Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin's "Issues".

Normally I wouldn't have had any desire to watch the Republican Convention, especially the announcement of their VP nominee. But as most of you no doubt realize, this is not a normal election cycle. I wanted to see how Sarah Palin would bear up under the wave of both rumors and substantial revelations that have been issued since her "coming out". I guess you could say that means that the selection worked, at least for the time being. There is no doubt, after last night's speech, that Palin has energized the "Moral Majority", Christian Right wing of the base. Her reception was tremendously supportive, and she looked to be in her element among those homogeneous, Midwestern Republicans.

Initially my resolve was to watch the presentation until Ms. Palin got on the subject of family. If I had stuck to that, I would have had to tune out after she thanked the crowd for their enthusiastic reception. So I decided I would have to wait until she started talking about the issues, and about half way through her routine, she finally did. I struggled through what appeared to be a Paula Poundstone performance, realizing that the McCain handlers had made sure to take great pains to keep her on message. First came the attacks on the media, for having the audacity to question a candidate that they knew little or nothing about. Palin's listeners loved that, as they have assured themselves that any criticisms are motivated by "liberal bias".

Next Palin outlined her experiences as Governor. As most people already know, there's not a lot to say about the 20 months she's been serving in the position. She talked about having sold an aircraft on eBay. That got a hearty laugh. She talked about having brokered a deal to build a pipeline to bring natural gas into the lower 48. Of course she didn't mention that the previous governor had already done this, and she merely invalidated that contract. What seemed deliberately left out of the "official record" was that she stripped US companies of the construction opportunity, and awarded it to a Canadian company. So much for her vaunted support for creating "American (she means US, of course) jobs with American energy."

She also talked about her strident opposition to earmarks.* What is not so well known is that Alaska leads the nation in earmarks, in terms of federal tax dollars received per capita. Despite her contention that she is against this system, while she was serving as Mayor of her little hamlet, she lobbied Washington for millions of dollars for her home state, and then worked with disgraced Senator Ted Stevens to do the same. Palin even had the audacity to claim to have been against federal funding of the "Bridge to Nowhere". The truth is that she supported the project until national media decried it as a symbol of pork barrell spending, While it's correct to say that she cancelled the construction of the bridge, what she hasn't bragged about is having kept the federal funds already doled out, and diverting its use for other "state priorities".

As far as future policies are concerned, she made it clear that her energy plan is focused and concentrated on drilling in Alaska (that's a big surprise!). This should help her award even more energy rebates to Alaskans next year. What it does for (or to) the lower 48 is anybody's guess. Ultimately Sarah Palin underscored the fact that she is a provincial politician. She consistently portrayed herself as just a "hockey mom", as if this were the answer when people ask what kind of person can help us reverse the damage of the last eight years of the Bush administation. Do you remember the last executive candidate to sell himself as just an "ordinary guy" and a Washington "outsider"? Ask yourself how well he has served your interests.

I have no doubt that Ms. Palin appealed to the rank-and-file within the "conservative" movement. But any whisperings that she might expand the base, or reach into other segments of the populace are starting to fade away. She may indeed have gained a few folks with her promises to serve as an "advocate" for those with disabled children, but I don't think she made any progress with "community organizers" after she derided them as having no "actual responsibilities". Perhaps there are folks throughout small-town America who are thinking that she is "just like them". However, after last night's speech I am prompted to ask the question, "Who really knows who Sarah Palin actually is? I'm sure the media will be inspired to help answer that question.


*As some readers may know, earmarks are specific requests for federal funds for narrow projects within a state. They are often referred to as "Pork Barrell" spending.

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30 Comments:

Anonymous eurodipity said...

This is crazy, i don't understand you. What happen with Sara? She is a very good person in my personal opinion.

Best Regards

4:13 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

You'll have to go into more detail for me to see your point.

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Notoriously Conservative said...

"I wanted to see how Sarah Palin would bear up under the wave of both rumors and substantial revelations that have been issued since her "coming out". "

---And those substantial revelations would be…?

