  He’s an American patriot and hero.

He’s saying that after he turned down their offer, they abused him more than ever, and they eventually broke him.  He said he was ashamed, but a friend told him that he had fought as hard as he could, and no man can fight alone, but to get up and fight.  “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. … I loved it because it was not just a place, an idea, a cause worth fighting for.  I was never the same again.  I was never my own again anymore.  I was my country’s.”  That was a GREAT quote.  It shows how much dedication he has to his country.  He doesn’t care about himself, but about all of us.

“If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. … become a teacher, enter the ministry, run for public office … teach an illiterate adult to read. … Our country will be better and you will be happier, because nothing is better than to serve a cause other than yourself.  I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your President. … With hard work, strong faith, and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.  Fight with me, fight for what’s good for our country, fight for opportunity for all.  Stand up and defend our country from it’s enemies.  Stand up for each other.  Stand up and fight.  We’re Americans, we never give up, we never quit, we never hide from history, we make history.”  And you couldn’t even hear him anymore, the crowd was just overwhelmingly loud.  They were just cheering and cheering him on.  “Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”

There you go – McCain emphasized his moderate views, his reformer views.  He also emphasized his conservative views, but showed that he’s not dedicated to the party, but the American people.  He is dedicated to the American people, and will fight for them if that means opposing Republicans, Democrats, terrorists, or anybody else.

Overall, I’d give it an 9/10.  It was REALLY good at the end, but at other parts, it just didn’t click with me.

Now, the balloons are falling as McCain and Palin’s families are on the stage now.  The crowd is still going wild.  Sarah Palin just said, “They’re beautiful” (at least I think that’s what she said – there’s no mic, I’m trying to read lips).

The balloons are continuing to fall, and the crowd is still cheering, it’s just a fun atmosphere.  McCain and Palin are going out and waving to the crowd, smiling together.  The McCains and Sarah Palin are now walking the crowd, and that is going to wrap up my coverage of the Republican National Convention.  Thank you for reading, and come back here for updates all through until November!

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Analysis of Sarah Palin’s Speech at the RNC

September 4, 2008

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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Analysis of Senator Joe Lieberman’s Speech at the RNC

September 3, 2008

Whoa – apparenlty I typed Joe Biden all over the place in this instead of Lieberman (that’s what happens at this time of night – you go a little crazy) – so it’s all fixed now:

Again, like Bush’s speech, I was in a meeting when Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) spoke, so here’s my late analysis:

Lieberman is now talking about Hurricane Gustav, and saying that it hurts all of us, because we’re one family.  “The last thing we think about is whether one of the victims was a Democrat, or a Republican, because we’re  all Americans.”  Good quote.

“You know, the sad truth is–it shouldn’t take a hurricane to bring us together like this.”  I’m guessing that his moderate speech may not make a lot of Republicans happy.

He’s now talking about gas prices and  threats from abroad.  He’s talking about Americans seeing politicians “fighting each other rather than fighting for the American people.”  Good quote, and he’s playing up unity a LOT, something that may not go over well with the Republicans, but something that’s definitely going to help McCain with the moderates.  Now he’s going on to talk about George Washington warning future Americans about getting caught up in partisan fights.

“And that brings me directly to why I’m here to night.  What after all, is a Democrat like me doing at a Republican convention like this?”  And that one got a huge roar from the crowd – they really like him.  “Well, I’ll tell you what, I’m here to support John McCain because country matters more than party.”  A GREAT quote, and the crowd really liked that one.  And he’s now swaying his message a little more to the conservative side, something that’ll please the Republicans, but also still attract a lot of moderate voters who are watching his speech now.

“I am here tonight for a simple reason.  John McCain is the best choice to bring our country together and lead America forward.  And dear friends, I am here tonight because John McCain’s whole life testifies to a great truth: Being a Democrat or a Republican is important, but it is nowhere near as important as being an American.”  Again, a great unity quote, but one that still doesn’t anger the Republican base.

Now he’s talking about both candidates ending partisan gridlock in Washington, and saying that only John McCain has actually shown that he will do this.

He’s saying that John McCain thinks that it shouldn’t take a natural disaster to teach politicians that people don’t care about what party you’re from, but that people just want their every-day problems solved.

John McCain will “put our country first” – and he said that that’s something that John McCain has done every day.

