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Dear Barack,

I’ve noticed that you are now just about neck and neck with John McCain and I imagine that is sort of a scary thing for you. It is for me too. So, I thought I might share a couple of ideas with you on how you (we) can counter the Palin bump. That’s what it is you know – a bump. Ever since Sarah joined the ticket everybody is coming out to see Johnny; before that he was lucky to get three guys and a mule to attend one of his boring Town Hall meetings. But wait, Barack, there’s the clue!  See where I’m going yet?

OK.  You know how the other day your Vice Presidential candidate – what was his name again? Oh, yes.  Senator Biden, right. Well, Senator Biden was talking to a group of people and he made the (to me anyway) very intriguing comment that Hillary Clinton was not only qualified to be president or vice-president, but she was probably even MORE qualified that he was! Did you hear that? Yeah, it was on TV and everything. Well, I got to thinking about that and, you know, that may not be a bad idea.  Here’s what I would do: somewhere along the line, but not too far down the line, you have Senator Biden announce that he just can’t go on with this charade any more because he knows in his heart that he is not the right person to be VP. Then he says he is dropping out and says he hopes you will find someone better qualified than him. Follow me so far? OK.

Then you say a lot of nice things about ol’ Joe and then you make the surprise announcement that Hillary is now your vice presidential nominee! Great idea, huh? In fact, just to have maximum effect, you could announce this whole thing that day before the vice presidential candidates debate! Boy, I’ll bet that would make Sarah drop her AK47. Think of it. Then it would be Hillary against Sarah and you against Johnny. It’s a sure win and by doing this just before the debate it will be too late for Johnny to try to copy you and dump Sarah! You’ll be almost guaranteed to win!

But wait. I have another idea.  Look, first of all, you have to stop beginning all your sentences with “Look”. See, it sort of implies that I’m not paying attention to you – but I am! Or, maybe it sort of implies that you are superior to me or something and you’re sort of ordering me around saying “Look!” Look at what? See what I mean? Just start your sentences in a regular sort of way without always saying, “Look”.  OK? Good. Now hold on. That’s not my idea. I just wanted to squeeze in a little speaking advice for you. Here’s idea number two:

Look, taxes are a big issue and you’re just not cashing in on the subject (please excuse the pun).  Johnny says you are going to raise taxes and I know you have a formula where the lower income people will actually have a tax decrease and the rich people will pay more taxes, but it’s too complicated for some people to understand (no, really. It is.)  And Johnny is having a field day with his distortions of your position and a lot of people fall for that, not realizing that Johnny is leading them straight into tax Hell.  So, I have a plan – a simplified plan – a plan that is so easy to understand that even a redneck idiot (I’m sorry, is it politically incorrect to call them idiots? Should I have said mentally challenged or something?) could figure it out in a split second, and it’s also pretty much guaranteed to win you the election all by itself! Interested? I thought so.  Read on…

My new tax plan is based upon a simple concept (this is just between you and me) called the median American income. In case you weren’t paying attention in the fifth grade when Mrs. O’Leary was explaining the difference between a median and an average, median means the halfway point.  In other words, if I tell you that the median American income is $50,000, that means half of the U.S. population makes more than that and half makes less. Pretty simple concept, right?  As it turns out the median American income is just about $50,000, maybe a little more, but not much. If you look at the number of people who make less than $100,000 you will find there’s way more than half the population in that crowd.  I don’t know the exact number, but I’m guessing it must be at least 75% of the total American population.

OK. Now, I have to take a moment to give credit to the inspiration for my idea. His name is Willie Sutton.  In case you haven’t heard of him, Willie was a notorious bank robber back in the 1920s and 1930s. While he was in jail (he spent a lot of time in jail) he was interviewed by a reporter who wrote that he asked Willie, “Why do you rob banks?” Willie famously replied, “Because that’s where the money is.”  Willie later denied he ever made that statement, which was a dumb thing to do because it’s really the only thing he’s famous for.

