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Palinís Kind of Patriotism
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel. But given the huge attention she is getting, you canít just ignore what she has to say. And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw. It was when she turned to Biden and declared: ďYou said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, thatís not patriotic.Ē
What an awful statement. Palin defended the governmentís $700 billion rescue plan. She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic.
"I only wish she had been asked: ďGovernor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isnít from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects ó printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?Ē That is not putting America first. That is selling America first".
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When Biden said that, I agreed with him 100%. If you have more to contribute when times are tough, you should contribute. Thats Patriotic! The elite 1/2 of 1% have turned a profit of billions ... maybe trillions over the last 7 + years. In Palin and McCain's world....Patriotism is defined by not cutting taxes, and keeping our troops in a false war.
Wearing a flag pin, IS NOT patriotic.
Free Speech zones are NOT PATRIOTIC.
Supporting the Iraq war is NOT PATRIOTIC
doing ANYTHING that doesn't involve the capturing or killing of Bin Laden is NOT PATRIOTIC.
Ask KBR if their $50.00 stitched towels are Patriotic?
Is invasion of free nations who never attcked us, Patriotic?
and MOST OF ALL IS THIS:
last night, John McCain had the BALLZ to say that he "Knows how to catch Osama Bin Laden"
Is it PATRIOTIC for him to keep this majestic strategy to himself to win an election?
what a bunch of fukcers!
Last edited by Holy Diver; 10-08-2008 at 07:17 PM..