Someone I Can’t Remember Linking…

… who agrees with Rob vis-a-vis the Palin nix Deborah meme.

LaShawn Barber is blogger of some renown. Here is what she said:

At GodBlogCon, my co-presenter Scott Ott said that since John McCain selected Sarah Palin to be his vice-presidential running mate, the role of Vice President has grown. Once perceived as a not-much-to-do job, it’s swelled in importance as detractors cite Palin’s lack of significant executive experience.

I’m one of those detractors, I do admit. I have serious problems with a mother of small children sacrificing them to spend so much time elsewhere. One woman at the convention who disagreed with me said obtaining the vice presidency may be Palin’s “mission field,” or something like that. Perhaps.

She also quotes from Kathleen Parker in her post.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there. Here’s but one example of many from her interview with Hannity: “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this.”

LaShawn is a Christian woman.  I believe Kathleen Parker is a Christian… I am more confident in her sex.  She is a woman.

So, if you are looking for cover to stand up to your Christian family members, your female friends,  or neoconservative political gurus, well, there it is.  Use it wisely.  Run for cover and just vote no.

al sends


17 responses to “Someone I Can’t Remember Linking…

  1. Rob, I think just voting “No” might be an improvement over *my* write-in candidate, don’t you? 🙂

    This is so funny because yesterday on the Palin/Deborah post I wrote and deleted a comment, several times, about how much I cringe and hold my breath anytime I hear or see Palin speak. It’s just too painful. Once I found myself actually blushing. It’s kinda how I felt when I watched that poor guy singing O-Mazing Grace on You Tube.

  2. BeckyJ –

    I have typed and deleted so many comments on this site regarding the vote it ain’t even funny. I am glad that I have deleted every single comment because I keep changing my mind. One minute I’m aggravated at Rob for throwing away his vote and I’m all pro-Republican, pro-American, pro-McCain, the next I’m embarrased at Palin, the next I’m frustrated because Al Sends isn’t running, and the next I’m thinking Obama IS a good speaker and maybe socialism isn’t a bad thing after all.

  3. Yeah, that’s a fashionable chicken restaurant you guys have down there.
    Must be me leavin’. When I headed north we called it “chick fil a” 🙂

    I’ve done the same about deleting comments. I’ve been trying to figure out what I think on all of this, and in the end I’ve pretty much decided to give the whole system a chuck. I’ve had enough of American politics at the ripe old age of 18. “Just Say No,” I’m on board.

    That’s funny because I actually kind of enjoy hearing Palin speak. It’s quite amusing to me to hear this Alaska girl spouting off at politicians. Did you hear Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne’s comments about Palin giving “hockey rink wisdom” in a meeting with the Russian president? It made me laugh and say to myself, “Self, forget what’s best for the country, vote for this girl just to see what happens!” It’s like a game show: How many global powers are going to get ticked off by Sarah Palin today? CNN will be fun to watch for the first time in 5 years!

  4. Can someone please tell me on what moral grounds y’all are voting “no” and just what y ‘all hope to accomplish by this?

    Y’all know it’s not the first time that there hasn’t been perfect candidates and you realize that no vote also forfeits your right to complain over the next four years.

    With every new person joining your movement Rob, I start developing a new nervous twitch.

  5. I’ve kind of been going through the last 8 years of politics with my dad, and we’ve talked a lot about why we vote for who and all that, especially with Bush/Kerry. Quite honestly, I’m done with the Republican Party. I’m convinced that the majority of them are just as comfortable with abortion as the Democrats are, they just use it to get themselves votes. There is, of course, the logic that Pastor Doug Wilson uses, saying that 5 miles an hour towards the cliff is better than 50, but I’m saying why not just stick your feet out of the car and try to stop that way? I’m having a hard time accepting the promises of people who have kept none of their promises for the last 10 years. Maybe I’m being an idealist and living in an ivory tower, but I’d rather vote for the best candidate than the most practical. But we’ll see what happens.

  6. So Susan, with all respect (and I mean that), I need a moral ground for writing in the name of Ron Paul on my ballot? Why? Who is to say I am “throwing my vote away”? I would say I would need “moral ground” for voting for McCain/Palin.

    And I have to have voted for the “legitimate” conservative candidate (i,e., the Republican who lost) in order to be able to complain? I don’t buy that, sister.

  7. No, you shouldn’t buy it.

    As an American citizen, there is no requirement to have moral grounds for voting, not voting or writing in Mickey Mouse for that matter. There is no voting prerequisite for complaining (I said nothing about having to vote for a conservative candidate).

    My questions still stand though. As a Christian, you, Rob, et al, aka the “Just Vote No” Movement, obviously are having issues with this year’s presidential election. You said you need a moral ground for voting FOR McCain. So tell me, succinctly if you please, what your moral grounds are for voting “no” because I’ve apparently missed it somehow in all of the posts and links. Reference a link or a post if I’ve missed it. I haven’t been reading Wilson, so maybe y’all are in consensus because of posts you’ve seen there. I ask in all sincerity, perhaps you can sway my vote. I like to think I’ve researched the candidates and their voting records but maybe I missed something. Maybe you’ll bring up an issue that I had not thought of as a moral issue before. But tell me more than Palin isn’t being a good mommy, that McCain is a consummate politician, or that Obama has no experience.