He’s talking about McCain doing campaign finance laws, and the 9/11 Commission, and national security reforms, all of these working across the aisle, as well as working across the aisle to get support for nominations of Supreme Court justices as well as other federal judges.

“My Democratic friends know all about John’s record of independence and accomplishment.  And you see, that’s why I think some of them are spending so much time and so much money trying to convince the American people that John McCain is someone else.  I am here to tell you what I think you know.  But I want to speak to the people out there–don’t be fooled by some of these political statements and advertisements.  God only made one John McCain, and he is his own man.”  And that got a HUGE response from the crowd.  And like I’ve been saying all throughout his speech, this  is  Lieberman trying to make John McCain look appealing to independents and undecideds.  Lieberman isn’t at this convention to speak to Republicans.  He’s at this convention to get media attention hoping that it’ll catch the eyes and ears of people OUTSIDE of the convention hall.

“If John McCain was just another go-along partisan politician, he never would’ve taken on corrupt Republican lobyists, or big corporations that were cheating the American people or powerful colleagues in Congress who were wasting taxpayer money, but he did.  If John McCain was another go-along politician, he never would’ve led the fight to fix our broken immigration system or acutally do something about global warming, but he did.  As a matter of fact friends, if John McCain is just another partisan Republican, then I’m Michael Moore’s favorite Democrat, and I’m not!”  That was a pretty good quote at the end.  And overall, it was good to consistently push McCain as a moderate and a reformer, although that point is getting a little old now.  The speech is seeming very redundant to me.

“And I think you know that I’m not.  Senator Barack Obama is a gifted and eloquent young man” who can do great things for us in the future, but eloquence isn’t a substitute for a good record, especially not during these tough times for America.  It was good for a Democratic caucuser to say that Obama is not experienced, especially since it came from one of his Senat colleagues.

“In the Senate [Obama] has not reached across party lines to accomplish anything significant, nor has he been willing to take on powerful interest groups in the Democratic party to get something done.”  That’s good.  Not only is he showing what McCain has done to be a moderate, he’s showing how Obama has NOT been a moderate.

Talking about contrasting Obam with Bill Clinton.  Saying at least Clinton accomplished welfare reform (I bet that wasn’t too popular at the convention) and a balanced budget.

Now he’s on to talking about Governor Palin, talking about her being a reformer and taking on special interest groups and reaching across party lines.  “She is a leader we can count on to help John shake up Washingotn.”

“I sincerely believe that the real ticket for change this year is the McCain/Palin ticket.”  And that’s great – he’s taking Obama’s main point and saying that it shouldn’t be Obama’s point, but McCain’s.

“The Washington beaurocrats and the power brokers are not going to be able to build a pen that will hold in these 2 mavericks.  It’s just not possible.  Together, I think we can count on John and Sarah to fight for American and to fight for you, the American people, and that’s what our country needs most right now.”  It’s good for him to use the maverick description, especially after so many people have said that McCain isn’t really a maverick.

Talking about dangerous enemies in the world.  “What America needs now … is not more party unity [but] more national unity.”  A good quote that again appeals to the moderates.

He’s talking about this being true because we’re a country at war.  He’s talking about McCain having “the guts and the judgment to sound the alarm about the mistakes we were making in Iraq” and about Obama wanting to cut funding from troops on the battlefield.  He’s talking about McCain supporting the surge, and the surge was successful.  He’s talking about troops coming home and coming home in honor, all because of the surge, and attributing a lot of that to McCain.  And that’s someting that appeals to everybody.  Nobody (well almost nobody) dislikes the troops.

He’s talking about McCain being liked and respected by leaders across the globe.  “John McCain will be a President our allies will trust and our enemies will fear, and that’s the kind of President we need in today’s world.”  A great quote, again one that will appeal to everybod, since we’ve been seen as a country who’s hurt our relationships with our allies.

“I want to speak directly to my fellow Democrats and independents … I know many of you are angry and frustrated by our government and our politics today, and for good reason.  You may be thinking about voting for John McCain but you’re not sure yet.  Some of you may never have voted for a Republican before, and frankly in an ordinary election, you probably never would.  But I want you to believe with me that this is no ordinary election … because these are not ordinary times.  And trust me, John McCain is no ordinary candidate.”  Good.  He’s appealing to (and talking directly to) independents and Democrats, and doing a good job of trying to sway them over.

