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Posts in September 2008

A Conservative Sweetheart

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-09-01 11:40:54

I was skeptical when John McCain announced Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate. She is starting to win me over. Slowly.

She only has two years of experience as the governor of Alaska, but, ironically, those two years give her more executive experience than any of the other major candidates running. My roommate tells me that experience is important, but more important still is integrity. She appears to have that in spades. Since she became governor in Alaska she has lowered property taxes and reduced corruption. 

She, like McCain, is considered a "maverick." Not only is she intelligent and well spoken, but her story is compelling as well. Self ascribed "hockey mom," she is the mother of five (the youngest of whom has Down Syndrome). Her husband is a commercial fisherman and world champion snow mobile racer (go figure). She rose up quickly through political ranks first in her hometown of Wasila and then at state levels. 

I like her conservative chops, but I think the most interesting thing about her is that she is a woman. Her inclusion on the ticket makes her the second woman to ever be on the presidential ticket of a major political party in this country. Thus, it is making history. But what really is interesting is what overall affect her presence will have on the election. It really takes the wind out of the sails of the Democrat line of making history my electing a black man. Additionally, it evens up the charge the Republicans have been making that Obama is inexperienced. Currently, the polls are dead even between McCain and Obama. What was supposed to be a Democrat year is turning out to be a tough call. 

Democrats will try to equate McCain with Bush. This is essential for them as they try to capitalize on the President's low approval ratings. Still, whatever happens, Bush is out, so all that effort might be wasted. Maybe. 

I'm not totally sold on Palin yet, but I like what I hear so far. I'm still listening for more, ie cutting taxes, privitising social security, the war in Iraq, and above all supporting/upholding the constitution. Too bad Ron Paul isn't running. C'est la vie.

When Push Comes To Shove

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2008-09-01 00:54:02

Today RazzleRed taught Sunday School. During the course of her excellent lesson, she read from the words of Harold B. Lee:

"You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that 'the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name's glory.' (D&C 21:6.)"