Anyway, if you start thinking along Willie’s line there and how it could apply to taxes you pretty quickly come to the conclusion that if you are the government and you need to raise money you should tax the rich “because that’s where the money is”. Makes sense right? Yeah, it’s actually obvious when you think about it. So, here’s the plan: you state a new, simplified tax policy if you are elected. The policy says that people who make less than $100,000 a year will pay NO INCOME TAX.  None. Zip. Nada. Zero. This would be about 75% of the population, as I already said. People who make more that $100,000 will pay a bunch more than they used to. In fact the tax rate will be determined by how much money the government needs but it’ll be a graduated rate. Maybe the people who make only $101,000 will pay a 30% tax while those who make over 50 million will pay a 50% tax, and those who make over a billion will pay  90% tax. No forms to fill out or anything – just do the calculation and send the money in. I’ll let you figure out the details.  I figure the government can easily rake in as much money this way as it does now, and hey, these rich people can afford it too, right?

But here’s the beauty of the idea: 75% of the people will be overjoyed and are guaranteed to vote for you!  They don’t pay any taxes at all under your plan!!!  On the other hand, 25% of the people will be mad as Hell, of course. But who cares? You win! And even better, John McCain can’t steal the idea like he stole your “Change” thing. Think about it. If he tried to take this and turn it around so only the poorest 25% of the people paid taxes the country would go bankrupt in about three days, because they don’t have any money! The Republicans can never do this!! They will hate it, but you will win by a landslide!

Well, Barack, there you have it: a couple of surefire ways to win the election. What do you think? Pretty good, huh?  No, no, no. Don’t thank me….. I’m just here to help.

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Maybe they’re just karma chameleons.  It’s all just so confusing. There is an old Chinese proverb that says “A tiger does not change its stripes”, but these two “Republicans” seem to be trying to get off that bandwagon faster than you can say “Dick Cheney”.  Suddenly, these two characters are now calling themselves the candidates of “Change”.  It’s Johnny’s new mantra: “Change is Coming!”  Hold on Johnny boy, hold on just one pea pickin’ minute here. Didn’t you and your new gal say you were Republicans? And aren’t Republicans supposed to be CONSERVATIVES?  And doesn’t conservative mean you like things the way they are and you don’t want to change? Sure it does.  That’s why all the rich folk are Republicans – they have their money and they want to keep it that way.

Johnny, think about this for a minute.  Remember a few months ago when you said you were willing to stay in Iraq for a hundred years? You do remember, right? Your memory isn’t changing on us, is it?  OK…. Well, what happened to that? You don’t talk about that any more. Is that because George Bush has basically agreed to Barack Obama’s plan to pull U.S. troops out in a couple of years? Does that mean you’ll put them back in when you are President?  Johnny, you say you are a maverick, which basically is a way of saying you are a rebel. You just don’t go along with the way the people in charge want to do things. Is that correct?  OK.  Then why did you vote for George Bush’s policies 90% of the time?  Doesn’t it seem that the only thing that is changing here is your memory of what you have done?

OK, Johnny.  We’re just trying to understand you. Just tell us, are you for the Bush policies or against them? Is that too difficult a question? It looks like you are 90% in favor, based upon your voting record. Are we supposed to think that is a good indicator of how much “CHANGE IS COMING”?  The question I am sort of wondering about is this: does anybody on the Straight Talk Express even know what “straight talk” means?  Remember when you said you wanted to “Bomb, Bomb Iran”?  I know you do, but I’m wondering if, despite all your experience of Viet Nam, whether you take war as seriously as a lot of other people. Could it be that time really does heal all wounds and even your memory of your own suffering in war is fading? Here’s a little refresher on what happens when you do things like “Bomb, Bomb Iran”.  Remember now, Johnny?

