I have never received as much flak as I have for not supporting John McCain as I have after he announced his VP choice of Sarah Palin. I could criticize McCain until I was blue in the face before, some would even laugh. It's almost as if a golden cloud came down and swallowed up McCain after he chose her as his running mate and to now question him make you completely un-American. A traitor even.
Here is an email I received today. I will keep it anonymous other than stating this is from someone who is opposed to illegal immigration and has criticized McCain in the past... up until Sarah Palin came along... They originally sent me a "Why I support John McCain" email that was I believe a form letter from the McCain website outlining his heroic military past etc...
I responded pointing out that he has been speaking even more fervently for amnesty with his "Palin bump" in the numbers recently. That this is the man who put forth an amnesty bill. I never once called them a name. I did say I was disappointed in their decision and I did was question why and point out the facts. They ranted on about how Obama may win, how Palin was great, I do note that not once did they really talk about McCain. It was all about fighting against Obama and how Palin is so great. They responded that Palin was anti-illegal immigration. I pointed out this:
There is no proof to this. Laura Ingraham says she mentioned it once... There are sanctuary cities throughout Alaska she never spoke out against as governor and Alaska itself is listed as a sanctuary state, something she did nothing about while governor.
A vote for Palin is a vote for McCain.
and here is the response I received.
So what is your solution? Do not vote at all? I hear criticism-that is all. My G-d not voting is tatamount to putting Obama in office, which would far more dangerous than these illegals. Even Al Garza whom I will be interviewing for the fourth time on my radio show is voting McCain-because Obama is worse.
Why don't you stop complaining and criticizing and whinning and try being part of a solution. ...
I am disappointed you would be so narrow minded.
So go ahead and be a doormat like the rest of the ones like you who whine like babies because nothing gets done the way you want, go and cry like babies - but January if G-d forbid Obama sits in the WH-I do not EVER want to hear ONE IOTA from the likes of you or anyone else like you.
Take it the cleaners buddy..you are pathetic!
Really? If i don't just swallow all of my beliefs and support McCain because he picked Mother Mary Sarah Palin as his running mate... If I don't bow down to the Republican party and stop questioning and criticizing... if I don't become a Republican sheep and get in lockstep... then I am not being part of the "solution", I am being narrow-minded?
As I read this I just shook my head in wonder.
Because I refuse to fall in line I am now a doormat... a crying baby... someone who goes and whines in the corner...
Umm not exactly. I feel that those who are truly the doormats are those who "magically" all of the sudden checked all of their beliefs at the door once Palin came along. As if she somehow changed John McCain or will have some kind of impact on the decisions he makes. Yet in the same breath they will claim he is a "Maverick" and listens to nobody but his own beliefs. The ignorance to putting those two statements in the same paragraph is mind boggling.
The narrow-minded jab made me shake my head even more, because narrow-minded is voting along the party line. Not thinking for yourself and making a real decision, but just voting against another guy.
I really think these people have put blinders on and painted Sarah Palin with any brush they want to. She is so unknown that they are instilling beliefs in her that she doesn't have. The lack of any evidence on her stance on immigration for instance - other than one rumored statement from Laura Ingraham - and running with it as fact, is just something I can't comprehend. Does Laura Ingraham really have that much power that one statement by her makes all worries go away and everyone suddenly jumps on the McCain bandwagon?
This isn't the first of emails like this that I have received. I have received many since my initial questioning of Palin upon her selection the same day. The lack of true knowledge of her stances, that mainly being because she wasn't in office long enough to even get a feeling for where she stands. I have never really spoken against her, all I have ever done is question. But I guess questioning in some people's eyes is tantamount to treason.
Now the email was sent by someone whom I've always enjoyed a good email here and there with over the years, but apparently even questioning reality - and especially it seems Sarah Palin - gets you the ending to the above email...
Take it the cleaners buddy..you are pathetic!
I have never claimed to have all of the answers. All I have done is question, question, question... and of course use my right to free speech to hopefully encourage others to do the same thing.
In the end I guess McCain was right. He could put forth a bill for amnesty for illegal aliens multiple times in a few years, call American people against amnesty heartless and in the end run for president and have everybody defending him because 1) he is a Republican and there are many Republican sheep who just pull the "R" lever and 2) he gets a blank slate in Sarah Palin that people paint a picture on of their own beliefs with no proof that she even holds those beliefs themselves and 3) Obama may win. I'm sorry, but that is not enough reason for me to vote for McCain.
I guess Americans really are that gullible.
Oh and if Obama wins because I didn't vote for McCain... that doesn't take my right to free speech away as you imply in the email above - and has been stated by others. It means I voted for the person I thought was right independently, not some schmuck who has you fooled into believing that his running mate is the one who is going to be president. At least I will be able to sleep soundly at night for the next 4 years because I actually tried to be part of the solution and not part of the problem by voting for the lesser of two evils and sticking with some sham of "party loyalty" even at the expense of my beliefs...
So who'll be pathetic then?
I'm sorry I have to agree with those condemning you for not voting for McCain. I am not much of a McCain fan, either. However, those who say that not voting for him is out of tune with our electoral process are correct. We have a system. If that system breaks, the country breaks. Right now the country is on the verge of breaking. Remember, "Divided we fall?" This has never been so true as it is now. I believe McCain is our only chance to have someone to work with. I know, it looks hopeless, but if you let Obama get into office by not voting for McCain then you are part of the problem, and the problem with Obama in office is much larger than with McCain in office.
I'm not voting for McCain because of Sarah Palin. In the first place, there is some evidence that Palin will drop out due to family needs. But, whether she does or not we cannot have Obama in office.
We can not be one-issue voters. We have to look at the big picture and see that this country cannot afford Obama who is simply a puppet of an amoral Hollywood and friends. If these despicable people have their puppet in office all is lost. We'll lose our gun rights, our freedom of speech rights by closing the radio talk shows, and possible even restrictions on the web to shut up you and those like you.
Don't think one-issue. It always gets us in trouble. If you vote for Obama and lose your rights, but they keep theirs, then dirty, foulmouted, amoral, un-American Hollywood wins big.
Posted by: Ross on September 28, 2008 12:36 AM