By Rev. Lainie Dowell
Reprint: New Media Journal
First things first. If the selection of Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), as the 2008 VP running mate of Republican Presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) does not signal he is serious about bringing change to America through the Republican Party, then I don't know what does.
With the prominent "Country First" theme of the 2008 McCain-Palin ticket, hardly anybody could miss that their ongoing intent is to reach outside of the Washington beltway thinking to middle America and put forth policies which will be in the best interest of America and for all Americans beyond party affiliation.
Every time I hear any spokespersons and pundits who are working on behalf of Democrat Presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) and his VP running mate, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) ridicule the McCain-Palin adoption of the theme, "change," and then see how they try to convince onlookers that is not the case, I cannot help but wonder if the Obamiacs are deaf, dumb, and blind or whether they actually do believe that Americans are?
All we have to do is to literally take a look at the Republican ticket to see there is a clear intent to foster change within the political process from the outset, especially when compared with the misleading "hope and change" theme of the Democrat Party, which has been anything but hopeful and moving towards fostering change.
During the primary campaigns, we got an inside look at the Democrat contenders. And the more we looked on, the clearer it became that Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) was far more qualified than Obama to even consider running him for the Office of President. Nevertheless, the Obama-Chicago mafia kicked in through his interferrence with the superdelegate process and kicked Clinton out of the running.
Not only that, but Obama also blew an opportunity to demonstrate his personal commitment to "change" the "ole boy" Washington beltway of doing business by breaking the mold to select a woman as his running mate, as Mondale did in 1984, when he chose Geraldine Ferraro, albeit during their failed bid for the presidency.
Nonetheless, in 2008, even after Clinton had graciously stepped aside despite having a reported following of approximately 10M female supporters, Obama didn't even entertain the thought of bringing her on as his VP running mate. Instead, he chose Biden, a man who couldn't even get enough votes to show that he was making a serious attempt during his own run for the White House. Not only that, but Clinton did all that she could to encourage her 10M female supporters to switch their allegience to Obama for the sake of the Democrat Party.
Many DEMs were quoted as saying that, given the circumstances, even if Obama had chosen Clinton as his VP, they still would not have been persuaded to vote for that ticket having her on the bottom half. In fact, many of Clinton's supporters rebelled outright and, instead, jumped onto the McCain political bandwagon, calling themselves either PUMAs (i.e., party unity my a * * ) and some even began to identify themselves as Clinton supporters for McCain. Such was their total disillusionment and distrust of the idea of an Obama presidency in the Oval office.
Even now, Americans are being inundated with a daily onslaught of evidence that neither Obama nor Biden, two of the most leftest-leaning and acting people in the nation, are qualified to take the helm in 2009. And, if that should be the case, God forbid, then this country will kiss America good-bye, as we know it.
With McCain-Palin, at least we can hope the change they will bring about will be multiplied many times over with benefits geared towards keeping America safe and strong.
With Obama-Biden, we can already see that they hope to bring about change that will take America from the hands of Americans and press it into the ungodly clutches of death and devastation under their stepped up plans for socialism and a police state, unless they are soundly defeated at the polls on November 4th.
Under the current circumstances, this is decidedly and unapologetically not a time for bipartisan rhetoric, hand holding, and hugging. When I was a child, I remember hearing my late, beautiful and saintly mother say every now and then that a situation was enough to make you cuss. While she didn't, she would spell a word or two. And this is one situation in which I certainly do subscribe to the mindset of PUMA. And that's just the way it is when I think about having to endure a possible Obama Administration.
This is the time for plain talk and I can speak the language of the natives, too. We can go on from there to foster the kind of change that will infuse this nation with hope and all that it entails.
VOTE 2008 - McCain-Palin! Keep America American! And, as Gov. Sarah Palin might put it, "You betcha!"