Saturday, September 6, 2008
Republican National Convention
Well, I missed Sarah Palin’s speech and it made me a little curious about the Republican National Convention. So, I decided to catch John McCain’s speech the following night. I turned on C-Span an hour before McCain was scheduled to speak. And this is the first thing I heard, “for Sarah Palin the definition that has been painted by the liberal media of an acceptable candidate has been shattered. An acceptable candidate for the Democrat Party and the liberal media is an angry shrill woman. Who doesn’t see a child as a blessing, but as a burden. A woman who puts her career first.” Stated by, Robin Smith, the Tennessee Republican Party Chairman.
Umm, I’m a liberal Democrat who happens to be a woman. I would hardly describe myself as shrill or angry. I’ve never considered children a burden and I have always admired women who make sacrifices for their children. I consider myself a feminist, I know, it’s such a dirty word now, but I have to say the whole point of the women’s movement is giving women the power to choose what they want to do with their life. If a woman wants to stay at home and raise her children, I say more power to her. She made the choice it wasn’t forced upon her by society.
I make a cup of tea and settle in to watch McCain’s speech. I want to point out that I actually like McCain. He has stuck it out even when his own party started a smear campaign against him in his bid for the Republican nomination in the 2000 presidential election. He has tenacity, but when he walked out on stage I couldn’t help thinking he looks old. And this made me nervous, because what I have read on Sarah Palin makes me cringe.
I decided I needed to see for myself what all the fuss was about with Sarah Palin’s speech. I watched it a few times on You Tube and I couldn’t understand all the excitement. Her speech consisted mainly of jibes at Democrats. I didn’t hear anything of any substance. What I did notice is she is using the same schtick as George Bush. I’m just an ordinary person who understands the problems of the average American. A hockey mom! She used the term "small town" four times in her acceptance speech. Why are we falling for this again? Are Americans that clueless?