"Her reception was tremendously supportive, and she looked to be in her element among those homogeneous, Midwestern Republicans."

---Because the liberal left aren’t homogeneous? Any political stance creates unity in ideological philosophies, among it’s followers.

"First came the attacks on the media, for having the audacity to question a candidate that they knew little or nothing about."

---Yet if those on the other side of the isle question the Great Obama, which they know nothing about, they are labeled racist. Where was the media coverage regarding Jerimiah Wright, and Bill Ayers?

"Of course she didn't mention that the previous governor had already done this, and she merely invalidated that contract. What seemed deliberately left out of the "official record" was that she stripped US companies of the construction opportunity, and awarded it to a Canadian company."
---What you left out of your “official record” was the fact that she invalidated the contract because it did not give fair representation to the people or government of Alaska. The new pipeline was built the way the people of Alaska wanted it built, not the oil companies. It also included a $1200 dollar dividend check to all Alaskan citizens.

"What is not so well known is that Alaska leads the nation in earmarks, in terms of federal tax dollars received per capita. Despite her contention that she is against this system, while she was serving as Mayor of her little hamlet, she lobbied Washington for millions of dollars for her home state, and then worked with disgraced Senator Ted Stevens to do the same. Palin even had the audacity to claim to have been against federal funding of the "Bridge to Nowhere". "

---I would love to see evidence of this, and furthermore, not one of those earmarks was her doing, earmarks are the work of congress and the senate. Both controlled by the democrats. This might also be a nice place to point out that Sen. Barack Obama sought more than $3.4 million in congressional earmarks for clients of the lobbyist son of his Democratic running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/26/AR2008082603894.html

"Do you remember the last executive candidate to sell himself as just an "ordinary guy" and a Washington "outsider"? Ask yourself how well he has served your interests."

---Why yes I do, wasn’t it the community organizer Barry Obama?

"Who really knows who Sarah Palin actually is? I'm sure the media will be inspired to help answer that question.

---Well, they will certainly have time, since they haven’t done the same for Barack Obama.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

"...among those homogeneous, Midwestern Republicans."

The disdain that people on the East and West Coasts have for middle America never ceases to amaze me. What is it that you dislike so much? They have big houses? They drive big cars? They live in small towns? They're too stupid? They work hard for a living instead of painting and writing poetry?

The Democrats and liberals in this country talk all the time of standing up for the working man. The working man resides in middle America. Pretending like you have their best interest at heart while at the same time looking down on them isn't going to get you anywhere.

Next time you look at a Red State/Blue State map, pay close attention to what color almost every state between the coasts is. Perhaps if the Dems could get past the hypocrisy of who their constituency actually is, they could pull off a presidential victory from time to time.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Eric Dondero said...

Keep attacking us Libertarians. Keep bashing our gal Sarah Palin. You Lefties will lose the entire libertarian movement to the GOP for decades to come.

Actually, after that speech last night, you've already lost us.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

"Actually, after that speech last night, you've already lost us."

That kind of hubris is going to have you crying in your beer after November.

Calling Sarah Palin the "libertarian choice" is absolutely ludicrous.

-energy rebates for Alaskans paid from corporate profits
-rabid anti-choice stance
-pork-barrel queen
-wants to ban library books
-abstinence-only sex education

You should be ashamed to call yourself a libertarian.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

steve-

Because I called the audience homogeneous and Midwestern, I therefore "hate" them? Why would you even say that? My point is that it's no surprise that the audience responded well to her- it's her base.

If winning the red states demands playing the moralist card, then I'd rather just ignore them altogether. After all, Lincoln didn't have to campaign in the South to win the presidency.

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Notorioulsy Conservative said...

"After all, Lincoln didn't have to campaign in the South to win the presidency."

Lincoln also wasn't Barack Obama. Lincoln was also a republican...

5:41 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

notoriously conservative,

"---And those substantial revelations would be…?"

