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Sarah Palin is John McCain’s Vice President

29 August 2008

McCain announced that Alaskan governor Sarah Palin will be his vice president.  This may have come as a shock to many, especially since Palin was not on the short list of people McCain was considering for VP.  The question is was this a good choice?

Yesterday, I heard about a poll that pick former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as the person on McCain’s “short list” that would have most benefited him.  Romney would have helped McCain gain at least 1 out of every 5 voters (all over the country as well as across party lines) that were not already committed to McCain.  In addition Romney would have helped McCain almost definitely secure Michigan and many of the Midwestern states.  Romney would also be able to help McCain fill in gaps on economic issues, which McCain admits a lack of expertise.  So why not pick Romney?

McCain obviously felt that Palin would be more beneficial and pull in more voters.  After listening to her speech, she does have many accomplishments including fighting government corruption, having an average family life, and crossing party lines.  Despite these accomplishments, Palin was relatively unheard of before today and will not draw many people in on name recognition.

In her speech Palin acknowledged New York Senator Hillary Clinton and the cracks she made in the “glass ceiling.”  She also reminded people that this week is the anniversary of women receiving the right to vote.  Palin then commented that we can “finish breaking the glass ceiling.”  This makes it seem like Palin was not selected for her credentials (or at least not entirely), but instead because she is a woman who may be able to attract female voters from both parties, especially former Hillary supporters.

Obviously no one will know how this affects McCain in the election, but I truly do NOT believe that Palin was selected merely on credentials.  Beyond having an impressive story and her ability to reach across party lines to work against government problems, I feel that by ignoring certain issues in her speech Palin may lack expertise on issues such as the economy.  I guess the next 2 months and the RNC will tell.

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Last Year Kerry Made an Unfair Assesment on College Students being Politically Active

25 February 2008

There’s something that has been bothering me for several months. Last semester John Kerry came to BU and basically scolded the student population for not being politically active. The way I had interpreted his words, it was a reprimand for not voting.

Honestly, I though Boston University was relatively politically active, especially compared to other colleges and universities (i.e. state schools). Almost everywhere you go on campus you will either see political signs or hear political discussions.

I also think it is not fair to claim that this group of college students is not politically active. Although some of us may have gone through smaller local elections or even Senate elections, unless the student is either a grad student or a senior, the majority have not had the opportunity to vote in a presidential election.

I personally was politically active, even before I could vote. It is not fair to assess that I am not politically active or not fulfilling my civic duty because I have voted once in my life. I haven’t even been 18 for 6 months. Many of the students I go to school with are in a similar situation as I am; they have NEVER been able to vote before.

I believe that before Kerry, or any ‘older’ adult for the matter, says that college students need to vote and be more politically active they need to think. Yes, there are many reasons college students do not vote—absentee ballots are difficult to fill out or they are not informed and do not feel that they should vote. Yet at the same time, saying that we are not politically active is not a fair assessment. This is our first chance to vote in a major election (or in some cases at all), not our 2nd, 5th or 10th time. If the majority of new voters do not vote in their first presidential election then you can accuse of us of not being politically active or caring enough to vote.

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The Democrats to Split to Win the Election?

22 February 2008

I was online and found a political site that said they though John McCain would win the Presidential Election because democrats were split between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. That doesn’t make sense because we are still in the primaries, meaning the Democrats are up against themselves not McCain.

Although some Democrats or Independents are only for one of the two candidates, I have heard many people say that they would vote for either Clinton or Obama in the November election. Especially with the majority of Democrats, it is like holding up two of the same kind of cookie and asking which one they want.

Although people may prefer one cookie over the other, in many cases they will still take either one. This is the same with Obama and Clinton. They have very similar policies and ideas so when push comes to shove a voter will chose either one of them.

Just because McCain does not have a highly divided party right now does not mean that he will be able to easily win the election. Clinton or Obama will give McCain a run for his money once November is closer. The Democrats can find many issues to pick at that could be seriously detrimental to McCain’s campaign.

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Nails in McCain’s Coffin

19 February 2008

Quite simply put: I don’t think John McCain has any chance of winning the presidential election. More and more things keep adding nails into McCain’s coffin.

NAIL #1: McCain has publicly made one of the most detrimental comments to his campaign. He will not pull the troops out of Iraq. As much as people like the idea of being tough on terrorism, they want out of Iraq. Iraq is turning into a Vietnam—impossible to win but the US can’t turn back without people looking down on them.

NAIL #2: President George W. Bush endorsed McCain and called him a true conservative. President Bush has the lowest approval rating of any president (and it is fresh in people’s minds). You don’t want him endorsing you when people hate and do not trust him, especially swing voters.

NAIL #3: Not only were there once rumors of McCain considering switching parties, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry (D) claims that McCain’s people approached him about putting McCain on the ticket as Vice President. This claim can be found at:
http://www.mydd.com/story/2007/4/3/11936/97033

NAIL #4: McCain’s stance as a conservative is often questioned, and instead of not bringing it up, Bush decided that people needed reassurance that McCain is a conservative. This brings up the questions for independent voters: Was it necessary to state that McCain was a conservative? And does that mean people doubt that he is?