“You may not agree with John McCain on every issue, but you can always count on him to be straight with you on where he stands, and to stand for what he thinks is right for our country regardless of the politics. … You can count on John McCain to be what he is naturally–a restless reformer who will clean up Washington and get our government working again for all of the American people.”  Appealing to everybody as a whole, which in itself appeals to moderates – he’s doing a good job, a bit redundant, but a good job.

“So tonight, I want to ask you, whether you are an independent, a Reagan Democrat, a Clinton Democrat, or just a plain old Democrat, this year, when you vote for President, vote for the person you believe is best for our country, not for the party you happen to belong to.”  A great quote again – and that appeals to almost every Lieberman fan out there.  And that’s something that EVERYBODY should do in EVERY election – dont’ vote for the party!  Vote for the PERSON!

He’s saying, vote for McCain, because he’s always put America first.  “My friends, I appeal to Democrats, independents, and Republicans.  Let’s come together this November to make a great Ameraican patriot, John McCain, our next great President.  Thank you.  God bless you, and God bless America.”

And there you have it.  Joe Lieberman’s speech, mainly targetted at Democrats and Independents, since, obviously, he’s not going to sway many Republicans who haven’t already been swayed.

Overall, I liked it, but it was kinda redundant.  Like President Bush’s, I’ll give this one an 8/10.

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Analysis of President George Bush’s Speech to the RNC

September 3, 2008

Alright, I know this isn’t live, but I got stuck in a meeting, so here’s my analysis of George Bush’s speech:

We’ve got Laura Bush talking right now, introducing her husband, President Bush.

President Bush comes on screen, from the White House.  He’s talking about Hurricane Gustav, saying that it’s good that the damage wasn’t as bad as we feared it could be, and thanked the Governors of the states in  that region, and thanked volunteers.

“I want to share some thoughts about our nominee–a great American, and the next President of the United States, John McCain.”

Now he’s saying hello to his parents, who are at the convention.

He’s talking about knowing what it takes to be President and detailing stuff he’s done in and out of the Oval Office, from viewing reports to going overseas.

“John McCain’s life has prepared him to make those choices.  He is ready to lead this nation.”  Good quote – showing the contrast between McCain and Obama, who the McCain camp is painting as not ready to lead.

You can tell he must be in a hurry.  He’s cutting the audience off as they cheer, and they seem to be getting the hint that this speech can’t go too long.

Now he’s detailing McCain being looked up to in the Navy, and him making good choices there.

“As an elected public servant, he earned the respect of colleagues of both parties, as a man to follow when there’s a tough call to make.  John McCain’s life is a story of service above self.  40 years ago in an enemy prison camp, Lt. Commander McCain was offered release ahead of others who had been held longer.  His wounds were so severe, that anyone would’ve understood if he had accepted.  John refused.  For that selfless decision, he suffered nearly 5 more beatings and isolation.  When he was released, his arms had been broken, but not his honor.”  And that got a huge response from the crowd.

“Fellow citizens, if the Hanoi Hilton could not break John McCain’s resolve to do what is best for his country, you can be sure the angry left never will.”  That’s a great quote.  And Cindy McCain looks both so happy and so proud.

“John has the heart of a protector.”  And that’s a good contrast from showing him as a tough war hero to also a loving dad (he had been talking about the McCains as parents).

“John is a leader who knows that human life is fragile–that human life is precious–that human life must be defended.”  And again, Cindy looks so proud.

“John is a steadfast opponent of wasteful spending.”  And that one of the things I love about McCain, is his completely anti-pork stance.

Now he’s talking about keeping tax relief permanent, and investing in energy technologies and lifting the ban off of offshore drilling.

“John is an independent man, who thinks for himself.  He’s not afraid to tell you when he disagrees–believe me, I know!”  President Bush’s face and mannerismsthere were pretty funny, and that got a pretty good laugh out of the crowd, but he makes a good point.  McCain has been willing to stand up for what he believes, something that’s not seen too often in politics, especially when standing up for what you believe means disagreeing with a President who’s a member of your own party.

“No matter what the issue, this man is honest and speaks straight from the heart.”  Basically saying what I just said.

Now he’s talking about the Democrats cutting funding for Iraq, Bush talking about using a surge of troops and McCain backing that decision.  And Cindy, again, looks so happy and proud.  And McCain was right, the surge worked!

