Palin's Un-America

Everyone in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Miami, Cleveland, Minneapolis, etc., etc., etc., should be furious with Sarah Palin for equating living in a urban area of the country makes you un-American (if being un-american means potentially voting for Obama.)  

I have never seen a party that consistently classifies themselves as uniters being so divisive.  

In a Sarah Palin America those of us that live in urban America are lovers of socialism who "pal around with terrorists" while we actually read news publications that extend our elitism.  Sarah Palin, who has barely seen the world past Alaska, let alone those "furrin" countries that lie past our borders fails to see that urban America celebrates the diversity of America.  You see people of many races and religions living together side by side (mostly) in harmony.  You see people with open minds that are open to new ideas that will improve the world and willing to help their neighbors, unlike what Sarah Palin wants people to believe.  That to me is what America is about, not homogeneous groups of people that still believe that the world was created in 6 days and that we lived the same time as the dinosaurs.  

Sarah Palin comes from a town in Alaska of under 10,000 that was surrounded by 42 meth labs and forced victims of sexual abuse to pay for their own medical treatment.  Those are virtues that I want extolled upon the rest of America.  

I have traveled to most of this country, and I have seen good and bad in both rural and urban America.  In times like these, more then others, we need to come together as a nation.  Yet members of the Republican party insist on still trying to divide this nation into the "real" America and the elitist socialist America.  America will not be able to move forward as a divided country were it's rural citizens harbor a distrust of it's urban citizens that is fostered by the leaders of the Republican party.  People in this country need to realize that we need to move forward on a united front, that is the only way we will succeed and bring this country back to the status that we all want to be at.  

The voters of this country need to step up and say No! I will not let you divide my country into two parts.  We are all Americans and we are all looking for the same thing and urban America and rural America coming together will provide a strength that the two parts can separate would never be able to match.

So say no to Sarah Palin's "real" America of small towns.  We all live in one America, and we are all real Americans.

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Clinton's Rural Advantage

Shepherdstown, W. Va.

While Barack Obama is busy ordering champagne for his premature victory party on May 20th, Hillary Clinton is pounding the West Virginia trail to get-out-the-vote in Tuesday's primary.

By all accounts Clinton will enjoy a double-digit win in West Virginia, followed by another in Kentucky one week later. And even though Obama, his surrogates, and pundit parrots are furiously pre-spinning his losses in these two states by suggesting that they don't really matter -- West Virginia and Kentucky could end up being game-changers for Clinton. Here's why:

Rural America can determine who becomes the next President. And West Virginia and Kentucky show off Clinton's commanding rural advantage.

But they aren't the only ones. Check out the county-by-county results from four very close contests (Clinton is red; Obama, green):

Missouri (Obama won by 1.3%):

New Mexico (Clinton won by 1%):

Texas (Clinton won by 3.5%):

Indiana (Clinton won by 2%)

As you can see, Clinton's base covers a broader geographic region, nearly a sweep of counties.  Although population counts may be relatively equal between the red and green areas -- these maps illustrate how well she consistently performs in rural America.

Hillary has hit her stride in small towns and rural communities across the country, connecting with working class voters with a populist appeal reminiscent of Bobby Kennedy. For those who have followed Hillary Clinton's life and career, we know it's genuine. You can see the joy on her face when she's working the rope line in town squares, even at the end of a 16-hour day. Of course Obama's "bitter" moment aided her, but cinching this demographic segment is a crucial achievement that Clinton has earned for the Democrats. And, you might benefit of this extended primary season that some party members are anxious to end.

A Democratic pollster for the Wall Street Journal and NBC News said it well:

Rural and small-town voters are the best indicators of whether a candidate is connecting with the values of Middle America. "They are America.  Too often Democrats end up with candidates who can speak only to metro America. If you can speak to [rural and small-town America], then you relate to the rest of America."

Pay attention, folks. These are General Election swing voters needed to reach 270 electoral votes.

Swing voters.

And no one understands that better than the superdelegates, many of whom rely on these same voters for their own re-elections.

So Barack Obama might think twice about dismissing West Virginia and Kentucky, even if he calculates that their votes and delegates are inconsequential to the nomination. The hard-working people of Appalachia and bluegrass country represent a nationwide constituency capable of delivering the White House in November. And for Clinton, they will put her within striking distance of a popular vote lead.

Note: Maps and election results from uselectionatlas

Cross posted at texasdarlin.

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Talking Heads (Media) Know Hillary Can Be The Nominee

It just dawned on me this morning as I was switching channels to get away from these talking heads on these Morning Shows. You do realize, they don't call them Morning News, because then they might acutally be expected to report NEWS as opposed to gracing us with their opinions and entertainment (if that's what you call it), however biased they may be.  Even they have come to realize the truth, that Hillary can become the Democratic nominee.

The talking heads went with the Obama theme that we were hearing for so many weeks by the Obama surrogates, asking Hillary to drop out of the Presidential campaign to turn it over to Obama, instead of him having to campaign and fight for the nomination, the night Hillary won Indiana.  A funny thing to do when someone wins a primary election and there are still so many more states yet to vote.

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I always felt  `lifted up' on Sundays, as if the day itself made me a more virtuous person. But this feeling was in fact the byproduct of my participation in the 9:30 am worship service at the Presbyterian Church in my hometown which was small I guess, only about 60,000 people.

There was only one high school, and only one Presbyterian Church where my Momma and I sat side by side Sunday after Sunday on a hard wood bench, a little in back but close to the middle.  The church itself had a soaring steeple, but in reality was only a small stucco building with wood and stained glass windows and a raised platform in front for Rev. Cogswell. But the organ could reach deep inside you, and so could a choir of townspeople dressed  in black robes who sang hymns like the angelic host.

I knew a lot of the hymns by heart: "Holy, Holy, Holy;""Faith of Our Fathers;" and "How Great Thou Art." My Mom loved  "Rock of Ages, the "Old Wooden Cross," and "Church in the Wildwood," but we didn't sing those very often. I often thought it was too bad because she would light up and get a far away look about her if she happened to hear one of those hymns; and I was ever on the lookout for whatever made my mother softer.  

Our Sunday morning ritual was always the same. After we mounted the church's wide steps we would walk to our seats while nodding or smiling to those nearby, some familiar and some not. Then my Mom and I would read the printed program, and before long I'd pluck a maroon hymnal from the slat compartment in front of us and slip little markers between the page numbers of the hymns that we were going to sing.


Church never began for me until we had sung at least one hymn, and when that moment came my Mom and I  would stand, shoulders touching, and each place one hand beneath the hymnal; then our voices joined each other and the rest of the congregation. By the second verse we often smiled at each other, our conflicts forgotten in our shared pleasure.

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Small Towns Hire Lobbyists For Big Bucks!

I do not know what to add. The lunatics not only have the damn keys....They now have lobbyists! ---

Excerpts from NYT article written by Jodi Rudoren and Aron Pilhofer:

Via The Raw Story, Saturday July 1, 2006.


Cities, towns, school districts, and other local governments and agencies are turning to lobbyists to pry loose federal dollar, the New York Times will report Sunday.


But in a last-ditch gambit, city officials hired a federal lobbyist who had known the local congressman for four decades. Within weeks, the congressman, Representative C. W. Bill Young, called the mayor to say he had slipped a special $50 million appropriation, known as an earmark, into an omnibus bill.

The city had originally sought $15 million. But Mr. Young -- a Republican who was then the all-powerful chairman of the Appropriations Committee and, as his lobbyist friend knew, believes public roads should be free -- raised it to eliminate the toll.

Since that windfall three years ago, Treasure Island has continued to pay $5,000 a month to the lobbying firm, Alcalde & Fay, and has continued to reap earmarks: $500,000 to fix a sewer plant, $625,000 to repair wooden walkways over the dunes, $450,000 for pedestrian crosswalks.

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