“I will not vote for a Democratic candidate I feel is unfit to lead, just to protect Roe V. Wade.”
“My party’s candidate pays the women in his office 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. My party’s vice-presidential candidate only pays women 73 cents on the dollar. Neither my party nor its candidate has demonstrated in this election that they hold women in high esteem.”
Truth, Justice and the American Way
My name is Lynette Long. I am a feminist, a mother, a Democrat and an ardent Hillary Clinton supporter and I am voting for John McCain and Sarah Palin on November 4.
Here is the speech I will deliver in several places in New Mexico this weekend.
[Excerpts: Full speech here—http://forum.americandaughter.org/?p=18]
I want to start by talking for a minute about the Democratic Primary.
. . . voter fraud intentionally perpetrated by the Obama campaign and voter intimidation by Obama supporters. I could talk for hours about the caucuses, but let it suffice to say, the end result is that the nomination was stolen from Senator Clinton.
After the last Democratic Primary was over and it was clear Senator Clinton was not going to get the Democratic nomination, myself, and a small group of Clinton supporters met with Senator McCain. I personally explained to Senator McCain that women comprise well over half of the population, yet you will not see a single picture of a woman on paper currency. Women are underrepresented in every branch of government and there has never been a female president or vice president. I personally asked Senator McCain to choose a woman for the Vice Presidential slot and to increase the number of women in the cabinet and on the Supreme Court. Senator McCain listened respectfully to my request. Little did I know then that he heard me and the millions of women of this country who have gone unrepresented in the Executive branch of government for far too long.
When I made similar requests of the Obama campaign, I was laughed at by the canvassers outside my home, told there weren’t enough qualified women by a member of his Finance Committee, and asked by a member of a policy committee why I was making such a stupid request.
But by choosing Governor Palin as his running mate, Senator McCain acknowledged that men can fully never know what it is like to be a woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister – things Governor Palin knows all too well. Senator McCain chose the second only bi-gender ticket in American history reinforcing his image as a maverick. Choosing a Vice-President, was the first significant decision Senator McCain and Senator Obama had to make.
Senator Obama talks about change but picked a running mate who is part of the Washington establishment. Senator McCain’s choice speaks for itself.
Obama is a brand just like any other brand. Obama the Brand has a logo, a tag line, t-shirts, and a song. But Obama the man is not the same as Obama the Brand. If elected Obama the man will make the decisions, not Obama the Brand.
I have given my loyalty to the Democratic Party for decades but I will not give my support now that Obama the man is the nominee.
My party, which is comprised primarily of women, has not put a woman on a presidential ticket for 24 years. My party was disrespectful to all women when they refused to nominate my candidate, Hillary Clinton, for president or vice president, even though she received more votes than any other Democratic or Republican candidate in history.
My party stood silently by as Hillary Clinton was eviscerated by the sexist attacks of the mainstream media. My party’s candidate was mute when Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Pfleger openly mocked Senator Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ. My party’s candidate was silent when the rapper Ludacris released a new song calling Hillary a bitch.
My party’s candidate chose Larry Summers, the former President of Harvard, who said women can’t do science and math. My party’s candidate pays the women in his office 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. My party’s vice-presidential candidate only pays women 73 cents on the dollar. Neither my party nor its candidate has demonstrated in this election that they hold women in high esteem.
How can having a country composed of 52% women with only 16% representation be fair? How can it accurately represent the will of the people?
Sarah Palin is good for women.
She has kept the debate about women in government and feminism alive. She is helping us define a new brand of feminism which includes both Republican and Democratic Women. I happened to be on an Alaskan Cruise when Governor Palin was nominated for Vice-President. When we docked in Ketchikan my Blackberry was buzzing away with emails shouting, “It’s a girl.” I thought, “Who is a girl?” As soon as I stepped on-shore, I found out Sarah Palin was the VP pick. I can testify here today, that every person that I met in Alaska loved her. Alaskans are proud of their Governor. And they should be.
I heard many people say they don’t think Sarah Palin is ready to be one heartbeat away from the presidency since Alaska has only 750,000 people. Let’s get this straight. Sarah Palin is one of only fifty governors in the entire country. If Alaska was a country, it would be the twentieth largest country in the world. The unique topography, economy, population, and climate of Alaska, all make Alaska a challenging state to govern. Home of the Alaska pipeline, Alaska hosts the majority of our oil resources and some of the largest fiscal projects in the country. Alaska, home to Mount McKinley, which towers over 20,000 feet, is home to indigenous peoples and remote towns that are not on the electrical grid. Alaska is the only state in the Arctic climate zone and is directly impacted by global warming. It is home to diverse wildlife and consequently wildlife management issues. Alaska shares a border with Canada and ten miles across the Bearing Strait is Russia. I don’t want to hear Sarah Palin is only governor of Alaska. There is nothing only about Alaska.
I do not agree with Senator McCain and Governor Palin on all the issues, but I don’t agree with any candidate on all the issues. I am emphatically pro-choice, yet it’s a choice I hope most women don’t have to make. Being pro-choice doesn’t mean I am pro-abortion. I would not want to trade places with any woman trying to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. It is not a choice to be made lightly. But even though I will defend a woman’s right to choose, I will not surrender by vote to the Democratic Party out of fear of losing that choice.
I will not vote for a Democratic candidate I feel is unfit to lead, just to protect Roe V. Wade.
The Democratic Party has blackmailed and bludgeoned women with Roe v. Wade for decades. Women’s votes cannot belong to a single party, because if they do we are hostage to that party.
I cannot vote based on POLITICAL PROMISES and POLITICAL PANDERING. But I can vote based on PRICIPLES and PATRIOTISM.
In Senator McCain and Governor Palin, I find two people with personal integrity and a love of their county — individuals who not only talk the talk but walk the walk.
Make no mistake about it, we are in a war.
I am talking about a war on our own soil, a fight for our way of life.
This war pits socialism against capitalism.
This is a war between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Are you willing to fight for economic freedom or do you want to live in a socialist country?
Will you vote for John McCain and encourage everyone you know to do the same? Our country needs you. John McCain and Sarah Palin need you.
Join me on Election Day and save our country.
Dr. Lynette Long is a licensed psychologist practicing in Bethesda, Maryland. She is the author of twenty books and dozens of articles for both popular and professional journals. Dr. Long has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and was the host of her own radio show, One-on-One with Dr. Lynette Long. Dr. Long has served on the faculties of Loyola College in Maryland, The American University and the University of Maryland, Overseas Division.
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