“Some told him that his early and consistent call for more troops would put his presidential campaign at risk.  He told them that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war–that is the kind of courage and vision we need in our next commander and chief.”  A great quote from McCain, and great use of it by Bush.

Talking about needing a President who will “stay on the offense” after September 11th.  “The man we need is John McCain.”  Talking about terrorism, and keeping terrorist attacks from happening again.

“When he takes office next January, John will have an outstanding leader at his side.  America will have a strong and principled Vice President in the Governor of the great state of Alaska, Sarah Palin.”  And it’s good to show that Bush supports Palin as well.

“Americans have always lived on the sunrise side of the mountain.  We are a nation that looks to the new day with confidence and optimism.  And I’m optimistic about our future, because I believe in the goodness and wisdom of the American people.  I’m optimistic becauseI have faith in freedom’s power to lift up all of God’s children and lead this world to a future of peace.  And I am optimistic about something else.  When the debates have ended, and all the ads have run, and it is time to vote, Americans will look closely at the judgment, the experience, and the policies of the candidates, and they will cast their ballots for the McCain/Palin ticket.”  A lot of good quotes there.  It’s basically taking the complete opposite imagery of what the Democrats have been painting – that Bush has lead us into this dark and gloomy time of American history.  Bush then comes and says that we’re liek a sunrise, and that things are going to get better with McCain.  He’s not trying to defend his Presidency, his focus is on McCain and that McCain is going to lead us through the hard times.

“Though I’m not with you in the Twin Cities on this wonderful night for our party, with Laura Bush speaking, you have clearly traded up.”  Talking about Laura.  “Laura has been a fantastic First Lady.  Thank you Laura, and thanksto all of you in the hall tonight.  God bless you, and God bless America.”

And there you have it – George Bush’s speech.  It wasn’t a GREAT speech, but it was a pretty good speech (actually better than what I figured it’d be for a Bush speech).  He got the party energized, and took people from being in this sad mood of the Hurricane into a happier mood.  He emphasized that McCain is our nominee and that he’s proud that he’s our nominee.  He’s said that Sarah Palin is a great running mate, and he seems genuinly optimistic about November.

Overall, I’d give that speech an 8/10.

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McCain Deserves Respect for His Military Service (This Is Directed Toward You, John Aravosis)

July 16, 2008

So, back in late June (I’ve had this one in the qeue for a while), John Aravosis from AMERICAblog, wrote a post, “Honestly, besides being tortured, what did McCain do to excel in the military?

Here’s some excerpts from the post:

… Yes, we all know that John McCain was captured and tortured in Vietnam (McCain won’t let you forget). A lot of people don’t know, however, that McCain made a propaganda tape for the enemy while he was in captivity. Putting that bit of disloyalty aside, what exactly is McCain’s military experience that prepares him for being commander in chief? … simply being a vet, as laudable as it is, doesn’t really tell you much about someone’s qualifications for being commander in chief. If McCain is going to play the “I was tortured” card every five minutes as a justification for electing him president, then he shouldn’t throw a hissy fit any time any one asks to know more about his military experience. Getting shot down, tortured, and then doing propaganda for the enemy is not command experience. …

McCain is guilty of “disloyalty”!  John, how the heck is that disloyalty?  Did it break protocol, yes.  Did he reveal any military information to the Vietnamese?  No.  The Viet Cong’s goal in torturing him in that instance wasn’t to gain military information.  It was to humiliate the POWs.  John, you are in essence, finishing what the Vietnamese started.  By humiliating him for giving in to the torture (which he withstood many times, to a point that I’m pretty sure is WAY past your breaking point) you are no better than the Viet Cong.

Look at the comments left in response to your post.  A lot of them disagreeing with you are military members or veterans, some of which have experienced torture.

You’ve never experienced pain like McCain’s, so you have no right to demean him for what he did.  McCain served this country, and he served it proudly, and we ALL ought to honor him for that.

As to your question, McCain understands war (even if it’s not to the level that a general would), and Obama doesn’t.  McCain has been in battle – he has a knowledge of how to fight.  Obama doesn’t.  It doesn’t take a great general to win a war – it takes soldiers.

Go out and talk with some Vietnam veterans – listen to their stories and the pain they went through.  Maybe then you’ll learn to respect the people that are fighting to keep you free.

