Oh ... Really?

Sarah winked at me!

Yesterday, the weather was gorgeous. There was just a hint of autumn chill in the air, and the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina were in full color under a dazzling sun and sapphire blue sky. It was one of those days that reminds one just how awesome God is, and how wonderful it is to be alive. At the apex of this journey, we heard Sarah Palin speak at the Asheville (NC) Civic Center.

We also made the acquaintance of some really nice folks as we stood in line, and had a marvelous time in fellowship and good cheer. Even as protesters yelled out their epithets at us, we smiled and often laughed together. We stood in line for over two hours, and then we ended up just barely missing out on being in the same auditorium as Sarah, but we did get to listen to her via video feed in a smaller auditorium. It was almost as good as being there. The crowd was excited and roaring ... and for the first time in weeks, I was filled with optimism that our country will endure even if McCain and Palin are not victorious. All we need is for the good people that support them to hold the line against the "Change" that is in store for us, and "Hope" for a better day.

Sarah delivered an inspiring message, one that promises a McCain-Palin administration that will be for the working people, for small business, for opportunity, and mostly, for our country. She told the tale of Tito the Builder, a legal immigrant who came here to live the American dream, which he did, on his own, without relying on anything other than his own hard work. She promised that she and McCain would be there for us, a government of the people, by the people, for the people ... as it should be. This is the hope that America can count on, that we will be supported as we do for ourselves, live free and independent ... not relying on a government to take care of us and directing nearly every aspect of our lives.

That is the America that gives me hope for our future. What we saw outside ... gives me chills. There were dozens of protesters there, although quite a bit fewer than I had expected. Their signs and symbols of protest ran the gamut from amusing to confusing to irrelevant, to obnoxious to offensive to sexist and racist, to downright hateful. Many of them were just stupid. At one point, I engaged with a young girl who was trying to convince people that Sarah Palin was actually a socialist. I listened to her reasoning ... the rebate that Alaskans received is "spreading the wealth" so therefore Palin is a socialist. Except for the fact that the definition of socialism doesn't cover this. Silly little liberal, trying so hard to defend Obama and his radical agenda by projecting it onto his opponent. I then countered that spreading the wealth does no good for anyone in the long run ... it just creates ill will and a lack of desire to succeed in those from whom it takes, and creates lazy, non-motivated dependents on the state among those it gives to. It's no win for anyone. However, in the end, she came around to agreeing with me that giving hand outs is not good, but a temporary hand UP is what welfare programs should be about.

Other sights that I saw and things I heard ...

Numerous SUVs and large trucks, including one belching massive amounts of black exhaust, sporting Obama bumper stickers ... a family (in an SUV, natch) with the window next to their 3 year old in a car seat open so the child could chant "Obama! Obama!" for us. Nothing like indoctrinating them early on ... uncountable Obama fans that hurled out various slogans, yet on when challenged, they could not defend whatever it was they were saying ... one fellow in particular had a sign that had a purple triangle, bordered in silver or gray and beneath it said "No Palin, Know Peace" but he was absolutely mute when I asked what that meant, except to say that he was "not a second class citizen." Later, we encountered this young man again, and this time he offered, "I will not be denied my equal rights." Just to be clear here, he was white, looked to be early to mid 20s, dressed in regular clothes - nothing unusual at all. I was like, Dude, if you have a message here, you need to be more clear about it. No one gets it.

At one point, a vehicle (again, an SUV) drove past the line we stood in and the woman chanted "Obama! Obama!" and when she got to a black man behind us, she yelled at him, "Shame on you!"

We were dumbfounded. If we hadn't seen it for ourselves, we almost would not have believed it. You can see it too, over at Rich's. He just happened to have the video cam running at the time. Amazing. Another black man was selling McCain-Palin buttons to the crowd. A woman confronted him and asked if he was just doing that for a job, and if he was, it just proved how awful the economy is if he had to stoop that low. He roundly set her straight, telling her he wholly supported McCain and Palin, and she was a racist for saying what she did.

So much for the party of love, tolerance and diversity, eh? I guess that only applies if you are one of them. God help you if you are a black that is not voting for Obama, or a woman that believes in the sanctity of life.

Country First! Go Sarah!

I only got a few still pics, I got some video but I don't have the patience to sort through it now.

Happy people, even after standing in line for hours:

Of course, God-fearin' and country lovin' people just tend to be happy!

And here, the liberal elite look down upon the happy conservatives from their trendy downtown condo, white Cabernet in hand, of course.

(As always, click to embiggen the pics in a pop up window, if you want)

Posted by LissaKay on 10/27/08 at 10:38 PM in Politics
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>This is the hope that America can count on... not relying on a government...directing nearly every aspect of our lives.

So I assume based on that that you would oppose a government ban on abortion, or contraception, or recreational drug use.

Posted by st on 10/31 at 11:15 AM
LissaKay's avatar I am opposed to the wanton killing of innocent babies in the womb simply because they might cause some inconvenience to the mother. But I have yet to see a law crafted that would both protect the right to life of unborn babies and keep my visits to the doctor completely private.

I have no problem with contraception, and I think that recreational drug use should be legalized, taxed, regulated and limited, like alcohol is.

I take it you have some point to make here?

Posted by LissaKay on 11/02 at 01:18 AM
Well, as Meatloaf said, 2 out of 3 ain't bad.
Posted by st on 11/02 at 06:42 PM
LissaKay's avatar For a troll, you really suck. Step it up or move along.
Posted by LissaKay on 11/03 at 07:48 AM
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