That's she's a sham moralist. That she's a fundamentalist Christian nut. That she's a would-be book burner. That she's the pork-barrel queen. That she's a terrible comedian. That she's a liar. (That's 30 seconds worth)

The "liberal left"?? Where do you guys come up with this shit? What does that even mean?

The Wright and Ayers attacks were on perceived (but highly dubious) associations. The media hasn't even started on Palin's "associates" yet.

You're either for the free-market, or you're not. The pipeline is a commercial project- it's not a socialist enterprise.

If you want to actually have real information about the Pork Barrel Queen's addiction to earmarks... just look it up. If you stray from your right wing propaganda sites once in awhile, you'd have the entire story. Coming here was a good start for you- now follow up and do the research.

Obama is far from an "ordinary guy", and never claimed to be so.

They've had (according to you guys) four years minus 120 days to dig dirt on Obama- and they came up with nothing. The Dems have had about 4 days to get stuff on Palin, and there is not enough time in the day to cover it all.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Artruen said...

OKEY Doke, ya went on Robbie's blog and left an invite for comments. You kept it clean as I shall. I am certainly not 'Christian' whatever, but I certainly am conservative. In your blind, hateful, ideology, you fail to see the difference, you fail to see the meaning of conservative and like most leftists, you think today is spoiled and only by sacrifice can tomorrow be saved. I have lived a hard, difficult, wonderful life in the best place on earth. I don't want you and your smug, spoiled friends to screw it up.......have a nice day.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

artruen,

Explain to me why you believe my ideology is "blind and hateful". Explain how Sarah Palin qualifies as "conservative" in any dimension other than the social. Explain how I'm "spoiled".

You've made accusations. If you have any integrity, you will attempt to back up you claims with substance.

8:26 PM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

I guess we will live to disagree. :) All good I like a good debate.

Personally, for the fist time in my life, I don't get what's NOT attractive about someone like Sarah Palin. I can't vote in the American election because I'm Canadian and as of a few days ago Obama would have been as a Canadian who I would vouch for. Frankly though, this may have changed.

For one, I do agree with the double standard of how the "liberal" and democratic minds right now are trying to attract the working class..then they turn around and slam "people who live in small towns." The fact is, most industry in Canada/the United States and everywhere is not dead centre of the city. Most cities comprise themselves of bankers, button pushers and some liberal writers and think tanks. They don't dig for oil, or manufacture what we need to survive - food - in the centre of the big city. So, my point is, who are the "working class" that the liberal mindset slams all the time? I have had the fun time of growing up in small Canadian cities and then moving to a large one like Toronto. I meet more people in Toronto who don't get it than people who come from hillbilly centers in the middle of Canada. This is the truth. It almost seems like the big city elite are in denial of what they really produce on this earth...and I will tell you the world would still turn fine without them. (and I live in a big city as so I will gladly slam myself to make this point) I wonder though if Alaska, the Oil and gas hubs of middle Canada or Western States were to shut off the flow to the big ELITIST cities of New York, or Chicago Toronto or Washington, what would happen? Humm. Since everyone who lives outside of them are so "redneck", then maybe all these rednecks that provide all the goods that big cities need should start to turn their noses up and cut them off.

It wont' happen, of course, but I think my point has been made. I'm tired of reading wishy washy garbage from people who contribute to the demise of the planet just as much as their finger pointing, gun totting redneck neighbors.

9:32 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

Ryan,

I'm still trying to figure out why you support Sarah Palin, given the substance (or lack of it) that I wrote about.

I have to say that I resent your implication that I am somehow "slamming" people in small towns. And then you go on to extend your argument, suggesting that I am mounting an attack on the "working class". I DEFY you to find words in my posts or comments that suggest that I think small-town people are "rednecks". You know what, you will NEVER be able to find it... because all you are doing is making assumption about me based on my views on the issues.

You don't know anything about where I work, or my background, so it is completely out-of-bounds for you to distort my argument into some "city vs. country" battle. I expect an analysis of the issues. That's what offends me so much about Palin's approach.