Just a note, I had read about John’s story first on a column writen by Leonard Pitts, Jr., “Service Demands Respect,” which can be read here.  I’d encourage you to check it out.

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McCain Deserves Respect from ALL Americans for His Service

March 20, 2008

OK, so I was on reddit and got in a debate with some Ron Paul supporter named Private_Freedom (warning – that link goes straight to his profile where he has posted some disgusting and perverted comments) who criticized McCain for serving his country:  Here’s the original conversation (edited for swearing), also available here (my posts are in gray, his in black:

McCain is a f*cking uneducated, lazy, angry, war-mongering and stupid excuse for a candidate. The puppet master Rockefellers WANT to maintain the occupation of the middle east to prop up the value of a WORTHLESS piece of paper by enforcing the pricing of oil in dollars.

Iraq’s oil went off the dollar in 2000, so they were invaded, and immediately went back to dollars. Iran is doing the same thing, and now they too are being threatened.

McCain is a f*cking TOOL for the NWO. The sad thing is that he honestly thinks he is doing the right thing, the idiot.

The Viet Cong should never have released his *ss out of their concentration camp. But then again, if they didn’t, then I would be saying the same thing to whoever the NWO would have replaced him with.

Saying that a POW never should’ve been released is un-American and disgustingly inhumane – I don’t care how much you disagree with his politics.

I don’t care how much you disagree with me!

If his politics were kept to himself, then I would not have said what I said.

But because his politics affect ME, and MY LIFE, negatively, THEN I have every right to say his *ss should have been left in the camp. He is an evil and vindictive man.

And BTW, being “American” means being able to have your own f*cking opinion, not being subservient to tyrants just because they are American. If you say bad things about Jeffrey Dalmer [later changed to the correct spelling, “Dahmer”], are you “unamerican”?

You are a sheep, a f*cking tool, a peon, a serf for the state.

F*ck off and grow a pair, *sshole.

Jeffrey Dahmer you mean?

And just because you don’t honor people who were willing to give their lives to protect you doesn’t mean that I have to grow a pair.

Go out there yourself you selfish idiot – grow a pair and go out and defend this country – or you could just leave and make the country a better place.

“Defend this country”???

From WHAT?

Terrorism is a f*cking HOAX, designed solely so that the NWO can take control of middle eastern oil. Only way to prop up US dollar.

Osama Bin Laden was a CIA agent, he was paid by the CIA to fight the Russians.

The WTC attacks were an inside job. WTC 7 came down like a controlled demolition when it wasn’t even hit by a plane, there was a 10,000% increase in put options on the two airline companies in the days before the false flag attacks, Steven Jones conducted a chemical analysis on the WTC debris and found THERMATE in it, the list goes on and on.

And your attempt at guilt, well, if someone risked their lives to fight against Vietnam, ANOTHER bullsh*t war, and that person turned out to be a tyrant, he deserves no respect.

Don’t be a f*cking SHEEP.

So, if the Iraq War is a “bullsh*t [censor was placed in original text] war,” are our soldiers over there also deserving of no respect?

OK, please understand this:

You must always be wary of making the huge error of taking your own position and views, and then assuming that the rest of the country thinks the same as you.

The reason you should not do this is because you are not at all concerned with the truth when you do this, you are actually simply wanting to be in the majority, so that your weak personality won’t feel so detached from the rest of mankind. So you ASSUME you are in the majority. Well, I have some news for you that you might find surprising.

I don’t think you quite understand the extent of the country’s beliefs. Have you even bothered to research the polls that are taken regarding 9/11? You obviously have not, because in poll after poll, it is actually YOU who is in the minority. Over 60% of the population believes the government was involved in the attacks.

Now, I personally do not by any means imply that MY concept of truth is derived by polls. I believed that the government was behind it as soon as it happened, when the majority of the population were immediately conditioned to blame “islamic extremists”. On that day, all the news outlets were reporting that Osama was behind the attacks. How would they know so soon? At any rate, the “normal” American is in agreement with ME, NOT you.

Second, the Iraq OCCUPATION (notice I did not say “War”) IS complete bullsh*t, as the “normal” American now knows to be true, hence it’s infamy.

