The most important presidential election of our time: Presidential campaigns have radically changed from my days in the campaign trenches during the 80s and 90s. As a result of 24-7 cable news and the Internet, it’s now more about “gotcha”-type politics versus substantive discussions about politics and policies. Hopefully the American public will see through the political gimmickry and subjectively evaluate which candidate will ultimately change this country’s direction. As President Clinton said, simply, “This country is in trouble.”
I am a Democrat with my own biases. But I truly believe that the Republicans have mastered the techniques of deceit and deception as evidenced during the Bush-Cheney campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Remember the “swift boating” of John Kerry? What bothers me even more is how this country was misled into a war by this administration. Its misrepresentation of facts ultimately caused the loss of thousands of heroic lives and the pain and suffering of thousands more disabled veterans compounded by the billions of dollars per week we spend to fund this war. Now this same political party is trying once again to deceive voters into thinking that its candidates, John McCain and Sarah Palin, will change the direction of this country.
Deception at its best: So far I see no differences between this duo’s position and Bush’s position on the Iraq war, the Roe v. Wade decision, immigration, gun control and economic policies that have favored the “haves” versus the “have-nots.”
I see the same pattern of deception evolving with the McCain-Palin campaign. The “Thanks but no thanks to the Bridge to Nowhere” claim masterminded by Bush operatives has proven to be totally misleading. But they continue to make the claim.
How can McCain say with a straight face that he will change the “broken system” in Congress when he was a part of that system for 26 years? How can McCain say he will fix the Wall Street meltdown, claiming “I won’t tolerate a system that puts you and your family, your savings, your jobs at risk” when his past record clearly shows that he not only supported deregulation efforts that caused this economic crisis but also argued against government oversight to protect the American public by opposing “government interference in the free market.”
As supposedly the most knowledgeable person in America on energy issues, Palin claimed that she had been responsible for overseeing “nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of oil and gas.” According to the Washington Post, the Energy Information Administration claims this is not accurate, as Alaska has decreased its production of oil and gas in past years. When the media questioned the accuracy of her statement, she refused to respond and continues to make the claim.
This governor, who claims she is for transparency in government and welcomed the state investigation into her dismissal of Alaska’s top public safety commissioner, said “Hold me accountable.” Now her husband has refused to testify under subpoena, and the campaign has sent a group of lawyers to dismantle the probe by the bipartisan legislative committee.
Bottom line: Does the McCain-Palin ticket really expect the American people to believe they are honest, trustworthy agents of change? If you walk like a Bush, talk like a Bush, act like a Bush, you are a Bush.
Revealing statistics at the 2008 national party conventions: According to the New York Times, 65 percent of the delegates at the Denver Democratic National Convention were white and 35 percent ethnic minorities, or two-thirds white and one-third minorities. At the Minneapolis Republican National Convention 93 percent of the delegates were white and 7 percent ethnic minorities. The composition of the Republican delegation between whites and minorities seems to be regressing. The breakdown for Republican delegates in 2000 was 89 percent – 11 percent; in 2004, 85 percent – 15 percent; and in 2008, 93 percent – 7 percent. This should be a wake up call to the API community as to which party is truly inclusive and embraces diversity.
Every API vote will count: The presidential race is now a virtual tie. Heavily API-populated states such as California, New York, Illinois and Hawai‘i are shown to favor Obama. Texas is definitely leaning McCain.
Battleground states where API voters can make a difference include Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia and Washington. If there is ever a time when API voters can flex their muscles at the polls, this is it. As the aforementioned convention delegate diversity figures illustrate, there is a lot at stake for API in this race.
Is this country is better off today than eight years ago? Can we afford to allow McCain-Palin to continue Bush policies governing this country? Does this API community truly want a voice in the next administration? Your answer to these questions will determine who you will vote for in November.