9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"while she was serving as Mayor of her little hamlet"

I wasn't implying that you were saying that all city folks were rednecks - I was reading all of the comments and basing my comment more on a feeling and of the TONE of what I see happening right now with the portrayal of Sarah Palin. I apologize that it was off topic a bit from this particular post, i was just trying to make a point about the broader view.

To add though the company Trans-Canada that was awarded the contract to build a pipeline is based in Calgary, Alberta. They are one of the world's largest pipeline builders and since the pipeline is running through Alberta from the North, then I think it makes perfect sense to award them a contract. A second point to this is the experienced level of the Alberta Oil and Gas and pipeline industry to build and develop technology in cold weather conditions may have also played a factor. I think it was far more a logistical choice, than to give away jobs. There will be plenty of Americans working on the project, they aren't all based in Canada.

Also, why did the national media portray the "bridge to Nowhere" as pork barrel spending? Alaska has wealth and it can be developed and applied to the rest of your country. This bridge could have been the beginning of more to come. Once again, this also in a way shows that to the rest of America Alaska is this distant far off place that should be ignored. Kind of like Canada. haha

I really feel as if the issues can be looked at all you want. You could take anyone out there today and find stuff wrong. That is just the way it is. If she is so bad and it is so obvious, then you will have nothing to worry about come voting day.

1:24 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

sorry the above comment is from Ryan..hit enter forgot to add my info

1:25 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I completely agree with Ryan. It's not a commentary on your article, per se. It's a commentary on the general treatment of small town folks by the left in America. In theory, the left should have the small towns and middle America locked up, but they can't stop looking down their noses at these people long enough to realize that. Not everyone in middle America and small towns bases their decisions on the "moralist card." And it's that kind of condescending thinking that is keeping the Democrats from unleashing their full potential.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

I find it very interesting that you appear to have issues with the Republican Party for not being inclusive, ergo, "liberal" - but then you refer to Palin's audience as "homogenous, Midwestern Republicans." Do you see how that statement is elitist? If a Republican made reference to DNC attendees as "homosexual, San Francisco Democrats" they would be rightly criticized. You would give your arguments more credibility if you recognized your elitism and geographical bias, and checked it at the door.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frank,

Please, please be quiet. It's this kind of elitism and snobbery that has kept so many Democrats away from the White House.

Even this guy in England sees it and it reminds him of the elitist snobbery that helped create the Margaret Thatcher dynasty in England.

"Like Margaret Thatcher before her, Mrs Palin is coming in for both barrels of Left-wing contempt: misogyny and snobbery. Where Lady Thatcher was dismissed as a "grocer's daughter" by people who called themselves egalitarian, Mrs Palin is regarded as a small-town nobody by those who claim to represent "ordinary people".

What the metropolitan sophisticates failed to understand in the 1980s when Thatcher won election after election is even more the case in the US: most (and I do mean most) ordinary people actually believe in the basic decencies, the "small-town values", of family, marital fidelity, and personal responsibility. They believe in and honour them - even if they do not manage to uphold them."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/09/04/do0404.xml

1:33 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

Ryan,

There's absolutely nothing wrong with you expanding the dialog. I thought you were implicating me in this city vs. country thing, and I have no desire to get into false dichotomies. There are liberals in small towns and there are conservatives in the cities. I think that the GOP is purposefully trying to foment a culture war by pretending like they are the sole representatives of small town America.

I don't have a problem necessarily with a Canadian company building the pipeline... but I do have a problem with McCain and Palin trying to say that they are going to create permanent jobs for Americans in their energy plan, when they have no real strategy to do so... especially given that Palin took the pipeline away from American companies. It's just another example of hypocrisy.

And I think we'd all agree at this point that it is appropriate to focus on the issues. The GOP has been whining about attacks on Palin's character... I guess she is completely off limits from criticism... I guess we should limit ourselves to talk of "mavericks"?

