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Do you think McCain made a good choice by electing Sarah Palin? or will it backfire?

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      Lisa VM wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • Since I vaguley know who McCain or Palin are, can’t answer that question. Really don’t care, but it is nice to hear more woman involved in US government closer to the top... wish we had more in Canada. Maybe if more woman were in charge this world wouldn’t be such a mess. Men let power go to their heads to much, I really don’t think they see clearly at all times. So choosing a woman as a running mate is good....




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      Debict wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • I believe that McCain has made a dangerous choice in choosing someone who has NO experience in the national arena.  In fact, it makes me question his abilibty to make good decisions.  Yes, I’m a Democrate.  (a Hilary Democrate)  There was a time that I really liked John McCain, but not I’m just frightened that this ticket has even a remote chance of winning, with this woman as VP I’d be very afraid.  Haven’t we learned our lesson with George Bush?

      Here’s some basic background on Sarah Palin:  

      She was elected Alaska ’s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

      Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

      She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.

      Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

      She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.

      She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.
      How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.

      (background from moveon.org)

      You have to ask yourself, “Is this who I want in the Whitehouse?”




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      Amy L. Harden wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • It definately was an interesting pick.  His PR and campaign guys must have been burning the late night marketing oil, when they came up with this woman.

      On the face of it...it seems quite clever, smart and a good move...BUT...no one knows this woman really.  We don’t know her history, policies..opinions on things...she is sort of a dark horse pick.  I really wish we had more time to get to know her and who she is...the McCain camp is banking on the fact that women will flock to her just because she is young, a mother and career woman...that did’t think about the fact that women are the most critical of their own gender...she will have to take the next two months proving herself.  God forbid, if she has any skeletons in her closet.  Women will not elect someone just because they have a pretty face...she is going to have to show her substance quickly.

      After the Democratic Convention and even McCain’s VP announcement, I am still wondering who the heck I will vote for...No one has really proven to me that they are the one to lead our country at this day and time.  

      You know Yana...I think I will write you in as candidate for President...I more convinced that you could run our country than anyone that is being promoted out there in any party.  I’ll be your campaign manager...okay?!




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      Silklaser wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • Amen!  The “amen” was referring to Debict’s comment to 2 comments above.

      I just heard a sound byte on McCain 8 years ago.  He was sharing his view on the VP job as someone that checks on the daily health of the president and someone that attends funerals.  This kind of reminds me of a marriage in where the husband feels all powerful and he’s throwing the subservient tasks to the wife.  I think Pallin should feel outraged.  This was obviously a last minute decision.

      I am a Democrat and behind fixing America.  Even though McCain/Palin ticket is going after the Hillary women, I can’t believe that so called uneducated, stay at home mothers would not stand up and protect their rights and the rights of their daughters.  This country needs to embrace the 21 century.  Our thinking is archaic.  We need to take a deep look within and fix this broken nation.  Americans are suffering, out of work, no health coverage and poor educations. Wake up America!  Our only solution is coming together to create a strong movement of change.  Get off the sidelines and get in the game.  This is our country not just the politicians’ country.




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      Silklaser wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • Sarah Palin wants Creationism taught in schools. I would also like to add that teaching of The Church and religion belong in the Church and/or in your private residence.  That was the split of Church and State we made long ago.  I believe everyone has their right to individual beliefs and views,but I don’t believe that children should not receive the right to a so called scientific education that may expand their ways of thinking.  If you only want your children to believe in Creationism than home school them.  We used to be a forward thinking country.  McCain/Palin would have us 1 foot back in a cave.  

      On the Pro Life View...Women should be allowed the same right of having sexual pleasure without having the risk of unplanned pregnancy as men have every day all day.  Do men have to answer about what they choose to do with their bodies?  Should we not get all over men who have vasectomies because they are killing the choice of potential lives?  

      On global warming,the world cannot take 1 more minute of turning a blind eye.  We are in a crisis. We need to make immediate change to protect Earth for our children and their children.  In the past 100 years we have battered this planet, and we now have to accept the consequences to our actions.  These are the same morals that we as mothers try to teach our children.  

      I am no against a female president or female vice president.  Women are fantastic at trouble shooting, problem solving, nurturing, being strong and supportive and caring for more than themselves. For these are the qualities that are instilled in us, the child bearers.  I am, however, against moving backward instead of forward.  The Earth needs change, The United States of America needs change, as women we have fought for change and our children can’t go on living without change.

      To welcoming the challenge of changing America!




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      Yana Berlin wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • Thanks for the vote Amy,

      Politics is something that I try to steer away from, I can’t stand the demoralization of candidates in their campaigns, the digging of the skeletons back from the 19th century and the unknown that they bring on board when they finally get to that office.