    I say that you are throwing away your vote when you vote “no” because, well, you aren’t voting for anyone. I didn’t bring up Ron Paul. If you vote for Ron Paul, you will not be voting for the next president of the United States, however, you will be making a statement with your vote because Ron Paul signifies a set value system. Votes for Ron Paul will be tallied. Votes for no…. not so much. Without a national media venue that espouses exactly what you mean by “no” it means nothing. You’re reaching a lot of people on this blog, and it’s fun to count it as movement, but how many people would it take for the word “no” to register on anyone tallies? A vote that is not tallied, is a throwaway vote.

    And if that is what you want to do, you have every American right to do it. I am in no position to say what the correct Christian response is. I think spiritually, you are to bless the land that you are in… that you render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s. If by voting “no” you believe you are doing this, then do it. I think yelling a resounding “NO” to local politicians and national politicians is a beneficial thing when paired with the people to back it up, so long as the message will actually reach the politician. But griping on your blog and writing in “No” on your ballot seems so passive aggressive. So I ask again…. What do you hope to accomplish by just voting NO?

    To use the driving analogy of being passengers in the car and driving off the cliff at 40 or 60… You have several choices. Either get into the driver’s seat and steer by being involved in politics or make a choice on the driver. Voting “No” is like standing on the road, getting hit by the car and then saying, “I told you so.” I personally am going to choose the 40mph driver with the hope of buying a bit of time before we arrive at the cliff’s edge. Call me an optimist.

    But heck, there’s still plenty of time left in this election season. I may yet vote “No” as well.

  8. Susan, I don’t know about these other fellows, honorable men all, but for me it comes down to this. We have a government that promises goodness apart from Christ. They promise deliverance from evil though they posses no real power. They promise peace by way of a sword and the religion of democracy instead of the religion of the King. They refuse to say they have no lord but Jesus Christ and expect us to pay at least a little homage to the rulers in Washington, from whom all financial blessings flow.

    Jesus spoke to Pontius Pilate and he said this, John 18:36-37 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

    I am just voting in kingdom mode… All hail King Jesus

    al sends

  9. Susan, here’s the thing.
    I can’t vote for Obama for more reasons than I can count. This being a rather conservative blog I don’t really have to say much more than that. So I’m saying no to Obama. As for the Republican candidate, I think the Republican party has been playing the evangelicals for patsies (a role which we’ve willingly played in the hope for a seat at the table of power and influence) for a long time. They keep putting up candidates who pander to evangelicals in order to keep them voting for the right guys. This go ’round we get McCain, who calculated (or someone calculated for him) that his chances of getting elected would improve dramatically if he picked someone who was pro-life. (He scored some sucker-punch points when he picked a female, feminist, pro-life, some-sort-of-evangelical, gun-toting, son-sending-to-Iraq governor.)

    It is, in my view, the selection of Palin was a cynical move designed to mobilize the gullible evangelcials. Evangelicals get to feel good about themselves for another four years because they did the right thing. The net effect of the nomination is zero…unless McCain dies or resigns – (have you seen the interviews?) [shudder]

    In my opinion, we need to tell the Republican party no. They can do better. And they must.

    A friend told me today that I should write in Jesus. I may give that some thought. In the end, my sentiments are with Al…All hail King Jesus.

    As I said before, I’m willing to explore and be persuaded to use my one vote more effectively. I just don’t know what that would look like.

    And, for what it’s worth, Wilson has been looking hard at the McCain/Palin ticket. I don’t get it. He’s a pretty smart guy, but I am not able to see through his eyes on this one.

  10. Al and Rob, I like what y’all are saying and affirm that Jesus is the answer.

    I do wonder if Al’s application of Kingdom living to include not voting is so spiritually minded to be of no earthly good. I could see others easily using this logic to avoid paying taxes or breaking laws.

    Let me make it clear that I am not a rank and file Republican groupie. I agree that the Republican Party needs to be told no, but doing it on the presidential vote seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    I dunno… Don’t y’all worry about what would happen under ultra-liberal Obama paired with the liberal leaning congress?

    BTW, David, I forgot to wish you well – hope that you are feeling better soon.

  11. sg,

    I realize the distinction is hard to see, but no one is advocating not voting. That’s the whole point. Speaking only for myself here, but I am trying to figure out the most effective way to say no to both choices. I am not willing to choose stricnine over hemlock. Makes no sense.

    About worrying about Obama…Listen, I think Obama will be a bad president. But I don’t think he’s the antichrist even if he is as bad as people say. But my trust is not in Obama. Or the system. Or the Republicans. My trust is in Christ.

    Now, I realize this sounds all spiritual and stuff, but it is to be the reality of the follower of Christ to trust him…not just with our soul so that we get to go to heaven when we die, but with our life, our family, our church, our country and all the rest.

    I am trusting that by making what I feel to be the most responsible statement I can make as a Christian, I’m honoring the King. Now, listen, if there is a way for me to bring honor to Christ in another way…a better statement to make…I’m ALL for it. I just don’t know what that is. I’m pretty sure it is not voting for McCain.

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