And Sarah!!  Sarah, Sarah, Sarah… what are we to make of you? Is your memory failing too?  You said you were against the so-called Bridge to Nowhere, but have you forgotten that you were originally for it? You say you are against federal earmarks or “pork”, right? Have you forgotten that in 2000 you hired the law firm of Hoffman, Silver, Gilman, and Blasco to lobby on behalf of your home town of Wasilla, Alaska? Have you forgotten that you actually appeared in Congress in 2000 to request earmark legislation for Wasilla?  Have you forgotten that your home town received nearly $27,000,000 in federal earmarks, i.e. PORK, by 2004?  And now you are against it?  Isn’t it really true that you are actually the Queen of Pork?

Johnny and Sarah, it just looks like you two will say anything to get elected.  You say you are both mavericks now. Oh, boy. I guess that means you go wherever you want and do whatever you want, but, I wonder, how reliable are you? Is either one of you dependable in a crisis? Does anyone in the U.S. have any idea at all of what you really stand for? Johnny, you and Sarah are ready to change course in a Presidential heartbeat.  So if you tell me today that you are going to do something, how do I know you will really follow through? How do I know I can trust you? You keep changing your tune.  You are in love with change now, yet you call yourselves conservatives. You deny so many of the things you’ve done in the past and now you say, “Trust Me, Love Me, Choose Me!”

I’m sorry Johnny-boy and Sarah.  You guys are just four more years of the old Bush/Cheney deceptions. I know. I can hear the mindless chanting of the crowds: “USA ,USA, USA”.  These same people voted for Bush/Chaney – TWICE!!! Can you believe it? It is truly amazing.  I hear you when you say the solution is to DRILL NOW, even though you know it isn’t. Even though you know it is impossible. It’s just a line, isn’t it, Johnny?

You guys have got the same half of the country fooled again, just like Bush.  But it’s different now.  This country is tailspinning into an economic disaster we can’t vote for flibbertigibbets like you guys. We all know that the only thing you care about, the only thing you want is to be President and Vice President and nothing more.  We know that, Johnny.  But, you see, there’s just NO DOUBT,  it’s our lives too.

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It had to happen sometime, I suppose, but really, the first day on the job?  In her first fifteen minutes?  Perhaps it had something to do with her not writing her own speech, but instead she relied on Matthew Scully, a former George Bush, and now John McCain, speechwriter. Remember how she said that when she became governor of Alaska that she decided to get rid of the luxury jet that had been used by the former governor of Alaska? “I put it on Ebay,” she said. The Republican crowd was delighted with this no-nonsense, thrifty, straight-talking new sidekick for Johnny.  But I suppose it’s hard to really talk straight when your speechwriter writes kinda crooked.

The truth is that this “luxury” jet, a 1984 Westwind II, was rarely used by the governor of Alaska. It’s principal purpose had been to ferry prisoners to out of state prisons because Alaska, like Hawaii, doesn’t have enough prison space to house its convicts, so they export some of them to the “mainland”.  The Westwind had been used mostly for this purpose until Sarah sold it. She didn’t say that, did she? She didn’t sell it in Ebay either.   You see, no one wanted to buy it for anywhere near the asking price. Eventually, the State of Alaska sold it through a broker at a loss of $600,000.  Alaskan convicts now travel to their new prison homes in the lower 48 via commercial aircraft. Check out the Huffington Post article for more on this.

Don’t you feel just a little misled by Sarah, though?  Is this what we now call “straight talk” in the United States?  I suppose after eight years of George Bush this is about as close as we can expect to come to it. The thing is there’s more, lots more, about Sarah that raises serious concerns about her straight talkativeness.  Like, for instance, how she brags about killing the “Bridge to Nowhere”, but neglects to say that she had originally been a supporter of the bridge.  And just what is all this stuff about her cozy relationship with the Alaska Independence Party, a group that wants to secede from the Union? Check out her address to the Party

There’s much more to Sarah than meets the eye, it would seem.  If you would like to learn even more about this “Straight talker” from Alaska, see what is being said about her in the Irish Independent newspaper in a great article by Gene Kerrigan.

