Monday, October 06, 2008

Obama v McCain

Some thoughts on Obama's camp vs. McCain's.

Occidental College - Two years.
Columbia University - B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

University of Delaware - B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)


United States Naval Academy - Class rank 894 out of 899 ....(5 from the bottom.)

Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester
North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study
University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester
University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in journalism


I'm a little confused.

If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're 'exotic, different.'
Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.
Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you're a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.
Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well-grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 6,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and three children and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If , while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values
don't represent America 's.

If your husband is nicknamed 'First Dude', with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA , your family is extremely admirable.

And finally, if you're famous for your quick temper, you're the one to have your finger on the button.

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):

1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has 'evolved,' yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq , Russia and China . Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain 'will make Cheney look like Gandhi.

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.

4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, 'I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.

5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.

6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a 'second job' and skip their vacations.

7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: 'The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his 'spiritual guide,' Rod Parsley, believes America 's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a 'false religion.' McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church 'the Antichrist' and a 'false cult'.

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.

1. 'The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day,' ABC News, April 3, 2008
'McCain Facts,', April 4, 2008
2. 'McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq,' Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008
'Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'' ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008
3. 'McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill,' ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008
4. 'McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned,' MSNBC, February 18, 2007
5. '2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard,' February 2008
'McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion,' CNN, October 3, 2007
6. 'Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady,' Associated Press, April 3, 2008
'McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'' Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008
7. 'Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?,' Associated Press, February 16, 2008
'Famed McCain temper is tamed,' Boston Globe, January 27, 2008
8. 'Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'' ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008
'McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man,' ABC News, January 29, 2008
9. 'McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam,' Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008
'Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?,' ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008
'McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'' ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008
10. 'John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record,' Sierra Club, February 28, 2008

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