Right to the Point (Sept., 11, 2008)

Convention tidbits

Sept. 11, 2008
By Mike Benevento

Here are a few items standing out from the two conventions that selected Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain as presidential candidates:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – Because she was a virtual unknown, the biggest convention surprise was maverick McCain’s choice of Palin as his running mate. However, she has quickly become very popular, with slightly fewer Americans watching Palin’s convention speech than Obama’s. Despite the sludge dredged up by Democrat operatives (her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant with a hockey player’s baby!), Americans have found Palin to be a brilliant woman who has fought corruption in her home state.

Time will reveal that Palin is the right person for the vice president job. Further, as former Clinton advisor Dick Morris points out, “(Barack) Obama, who has spent two years preventing a woman from being president, will spend two months preventing one from becoming vice president — and hopes to do so with women votes.”

Sen. Joe Biden – As a former presidential hopeful, Biden received scant support in early primaries before quitting. He placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses, gaining less than 1 percent of the delegates. The bottom line is that whenever Biden was on the ballot, Americans overwhelmingly rejected him. Yet the Democrats choose Biden for VP. Should something ever happen to Obama, one wonders if Biden is truly ready to be president.

 Obama’s ‘change’ mantra – Obama boasts about changing Washington. However, by picking Biden, Obama is furnishing more of the same. As the sixth longest current serving senator, Biden has been a Washington insider since 1973. That is change?

Meanwhile, McCain is actually delivering change. Known as an independent among conservatives, McCain has put country first, willing to make political sacrifices for what is right. Additionally, Sarah Palin is a total Washington outsider. While Biden will be to Obama what Dick Cheney is to President Bush, Palin will bring a breath of fresh air to the White House.

Unity – One empty slogan tossed about during the Denver convention is that Democrats are united for Obama. Nevertheless, just because they chant unity does not mean Democrats are united. According to a recent USA Today/Gallup Poll, only 47 percent of Hillary Clinton’s supporters said they would vote for Obama, while 23 percent were undecided. This means that more than half of Clinton’s supporters do not back Obama.

Moreover, those numbers do not even count the huge amount of Democrats voting for McCain. As columnist David Limbaugh pointed out, how can Obama claim that he will join Americans together if he cannot even inspire unity within his own party?

Taxes – John McCain and Republicans want to reduce individual and business taxes. The goal is to allow us to keep more of our hard-earned money and keep it away from an unsympathetic Washington.

However, in addition to the ever-constant promise to further tax the rich, Democrats are looking to raise taxes on businesses. They have to. How else will Democrats fund everything its leadership promises?

Former Sen. Fred Thompson exposed the Democrats’ scam during his Republican Convention speech when he said, “Now our opponents tell you not to worry about their tax increases. They tell you they are not going to tax your family. No, they’re just going to tax businesses! So unless you buy something from a business, like groceries or clothes or gasoline or unless you get a paycheck from a big or a small business, don’t worry, it’s not going to affect you.”

Distorting the Catholic Church to justify abortion – Most religions oppose abortion, as it ends a defenseless baby’s life. Archbishop Donald Wuerl pointed out that the Catholic Church teaches life begins at conception (which scientists have proven) and thus Catholics have opposed abortion since the first century.

However, the Democratic Party embraces abortion as part of its pro-choice agenda. This stance has led to some Democrats to twist the Catholic religion to support its pro-abortion cause.

When asked when life begins, Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi distorted the Catholic Church’s stance to suit her party’s platform. Citing St. Augustine, who lived 1600 years ago, Pelosi claims the church is still determining when life begins. Thus, since the church has not settled the question — and despite what science has proven — Pelosi argues that people are free to make their own choice as to when human life starts.

In contrast to the pro-choice Democratic Party, the Republican Party is pro-life. When asked when life begins, McCain gave a succinct answer, “Conception.” The Republican Party’s pro-life agenda is difference enough alone to support McCain and all Republicans in November.

Michael Benevento is a former Air Force fighter jet weapon systems officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in Military History and a master’s in International Relations. Mike resides in Williston with his wife Kristine and their two sons, Matthew and Calvin.