Archive for September, 2008

Never Forget

Posted in Ethics & Morality, Society on September 11th, 2008

Never Forget, Never Forgive

May the Gods bless America with Vision to find those who have wronged us and murdered among us, with the strength of Arm to chastise them and bring them before the Gods for judgment, and the Will to use our Vision and our the strength of our Arm wreak our retribution upon our enemies and bring them low and into dust.

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Inside Terrorism (Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare)
Terrorism: A History (Themes in History)
Society: The Basics (13th Edition)
The Mysterious Benedict Society Complete Paperback Collection
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures

On Palin and Gender

Posted in 2008 Election on September 5th, 2008

Alaska’s Governor Sarah, Palin has been chosen by Senator John McCain to be his Vice Presidential nominee and running mate in the 2008 US presidential elections. The vast majority of people – certainly almost all of the Left – believe that Gov. Palin was chosen solely because of her gender. The general assumption among the Democrats is that her nomination was nothing beyond a poorly executed pandering to the die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters who feel so abused and maligned by the Democratic Party and the Obama campaign.

I truly wonder if this was the case. This does not mean that I believe the the GOP is beyond such tactics. It merely means that I do not hold them in such contempt that I believe they would execute any campaign strategy that poorly.

It’s absolutely no secret that McCain wanted Sen. Joe Lieberman as his VP. Lieberman was an politically unacceptable choice though. An ex-Democrat now Independent who ran with Al Gore in the 2000 election wasn’t going to be acceptable to the GOP or their conservative base. McCain had to choose another running mate. That’s where it gets interesting.

Palin based on her political views – especially her hatred of government corruption – was always a fine choice for McCain’s VP.  Much of her – albeit limited – political history shows that she was a good match for the “maverick” McCain. Alas, she was a woman and the GOP could not be expected to accept a female VP candidate. Then along came Hillary and the resulting rather bitter schism within the Democrats. Suddenly a female VP candidate was politically viable.

So the question becomes did McCain choose Palin as his running mate because she was a woman or did he choose her for political positions and cultural views despite or irrespective of her being a woman thanks to Clinton making it palatable to the GOP?

The Left will tell you the reason was the former, but I believe it was the latter.  Palin bring far to much to McCain’s campaign from within the Right and so little from the Left that it’s ridiculous to think that the McCain and the GOP would have chosen her in order to pander to Hillary’s supporters.

Related Reading:

Atlas of the 2008 Elections
TIME John McCain: A Patriot's Life, 1936-2018
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries)