After listening to both Joe Biden and Sarah Palin’s Vice Presidential acceptance speeches, I thought I would take a closer look at how each views both the issues and their political opposition. I found this rather telling.
On the Issues, this is what Biden had to say:
- Barack Obama’s going to deliver that change, because, I want to tell you, Barack Obama will reform our tax code. He will cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people who draw a paycheck. That’s the change we need.
- Barack Obama will transform the economy by making alternative energy a national priority and in the process creating 5 million new jobs and finally, finally freeing us from the grip of foreign oil. That’s the change we need.
- Barack Obama knows that any country that out-teaches us today will out-compete us tomorrow. That’s why he’ll invest in the next generation of teachers and why he’ll make college more affordable. That’s the change we need.
- Barack Obama will bring down health care costs by $2,500 for the average family and, at long last, deliver affordable, accessible health care for every American.
- Barack will put more cops on the street, put security back in Social Security, and he’ll never, ever, ever give up until we achieve equal pay for women.
And this is what Palin had to say about the issues:
- To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.
- Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest — and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.
- Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to lay more pipelines … build more new-clear plants … create jobs with clean coal … and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal and other alternative sources.
Now, granted, these are acceptance speeches, but look at the lack of detail provided by the Republican candidate. Biden got in several specifics of Obama’s overall plan for this country.
As to what they both had to say about their political opponents, check out the amazing comparison below the fold. Video of both of these speeches are below the fold, as well.
This is what Biden had to say about John McCain:
- You know, folks, that’s the America that George Bush has left us. And that’s the America we’ll continue to get if George — excuse me, if John McCain is elected president of the United States of America. Freudian slip. Freudian slip.
- But John McCain doesn’t seem to get it. Barack Obama gets it, though. Like many of us in this room, like many of us in this hall, Barack Obama has worked his way up. He is the great American story, you know?
- You know, John McCain is my friend. And I know you hear that phrase used all the time in politics. I mean it. John McCain is my friend.We’ve traveled the world together. It’s a friendship that goes beyond politics. And the personal courage and heroism demonstrated by John still amazes me.But I profoundly disagree with the direction John wants to take this country, from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Amtrak to veterans.
And this is what Palin had to say about the Democrats:
- 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 reform — not even in the state Senate.
- Victory in Iraq is finally in sight … he wants to forfeit.
- Terrorist states are seeking new-clear weapons without delay … he wants to meet them without preconditions.
- Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights? Government is too big … he wants to grow it.
- Congress spends too much … he promises more.
- Taxes are too high … he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes … raise payroll taxes … raise investment income taxes … raise the death tax … raise business taxes … and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. My sister Heather and her husband have just built a service station that’s now opened for business — like millions of others who run small businesses.How are they going to be any better off if taxes go up? Or maybe you’re trying to keep your job at a plant in Michigan or Ohio … or create jobs with clean coal from Pennsylvania or West Virginia … or keep a small farm in the family right here in Minnesota.How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy? Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election.
- They’re the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals.
- Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things.
- A leader who’s not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, “I can’t stand John McCain.” Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we’ve chosen the right man. Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can’t stand up to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House. My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of “personal discovery.” This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn’t just need an organizer.
- This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word “victory” except when he’s talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money … give you more orders from Washington … and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy … our opponent is against producing it.
- And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, “fighting for you,” let us face the matter squarely. There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you … in places where winning means survival and defeat means death … and that man is John McCain.
- For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words. For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.
I see a vast difference in the Democrat and Republican ideas and ideologies. Democrat’s have specifics which are inclusive. Republican’s have an attack mentality which demeans not just their opponents, but the American people in their divisiveness and mean-spiritedness. To me, this speaks to the type of Americans these people are. It is a continuation of the Bush way of dealing with the country and the world: You are either with us, or you are with them…and there is no middle ground.
And I hate to break it to them, but *I* am the middle ground. *I* am middle America. Are you?
Governor Palin’s Acceptance Speech:
Here is Senator Biden’s acceptance speech for comparison: