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    September 04, 2008

    McCain's speech didn't talk to me

    Posted by: Andoni

    Mccain_acceptance I just finished watching Senator John McCain's acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for president. Having watched other McCain speeches, I thought this was one of his better deliveries.

    The only point I will make is that his speech did not speak to me. He spoke in broad generalities about rights in the country, but I know he did not mean me. For instance, he said

    If you find fault with our country, make it a better one. … Enlist in our armed forces.

    Sorry, Senator, as much as I would like to, I can't because I'm gay. And you want it to stay that way, so don't tell me to join the armed forces. This doesn't apply to me or millions of others, and for you to suggest it knowing it excludes us is ignorant.

    He also advised viewers, "Defend the rights of the oppressed." Hey, as a gay man in the U.S. I consider myself oppressed by my government. Senator McCain doesn't support my rights as an oppressed person. This is meaningless hyperbole and hypocritical.

    Additionally, he asked the crowd, "Fight for the ideals and character of a free people." Again, I want to be free in this country, but I know he doesn't mean me because he ignores his followers who fight for me and ask him to fight for people like me.

    Finally, he concluded, "Fight for justice and opportunity for all. " Again, sounds good, but this rings hollow, too, because his history on justice for the LGBT community is just about non existent.

    So, in conclusion, Senator McCain gave a good speech, but said nothing to show that he understands my struggles, my fears, and my greatest hope as a citizen of this country. Very disappointing. He showed ignorance and no concern for my concerns.

    If you missed it, you can read his speech here.



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    1. Allan on Sep 5, 2008 1:32:29 AM:

      I must concur with Jeffrey Toobin on CNN who said it was the worst acceptance speech since Jimmy Carter in 1980.

    1. Double T on Sep 5, 2008 2:37:07 AM:

      I can only watch so much of this "train wreck" in between trips to vomit in the toliet. It appears I have some kind of reaction to lies.

      I love how they say Palin's slutty daughter getting knocked up out of wedlock is nobody's business.

      1)If Palin was a responsible parent, the girl would have been sexually educated and would have been on the pill.

      2)FOR YEARS!!! GOP has rallied about Unwed mothers and the lack of FAMILY VALUES.

      3)Ok,Take a deep breath. Now imagine a year ago if they had announced that Chelsea Clinton was pregnant out of wedlock.

      Hmmmm....what would that look like......

      GOP PRESS RELEASE - We believe Chelsea's pregnancy is a private matter and we at the Republican Party will make no comment.

      Yeah right, it would have been a sh-t storm.

    1. Charlie on Sep 5, 2008 2:43:48 AM:

      Palin's slutty daughter

      While I agree with the rest of your post, and the insane hypocrisy of the Republicans on this issue, was it really necessary to insult a 17-year old girl? She's gonna have a tough enough time being such a young mom and having to do it in the public eye, we could at least be a little more generous towards her, even if the Republicans wouldn't have done the same if it had been, say, Chelsea.

    1. Double T on Sep 5, 2008 3:07:33 PM:


      It was necessary to insult a 17 year ago girl. Her family is stepping into a national spotlight.

      This is reality. Get a thick skin or get out of the kitchen.


      Palin will be attacked at her weakest link.

    1. Charlie on Sep 5, 2008 6:57:21 PM:

      Double T -

      So would you then advocate the Republicans making snide comments about Obama's youngest daughter, since she is his "weakest link"?

      Personally, I couldn't disagree with you more. Just because others may attack Palin's "weakest link" doesn't make it right for me. The girl is seventeen and we know nothing about her sexual history except that she obviously has one, since she's pregnant... but "slutty" carries a meaning that's a lot stronger than just "sexually active." Because she's seventeen, she can't in any way be held responsible for her mother's actions, regardless how unpleasant we may think the mother is. (Yes, there's a cute story about how Sarah consulted her family ... but a seventeen year old is supposed to be fully expected to understand the ramifications of this?) The Republicans are known for their vicious personal attacks, yes, but two wrongs still don't make a right.

      You are implying that any girl who gets pregnant as a teeneger, out of wedlock, is a slut. By this reasoning, you are calling my own mother a slut and I can't take too kindly to that.

      As far as I'm concerned, there's plenty wrong with Sarah Palin herself that you don't need to stoop to insulting her daughter.

    1. Double T on Sep 6, 2008 2:46:54 AM:

      Sarah Palin could very well end up running this country.
      She has preached high moral standards. Now, if she CAN NOT even run her own family I'll say anything to prevent her from running this country.

      Make you a deal. She drops out of the race and I'll apology to her slutty daughter.

      Why does the word "slut" and your mother's history bother you so much. Because people like Gov. Palin screamed it at her for 9 months.

      NO. You're wrong. The fate of this country is too damn important for any more of these liars to come thru the doors. It's high time the Democrats stop worrying about "playing nice".

      Send these bitches back to Alaska with a black eye.

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