Thursday, September 4, 2008

Holier Than Thou Hockey Moms

Good god, could there be any more white people at the Republican National Convention? This is the "big tent" party?

For those of you moderate Republicans out there who thought that having McCain as the nominee would sweep away the religious right with their "culture war" crap to focus on real issues instead of silly ones, boy were you wrong! The culture wars are front and center once again.

The VP nominee hates gay people, women who have abortions, family leave laws, equal pay for her own gender, gun control and comprehensive sex education. And they sure do like to walk the moral high ground. I'm supposed to live by their code of right and wrong, despite the fact that I don't belong to their silly little thing called Christianity.

I'd be more willing to listen to their nonsense if they actually believed what they preach. But they don't. Let's take just one Commandment, shall we? Here are some things we heard last night in speeches at the convention

Sarah Palin: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

The truth is basically the opposite of that. She supported the bridge and said many times it should be built by the feds and not by the state. When it became a big national issue, that's when she backed off. Palin also lobbied hard to Congress for earmarks for her town when she was mayor and as governor. Three of the projects that she asked for are even on McCain's list of "objectionable" pork spending.

She also claimed that Barack Obama never authored a single piece of legislation in the U.S. Senate or even the Illinois Senate. Nothing could be further from the truth.

My favorite, though, has to be Mike Huckabee, he of the "amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards" proposition. Here's a couple of things Mikey said last night:

Huckabee (speaking about McCain): "He could have eased his own pain and even cut short his imprisonment by uttering a few simple words renouncing his country. But he loved his country and knew that to return with honor later was better than to return without it now."

Except that McCain, like most other soldiers tortured during Vietnam, did denounce his country after lengthy and brutal torture. He's human, there's nothing wrong with breaking.

And my favorite Huckabee line: He claimed that Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

That's a great one Mike. Would be a great line if it were even close to being true. Biden dropped out after the Iowa Caucus and still got over 76,000 votes in the primaries in states where he couldn't take his name off the ballot. That's more than ten times the number of people in Wasilla, Alaska. For the record, the number of votes she received in her two winning elections for mayor was 1,525. Combined.

So to all of those telling us that this is a Christian nation and that we need to change our laws or Constitution to fit that of the bible, what exactly is it that the bible says about lying? I forget.

And this doesn't at all even touch on the fact that the Republicans are out there cheering on Rudy Giuliani, a guy thrice married and shacked up with his current wife while still married to the previous one. They are nominating a guy for the highest office in the land who had a much younger mistress (the now-Cindy McCain) while still married to the mother of his oldest child.

Again, my memory is failing me, what does the bible say about adultery?

But hey, as long as we keep those gays from getting married we are protecting "traditional" marriage.

Sources:

Chicago Tribune

L.A. Times

Time blog

2 comments:

mando said...

There's the Deni I know and love. Looking forward to reading more from you guys. And thanks for sharing facts and truths that I'm unaware of.

Deni said...

Yay!!!! Mando gave us our first comment!