4:24 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

Steve,

I understand what you are saying. When those on the "left" make generalizations about small town people, and assume that they all fit a profile that only appeals to Republicans, they do so at their own peril. But I think this perception has been largely manufactured by Rush Limbaugh and those of his ilk. He's been pushing this meme for years and never misses an opportunity to twist words and quote Democrats out of context, so that they look condescending.

At the GOP convention, it was pretty clear that they were trying to exploit this situation. Showing fields of corn behind McCain- as if he grew up harvesting that crop in his home state of Arizona...or as if Sarah Palin's ever actually been to a cornfield. It would be much more truthful if they posed in front of oil derricks and military-industrial plants.

4:36 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

Frank,

There's nothing "elitist" about describing the GOP convention crowd as homogeneous, Midwestern and Republicans. Did it look to you like it was an especially diverse audience. Many commentators pointed out that it didn't look especially "inclusive".

I live in the freakin' Rust Belt, for god's sake. How could I be an "elitist"?

4:38 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

anon,

What's so ironic about your comments is that you don't even realize how limited your view is...

You say that small town folks believe in "family, marital fidelity, and personal responsibility." as if people didn't profess to hold those values dear everywhere you go. Small towns have no monopoly on decency. That's absurd propaganda being pushed by the Republican party. There's nothing special about small towns that makes those things more common than in the suburbs, the backwoods or the city. Step back and see how completely hypocritical you are being.

4:43 PM  
Blogger fairydance said...

I am a women...a minority women...what does Sarah Palin have in common with me? It's an insult to think that women will vote for just any women on the ticket...
I found her to be mean spirited...
it's simple minded people who will vote sight on scene who will ultimately end up making the wrong choice in the final election process...I will vote for Obama for many reasons...one most important to me is he is a man of integrity...he has not run an all out smear campain as the repulicans have...

4:53 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

fairydance,

If you listen to the Right Wing pundits and many of the Conservatives weighing in on this issue, you get the idea that Obama is responsible for every extreme thing any McCain/Palin opponent says. That's like holding every Republican responsible for the slurs that Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Savage, Coulter, O'Reilly, and a host of others spew out every day. I wouldn't make that mistake.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reluctant to make this comment because obviously, I prefer the McCain ticket and I don't want to clue in the Democrats too much. (I'd rather not use the word like or love)

Perhaps the lyrics to a few country and western songs express the issue most clearly. The real contrast isn't so much between "small towns" and big cities or between rich and poor-- the democratic convention delegates were on average richer than the norm at the Republican convention. The contrast is between the percieved gap I think most people feel between-- the real world most people live in and the world of the media, academia, and most of all Washington. I'll get back to this but first some song lyrics.

Loretta Lynn -- Ones On The Way

T"hey say to have her hair done, Liz flies all the way to France
And Jackie's seen in a Discoteque doin' a brand new dance
And the White House social season should be glitterin' in gay
But here in Topeka the rain is a fallin'
The faucet is a drippin' and the kids are a ballin'
One of 'em a toddlin' and one is a crawlin'
And one's on the way

I'm glad Raquel Welch just signed a million dollar pact
And Debbie's out in Vegas workin' up a brand new act
While the t.v.'s showin' newly weds, a real fun game to play
But here in Topeka, the screen door's a bangin'
The coffee's boilin' over and the wash needs a hangin'
One wants a cookie and one wants a changin'
And one's on the way
Now what was I doin'? Jimmy get away from there
Darn, there goes the phone
Hello honey, what's that you say?
You're bringin' a few old army buddies home?
You're callin' from a bar?
Get away from there! No, not you honey
I was talkin' to the baby
Wait a minute, honey, the door bell
Honey, could you stop at the market and...hello?, hello?
Well, I'll be...

The girls in New York City, they all march for women's lib
And better homes and garden shows, the modern way to live
And the pill may change the world tomorrow, but meanwhile, today
Here in Topeka, the flies are a buzzin'
The dog is a barkin' and the floor needs a scrubbin'
One needs a spankin' and one needs a huggin'
Lord, one's on the way
Oh gee, I hope it ain't twins, again!

