Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama's Speechwriter Opens Eyes, Votes McCain-Palin

by Wendy Button

A speechwriter for Obama, Edwards, and Clinton on why she’s voting for McCain.

Since I started writing speeches more than ten years ago, I have always believed in the Democratic Party. Not anymore. Not after the election of 2008. This transformation has been swift and complete and since I’m a woman writing in the election of 2008, “very emotional".



The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”

Not only has this party belittled working people in this campaign from Joe the Plumber to the bitter comments, it has also been part of tearing down two female candidates. At first, certain Democrats and the press called Senator Clinton “dishonest.” They went after her cleavage. They said her experience as First Lady consisted of having tea parties. There was no outrage over “Bros before Hoes” or “Iron My Shirt.” Did Senator Clinton make mistakes? Of course. She’s human.

Here we are discussing Governor Palin’s clothes—oh wait, now we’re on to the make-up—not what either man is going to do to save our economy. This isn’t an accident. It is part of a manufactured narrative that she is stupid.
Governor Palin and I don’t agree on a lot of things, mostly social issues. But I have grown to appreciate the Governor. I was one of those initial skeptics and would laugh at the pictures. Not anymore. When someone takes on a corrupt political machine and a sitting governor, that is not done by someone with a low I.Q. or a moral core made of tissue paper. When someone fights her way to get scholarships and work her way through college even in a jagged line, that shows determination and humility you can’t learn from reading Reinhold Niebuhr. When a mother brings her son with special needs onto the national stage with love, honesty, and pride, that gives hope to families like mine as my older brother lives with a mental disability.

I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2008-10-28/so-long-obama/





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3 comments:

Webrider said...

If only there were more thinking Democrats with open honest assessments of what is going on with the Democratic party. Once upon a time I supported many of them, but I can no longer do that. It has become win at any cost (to people, our country, and the integrity of their own party.)

WolfWindshadow said...

A new restaurant has opened in Ashland, WI - USA The name of this restaurant is unusual - "REPUBLICAN Vietnamese Restaurant". This name is highly unusual due to the fact that Ashland is well over 70% Democratic.

This name is the idea of a devoted Republican - Mr. Lee, who immigrated to the USA from Vietnam 22 years ago.

Some who see "immigrants" more recently, think "lesser person" or "drain upon tax dollars". Mr. Lee shatters these misperceptions.

Twenty-two years ago Mr. Lee had saved enough for the ship's cost, arriving on American soil penniless.

Mr. Lee had gratitude in his heart and a strong work ethic. He works 85 - 90 hours in any given week, and believes in self-reliance - long held as a great American value.

Growing up in Vietnam was difficult for Mr. Lee. He was raised in an orphanage from the age of 2 - spanning two wars, the French, then the US.

As a young man he stayed on with that orphanage, working hard to improve the lives of infants and children - innocent casulties of war.

Mr. Lee has an understandable love for the Republican Party - "Throughout my life, the Republican Party has helped me greatly...as a businessman they have been critical to my success - lower taxes, pro-business policies, and more...as a child, they protected me and my people".

As a penniless immigrant, he credits Republican policies for a strong economy, enabling him to find work and SAVE.

Mr. Lee wants the world to know and states with a strong conviction - "I love freedom. I'm proud to be an American citizen. I was very proud to speak out when I named my new restaurant - 'REPUBLICAN Vietnamese Restraunt'. The Republican Party has helped spread freedom and democracy world-wide. I am proud to be both an American and a Republican."

Thank you - May God Bless America!

Mr. Lee
414 West Main Street
Ashland, WI 54806 - USA
(715) 682-6828

WolfWindshadow said...

A new restaurant has opened in Ashland, WI - USA The name of this restaurant is unusual - "REPUBLICAN Vietnamese Restaurant". This name is highly unusual due to the fact that Ashland is well over 70% Democratic.

This name is the idea of a devoted Republican - Mr. Lee, who immigrated to the USA from Vietnam 22 years ago.

Some who see "immigrants" more recently, think "lesser person" or "drain upon tax dollars". Mr. Lee shatters these misperceptions.

Twenty-two years ago Mr. Lee had saved enough for the ship's cost, arriving on American soil penniless.

Mr. Lee had gratitude in his heart and a strong work ethic. He works 85 - 90 hours in any given week, and believes in self-reliance - long held as a great American value.

Growing up in Vietnam was difficult for Mr. Lee. He was raised in an orphanage from the age of 2 - spanning two wars, the French, then the US.

As a young man he stayed on with that orphanage, working hard to improve the lives of infants and children - innocent casulties of war.

Mr. Lee has an understandable love for the Republican Party - "Throughout my life, the Republican Party has helped me greatly...as a businessman they have been critical to my success - lower taxes, pro-business policies, and more...as a child, they protected me and my people".

As a penniless immigrant, he credits Republican policies for a strong economy, enabling him to find work and SAVE.

Mr. Lee wants the world to know and states with a strong conviction - "I love freedom. I'm proud to be an American citizen. I was very proud to speak out when I named my new restaurant - 'REPUBLICAN Vietnamese Restraunt'. The Republican Party has helped spread freedom and democracy world-wide. I am proud to be both an American and a Republican."

Thank you - May God Bless America!

Mr. Lee
414 West Main Street
Ashland, WI 54806 - USA
(715) 682-6828