820 is the number of laws Obama sponsored in the Illinois State Senate.
427 is the current count of the number of bills Obama has co-sponsored in the U.S. Senate.
And the final number, 152, is the most recent tally of the number of bills that Senator Obama has authored.
Yet according the the speakers at the Republican National Convention, Obama has literally done nothing, at all....ever.
Palin at the RNC....
"But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state senate"
The same types of outright lies were repeated over and over by McCain and other speakers throughout the convention. Apparently the press can't be bothered to use the resources available online to check facts (i.e., factcheck.org, etc) and point out the lies being spread as gospel by the Republicans. Barack Obama gets hammered by the press for "lying by ommission", but the Republicans can lie outright and its accepted as gospel? Strange. And wrong.
You'll note I've never blogged about politics before....I'm not a fan of discussing my politics where my business is concerned. But I am disgusted, saddened and disappointed in what is happening....lies, being accepted and going unchallenged by the press and the public. I have a small child and the very idea of someone with as little experience making (or even discussing, even THINKING about) decisions in regard to national healthcare, national economy, women's reproductive rights, gun control, the role of religion in politics....and quite importantly, the war on terrorism (where Obama has been involved in many hours of study, discussion & votes)....the war, Iraq & Afghanistan, frightens me for my child's future. A VP should be ready to step in and command the government of this country and all of its branches from day one. Palin is quoted as saying "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq". She has since announced our work in Iraq is a "task from God".
Hasn't focused on the war, and its a "task from God". We can only surmise she would be looking for cues from God in how to handle the war she hasn't "thought much about" should something happen to McCain and she is left running the enourmous military machine we have in place in the Middle East (a place she's never even been). I'm quite honestly not at all comforted by the thought of that scenario.
AS for slagging community organizers....Palin wouldn't even be where she IS without community organizers. No, they don't have the responsibility of running a political office. And as an aside, Obama didn't go from being a community organizer to running for president...he's spent just a bit of time going to law school, being a lawyer and consequently an actual politician with *responsibilities* since then. But its worth noting that Susan B. Anthony was a community organizer. So was Jesus. So were our founding fathers. Its not a dirty word and can often have more impact on lives than a mayor or governor can.
I could go on and on. I'm mad....no, disappointed and disgusted. Disappointed in the humanity of the Republicans who insult the average American, parading Cindy McCain around in outfits worth more than most of our homes (as reported by VANITY FAIR,
"Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000–$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100". Republicans who expect me as a woman to forget that I owe a debt of gratitude TO community organizers for allowing me to live in a free America, vote, work, voice my opinion, make my own decisions regarding my own body....etc. Republicans who expect me to accept lies as truth as they desperately try to distance themselves from the party that catapulted them to the limelight, who expect me to turn a blind eye to how passionately they have embraced the extremist views of their base.
I owe it to myself as a woman and to my daughter to speak up.
By the way (thanks, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS!), for a man who's never authored a single law or reform, at this very moment Barack Obama is listed as sponsoring (which means, was involved in AUTHORING) 129 bills. Currently. Right now. And McCain? 38.