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No, They Can't!! Random Thoughts on the RNC

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4    September 2008: No, They Can't!! or McCain's Pa[l]in in the U.S.!!"-

I haven't blogged for a while, for which I apologize in case you missed me. I am reeling from the formidable introduction of Sarah Palin to the world last night.

     In about ten minutes Cindy McCain will open her sateen lips and address us, another first, more or less.

     I am reeling as I wonder when in history, if ever, an incumbent president did not attend his own party's presidential convention, on purpose. (Forget Cheney--he's over in Central Asia making trouble.)

     It just blinds me that a party that has made such a mess of our country and the world in the last eight years can so easily dispense with the protagonists and ask for another shot (literally?) at destroying the world even more. The Arctic Circle is melting as they chant "Drill, baby, drill!"-

     Twenty-five percent of Iraq veterans are homeless while they cheer for our troops. You can be sure that Palin's  and McCain's sons and nephew will not be homeless when they return, if they return.

     While they thank God for Lieberman, victims in Iraq are praying to God for a life. With a snap of the little senator's little fingers, how many lives might be saved?

     While they agree that change is needed, they specify renewable energy as in nuclear power and "clean"- coal. And, uh, maybe some fuel cells and wind power, they trail off. To drill in the dying ocean, to pollute and warm its waters further . . .

     Palin offers the world Alaska's oil and natural gas and takes credit for the pipeline.

     While Palin preaches abstinence in schools, her own daughter is pregnant out of wedlock. She has recently given birth to a child with a sort of illness that can easily lead to a life of misery. (Compare the sorrow of the institutionalized Rosemary Kennedy.) That child was the youngest person in the hall in the twin cities--as if a culmination of all that's gone wrong with the world because of the Grand Old Party that is really over, really.

     I do not mean to insult handicapped populations. My brother is severely handicapped and leads a life of misery. But life is precious, they are right, the GOP--

     So why endless, preemptive warfare? That's been asked before.

     Less government? That bureaucracy has never swelled larger than under the Bushocracy.

     Think about it: a convention where the names of their two highest powers are barely spoken. Before I shut off the TV in revulsion, McCain paid brief homage to the Bushes and left out Cheney entirely.

     He paid brief homage to Obama (not Biden, with whom he shares a lot more). Using his trope "America first,"- he soon accused the Democrats of putting their country "second."-

     A few protesters were allowed in. One was prevented from running down to him in hysterics, unarmed as far as I could see. He referred to such gestures as static interfering with his message as the crowds chanted "USAA!!"-

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Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, (more...)

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