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John McCain on the Issues – Part 1 – Women’s Issues

Before the end of the Democratic primary process there was much speculation about Barack Obama’s support among women. The fact that Obama’s support amongst women was weak while he was running against a woman candidate gave many pundits all the excuse they needed to suggest that support would remain weak once the primaries ended. They were obviously wrong, as the current polls show.

Another premise put forward by some pundits is that women vote more with their emotions than on the issues. They are as wrong about this as they are about Obama’s weakness with female voters. All that is needed to disprove this claim is to look at women’s voting patterns over the years.

Women have always favored the Democratic Party over the GOP. The Democratic Party is also the party with the best record and issues platform when it comes to women’s issues. Put those two factors together and it becomes apparent that women have been voting on the issues all along.

Under the Fallujah Sun – A poem and the thoughts behind it.

This poem was written during the Fallujah campaign in 2005. It is also listed on the Poets Against the War web site.  

under the fallujah sun

The body lies there,

bloating in the heat.

Down the street,

the battered street,

lies another.

A lonely figure,

sprawled in death.

No one near.

No loved ones.

No friends.

Only the body,

lying in the gutter.

The marines,

in their body armor,

crabwalk past the body.

Eyes constantly moving,

spying every tiny movement.

The scrap of paper,

blown by the wind,

draws instant attention.

As does the dust devil,

swirling near the mouth of the alley.

The only thing beneath the notice

of the constantly vigilant eyes

is the unmoving body of the woman,

slowly rotting

beneath the searing Fallujah sun.

John McCain – biggest flip-flopper ever?

Back in 2000, I actually thought John McCain might make a good president, not that I would have voted for him. However, I did think he would surely be better than George W. Bush.

When the Rove attack machine turned on McCain in South Carolina, I was outraged and expected McCain to turn against Bush even more. It wasn’t long before I discovered just how wrong I was about McCain. He not only forgave Bush for the smears about his adopted daughter, he actually embraced Bush. If it had been me, I would have punched him.

Over the last eight years, McCain has shown that he will do and say anything to have the title of President of the United States of America. He has flip-flopped on nearly every important issue. He has embraced people he would have once shunned and reached out for support from people he has condemned. Does this man have any principles left?

He said the war would be quick and easy and then flipped and said that he had always claimed it would be a long hard war.

more after the break, plus videos

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One of our candidates is Ronnie Musgrove of Mississippi. Here’s a little about him.

Democrats have a great chance to wrest one of the Mississippi Senate seats away from the Republicans. The Democratic candidate, Ronnie Musgrove, is an ex-governor of Mississippi. He is a fiscal conservative with liberal social beliefs. He is pro-education, pro-family, and pro-women’s rights. If elected, Ronnie will be far from the most liberal member of the Senate. However, he is far to the left of his opponent. Roger Wicker, the Republican candidate, is one of the most conservative members of the Senate. Putting Ronnie Musgrove in office will be a huge net benefit for the Democratic Party.

Get to know Ronnie Musgrove.

From the Biography page on Ronnie Musgrove’s Senate campaign web site:

Ronnie Musgrove has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi. For over two decades, he’s taken a leading role in the State to improve education, expand economic development, and ensure that government lives within its means.

Now, he’s running for the U.S. Senate to change the way Washington works and restore honesty and integrity to our government.

Gov. Musgrove’s Family During Ronnie Musgrove’s tenure as Governor of Mississippi, he helped create over 52,000 new jobs, brought more than $14 billion in new investments to the state, invested in creating rural jobs, and brought Nissan to Mississippi, which was the largest economic development project in state history.

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Full text of Barack Obama’s Speech at Mile High Stadium (Invesco Field)

To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;

With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest – a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours — Hillary Rodham Clinton.  To President Clinton, who last night made the case for change as only he can make it; to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service; and to the next Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you. I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next First Lady, Michelle Obama, and to Sasha and Malia – I love you so much, and I’m so proud of all of you.

rest of speech after the break…

A Few Key Quotes From Obama’s Acceptance Speech

The entire speech is excellent. His delivery was nearly flawless. There isn’t a politician in America who can match his speaking ability. The man is truly inspiring.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.

It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care. It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it.

In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own.

Well it’s time for them to own their failure. It’s time for us to change America.

A few key quotes from Obama’s acceptance speech

The entire speech is excellent. His delivery was nearly flawless. There isn’t a politician in America who can match his speaking ability. The man is truly inspiring.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.

It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care. It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it.

In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own.

Well it’s time for them to own their failure. It’s time for us to change America.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who’s willing to work.

So I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.

…Because if you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare the voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.

You make a big election about small things.

America, we cannot turn back. Not with so much work to be done. Not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for. Not with an economy to fix and cities to rebuild and farms to save. Not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend. America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise – that American promise – and in the words of Scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.

We must not let this moment pass us by

Tonight, August 28, 2008, Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado. This speech may well be ranked as one of the best speeches of the 21st Century.

Democrats are uniformly ecstatic about the speech. Republicans are trying desperately to give it a negative spin. Neither group really matters. What ultimately matters is what independents and undecided voters think of the speech. I can’t see how anyone could listen to that speech without being moved.

Even conservatives, like Andrew Sullivan were moved by the speech.

more after the break…