Note: Tomorrow, Jan. 20, 2009, this site will diverge from my other one and will focus on the presidency of Barack Obama. The other site will continue to discuss the presidential prospects of Gov. Sarah Heath Palin, prospects that I believe are very good. I hope you'll visit both sites regularly. "You betcha!"
Let's see, Barack Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, who will be in charge of the IRS, is a man who didn't pay his income tax. His nominee for Secretary of Commerce is under grand jury investigation and may end up making license plates rather than mananging the nation's business. His nominee as head of the CIA is someone with no intelligence experience. Maybe if the MSM keep saluting his cabinet choices, most of them pedestrian, we might believe they're more than a collection of stiffs. Sarah Palin is starting to look better and better. (After Obama's Inaugural Address on Tuesday, I'll give my assessment of what he says, if anything. I don't expect Abraham Lincoln.)
"Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
A friend asked me how Sarah Palin can "square the circle" of retaining conservative support while also attracting moderates and center-left Democrats.Linda, there are ways of handling the challenge of keeping conservatives while appealing to moderates and Democrats.
Sarah needs to make the point that we need more respect for life in general in America -- less violence against women, less hostility to minority group members, less child abuse, less warehousing of kids in bad schools, less crime, less drug and alcohol addiction, less mistreatment of the elderly, even less animal abuse.
At the same time, we need more assistance for those with special needs children, more facilitation of adoption, more assistance to girls and women who are pregnant and in need of supportive people.
I believe Sarah Palin is very much in favor of moving on all the issues I raise. That's one reason I support her so strongly.
There are laws against the things I mentioned (e.g., murder, child abuse), but reducing their incidence in our society is a matter less of law than of conscience, education, and basic morality. There was a belief after Roe v. Wade that it would reduce the occurrences of child abuse, spouse abuse, and the like. That didn't happen.
(By the way, I'm not in favor of abortion, but ultimately it's not my decision to make. At the same time, I'll discuss the matter with anyone who wishes.)
Sarah needs to appeal to what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." She should use those very words. Her own respect for life should include respect for those whose views differ from her own. All Americans will agree with her that there hasn't been exactly an excess of love in our society.