Grace Slick, where are you when we need you?  The truth is found to be lies, Grace, and it feels more and more like we have fallen down the rabbit hole into the land of the White Rabbit…

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It is like the Titanic hitting an iceberg as the passengers peacefully sleep in their staterooms.  Deep in the bowels of the “unsinkable” liner the crew desperately tries to shore up the cracked bulkheads; the pumps strain to empty the sea water that is pouring in, while, far above in the ballroom, the band plays on.  Last night, while most of us slept, a shudder went through our ship of state, largely unnoticed by most Americans and hardly reported on “America’s most trusted name in news”.  Instead it was the New York Times that broke the story, just about midnight Friday – long after the stock market had closed – and long before it will open again on Monday.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the banks that underpin the entire U.S. mortgage industry are, for all intents and purposes bankrupt.

Fannie and Freddie buy mortgages from banks that issue them and then they turn around and resell a lot of them to other banks worldwide. However, it’s not an entirely pass-through operation.  Fannie and Freddie also insure these mortgages so that if the purchasers of houses default on their mortgages Fannie and Freddie promise to reimburse the bank. The banks don’t lose, they can’t lose – Fannie and Freddie absorb the loss.  Fannie and Freddie are quasi-government banks, set up by the government to help make sure people can get mortgage loans from banks by taking the risk away from the banks.  It has always been an implicit understanding that the U.S. government stands behind Fannie and Freddie, and that the mighty U.S. Treasury itself, with its semi-infinite supply of money will make sure that these two banks always have enough money to bail out the banks.

Now, despite Fannie and Freddie’s economic bailing pumps running full speed, they can’t keep up with the rate of Americans defaulting on their mortgages, even those with prime mortgages!  Our ship has taken on a noticeable list, our economic engine has stopped churning the waves, and in the darkness of night the rich people on the upper deck are heading to the lifeboat stations.  Deep within the hull, out of sight of everyone, metal scrapes on metal, men scream and drown, trapped in a doomed ship with no way to escape.  Far above, champagne glasses clink and the band plays on.

The value of Fannie and Freddie stock will now drop on Monday to zero as the government steps in and takes direct control of these banks.  Fannie and Freddie stock investors have lost everything, but that is only a small concern for our Captains of Money. The really scary thing is this: there are a bunch of mortgage loans out there in the process of defaulting and no one knows exactly how much they are worth. It could be a 100 billion dollars worth, maybe more, but that is only the amount of loans currently in default. There will, undoubtedly, be more.

So how bad can it get? What is the worst case scenario? Are you sure you really want to know? OK…  Between the two of them Fannie and Freddie guarantee about $5,000,000,000,000 (five trillion dollars) in mortgages; this is an amount slightly larger than half of entire U.S. national debt.  With the takeover of Fannie and Freddie by the U.S. government, the U.S. government will now assume this liability. And guess who is on the hook to pay off these liabilities? YOU are, that’s right, the U.S. taxpayer!  Yes, my friend, you are the lucky winner today.  Care for some champagne up on the poop-deck?

See those rich folk clambering into their first class lifeboats, the ones who own the banks that own the mortages? You now owe them five trillion dollars.  A lot of them pay less income tax than you do – do you want to know why? Think about it – who do you think writes the tax laws? Heh heh…

Hold on – Hold on – Here’s some BREAKING NEWS –  BREAKING NEWS coming in from the McCain Palin camp! They have just announced a solution to our desperate, sinking, financial situation: They’re saying “DRILL NOW!”  Yes, that’s it!  It has become a chant, taking on a life of its own.  They’re shouting now, “DRILL BABY DRILL! … WE ARE ALL GEORGIANS!!! …FIGHT WITH US!!!  ….STAND UP!!! ….STAND UP!!!”

The Champions of the Rich Folkare waving gaily at us now as they board their lifeboat, semi-hidden by showers of confetti and balloons.  Half the poor, misled, people on our ship are wildly cheering them, believing in their hearts that the solution to the gargantuan gash in our financial hull is cheaper gasoline and standing up to the Russians.

