Posts tagged “Palin”

If I was Obama’s speechwriter…

I would totally steal from Aaron Sorkin! This speech would have worked a charm during the campaign, but it would be good to keep in your pocket for anytime when the rhetoric devolves. It would go something like this:

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms.

Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.

I’ve known [Sarah Palin] for years. And I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason [Sarah] devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that [she] simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. [Sarah]’s problem isn’t that [she] doesn’t get it. [Sarah]’s problem is that [she] can’t sell it!

We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you [Sarah Palin] is not the least bit interested in solving it. [She] is interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle age, middle class, middle income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family, and American values and character, and you wave an old photo of [Bill Ayers] and you scream about patriotism. You tell them [he]’s to blame for their lot in life. And you go on television and you call [Obama a terrorist].

We’ve got serious problems, and we need serious people. And if you want to talk about character, [Sarah], you’d better come at me with more than an [educational foundation board meeting] and a membership card. If you want to talk about character and American values, fine. Just tell me where and when, and I’ll show up. This a time for serious people, [Sarah], and your fifteen minutes are up.Aaron Sorkin

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McCain would criminalize stem cell research.

I know the Obama camp is fond of claiming that McCain-Palin would be more of the same, but that isn’t quite accurate. America would find itself in a much worse position should McCain-Palin win in November. As reported over at Wired today, John McCain would make the simple act of researching somatic cell nuclear transfer (aka “therapeutic cloning”) illegal, going well-beyond the current Bush administration policy of simply not funding such research.

I spent far too much of my life researching stem cell research as a research assitant in graduate school, so it is a topic that is (thankfully no longer) near and dear to my heart (Edit: I need to find a way to use the word “research” a fourth time in this sentence). The current Bush policy makes us look like morons to the rest of the world, who have been glibly blowing past the United States in this essential technical front. Bush himself is not opposed to stem cell research (or abortion, the issue at the heart of this debate), but uses the issue as a tool to pander to the anti-choice lobby. This cynical attack on academic pursuit and therapeutic science is bad enough.

Evidently, if you elect McCain-Palin, they will put us further away from this technological vanguard by criminalizing even the privately-funded research that is going on in this country. It is worth pointing out that McCain is not anti-choice himself, so this little gem must surely be 1) a signing bonus for Mrs. Palin and 2) a major ploy to sate the anti-choice movement to which she belongs.

The last eight years have cast the United States as the land of unintelligent dolts in the eyes of the world. This McCain-Palin policy not only will continue to hogtie our scientists, it will actually incarcerate them. We are supposed to be the nation where anything is possible. Instead, we are starting to resemble the Holy Roman Empire, down to the incarceration of scientists. Galileo, anyone? This is simply unacceptable.

As I’ve pointed out in this space before, I’m no fan of Obama, either. I am voting for whichever third party candidate is highest in the polls come election day, in the hope that they will garner enough votes to get federal funding in the next election. You see, only when you have choices can you really hope to be free.

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Finally, an example of how journalists should ask questions

ABC News: Charles Gibson interviews Sarah Palin

When I heard Charles Gibson was tasked with interviewing Sarah Palin, I groaned. Clearly, the entertainment executives over at ABC News wanted Ms. Palin to have an easy time of it and hoped that Gibson would turn in a milquetoast performance ala this year’s debates. Now, I’m not saying his performance throughout the Palin interview was stellar. Honestly, I haven’t seen all of it. But I will give credit for moments of good journalism when I see them and the video above is about as close as the msm gets.

Gibson asks his question numerous times in the face of dim-witted rambling and, though he never gets an answer, the lack of an answer is self-evident. Palin is either unprepared to or unwilling to answer the question and that speaks volumes about her. It appears that the McCain camp thought they could put up this political tike and the rabble would be so excited by her story they would overlook her gross ineptitude. I certainly hope that doesn’t happen. If Biden would actually vote on important issues, he would clearly be ahead in the VP game. With leadership like this, it is no wonder we are in this national funk.

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