Saturday, September 13, 2008

Palin's ABC Interview - UPDATED

Well, the interview was a disgrace and an example of complete media bias. I would have had no problem with the question selection if the answers had not been edited purposely to portray Palin in a bad light. It also was a disservice to the American public because we did not get to hear Palin's real answers on important issues. This interview would have been a complete waste of time if it had not been so useful in, once again, exposing the media's bias.

Earlier today I read a piece on Mark Levin's website showing the edits and just how biased they really were. I wasn't going to bother with posting it until CG also left a comment mentioning the article; so even though this has been everywhere today I decided to link to it.

UPDATE:

Lara pointed out a good article breaking down the interview. The only thing I disagreed with is that Palin was ignorant of the Bush doctrine. As is common knowledge; the Bush doctrine means different things to different people. Generally it is accepted that there are four versions.

Prayers For Texas

Let's all keep Texas in prayer as they attempt to recover from the devastation of the Hurricane. My wife is from the San Antonio area so Texas is dear to our heart.

McCain's Disrespectful Ad

Founding Fathers Quote

The Tenth Amendment is the foundation of the Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson

Blogger Round Up

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Never Again!

9-11

Take advantage of today and reflect. We must never forget the suffering that occurred, the evil we face, or our brave armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Founding Fathers Quote

Our unalterable resolution would be to be free. They have attempted to subdue us by force, but God be praised! in vain. Their arts may be more dangerous then their arms. Let us then renounce all treaty with them upon any score but that of total separation, and under God trust our cause to our swords.

Samuel Adams

We Have Not Forgotten

Let's keep our country in prayer and especially all the victims' families and our armed forces and their families.

Liberal Meltdown

Liberal Meltdown
Nancy Morgan
RightBias.com
September 8, 2008


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In a delicious stroke of cosmic justice, it seems that the left, not the earth, is in meltdown stage. The sacred pillars of liberal orthodoxy are in the process of losing their underpinnings and it is not a pretty sight.

With the nomination of Barack and Sarah, three major industries and shibboleths of the left, feminism, racism and the media are losing their clout, big time.

The feminists who have preached against the 'social construct' of male patriarchy and female victimhood have achieved their stated goal, and they're furious. After 40 years, the feminist mantra that a woman can and should have it all, has come to fruition in Sarah Palin.

There's only one small problem. Palin doesn't buy into the feminist line. As Peggy Noonan so aptly put it, "she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way." When feminists see Sarah Palin, they see a woman. When conservatives see Palin, they see a conservative. Who'se sexist?

Feminists are furiously backtracking on one of their core tenets, questioning whether Sarah Palin has the ability to juggle home and job. Instead of applauding a woman who has it all, they instead question whether she will have time to be VP, what with her family and all. Liberal feminist Whoppi Goldberg got it right when she described Sarah Palin as "a dangerous woman."


The Jacksons and Sharptons of the world who have spent their lives preaching racism are also in melt down stage. With the nomination of Obama, racism is in the process of becoming a hard sell, even the silent 'institutional racism' that has been in vogue these last few years. How will the race hustlers raise funds without genuine victims? How will blacks retain their hard won political power, which is based largely on white guilt? Who will pay for black oppression if there isn't any?

The presidential race of 2008 will go down in history as a turning point - as the pivotal event that exposed the shallowness of liberal policies, institutions and people. A mere 5 months ago, the liberals were on the brink of victory. And now...

Now, it appears that not only are the masses not buying what the left is selling, but have instead shown their stubborn allegiance to traditional values and God, as embodied so well by Gov. Palin. This, despite the herculean efforts by another liberal institution, the media.

The same media, which a study showed to have been the decisive factor in Obama's nomination, is now having to report that
Palin is more popular than both McCain and Obama.

Unable to believe they've been on the wrong side of history, the media is lashing out in ever more frivolous and blatant attempts to smear Gov. Palin and prop up Obama. Only this time, they're encountering a backlash.

US Weekly Magazine is
losing subscribers due to the vicious smear piece recently published about Palin. A new website has even been launched to organize a boycott of US Weekly and their advertisers. Adding insult to injury, Rasmussen reported a whopping 51% of American women believe the media is trying to hurt Sarah Palin and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for McCain.

More surprisingly, hundreds of small town residents in a small town outside Milwaukee
"taunted reporters and TV crews travelling with Sen. John McCain on Friday, chanting "Be fair!" and pointing fingers at a pack of journalists as they booed loudly." Even Oprah is experiencing a backlash for refusing to have Palin on her show until after the election.

The media, like the rest of the liberal world, can't comprehend what is happening. The conservative, traditional worldview they thought they had thoroughly invalidated is rearing its ugly head and they can't understand, much less control, it.

Obama's nomination goes a long way towards discrediting the racism canard. And Gov. Sarah Palin shows that the American dream is available without help from either government or the self-anointed elites. She shows that faith in God is more powerful than faith in man. She shows that sexism and racism are indeed constructs, but artificial constructs designed not by old white men, but by liberal utopians - designed to achieve money and power, not liberation.

The times, they are a changin, but not in the way the left envisioned. The rules are changing as we speak. Because the liberal elites have consistently shown they are incapable of adjusting their world-views to include conservatives, I predict this will be the death of them. I'm smiling.


Nancy Morgan is a columnist and news editor for
RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina

Article may be reprinted, with attribution

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Catholic League News Release

OBAMA AND JESUS: TWO “COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS”

On the floor of the House of Representatives today, Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen said that “Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“Congressman Cohen forgot to mention that Jesus could walk on water. Perhaps he can tell us when Obama plans to take a stroll across the Potomac.”


Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1486

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McCain Ahead By 20 In North Carolina

So much for Obama taking North Carolina. We have to remember that polls really don't mean anything; they are more propaganda to discourage or encourage various voter blocks. But, I think it is undeniable that there is momentum for McCain/Palin nation wide. Click here to read more.

McCain's Fact Check Ad

Catholic League News Release

BIDEN IS SELF-DESTRUCTING

Sen. Joseph Biden said yesterday that if the Republicans were serious about helping disabled children they would support stem-cell research.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded this way:

“Biden’s remark, which was aimed at Sarah Palin, is not only inaccurate, it exposes his Catholic Achilles’ heel once again. No one in public life has ever taken a position against all stem-cell research; adult stem-cell research is not ethically problematic. What millions of Americans object to is embryonic stem-cell research, and that is because it is impossible to do this kind of research without destroying the embryo. Now it may come as news to Biden that the embryo represents nascent human life, though it is not clear whether this would matter to a man who agrees with NARAL 75 percent of the time.

“The Catholic Church, to which Biden belongs, is opposed to embryonic stem-cell research; McCain and Obama, along with Biden, are not. In this regard, Palin is more Catholic than Biden. Not only does he look bad in comparison to Palin, it is coming at a time when Biden is being hit with a barrage of criticism from bishops angry with his ‘Meet the Press’ appearance where he declared abortion to be a personal matter.

“Bishop Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin saw Biden on TV and quickly put aside the homily he prepared for Mass: he instead branded Biden’s distortion of this issue as breaching church and state lines. Archbishop Chaput of Denver said it would not be wise for Biden to present himself for Communion. Biden, who hails from Scranton, was indirectly cited by Scranton Bishop Martino: he said that ‘No Catholic politician who supports the culture of death should approach Holy Communion.’ Biden’s outgoing bishop, Wilmington Bishop Saltarelli, said that if Biden becomes vice president, he will bar him from speaking in Catholic schools. Philadelphia Archbishop Rigali and Bridgeport Bishop Lori both blasted Biden for contradicting Church teaching on abortion.

“In short, Biden is self-destructing right before our eyes.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1485

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McCain's Lipstick Ad

Catholic League News Release

DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO LIE ABOUT FIMIAN

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is continuing its effort to elect Gerald Connolly of Northern Virginia to the House by funding mailings that portray his Republican challenger, Keith Fimian, as anti-woman. The latest mailings accuse Fimian of being “an officer of an organization that promotes a group so extreme they encourage women to be more submissive.” The DCCC is referring to Legatus, a Catholic group of CEOs founded to bring their faith-based values to the workplace; Fimian belongs to Legatus.

Catholic League president responded as follows:

“In today’s Washington Post, I am correctly quoted as accusing the DCCC of lying about Keith Fimian. The lie is that Legatus does not promote any group. Like many other groups, it has a ‘Links’ section on its website that lists various sister organizations; as is customary, Legatus makes it clear that it does not necessarily endorse everything said on these outlets. The website that the DCCC is referring to in its latest attack is a Christian group called e5 Men; the biblical reference to women cited in the DCCC’s ad was taken out of context so as to embarrass Fimian.

“In the Catholic League’s news release of September 2, I did not hold Gerald Connolly responsible for these smears against Fimian, but I did request that he denounce the anti-Catholic bigotry that these ads sponsor. He has not done so, even though he is the direct beneficiary of these attacks.