As our the stern of our ship rises up and out of the cold waves, it’s comforting to know that the U.S. banks, indeed investment banks worldwide, won’t lose a dime, even as we U.S. taxpayers drown in debt. The rich folk are in their lifeboats, the financial institutions of the world remain strong, taxes for the rich remain low or non-existent, and the poor and the very poor are huddled in steerage. All is well with the world as our ship begins its final plunge, but from somewhere deep within the recesses of the cold steel hull a redneck chant is rising and growing stronger, even as we slip beneath the waves…DRILL NOW…DRILL NOW…DRILL NOW….DRILL………..

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The red, white, and blue confetti; the colored balloons that slowly dropped from the rafters and bobbed over the heads and outstretched arms of the convention goers; the echoes of his final words, “Fight With Me! Fight With Me! Fight For Justice! Stand Up! Stand Up and Fight!!!!” – they’re all gone now. The floors have been swept, and the great hall now only echoes with the sound of chairs being stacked. So, what does it all mean in the end? Is John McCain the one? Can this maverick warrior prevent this country from being drawn into a maelstrom of economic destruction? Can he raise the quality of health care in the U.S. to be anywhere near that of Canada or Norway? Can he improve the quality of education so that our student’s test scores will no longer rank below those of almost every European country, as well as Korea, Japan, and Canada? (Click here to learn more about our student’s comparative test scores.) Or, will this one-dimensional, old soldier draw us into yet another stupid war for oil with shouts like “Today, we are all Georgians!” (Click here to watch a segment of his speech.)

One of the things I wonder about Johnny is this: will he be there when you need him? He’s proud of his Maverick label. Maverick means he doesn’t always go along with people who depend on him for support. It’s really kind of a surprise to me that the Republican Party even supports him because he is happy to let it be known that he doesn’t always support them.  Just what is he loyal to, I wonder?

He likes to say that he was a strong proponent of the Surge in Iraq. It is one of his claims to fame. But why didn’t he support General Eric Shinseki, Chief of Staff of the Army, when he told Congress, before the war even started, that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld’s plan to invade Iraq didn’t have nearly enough troops to be successful?  Why is it that McCain never credits Gen. Shinseki for being absolutely right about the required troop strength in Iraq long before anyone ever dreamed of a Surge? Could it be that Johnny was wrong about Shinseki too, and Johnny actually agreed with Rumsfeld? General Shinseki, the only man with the intelligence and courage to tell the truth about the required troop levels needed for the Iraq war was immediately relieved of his command by the Bush administration because he dared to disagree with Rumsfeld.  Where was our brave Maverick senator then? Did he not have the courage to speak up, or was he just as wrong as Rumsfeld and Bush?

Our Maverick candidate proudly proclaimed last night, “CHANGE is Coming!”…. Wow!  That’s original! I wonder where he came up with that slogan?  The Maverick is now pledging to be an agent of CHANGE. He’ll “lower taxes, open new markets, cut government spending, and create jobs.”  He’ll use the community colleges to retrain workers whose jobs have been outsourced so they can better compete in the global economy.  He says “Education is the civil rights issue of the century”. Really?  He’ll set things up so parents can choose to send their kids to a public, private, or charter school. He’ll get rid of poor teachers and have only qualified instructors in our schools. Amazing. All while he is lowering our taxes, cutting business taxes, and cutting government spending!  The man is not only a Maverick, he’s also a Magician.

Here’s where the Magic really happens: “Energy will be the engine of our economy”. That’s what he says. He’s going to create tons of new jobs while he reinvents our energy infrastructure. We’ll be DRILLING NOW BABY!  We’ll build more nuclear power plants, we’ll make clean coal; we’ll make wind power and solar power realities; we’ll make electric cars…The list goes on and on. All of these things will come about, not only without raising taxes, but actually lowering taxes! The man is an extraordinary thinker, a creative genius.  Even Einstein would have difficulty understanding his math.  But wait. He’s not done. He’ll save the entire planet too.  I guess that is a reference to green energy – pity the poor oil and coal companies. And, to top it all off, he’ll repair the damage to our economy caused by rising oil prices! Gee, I didn’t know it was rising oil prices that destroyed our economy. I thought it was all the outsourcing of jobs, the housing pyramid scheme, the subprime loan debacle, and a trillion dollar war that did us in. How about that? It was a 50 cent per gallon increase in the price of gasoline that killed everything. Brilliant insight.

