Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Rant

Governor Palin in Kuwait with our Troops

After a long week, I must rant about one thing: I am sick of the "Sarah Palin is not ready to be President" nonsense. She is as ready as Sen. Obama and more so. There is no objective fact that I have reviewed that can change my opinion.

Several of my intelligent, well-meaning Democrat friends have taken it for granted that they can simply say, "she's not ready to be President" like that is simply a fact of life that any intelligent person must accept. They miraculously believe that Sen. Obama's nice oratory and brief stint as a U.S. Senator make him qualified while Gov. Palin's career as a Governor of a large state do not. I do NOT accept any of it.

I challenge any reader of this blog to tell me why Barack Obama, who is running for President of the United States, is more ready to be President of the United States than the Governor of Alaska who is running for Vice President. There is no intelligent argument grounded in fact that I see.

I will admit several facts. Sen. Obama has likely spent more time "talking" about foreign policy because a lifetime of campaigning for President forces you to do that. Sen. Obama is a fine orator and an inspirational speaker. Sen. Obama selected a running mate with decent, although misguided, foreign policy credentials.

Can the Democrats admit certain facts? Sen. Obama has no executive experience. Sen. Obama has only a very brief career in the United States Senate. Obama can not point to any significant legislative accomplishment. Gov. Palin has managed the daily operations of a state government and has experience in managing an executive branch of government.

Sen. Obama has NO meaningful preparedness to be the Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world. When you contrast his background and experience to Sen. John McCain, it becomes painfully obvious that John McCain is the only candidate ready to lead our nation. Sen. Obama is a community organizer and state senator who, upon delivering a nice speech at the 2004 DNC Convention, went to the U.S. Senate and began running for the Presidency.

There is a certain elitism--and dare I say it--sexism in the argument that Gov. Palin can not be a "heartbeat away" from the Presidency especially when one believes that Sen. Obama can be President.

I welcome the experience argument. If Gov. Palin is not ready to be President, then neither is Sen. Obama. The difference is she is not running for President. He is.