NAIL #5: To go along with bringing the question up in people’s minds, McCain also worked on a bill with Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy (D) called the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act. Although there were some parts that the majority of Republicans would agree with (i.e. and English test), it would allow the over 10 million illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. Although this is the only bill that sticks out in my mind, I am sure there are more in McCain’s past.

NAIL #6: McCain does not fall into the pro gun category that is a major part of the conservative ideal. Gun Owner’s of America has not rates McCain about a C– in the four years that they have done their ratings. Their site has a complete list of not only their ratings but also bills that McCain has voted for. You can visit their site:
http://www.gunowners.org/mccaintb.htm

McCain keeps having nails pounded into his coffin that will stop people from voting for him. If these facts become well known, I do NOT think McCain has a chance of winning.

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President Bush Backs McCain and Comments on the Election

11 February 2008

Yesterday President Bush told Fox News Sundaythat he supports McCain and feels like McCain is a “true conservative.”

I am sure Bush had good intentions but if anything he may have just hurt McCain in the eyes of many independents who are undecided about who to vote for.  I am not trying to speak negatively about the President and regardless of whether you support him or not you have to realize that he has low approval ratings.  Maybe he hasn’t noticed this or the fact that many people blame him for the war and feel he lied.

By endorsing McCain, Bush may make people believe that by electing McCain they will get four more years without change and with a war that they despise.  So instead of helping McCain, I honestly believe Bush’s support will hurt him.

I also feel that if the President decides to back you and call you a “true conservative” there is obviously a question of how conservative you really are.  Personally, I have not followed McCain’s career very closely but I do know that some of the bills he has voted for make me question how conservative he really is.

But one thing President Bush said I have to say I mostly agree with.  He said, “If the Democrat party feels like they can win an election by focusing on me, I think they’ll be making a huge tactical mistake.”

I can understand Democrats bringing up Bush’s shortcomings, which many people on both sides of the fence agree with.  By saying that they will behave differently from him will most likely gain them support.  This is the same for the Republicans as well.

I do believe that in a race where you do not have the President or Vice President running, it is foolish to focus ONLY on their policies and shortcomings.  As much as a candidate wants to offer change, they need to remember that they are not running against Bush but instead a variety of other people who may also disagree with Bush.


Ron Paul Votes not Counted in New Hampshire?

28 January 2008

I was just surfing around the Internet and found several blogs which make me question the validity of not just news polls but also of past and future elections.  According to the original results from Sutton Township, NH, zero people voted for Ron Paul when in fact 31 people voted for him.

Now people are being asked to step forward if they voted for Ron Paul.

This makes me doubt the validity of elections.  After all if the town or state is going to just change my vote, why vote?  This personally makes me believe that once again data is be reported that reflects what one person wants, not what the majority wants.  If this is going on in NH, a very important primary location, how do we know it hasn’t gone on else where?

According to prisonplanet.com’s article Sutton’s head clerk, Jennifer Call, “was forced to admit that the 31 votes Ron Paul received were completely omitted from the final report sheet, claiming ‘human error’ was responsible for the mistake.” 

To me missing 31 votes all for the same candidate is not missing a vote or 2 because ballots were stuck together but instead intentionally trying to mislead others about the results and changing election results for whatever purpose. 

Also according to the article for a recount Ron Paul would have to pay $67,000.  That is not right that he would have to pay to correct someone else’s mistake.  To correct this error is the responsibility of the party at fault, that means both fixing it and paying the extra bills caused by the error.

I also found info on the missing votes at blacklistednews.com which talks about the voting machines used in NH and that they can easily be hacked into and have data altered.

Before now I have heard nothing about this and the little I have gotten has been from blogs.  Does anyone else know where I can find more information on this or enlighten me about the issue?


Ron Paul: $4 million in one day? Who says Americans don’t support him?

07 November 2007

Ron Paul may have low numbers in the polls but somebody is obviously supporting.  According to CNN Political Ticker, he raised over $4 million dollars on Monday.  Yes I said $4,000,000 dollars.  An outside group started the online campaign and received donations from over 35,000 people in 24 hours.

Ron Paul is not doing too poorly this quarter, especially when you consider that he raised $5 million in his entire third quarter. 

The creator of this fund-raising campaign centered it on Guy Fawkes Day, a holiday marking an attempted bombing of the House of Parliament by Fawkes in 1605.  The creator said that the message was not intended to promote violence.  I think the creator was trying to be symbolic saying that Ron Paul would be a major change in the government.

Ron Paul supports a limited government, low taxes free trade policies, the Second Amendment and a United States free of outside organizations that threaten national sovereignty.

Everyone keeps saying they’d be throwing their vote away on Ron Paul even though they do support his ideas.  Just remember if everyone threw their vote away who supported him, there’s a pretty good chance that he would be our next president.

If you want to know more about Ron Paul, his WebSite is:  www.RonPaul08.com