      I think I’ll just run my little army of 7 where everyone is happy to oblige as long as they know their getting their dinner, hugs and praise.

      Yana




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      Cheryl Phillips wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • I’m not sure I can answer this question. Do we even know enough? I don’t think he pulled her name out of a hat and said “OK, token woman, come forward“. There had to be some thought...even if it was just for effect.

      I am not a huge fan of the political scene...it’s really just Hollywood. Who has this, who has that and who did what when they were in high school. Yawn.

      In the end, someone gets elected so it’s not really going to make one bit of difference if we stress out. We can’t CHANGE who he picked. It’s just a matter of time to see who is in the White House. Then it’s back to business as usual and we’ll go thru this all over again in a few short years.

      As a Mom of 5 I am truly concerned with the future of this country. However, the best I can do is produce loving, caring, positive children and the rest is out of my control.




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      Shirley Bullock wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • Maybe he thinks she will be moldable and defer to his experience. It was a ploy for the Hillary voters. Definately do not want Obama so what is our choice? We need to make our voices heard.........if we put you in the white house yes humans cause global warming, yes make polar bears on the extinct list and yes we can yell Impeach!




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      Anonymous wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • hell yeah!
      she’s a hellofa woman
      & she has more experience than Obama




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      Bzzluv wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • I have officially given up on this election. I look at the fact and ignore the drama.




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      Anonymous wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • well said!! azdana




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      Dawn Kluka wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • I think he could have done worse. I am interested to know more about her.




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      Debict wrote Aug 31, 2008
    • Palin may look good on the TV, you may have thought that she looked and sounded like a democrate, but SHE‘S NOT at all.  All of the things that Hillary fought for, she seems to be against.  Don’t confuse a facsimile for the real article.

      As far as bowing out of the political arena, I think that you should rethink your positoin on this.  This election is too important to not take a stand.  McCain plans to stay in Iraq for a long time.  He plan to continue giving tax breaks to big oil companies who are making Billions and Billions of dollars each quarter.  So many of his policies are outdated and similar to Pres. Bush.  This is why the Democrates are asking, “Do we want 4 more years like the last 8 we just had?”

      Obama was not my first choice, but after watch nearly all of the speeches during the convention (mostly on CSpan) and especially listenting to Kerry, the Clintons, Michelle Obama, and finally Barrack himself, I’m convinced that he is the ONLY choice for president that we have.  NOT CHOOSING IS MAKING A CHOICE!  If we don’t support Obama, what we’ll get is McCain.  The poor and middle class can not afford this kind of blunder.  Plus, it’s a dangerous choice in many ways with McCains “Cold War” mentality.

      Whether you completely agree with Obama or not, I beilieve his is the best choice that we can make.




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      Elizabeth "Libby" Day wrote Sep 1, 2008
    • I’m reading a lot of comments on the lack of experience on the part of Sarah Palin which makes her an unsuitable candidate for VP.  What I’m not reading is concern about the total lack of experience of Obama for President.  What we don’t know about this man is greater than what we don’t know about Palin.  What we do know about Obama is by far more alarming and potentially treatening to our country than what we know about the Alaska Governor. If the Obama camp is smart they won’t mention experience because they certainly have no leg to stand on there. I find the entire Democratic Platform (check the hidden small print) to be so extremely liberal and could very well take our country in a direction from which we may never recover.




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      Elizabeth "Libby" Day wrote Sep 1, 2008
    • The following is a very interesting quote from Joel Rosenberg’s newsletter that will help in addressing this issue:
      I have to say that I am very impressed with Governor Palin and moved by her story. I love her family, love the fact her son signed up for the Army last 9/11 and is headed for Iraq this fall, love that she’s a pro-life conservative, love the major reforms she has already accomplished in Alaska, love that she took on and defeated corrupt Republicans, love that she cancelled the “bridge to nowhere,” love that she’s given huge oil revenue rebates to the working families of Alaska, love her expertise on oil and gas issues and her ability to get passed a $40 billion pipeline to bring Alaskan natural gas through Canada to the lower 48. Wow. This is good stuff. The media is loathe to say it, but the truth is she has done more in her 13 years in elected office that Obama has with his 100-plus “present” votes in the Illinois Legislature and his paper-thin record in the Senate.
      The Governor is really going to have to prove herself in the days and weeks ahead by what she says and how she says it. How well does she understand the Putin threat and how to handle a resurgent Russia? How well does she understand the threat of Radical Islam and how to handle Iran, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan? How well does she understand the rise of China, India and Brazil as global game-changers and what they mean to U.S. security and the global economy? These are the defining foreign policy issues of our time. Sens. Obama and Biden have demonstrated dismal judgment on each of them. This gives the Governor an opening to prove that she has better instincts and the right judgment.