“We” do not have “soldiers”. The soldiers are forced to be created. I have never hired a soldier to protect me, and I don’t intend to, because I KNOW in my heart that there is nobody in the world who would want to kill me so that having a soldier protector is justified. It’s called personal choice.

Those soldiers in the middle east are NOT fighting for you and me. You are a f*cking KNOB if you believe that. No, the soldiers are fighting over there so that THE ELITE can maintain their standard of living, even if it means EMPOVERISHING the rest of the nation, which is what these occupations are doing.

Your life is being HARMED by wars, occupations, soldiers, missiles, tanks, guns, and death.

Those soldiers over in the middle east DESERVE ZERO RESPECT FROM ME, because I did not ask for their sucking me dry of my lifeblood to secure oil fields so that the NWO can stay in their mansions without working for them.

Those f*cking god d*mn “soldiers”, or rather hired goons, are KILLING and RAPING children, they are KILLING innocent people, they are TORTURING people, they are F*CKING EVIL!!

How in god’s name can you support people who fucking TORTURE other people for fun? WHat are you, some kind of sick f*ck?

F*CK YOU YOU F*CKING SICK F*CK!!

What polls? Zogby and 2 Scripps Howard Polls say that most Americans believe that the Government did NOT do it.According to CBS, 65% in 2002 and 53% in 2006 said that the government was hiding something, but that doesn’t mean that they did it.

The soldiers really don’t have a choice – if you’re in the military, you have to go.It sounds like you’re just some anti-war hippie who didn’t get enough dope today so you’re kinda crabby (and I never said that I wanted America to be in Iraq, but we’re there – we need to put Senator Hagel’s plan into action, move our troops to the border and let the Iraqis deal with the civil war).

And how are the soldiers “forced to be created?” Are you referring to defense contractors – because I will agree that we shouldn’t have mercenaries over there, but our Marines and Army men and Navy men and Air Force men are over there (I have friends over there) – so no they aren’t “created” – our soldiers are over there dying. Show some respect.

Ahhh…there’s the rub: “just some anti-war hippie”, and “show some respect”.

  1. What difference does it make who I am? Focus on ideas only; and
  2. NO! I will NOT show respect to those who are KILLING and RAPING children, and TORTURING people. YOU can respect that behaviour, which would make you a sick f*ck, but I certainly will NOT condone nor respect that behaviour. It is UNBELEIVABLE that you think there is such thing as people who are so-called “above moral judgments”. THAT is exactly the f*cking attitude at play and why we are so hated around the world. The government and military talks talks talks about morality, but they are some of the most immoral people in the world.

Really, you respect torture, rape and killing of innocent people? I don’t want to hear any of that “it’s just a few bad apples sh*t”. This problem is WIDESPREAD.

I could give a f*ck if you have friends in Iraq. If you have friends in Iraq, your judgments for picking friends STINKS.

And YES, the soldiers ARE created. They are created by dangling a money carrot in front of poverty stricken teens, who believe there is no other path to take. It is the GOVERNMENT who decides HOW MUCH money is available for the military. Since the money the government offers is either stolen via taxation or counterfeited via inflation, those soldiers that are created on the back of that immoral funding are THEMSELVES IMMORAL.

What would you think if the government decided one day to steal everyone’s money savings throuh taxation, hire a bunch of soldiers (population of which is available now that business is so weak due to high taxation and theft, which will result in massive unemployment)? Would you think that the 300 million American soldiers now in existence should be RESPECTED simply because they are soldiers?

If not, then why would you think it is true if “only some” soldiers are created via less taxation. In both cases, they would NOT exist to nearly the same extent if paying the soldiers was voluntary, which would be REAL DEMOCRACY in action. If soldiers are being funded by massive counterfeiting and theft, THEN THEY ARE NOT REPRESENTING ME AT ALL. They are actually fighting for a small section of the population only, namely the government and international bankers.

You have been so incredibly BRAINWASHED into thinking that troops NEED to be supported ipso facto, simply because they are troops. You do not care how they act, what they do, who they kill, who they rape, who they torture. You do not care because you have already long ago, it seems, DEHUMANIZED the Iraqi population. You have dehumanized these people into something LESS THAN HUMAN, because in all your f*cking babbling, you never once mentioned the innocent people getting killed, you only focus on American soldiers and whether they have air conditioning, and the support of the population over here.

