If you haven't called your legislators yet to voice opposition to the bailout, do it NOW! Don't give up just because you're tired and think they won't listen.
The Baseball Crank began a 3-part series yesterday called "The Integrity Gap" and as a first installment has a long piece on Sarah Palin. Part 2 will be about Obama, and Part 3 will be about the senior members on the ticket, Biden and McCain. Interesting way to structure things.
However, if you have time time, you simply must sit down and read Part 1. It's a well-researched piece about Palin and her career. If integrity is a significant issue - and I believe it's one of the only one that matters, you may find your vote changing.
Without integrity, how can anyone be assured that all the rhetoric, promises and roadmaps will lead to anywhere? Without integrity and moral tenacity, how can the American public know that a President and Vice President won't spin and dodge their way into a White House that flips so much it ought to be known as a Huddle House?
For what it's worth, I thought Palin did exceedingly well last night. I wish she'd jumped on Biden's 14 misrepresentations/lies. However, Palin misstated herself several times as well, though not as patently misleading as Biden did. If you go to FactCheck.org, you'll see them basically saying that both candidates were equally deceptive. However, even FactCheck.org has been questioned in recent weeks and unfortunately may be guilty of bias itself. Arrgh. Who's going to Fact-Check the Fact-Checkers? It all comes down to interpretation and the worldview you bring to the table.
When these “fact-checking” sites aren’t botching the facts, they can sometimes be found dressing up opinion as fact. (Source)
Biden came across as being more factual because he threw out numbers, stats, years, etc. However, most of those have been "Fact-Checked" today and come up as misleading. Palin stuck to her guns and presented a positive, hopeful face for change with broad, government-reducing idealogy.
However, I think the McCain ticket needs to re-articulate itself as to what its plans are for reducing government, waste, corruption, etc. I know it is published and promoted, but apparently not to the extent that it is getting to the American people. Surveys still show that folks have no idea what the McCain strategy is. That's probably because the MSM is a multi-billion $ ad campaign for Obama. McCain has had to resort to YouTube and the blogosphere to communicate his message effectively.
As for the integrity issue, even Clinton supporter and former Special Counsel to the White House for President Clinton Lanny Davis said this in August 2008:
"You know, I would consider voting for McCain on character and on the kind of human being he is because I have great - I know him - I have great admiration for him. I would sleep well at night if John McCain is President. But on the issues, Barack Obama is for the issues that I care about." (ABC Radio's "The Sean Hannity Show," 8/25/08)
Does it have to come down to character vs. issues? I don't think so. After hearing Biden extoll some of the issues of his ticket last night in the debate - global warming (which he said is 100% caused by mans' activity - can we say naive?), same-sex couple rights, punishing successful people (he calls them "the rich") with higher taxes (since when is it wrong to be successful?! And don't the rich create MORE jobs, businesses, and pour more money into our economy?), I just don't know that there are any issues that they support that could possibly lure me to their ticket.
And by the way, if you're receiving all your political information from the TV or newspaper... don't. You'll be sure to get Obamified. At least get on some political blogs - both conservative and liberal - and read well. Tell me what you notice in tone, spirit, and insight and information in those sites.
Here are three I read almost daily. The first two are conservative, and the third is more liberal:
The Townhall - I usually read Hugh Hewitt's material
Powerline - Latest entry: Biden Mangles the Constitution in Debate
What blogs or sites do you read for news and informed insight?