Look, Johnny. Here’s the problem with your plan: Transitioning to a different form of energy is not an economic engine.  It is an expense. If the government is going to oversee that transition then it has to pay for it with our dollars. But you say you’ll lower taxes, so how does that work? Ultimately, you will find that a new form of energy is not the same thing as a new economy. An economy requires trade, the exchange of goods between private parties so that each benefits. It can’t be one-sided like this Magical Energy Stimulus Plan.  In the end, if there are no products being produced, other than energy sources, no one will use the energy and the whole thing grinds to a halt.

And here lies the problem with Johnny’s global economy:  Our present global economy depends upon the exploitation of cheap labor in faraway countries. That’s called outsourcing. Our jobs go to people who will do the same labor for a tenth of what we would do them for. Then the owners of the big businesses clean up and you get to go to community college to get retrained so the big businesses can exploit you once again, because those cheap foreign workers are getting more expensive all the time anyway.  The whole global economy thing is really a great idea because the businesses can be multinational but people like you and me can’t.  The businesses get to exploit cheap resources wherever they can find them, but you can’t follow your job that just got exported to Europe or Asia because you aren’t a citizen there. Clever isn’t it? Johnny likes that global economy a lot. So do all those big multinational businesses.  They’re making money hand over fist, and our Maverick Magician Johnny wants to lower their taxes some more so they can do it all over again.

So, there you have it. Johnny the Magical Maverick says his magic plan will bring CHANGE to America.  I suppose it will. But, is it CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN ?  Will it really work for you or will it actually work for the top 1% of the American population who make 30% of the income in this country?

I’m sorry, Johnny. It’s a no.  Your plan is just smoke and mirrors…and little bits of red, white, and blue confetti.

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It’s what they want, you know.  They want you to be afraid, and I am.  The thing is, I’m not afraid of what they want me to be afraid of.  I’m afraid of them.  I’ve been trying to figure out what it is about them that is so scary.  Is it just the usual Republican stinginess, the arrogance of the business-owner class?  Is it the rabble-rousing, childish name calling that reminds me of my days in the third grade? Is it the redneck contempt for anyone of intelligence that was a prime feature of the evening’s speeches? No, it’s none of the above, because I have grown used to these shortcomings of Republicans. It is rather the new-found contempt for the truth that first surfaced in the Bush administration.  It is the Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, Ann Coulter school of journalism that says truth does not have to correspond to reality anymore, because it’s only words and, like Alice’s Queen of Hearts, words can mean whatever they want them to mean.

It was Mitt Romney who began with the first great deception of the night contending that big government is bad but big business is good. I guess that’s true if you are a multi-millionaire who hates paying taxes, right Mitt?  Along with the usual Republican economic propaganda, he also stated that “radical violent Islam is evil and we will defeat it”.  I can imagine everyone in Salt Lake City cringing under their beds now saying, “Mitt, why the Hell did you say that? Now they’ll be coming after us!”  The thing is, there is a lot of evil in the world, the starvation and killing in Darfur, the completely unjustified war in Iraq, and the theft of most of the U.S. from the American Indians – oops, I’m sorry.  Mitt said, “We Americans inherited the greatest nation on Earth.”  I hadn’t realized the Indians had put it in their wills.  I stand corrected, Mitt.  I guess we should thank the surviving Indians for their gift.