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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 1, 2008
    • I will never vote for a president who thinks abortion is ok and who would allow the sanctity of marriage to be made into something less than what God intends it to be. Obama flip flops so much, he is deceptive. I think revelation calls him, what was that name again, oh yeah, the Anti Christ!!!
      Seriously, I am not a political person at all, I hate the lying opponant bashing that goes along with EVERY election, but I will never vote for someone who goes against what I believe as a Christian, it is not my religion, it is my way of life.
      I don’t know who the best choice is but for me it is not Osama Bin Oh I mean Barack Obama.
      Two things I know for sure,
      I am watching this election and getting more info than in any other election before.
      And that no matter what happens, God is in Control
      I’m done ranting now!!




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      Anonymous wrote Sep 1, 2008
    • Umm flip flopping? Every politician does it. I would rather have a flip flopper in office than one that does not. The reasoning is simple, the flip flopper adapts to change in environment, while the other does not.




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      Anonymous wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • No, a flip-flopper doesn’t stand for anything and is easily swayed based on the situation, climate, or payoff.  The “other” may stand on principle but is flexible enough to change his mind for the betterment of all involved, without compromising his/her basic principles or values.  That is the difference in a leader and an opportunist.




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      Silklaser wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • God forbid a million times over that any of you pro-lifers’  daughters, family members or friends get raped and pregnant!  Should a child or woman be tormented with the memory of rape to carry an unplanned baby?  How do you tell that baby what a horrific father he or she had and how they were conceived? I do not believe abortion should be used as birth control, but to completely take away our rights isn’t the answer either.  

        What if there are life and death medical problems for the mother?  Should she die to give life?  Who then will raise that baby?  All pregnancies aren’t easy.  

      Love is love whatever the form.  Can’t that alone be enough?  Why do we have to put rules on everything?  Who should love?  How they can love?  Who gives us the right to make these decisions and judgments?  If God doesn’t judge, than why do you?  If God can forgive, than why can’t you? If we were doing such a bad job at living, than why aren’t we all damned?  

      Micromanage your own lives.  The beauty of the world is that we are all different.  We have different beliefs, different cultures and different looks, but we can all live peacefully if we mind our own business instead of the business of our neighbors.  Teach you kids what you want and believe and leave the rest of the world to their beliefs.  We might find out someday that the thing(s) that are greater than ourselves only wanted us to love and accept each other. Is that so wrong?




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      Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I am NOT into politics at all and tend to stay away from any conversation pertaining to this topic.  However, Yana, you caught many females attention with this post and I read what others replied.  Personally, I absolutely agree with libby1944
      in regard to Governor Palin.  As a Christian believer, I am 100% for PRO-LIFE. I am looking for a President and Vice-President that share similar Christian morals and values.

      By the way, there is only ONE God and He will judge each and everyone of us on our final day.  There is no denying God’s word in the bible.  Yes, God is a loving, merciful, forgiving God, but the bible CLEARLY states that God has the final judgment.  

      The bottom line is this, some of the females who responded to this post are for abortion and some of us are not.  Each of us women take our stand on which president we prefer, based on our own morals, values and beliefs.  Regardless what any of us think, regardless of our religious or political views or opinions, this world is a fallen world, we are all sinners and in the very end of life, what will matter will not be what type of job you had, who you voted for or how much money you earned on earth.  What will matter is this:  Did you have a relationship with Jesus, our Heavenly Father, who died on the cross to cover are sins?
      Heaven and Hell; it’s the “REAL” thing!!!




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      Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • As a Christian, we are called to NOT conform to the world or the worlds views.  No, it is not easy being a Christian, but God calls us to speak the truth even if it means that we will offend or “turn off” others.  

      How can you say that we do not have the right to impose our beliefs on others and at the same time contradict yourself by saying that we can spread the message of what Jesus taught?

      No, neither you, nor I are the judge of anyone.  Only God is the final judge and that is God’s word, not mine.  

      In Luke 18:25, the bible states, “INDEED, IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”  When those who heard asked Jesus who could be saved, Jesus replied, “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, NO ONE WHO HAS LEFT HOME OR WIFE OR BROTHERS OR PARENTS OR CHILDREN FOR THE SAKE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL FAIL TO RECEIVE MANY TIMES AS MUCH THIS AGE AND, IN THE AGE TO COME, ETERNAL LIFE.”

      Yes, I may lose friends for taking a stand for Jesus Christ, but I will gain so much more eternally.




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      Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • As a Christian, we are called to NOT conform to the world or the worlds views.  No, it is not easy being a Christian, but God calls us to speak the truth even if it means that we will offend or “turn off” others.  

      How can you say that we do not have the right to impose our beliefs on others and at the same time contradict yourself by saying that we can spread the message of what Jesus taught?

      No, neither you, nor I are the judge of anyone.  Only God is the final judge and that is God’s word, not mine.  