You are an evil, corrupt, brainwashed, sheepified, dumbified, stupified, f*cking anti-human ANIMAL, who would be in an insane asylum if this country were more enlightened. But because this country is being led by psychos, psychosis is ENCOURAGED in the population. This means YOU.

You are a sick f*ck. I cannot believe there are people like you in this world who can honestly think that innocent humans can be treated so terribly.

F*CK YOU!

And what proof do you have that all of our soldiers are rapists?

And I’m not the one who would be in an assylum. I’m not the one behiving like a vulgar animal / somebody with Tourette’s syndrome.

And we’re killing children over there because some of the children are killing us – it’s not just like our troops just shoot at anybody they see – it’s not some fun game for them.

IT IS A FUN GAME!!!!

And nice f*cking try to twist my words. I never said ALL the soldiers are rapists. I said it is WIDESPREAD.

And Proof? You want PROOF?? Have you been living under a ROCK for the last 8 years???

You are a fool.

And yes, the soldiers ARE killing and raping Iraqis FOR FUN.

Geez, all you gave to do is f*cking GOOGLE it!! You are so incredibly LAZY. You are a typical fat f*ck American that makes us look so bad.

Proof soldiers are RAPING children:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/07/09/soldiers.charged/index.html

Proof soldiers are TORTURING innocent Iraqis:

http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/04/30/iraq.photos/

Proof soldiers are KILLING FOR FUN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FD1jHueZZc

(you have to log in to view this completely SICK video).

So, again, EDUCATE YOURSELF YOU SICK F*CK!!

The soldiers are EVIL!!!

Also, there’s no proof that the tortured Iraqis were innocent (not that we should be using torture).

Also, in the video of of killing for fun, your video says at the end, “No unarmed people were hurt during shooting” – you don’t know the background – how do you know that those people weren’t terrorists.

And no, it’s not a fun game – ask my friends who risk their lives over there.

You’re HOPELESS.

I cannot believe how you can sleep at night.

You should REALLY look into your soul and think about what kind of a person you are because, quite frankly, you seem like a regular guy, but with a psychotic conscience.

Maybe you would be good at torturing people if there is ever a draft. That can be your job and I am sure you will enjoy every minute of it.

Maybe it’s the food or the water, but this country really is filled with a bunch of philosophical and intellectual psychos just like you.

You should stay at home and play video games. That way you won’t be a menace to society.

You didn’t respond to my points – your own video claims that no unarmed people were hurt.

And I said that I don’t support torture – so no, I wouldn’t be good at it.

Now address my point – how were they just killing for fun if no unarmed people were hurt?

Uh…did you not see the guy on the road?? Did you not read the title of the video?? Are you insane??

Answers:

Yes, but not important Yes, but not important Yes, but not important

More proof for a moron like yourself:

http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=24806

http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/77064/

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/47B84A27-4CB3-4589-9D48-F68B0DB4AFB6.htm

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article17393.htm

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/jul2007/civi-j17.shtml

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006/07/01/news/nation/12_01_146_30_06.txt

And for the record, YOU did not respond to MY points.

You simply stay in your bubble and refuse to raise your consciousness.

A title doesn’t mean anything – I can title a video of a cat dancing “Dog eating a muffin” – the end of the video says that no unarmed people were hurt.

And you’re just giving examples – sure these things happen, but not on a widespread scale. These bad soldiers account for a minute amount of all of the soldiers that are over there. I’m not defending them – I’m defending the rest of them.

Keep your head in the sand.

At least that way the world won’t have to listen to your assinine false flag, patriotism propaganda.

I’m done with your ignorant *ss.

KILL ALL F*CKING IRAQI WOMEN AND CHILDREN!!!

So it ends with you refusing to answer my question – because you know that you don’t have an answer. No innocent Iraqis were killed, so you resort to just quitting.

So, it ended with me winning because he posted a video without looking at it, and he claimed that innocent Iraqis were killed, when the video itself says otherwise.

I post all of this to say that no matter what party somebody is from, if they served or are serving their country in the military, they deserve respect for that (with exceptions for people who are dishonorably discharged or some of the people at Abu Ghraib, etc…).

It saddens me and angered me (and I tried to stay as civil as possible, but I jost lost it with the guy) that people think of our soldiers like that, and the comment about the Viet Cong not releasing McCain was just inhumane and DISGUSTING!

Done Ranting,

Ranting Republican
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