The Romnean (should that be Romulan?) sort of xenophobia continued with a remarkable speech by Pastor/Governor/FOX commentator Mike Huckabee in which he endorsed Barack Obama’s call for Change. I guess he couldn’t think of another word for change so he had to use Obama’s word – kind of embarrassing I bet.  Anyway, Mike warned us about Obama’s celebrated trip to Europe and how he has now brought “European ideas” to our safe and hallowed shores. Oh my God. How do we hide from that Mike?  European ideas? You mean like the ones that formed our Constitution and the Declaration of Independence? Those subversive, anti-ruling-class thoughts? Are you afraid of them, Mike?  Should we be afraid of them too?  It was the beginning of a dark and scary night for me.

It only got worse with Rudy Giuliani.  He made it clear right off the bat that the issue for every red-blooded American was the safety of our country, and that it was only the Republicans and John McCain who could keep us safe from “them”.  (I guess he forgot that it was our Republican Commander in Chief who was asleep on the job during 9/11.)  Rudy’s pitch was that we needed to be really afraid of terrorism and he said that’s why we are fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq.  Need I remind Rudy that Osama bin Laden is holed up in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan? No, I don’t.  He knows that. But, you see, in the Brave New World of the Republicans, words mean whatever you want them to mean and actual facts are unimportant.  Rudy got a standing ovation when he said, “Maybe they cling to religion over there.”  Yeah, a standing ovation.  I wonder why? Was it because all the Evangelical Christians in the audience recognized that those far away Muslims were really kindred spirits who had the exact same religious zeal they have?  I like to think so.  You have to love those Republican Evangelicals, they’re so…what’s the word?  Oh, yes – Christlike.

Then came the high point of the evening Sarah (the Barracuda) Palin. Her classmates used to call her that, I hear.  She’s a real nice person, for being a pit bull with lipstick.  First thing she said was that she was going to be an advocate for special needs children.  It’s funny because it was only a little while ago that she slashed the Alaska budget for special needs children. Then she had one of her own.  And now she understands.  Isn’t that marvelous?  Then she went on an Obama bashing spree, making fun of his work helping the disadvantaged poor.  You have to like that in her. She’s a sweetheart of a person and she’s an Evangelical Christian too, which, as we all know, means she is Christlike.  She said she likes to veto things.  Can Vice Presidents do that? I don’t think so.  I wonder if she will find happiness in the job or will she be disappointed if she can’t cancel things?  Maybe she’ll just take up moose hunting again out of a basic need to just go out and kill animals.

Sarah’s plan for the economy sounds a lot like McCain’s DRILL NOW plan.  Oil and natural gas is the salvation of our society – if it comes from our own inherited greatest country on earth and not one of those heathen, foreign, European-values, Islamic, foreign, unAmerican, foreign places with oil.  Smart. Not Harvard smart. Not even Yale smart. Come to think of it, not even community college smart.  All right, not even high school smart. But you have to admit, it’s at least 3rd grade smart. And that appeals to about 48.457% of the U.S. population it seems. And that, my friends, is why I am very afraid.

See, it’s not Al Qaeda that is the problem. They are “a” problem – not “the” problem. There will always be terrorists. Have we forgotten the Oklahoma City bombing? That was a white, redneck guy and his friends who did that.  What about the anthrax poisonings? Another white guy who worked in a U.S. Army biowarfare lab. Remember the Unabomber? Another redneck.  Remember the bombings at the Atlanta Olympic games?  Another redneck.  Remember the Tylenol poisonings? We never did catch that wacko. The thing is this: it’s not only Osama bin Laden who might be hiding under your bed.  There are all kinds of nuts with guns and bombs out there who are red-blooded Americans who like to go out and kill things.

The real problem for our survival is our economy, which is in freefall.  We should all be very afraid because neither McCain nor Palin understand the real cause of the failure of our economy. The problem is simply this: we no longer have an economic engine in the U.S. We don’t make anything anymore.  It’s all been outsourced so the big businesses (read Republicans here) could make more money. So for the past ten years or so we’ve been living on the fake economy of a national real estate pyramid scheme that has now infected the entire world.  Neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin has either the brainpower or the desire to figure out a solution. This is a problem that, if not effectively addressed, will bring financial ruin to millions of people, the likes of which haven’t been seen since the Great Depression. It’s time for the third graders to get out of the driver’s seat.  We need a President with intelligence. We need a really, really smart guy to step in and fix what George Bush broke.  We desperately need to elect Barack Obama to get this country back on the right path. We need to ignore all the childish name-calling of little Johnny and his new friend in the playground, Sarah Barracuda.  Too many people have been deceived by the greedy Wormtongues of big business.  The polls show the race is very close.

