Could just *anyone* have given that speech that McCain gave last night? Could he and Giuliani have changed places and it had the same affect? How about Fred Thompson? Ron Paul possibly thinks he could have done a better job. Is it all in how the writer of the speech chooses his words? Is it fate/destiny/God's will? Is it quite conceivable that the local convenience store clerk could get up there and read a script from a teleprompter and do just as well. I'll say yes, just for the sake of a good argument. Some people could arguably get up and deliver an adequate disquisition. The problem comes into play when the person delivering the words does not have the goods to back it up. The issue isn't how he pronounces his words (although if I ever get to meet President Bush, love him to death, I'm going to have to squeeze his cheeks together and go- say it with me NUK-LEEEE-er, not *NUK-YA-LER*), the issue is integrity. Now before you go thinking that I am completely naive, I know that there is not one man or woman that can deliver on every single statement that they make during these stumps. Too many things get in the way, things change, reality sets in and other things demand more attention making those things take a back seat - yea, they become excess luggage. Then I suppose the question becomes "What is the intent?" I had a professor that used to say that people will do what they have done. So, what have they done? Here is a site that will show you what they have done on each issue...
Then there are things that are clear cut. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, took a risk and held a forum with these two men. He asked them the same questions and they had the opportunity to answer them as they wished without being debated or 'booed.' All three have taken some criticism for that evening, but I believe it was as it was and we are wiser as a result. If you missed it, I'll post them at the end. I love the answers to some of the questions. "What point is a baby entitled to human rights, in your view?" McCain: "At the moment of conception." No hesitation, no backing down, no wavering, no beating around the bush, no flip flopping. Obama: "mumble, mumble, mumble, that's above my pay grade, yada yada yada...:" WHAT? It's above your pay grade to have a view? Give me a break.
I'm sure everyone's ears perk up at different times during each speech, but, one statement stood out to me in each of the last two. In Palin's speech, she (the mother of a baby with Down Syndrome) said that if you are the parent of a child with a disability, you will have a friend in the White House. That struck a serious chord in me. Then last night, during McCain's speech, he said- "Sen. Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucrats. I want schools to answer to parents and students." Let me be clear about something, right now in Delaware the schools answer to virtually no one. There are NO educational lawyers in DE. When we've talked to lawyers outside of DE, they've been appalled at our story. They tell us this is an open and shut case. Then we tell them we are in Delaware and they say, "Oh, nobody wins in Delaware." The DOE is useless. It doesn't matter what situation is brought to them, they justify it somehow and stand by the school, not by the child. It seems that the educators have figured this out. We wondered why they seemed to laugh at every law that was put in front of them that they seemed to be ignoring. They know there are no education police. Well, let's put this back in the hands of "the people." I'm tired of getting the bureaucratic runaround.
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