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Shame on Palin for Swift-boating, Senator Barack Obama

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Sarah Palin had this to say of Senator Barack Obama as far as this presidential campaign goes, "There is a time when it's necessary to take the gloves off and that time is right now." In reference to her smear campaign of Obama when she said he had “palling around with a terrorists” namely, Bill Ayers, a former member of the Vietnam-era militant Weather Underground organization.


But before I get to taking off the gloves with Sarah Palin, America just does not have the tolerance or the time to be dredging up a fleeting acquaintance that Obama had with Ayers.


I state that we do not have this tolerance or time to be using this smear-tactic directed towards Obama because of the dire times we are all facing as a nation.  Just last week, the government had to bailout Wall Street where the taxpayers are angry.  In fact the reason for this bailout was because of John McCain who did not believe in regulation, and now does.  His economic advisor Phil Gramm wrote many of the laws that brought this financial house of cards down to their very foundations.  Americans do not have time or patience to care about this as they look at their investments all but disappear in front of their eyes.


America does not have the patience to engage in smear-tactics when over 47 million still go without health insurance.  I still think of child up late at night with a terrible cold and his parents fraught with fear in whether or not to take him to a doctor because of this lack of health insurance.

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Newsday reported this past week where donations to food pantries are slowing due to an increasing need by many who are falling behind and cannot afford food which is a basic necessity. 


Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Hunting Station, NY has reported, "There are no canned green vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, tuna or fruit juice. Beans, pasta sauce, canned tomatoes and the basic cost-saving one-pot meals such as Rice-a-Roni and macaroni and cheese are scarce. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are a rarity." Does Palin think those who are going without food care who Barack Obama once had a fleeting acquaintance with when they cannot feed their families?  Well shame on her for forgetting these people.


A few weeks ago, Hurricane Ike basically leveled the town of Galveston, Texas where little is being reported of the devastation that horrific storm had on it.  People lost their homes.  Does Palin even get that an entire town was leveled?  Does she think that those affected by Ike care?

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When Palin had this to say, "Our opponent though is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough that he is palling around with terrorists who would target their own country," Sarah Palin does not have a full understanding of what that era was like.  It was an angry time in our history where many did not like our government which is similar to today’s sentiment regarding this present war which we are embroiled in namely the Iraq War.  Also, palling around means a deep friendship where in this case they were not.  Second, there are some who would think of doing this, but do not actually do it.  There is a difference between thinking and doing.


Our country is far from being perfect, but at least there are people like Barack Obama who are trying to make it better as he did as a community organizer, a state senator, a U.S. senator and hopefully as our next president.


To Ayers credit, at least he saw that the way to change things was to engage people through the use of their minds since he is now a university professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Now if we are going to take off the gloves, Gov. Palin as it relates to terrorism, I do suspect that innocent animals such as wolves and bears do see you as being their terrorist.


According to the Anchorage Daily News, they reported, “The 180 volunteer pilots and aerial gunners who are the backbone of the program can get $150 in cash for turning in legs of freshly killed wolves, Gov. Sarah Palin's office announced Tuesday.” Words cannot adequately describe my contempt for Palin to promote this hunting of wolves and handing out an extra bounty by having hunters turn in their legs.  Palin has actually sanctioned the killing of these beautiful animals.


The Anchorage Daily News even reported in a separate article, “Opponents of the state's predator control program are blasting lawmakers and the governor for approving a $400,000 appropriation to educate Alaskans about the aerial shooting of wolves and efforts to reduce bears in some areas.”  When our education system coast-to-coast is failing our citizens especially our children, she chose to educate people on how to kill animals.  Perhaps that money could have been best used to promote sex-education in Alaskan public schools.  I will leave it there.

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While I have only watched these video’s once and can’t bring myself to watch again, here are heinous videos of bear hunting which Sarah Palin does support.  If you have small children around, I am strongly cautioning you not to let them see this massacre.


This country just does not have time for Swift-boat tactics coming from the McCain campaign through Sarah Palin.


In fact the AP reported, “And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.”

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