      In Luke 18:25, the bible states, “INDEED, IT IS EASIER FOR A CAMEL TO GO THROUGH THE EYE OF A NEEDLE THAN FOR A RICH MAN TO ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”  When those who heard asked Jesus who could be saved, Jesus replied, “I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, NO ONE WHO HAS LEFT HOME OR WIFE OR BROTHERS OR PARENTS OR CHILDREN FOR THE SAKE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL FAIL TO RECEIVE MANY TIMES AS MUCH THIS AGE AND, IN THE AGE TO COME, ETERNAL LIFE.”

      Yes, I may lose friends for taking a stand for Jesus Christ, but I will gain so much more eternally.




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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Love the sinner hate the sin, I agree with that but we are also called to be witnesses and to save the lost because hell isn’t the place for man. If Billy Graham or any other great preacher never preached a message, how many of us would still be lost. We are called to be lights and to let those lights shine, not hide them. We draw others in by our example of living our lives like Christ. We love them and then tell them of God’s great love for them. We speak the truth in love.




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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Godsglamourgirl,
      YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!
      When people defend issues like gay rights and abortion they are cheered and treated like pioneers but when we defend the faith and the God that literally saved some of our lives, we are called judgmental among other things. I never judge someone else, it isn’t my place, but NO ONE will ever stop me from defending my Savior. I am only alive because he saved me!!! LITERALLY




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      Dana Arcuri wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • AMEN TO THAT, Sassy!!!  My husband was one of the millions who gave his life to Jesus at the Billy Graham crusade over 15 years ago! (I will share that MIRACULOUS testimony with you someday!)

      What truly disturbs me is that what started out on Fabulously40 as a simple political question, turned into a pro-life, Christianity bashing debate.  

      How very sad that a simple question about McCain choosing Sarah Palin had to turn ugly and negative.  Could it be the fact that Sarah Palin is a Believer in Christ that others respond with ridicule and negative criticism?  Could it be due to Palin being Pro-Life or because she is interested in teaching our children about how they were created that liberals and many others are outraged?  Hmmmm....How very interesting that Christians can not speak about saving an innocent baby from murder or speak about God creating each and everyone of us.  Yet, Christians are supposed to sit back and listen to liberals carry on about their GAY RIGHTS, ABORTION RIGHTS AND EVOLUTION???




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      Elizabeth "Libby" Day wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Couldn’t have said it better myself.  Amen and Amen!!!!




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      Silklaser wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Why does everyone have to have Christian beliefs?  Did the planet not exist before and after Jesus Christ.  Excuse me, but was Jesus Christ born a Christian?

      I am not attacking Christians, but I am tired of having to defend my beliefs for beliefs of others.

      I am also not gay, and I don’t try to run their lives or change their lifestyles either.  I am certainly not afraid that by allowing gay people to live they will effect my life choices.  I am surprised that pro lifers don’t like gays.  The gays don’t have abortions!

      God is God.  Most of us believe in a form of God.  When I speak of God, I am not referring to Jesus Christ.  My people have been praying to God for over 5700 years that is long before Jesus Christ.




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      Debict wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I think that we can agree to disagree on certain issues without “bashing” anyone.  I’m a veteran and I fought for your rights to speak about things that I disagree with just as much as I fought for mine.

      Regarding whether we have a right to tell others how to live, I’ll say this.  We must live by Christ’s example.  He didn’t call others to follow him by making laws to force them to follow him.  He told his story, he shared God’s love and acceptance to everyone, especially those who were considered outcasts and sinners.  Creating laws to force others to do as YOU believe, and taking away the rights of people who live in a way that you disagree with can only be wrong in God’s eyes.  It for God to judge, not us.

      If we are to save anyone with God’s loving grace, it is through reaching out to him or her through Christ’s example of love and acceptance.  It’s up to them whether they accept it or turn their back.

      We must try to be an example of Christ’s love to our neighbors, but also to those we may consider our enemies.  It’s likely that they need our prayers even more.

      Let us not be a community who judges each other for disagreeing, but let us be a community of people who applauds a country that allows us to disagree in peace.




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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Debict, amen to that!!! Faith love and hope but the greatest of these is love




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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 13, 2008
    • Well I’ve said my peace on my blog.  I do believe that McCain made a very good decision by putting Sarah Palin on the ticket with him.   I feel that I finally have someone who has come from where I’ve been as well...to fight for this country. God help us all if Obama is elected.  I do believe he is pure evil.  Sorry if that offends you but I’m not into being politically correct...I’ve had enough of that!    

      In reference to the comment about Billy Graham.  I once saw an interview with him and the question asked to him was, “what would you do if you had a son that was gay?“.  His response was ” I would love and pray for him more.”




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