“Because the DCCC is continuing with its bigotry, lies and smears, I am calling upon the head of the DCCC, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to intervene and immediately stop these scurrilous ads. She is already in enough trouble with her own bishop, as well as many others, for misrepresenting the Church’s teaching on abortion. Thus, it would behoove her to put a stop to all these anti-Catholic efforts before everything blows up in the face of the Democratic Party.”

Contact Pelosi:
sf.nancy@mail.house.gov
Contact Connolly:
info@gerryconnolly.com

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1484

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It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Palin!

Fastly becoming one of my favorite Palin writers, KP has articulated the woman voter's distaste for the smear campaign against the Republican VP pick. Palin's popularity is fast growing in leaps and bounds that are shaking the Obama campaign to its core.

They are making mistake after mistake trying to fight off the inevitable. They have turned a large portion of their own voters, a large number of them women, against them and to the Palin crowd. They continue to use sexist attacks that threaten to put women's rights back to the dark ages.
They say she has no business running for VP because she should be at home raising her kids and they attack her for choosing to give birth to a Downs baby. What happened to equality of the sexes and a woman's right to chose? Their true feelings are being revealed and they are not the supporters of women they have always claimed to be; they refused to allow Hilary on their ticket and now they want to rob Palin and the American women of their history making moment once again.

FactCheck.org Debunks Vicious Rumors About Gov. Palin

FactCheck.org, as usual, has done a very thorough job.

Sliming Palin
September 8, 2008


False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate.


Summary
We’ve been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain’s running mate, Gov. Palin. We find that many are completely false, or misleading.

Palin did not cut funding for special needs education in Alaska by 62 percent. She didn’t cut it at all. In fact, she tripled per-pupil funding over just three years.


She did not demand that books be banned from the Wasilla library. Some of the books on a widely circulated list were not even in print at the time. The librarian has said Palin asked a "What if?" question, but the librarian continued in her job through most of Palin's first term.

She was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a group that wants Alaskans to vote on whether they wish to secede from the United States. She’s been registered as a Republican since May 1982.

Palin never endorsed or supported Pat Buchanan for president. She once wore a Buchanan button as a "courtesy" when he visited Wasilla, but shortly afterward she was appointed to co-chair of the campaign of Steve Forbes in the state.

Palin has not pushed for teaching creationism in Alaska's schools. She has said that students should be allowed to "debate both sides" of the evolution question, but she also said creationism "doesn't have to be part of the curriculum."


We'll be looking into other charges in an e-mail by a woman named Anne Kilkenny for a future story. For more explanation of the bullet points above, please read the Analysis.

Correction: In our original story, we incorrectly said that a few of the claims we examine here were included in the e-mail by Kilkenny. Only one of the claims – about the librarian's firing – was similar to an item in that e-mail. We regret the error. [read more]

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Good News Continues For The McCain/Palin Campaign

McCain is seeing his crowds grow by the thousands and raked in $5 million in a few hours the other night. This is just the beginning, we must keep the momentum going. After all, we know what is at stake.

It Is Official - The Russian Navy Is Coming To The Caribbean

While I believe that the administration has made serious policy errors that have lead to this, we must be ready to defend our own interests. Our military needs to be grown to reduce the burden on our armed forces and to make sure, in particular, that our Navy cannot be challenged by the growing Russian and Chinese threats. It will be interesting to see how well the Russian Navy performs during this exercise.

McCain's Education Ad

Blogger Round Up

American Elephant Blog

Judgment

A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Reminder - 2nd Week of Elections Novena

Opinionated Catholic

Bishop of Madison Wisconsin Blames Pelosi / Biden Mess On Failure of Bishops, Clergy, and Theologians

N.C. Republican Roundtable

Rasmussen Poll - NC Moves to Likely Republican

Catholic League News Release

PALIN’S RELIGION SCRUTINIZED

Last night, CNN and MSNBC spent much time scrutinizing Sarah Palin’s religion. Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on the coverage today:

“Throughout the night, CNN closely examined Palin’s religion, and it did so professionally. By contrast, MSNBC came across shrill.

“Two quotes from Palin got the most attention: (a) ‘Pray for our military men and women who are striving to do what it right also for this country, that our leaders, our national leaders, are sending them out on a task that is from God,’ and (b) ‘I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built.’ In neither case did any CNN host, correspondent or panelist deride these remarks.

“However, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interpreted the former comment as saying that ‘the commander-in-chief for our side in the Iraq war is a mighty general whose initials are GOD.’ Most Christians, obviously, would not agree with that spin. Maddow also wondered why Palin didn’t ‘get up and walk out’ when a guest speaker from Jews for Jesus spoke at her church (a talk the ADL found non-problematic). Barack Obama, we know, did not ‘get up and walk out’ on his own disgraced pastor for 20 years, yet MSNBC never got too worked up about that.

“MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann was worse. Calling Palin ‘Amy Simple McHockey Mom,’ he spoke sarcastically about her religious beliefs, alerting viewers to the news that in Palin’s church ‘they speak in tongues.’ He did not say, as did CNN’s Randi Kaye, that her pastor ‘never saw Palin speak in tongues.’ To its credit, CNN also branded as a ‘hoax’ the rumor—floated by bloggers, as well as by Juan Cole on
Salon
—that Palin once sought to ban books from a local library.

“The secular left does not understand, or respect, Christianity. In doing so, they not only expose their shallowness, hypocrisy and intolerance, they wind up convincing more and more Americans that the object of their scorn is worth a closer look—if not worth defending.”


Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

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Monday, September 08, 2008

Packers Prediction For The Year

I am getting this one in at the last minute so it won't be nearly as detailed as normal. This year I predict the Packers will finish 14 and 2. I have complete faith in Rodgers if he stays healthy. We have solid WR's and a great RB in Ryan Grant.

Even though our defensed did not look good in the preseason I expect they will be better than last year. More later, right now it is time to watch Rodgers and the Pack kick the Vikings butt.

More Good News For The Republican Party

Party identification is way up. This is a direct result of McCain's wise decision of putting a conservative on the ticket. I know I have wrote that before, but many in our Party tend to forget conservatives and what they accomplished for our Party.

In Life Sometimes.......

Even liberals have to suffer consequences. That is exactly what Us Magazine is finding out now after the hit piece they did on Gov. Palin.

McCain's Original Mavericks Ad

Catholic League News Release

OBAMA AND BIDEN MUDDY ABORTION ISSUE

Appearing yesterday on ABC-TV’s “This Week,” Sen. Barack Obama was asked to comment on his recent quip that he could not say when life begins because it was “above my pay grade.” He called that response “too flip,” offering, “All I meant to communicate was that I don’t presume to be able to answer these kinds of theological questions.”

On yesterday’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Joseph Biden was also asked about abortion. “I’m prepared to accept the teachings of my church,” he said. Biden stressed that “as a matter of faith” he accepts the position that “life begins at the moment of conception,” but that he did not want to impose his religious judgment on others. He also referenced St. Thomas Aquinas, saying that the great theologian did not believe that life began “until quickening, 40 days after conception.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue jumped on this today:

“Obama and Biden have muddied the abortion issue further by pretending that it is not, first and foremost, a human rights issue. When life begins is a question answered by science, and that answer is not in doubt: life begins at conception. That’s why atheists like Nat Hentoff are against abortion—because it kills! By casting abortion as a matter of religion, Obama and Biden are seeking to take an issue which has universal significance and turn it into a parochial quarrel.

“Biden would do well not to invoke Aquinas as giving support for his views. It is true that St. Thomas believed that ensoulment did not take place until 40 days after conception, but at no time did he ever seek to justify abortion—he knew it was a grave evil.

“Obama, who calls himself a Christian, yesterday referred to his ‘Muslim faith.’ Why he said that is not known, but it is indisputable that Catholicism and Islam are both right on the scientific question of when life begins. It’s time Obama and Biden saw abortion for what it is—the most fundamental civil rights issue of our time.”


Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

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McCain's Temple Ad

Founding Fathers Quote

No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

James Madison

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Biden lashes out over criticism of his 'Zioinism'

Headline News
Thursday, September 04, 2008 Ryan Jones


Biden lashes out over criticism of his 'Zioinism'

As a self-described "Zionist," US Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday reacted harshly to speculation that his pro-Israel record may not be as strong as he professes.

Biden is fond of pointing out how in a previous interview with a Jewish television channel he stated that, despite not being Jewish, he was a "Zionist."

Immediately following his selection as Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama's running mate, however, Jewish American Republicans and other conservative supporters of Israel began pointing out that he has had a less-than-rosy relationship with the Jewish state.

For instance, during Menachem Begin's term as Israel's prime minister, Biden reportedly threatened to support an end to US financial aid to Israel if Jews did not stop building homes in Judea and Samaria.

Israel's Army Radio reported this week that in a meeting with Israeli officials three years ago, Biden insisted that Jerusalem would just have to accept the reality of a nuclear-armed Iran, as diplomatic efforts vis-a-vis the Islamic Republic were certain to fail and military intervention was out of the question.