And that is why we all need to be afraid, very afraid.

Oh.  Paste the link below into your browser if you would like to see what those not-to-be trusted-Europeans are saying.

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John McCain is fond of saying that he is the candidate who is best qualified to be Commander in Chief. I thought it might be interesting to see if his claim really stands up to the facts. The position of Commander in Chief is only one of many powers designated to the President of the United States by Article Two of the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution does not specify any medical requirements for this role; however, we might want to look at the regulations of the U.S. military, just for comparison. Isn’t it reasonable to expect that our commander in chief meet, more or less, the same medical requirements that our highest-ranking generals and admirals must meet? These requirements have been established to insure that the leaders of the Army, Navy, and Air Force are capable, physically and mentally, of meeting the stressful requirements of that position.

U.S. military regulations specify mandatory retirement for general officers at age 62. This can be extended to age 64 on special occasions. If John McCain were to be elected in November, he would be 72 years old on the day of his election. His age alone would disqualify him from being a general officer in the U.S. military, and should raise doubts in our minds about his current competence, even if he was a war hero 40 years ago. But let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he’s Superman or something.

OK. How about his overall intelligence?

Let’s see…John McCain is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He finished fifth from the bottom in his class! He ranked 894th out of 899 students. Not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer, was he?

Recently, when asked about his computer skills, skills that we expect every ten-year-old to have, he said he doesn’t know how to use either a PC or a Mac. In the age of computers, he said that he is computer illiterate.

OK. How about his judgment on important issues?

John McCain called for the invasion of Iraq immediately after 9/11, even before George Bush had even thought about it. There was absolutely no evidence, then or now, that Iraq had any role at all in 9/11. Recently, John McCain said he was prepared to stay in Iraq for 100 years in order to achieve victory, but President Bush, our Commander in Chief, has essentially agreed to Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw all U.S. troops in a couple of years.

In 1989, the Senate Ethics Committee accused five U.S. Senators (known as the Keating Five) of corruption; one of these was John McCain. Ultimately, he was cleared of the corruption charges; however, the Senate Ethics Committee did say that he had acted improperly and that he was guilty of “poor judgment”.

Recently, John McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his Vice Presidential nominee. Sarah has no Washington experience and less than two years experience as governor of Alaska. Yet, in the event that John McCain died in office or became incapacitated, (Something he should consider out of a sense of responsibility for the American people) Sarah would immediately become President of the United States and Commander in Chief! Is that good judgment on John McCain’s part? Isn’t he actually placing the American people in a potentially very high-risk situation just for the sake of his own political gain?

The truth is that John McCain is a very old man in poor health, continually battling potentially deadly outbreaks of malignant melanoma. As a student, he performed very poorly at Annapolis. As a U.S. Senator, he has consistently shown poor judgment. The truth is that being a prisoner of war and undergoing torture and deprivation may well qualify someone to be a hero. There are thousands and thousands of Americans besides John McCain who have been prisoners of war and undergone torture. They all certainly deserve the honor that is given to them. But, if we face the issue honestly, we all know that being a war hero or prisoner of war is not a real qualification for anyone to be our Commander in Chief.

A Commander in Chief needs to be intelligent and wise. He must be possessed of good judgment. He must be physically and mentally fit for the role. He must be calm, reliable, and stable under fire. He must have a clear, coherent vision of where he is going and he must be able to express that vision clearly to those who follow him.

I’m sorry Johnny, but if you add it all up, you’re not the best-qualified candidate. The truth is that you are actually unfit for command.

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