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Biden Predicts Crisis

I suppose Biden himself could also be a bit of crisis for Sen. Obama’s campaign.  Why so many people are willing to overlook the fact that Obama is the least prepared and most inexperienced presidential candidate in modern times is a quandary.  And why people think he can fix the economy when he has never actually even run a business or even a city government is remarkable. 

This is not some fairy tale story with a happy ending if Sen. Obama is elected.  No.  This is as serious as it gets.  The person elected will be responsible not only for our economy but also for our security and position in the world.  Russia, North Korea, China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Palestine and Venezuela with all their problems do not disappear with an inspiring speech or campaign promise.  I think Biden understands that.  I think voters understand that too, but we ignore it to our peril. 

“Live free or die!” is one of our nation’s storied mottoes, yet America is on the precipice of trading freedom with its uncertainties and endless opportunities for the mediocre “safety” of massive government programs funded with your money to fix all of our problems.  Obama is attempting to buy votes with the promise of tax rebate checks for millions of people who don’t even pay any Federal income taxes.  I grant that McCain is not the best example of conservative economic prowess, but Obama is much worse and intentionally so.  We forget that government created these problems in the first place.  Over-taxing success and feeding more money to government solves nothing and kills jobs. 

In addition, we are about to tell the world whether they can “test” our resolve or not.  Obama has consistently demonstrated his willingness to back down from a necessary fight.  And he’s been dead wrong.  If Obama had been President these past four years, Iraq would be lost.  Gone would be the chance at a stable democracy and the new opportunity for women’s rights in the Middle East.  In fact, if Obama had been President eight years ago, Saddam Hussein would still be in power today.  And so what Obama represents to me is quite simple—less freedom here and abroad and more fear.  Don’t take my word for it, just ask Obama’s VP.            

 

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Alaska: No Small Task

Before you dismiss the fact that Sarah Palin is Commander of the Alaska National Guard, consider this:

Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system. The 49th Missile Defense Battalion of the Alaska National Guard is the unit that protects the entire nation from ballistic missile attacks. It’s on permanent active duty, unlike other Guard units.

As governor of Alaska , Palin is briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter-terrorism. Her exposure to classified material may rival even Biden’s and certainly by far exceeds Obama’s.

She’s also the commander in chief of the Alaska State Defense Force (ASDF), a federally recognized militia incorporated into Homeland Security’s counter-terrorism plans.

Palin is privy to military and intelligence secrets that are vital to the entire country’s defense. Given Alaska ‘s proximity to Russia, she may have security clearances we don’t even know about. According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets.

She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is. . . . her experience in keeping the homeland safe fits perfectly with her image as the competent American woman.

Compare her Experience and Resume with the Messiah Obama’s???

Governor Palin, Commander in Chief Already, wins hands down.

Hat Tip: GreyHawk emphasis mine

Good to know.  The more I learn about Palin, the more I like her.  Did you know that if you divide Alaska in half, Texas would then be the third largest state?  Think about it.  –Jay

The Candidates Call Each Other’s Bluff

Throughout this historic campaign the Republicans have highlighted Senator Barack Obama’s obvious lack of experience—especially on foreign affairs and national security issues.  This fact has also appeared to be a very effective argument.  And so in the first major decision of Obama’s young, national political career he reached out and tapped fellow senior, thirty-plus-year-veteran Senator Joe Biden for the number two spot to bolster the perception of experience. 

“Take that John McCain!” 

But the “inexperience” argument still holds some persuasive power, or at least it did.  Enter: young Governor Sarah Palin.  “What!?”  “Who?”  Now Democrats are crying “foul” on McCain’s new vice-presidential pick.  “Oh, the hypocrisy!” they sneer.  Even Republicans quietly wonder to themselves why McCain would risk disarming their favorite handy “inexperience” argument?  Because McCain got what he wanted all along.  (Get ready for it!)  In a stroke of political genius, McCain has single-handedly dismantled Obama’s strongest argument against McCain—Obama being the candidate of change!

“Take that Barack Obama!” 

The maverick McCain/Palin ticket doesn’t look or feel close to anything like Bush/Cheney or even the Obama/Biden ticket.  The first female conservative VP in 232 years of America’s history!  Obama’s entire “change” theme and brand has suffered a huge blow and has its own hypocrisy problem.  Sure, Obama has rightly earned a significant place in history, but his decision to “ignore women” for the most part and stick with another old “safe” liberal white guy for VP is going to haunt his dreams until election day and quite possibly beyond.      

And so now this entire political process is right back to square one.  The two candidates have called each other’s bluff.  “Change” and “inexperience” are pretty much off the table (except for the nagging historical fact that Presidental and Vice-Presidential qualifications don’t usually equate).  These campaigns are now forced to refocus on the issues that voters care about most: strong families, strong country, and real opportunity to get a piece of the American dream and who has the best plan to lead us there.