Merle Haggard Okie From Muskogee

We don't smoke marijuana in Muskogee;
We don't take our trips on LSD
We don't burn our draft cards down on Main Street;
We like livin' right, and bein' free.

I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all

We don't make a party out of lovin';
We like holdin' hands and pitchin' woo;
We don't let our hair grow long and shaggy,
Like the hippies out in San Francisco do.

And I'm proud to be an Okie from Muskogee,
A place where even squares can have a ball.
We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
And white lightnin's still the biggest thrill of all.

Leather boots are still in style for manly footwear;
Beads and Roman sandals won't be seen.
Football's still the roughest thing on campus,
And the kids here still respect the college dean.

We still wave Old Glory down at the courthouse,
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA.

I’ll be back to explain further.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

Yikes. Well, my post tomorrow is about this issue. I think the entire "culture war" that the Republicans have been attempting to provoke for decades is offensive and patronizing to people throughout America- no matter where they happen to reside.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Rush Limbaugh get Merle Haggard to write Okie from Muskogee - in 1969?

"Written by Haggard and Roy Edward Burris (drummer for Haggard's backing band, The Strangers) during the height of the Vietnam War, "Okie from Muskogee" grew from the two trading one-liners about small-town life,[3] where conservative values were the norm and outsiders with ideals contrary to those ways were unwelcome. Here, the singer reflects on how proud he is to hail from Middle America, where its residents were patriotic, didn't smoke marijuana, wear beads and sandals, burn draft cards or challenge authority.[4]

While viewed as a satire of small-town America and its reaction to the anti-war protests and counterculture seen in America's larger cities, Allmusic writer Bill Janovitz writes that the song also "convincingly (gives) voice to a proud, straight-laced truck-driver type. ... (I)n the end, he identifies with the narrator. He does not position the protagonist as angry, reactionary, or judgmental; it is more that the guy, a self-confessed 'square,' is confused by such changes and with a chuckle comes to the conclusion that he and his ilk have the right sort of life for themselves."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okie_from_Muskogee_(song)

I'll be back with more to say on this.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Merge Divide said...

"Did Rush Limbaugh get Merle Haggard to write Okie from Muskogee - in 1969?"

No, what's your point?

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My point is that the percieved disconnect beween the values of big city elites, academics and politicians and "small town
America" is nothing very new. For example, look at Harry Truman vs. Dewey in 1948.

The democrats have consistently run this type of "intellectual" type ticket and lost with it in the past.

Let's look at the term "ivory tower", which is widely known by and used by everyone to describe the sheltered world of academia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory_Tower

"From the 19th century it has been, originally ironically, used to designate a world or atmosphere where intellectuals engage in pursuits that are disconnected from the practical concerns of everyday life. As such, it usually has a pejorative connotation, denoting a willful disconnect from the everyday world; esoteric, over-specialized, or even useless research; and academic elitism, if not outright condescension by those inhabiting the ivory tower. In American English usage it ordinarily denotes the academic world of colleges and universities, particularly scholars of the humanities."

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“I think the entire "culture war" that the Republicans have been attempting to provoke for decades”

It’s pretty hard to say exactly when and where the roots of culture war as we know it today started but I think most people think it became a full scale war in the 1960’s. Heck, even the Beatles seemed to think a lot of what the campus left was doing was pretty far out. The images of crowds carrying chairman Mao signs, Red flags, burning American flags, Free Love, Drugs etc…, I think really had a deep impact on middle America. Okie from Muskogee, remember came out in 1969, when I think a lot of people felt war had been declared on basic old fashioned values.

Revolution by the Beatles

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it's evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don't you know that you can count me out
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right
Ah

ah, ah, ah, ah, ah...

You say you'll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it's the institution
Well, you know
You better free you mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain't going to make it with anyone anyhow
Don't you know it's gonna be all right
all right, all right
all right, all right, all right
all right, all right, all right

I want to say, that if Obama looses it’s likely that the most important moment by far will turn out to be Michelle Obama saying this was the first time she was proud of her country.

3:11 AM  

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