The Republican Jewish Coalition has also pointed to a number of Senate bills that, despite being endorsed by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), were voted against by Senator Biden.

In a conference call with Jewish media on Wednesday, Biden reacted angrily.

"They think they know the Senate better than I do. They don't know the Senate better than I do," said the candidate in reference to AIPAC's lobbying work on Capitol Hill. "I take a backseat to no one - including AIPAC - when it comes to supporting Israel."

Other Republicans and American supporters of Israel said they were unsurprised by Biden's behavior, noting that they have long been aware that the senator's support for the Jewish state is only skin deep.

Looking at his deeds, rather than just his words, Biden "does not show himself strong for the defense of America much less for Israel," said Richard Hellman, director of Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign, a Washington lobby group.


Article courtesy of Israel Today magazine, www.israeltoday.co.il.

McCain's Recovery (Michigan) Ad

Colorado Springs Explodes For Gov. Sarah Palin - CHANGED

I hope the Party remembers this come election day; you put a conservative on the ticket and the people flock to you. Americans want true leadership with principles and less government.

CHANGE:

The video does not like Blogger so here is a link to Hot Air's orginial post with the video.

McCain Press Releases

For Immediate Release
September 6, 2008

Statement On The U.S. - India Civilian Nuclear Agreement



ARLINGTON, VA -- Today, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement on the U.S.-India civilian nuclear agreement and the decision by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG):

"I welcome today's decision by the 45 nation Nuclear Suppliers Group to lift the global ban on civilian nuclear trade with India. This step, which is critical to implementing the U.S.-India civilian nuclear agreement, represents another building block in the partnership between our two countries.

"Because the agreement will further involve India in the global nonproliferation regime, strengthen the ongoing transformation of U.S.-India relations, and reduce India's dependence on carbon-emitting energy sources, I supported it early on and without equivocation. The same cannot be said of my opponent, who supported 'poison pill' amendments on the Senate floor that would have had the effect of killing this important agreement. Now that the NSG has approved it, Congressional leaders should act expeditiously to pass the U.S.-India nuclear agreement here at home."



For Immediate Release
September 6, 2008


Governor Sarah Palin Delivers Weekly Radio Address


ARLINGTON, VA -- This week, Governor Palin is delivering the weekly radio address for the first time.


DOWNLOAD THE AUDIO FILE HERE:
http://www.johnmccain.com/Downloads/0905_PALIN_WRA.mp3

Governor Sarah Palin's Weekly Radio Address:

Good morning, this is Sarah Palin -- the governor of Alaska and candidate for vice president. When Senator John McCain asked me to join the ticket last week, he placed a lot of confidence in me, and I'm going to do my level best to be worthy of it. Senator McCain also asked me to fill in for him today in his weekly radio address -- he's putting me right to work.

In my speech to the convention last Wednesday, I wanted to share some basic convictions, and also to tell you a little about the path that shaped those convictions. I never really set out to be involved in public affairs, much less to run for vice president. My mom and dad both worked at the local elementary school, and my husband Todd and I, we both grew up working with our hands. I was pretty much your average hockey mom, raising kids, and joined the PTA. When I ran for city council of my hometown, and then for mayor, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and I knew their families, too. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment, and I have no plans to join.

That was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau, when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good-ol' boys network. Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve. But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up, and in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.

I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law. I came to office promising to control spending -- by request if possible and by veto if necessary. And today, our state budget is under control. We have a surplus. And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes.

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. In a McCain-Palin administration, we'll pursue a pro-growth agenda focused on creating jobs and reducing the tax burden. And with a maverick in the White House, Republicans are going to reclaim our good name as the party of spending discipline.

Our opponent in this election supports plans to raise taxes on income, payroll, investment income, business income, and altogether would increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars. But ask yourself: If you're trying to run a small business, or to keep your job at a plant, or keep a small farm in the family, how are you going to be better off if he adds a massive tax burden to the American economy?

In Alaska, we've also made some serious reforms in energy policy. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue right back where it belonged -- directly to the people of Alaska. And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, we broke their monopoly on power and resources. As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people. I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.

Energy security is one of the great issues in this presidential campaign, and I look forward to debating it. Our opponents keep saying that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems -- as if we didn't already know that. But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all. Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines and build more nuclear plants, create jobs with clean coal, and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers.

John McCain is a man who has always served his country and not just his party, and that's exactly the spirit we need in Washington today. Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests. The right reason to enter politics is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it. No one expects us to agree on everything. But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and a servant's heart. And I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as Vice President of the United States. Thank you for listening.