Sunday, September 21, 2008

Democrat at Republican Convention

Cindy and John McCain with Gov. Sarah Heath Palin

A Democrat likes the Republican Convention much than her own. This is the kind of commentary you should be reading or hearing in the MSM -- but won't.

It's by Marnie Delano of the Hudson Valley area in New York. She attended BOTH conventions, the Democrats' as a protester and the Republicans' as an invited guest. She was at the GOP event there in support of Gov. Palin.

Marnie is a lifelong Democrat, but she's doing important work in backing McCain-Palin. She blogs often and well at: She's hoping to come to Pennsylvania to campaign -- although her own state has gotten very close!


by Marnie Delano

Upon hearing the news that Sarah Palin had been chosen as John McCain's running mate and learning of the spate of vicious sexist attacks upon her, Thelma, Louise and Princess Laia veered suddenly left and north to head to the Republican Convention in Minneapolis. In our last episode, we had arrived safely thereon and were making plans to be interviewed and attend Governor Palin's speech scheduled for Wednesday, September 3.

Today finds us mulling over the events of last night, and all the permutations therein. It was a first for this writer: attending a Republican convention was the last thing I ever thought I would be doing.

Amidst frantic phone calls from family asking whether I had lost my mind, I marched forth with my stalwart sisters to make our stand for feminism, women's rights, and human rights.

Irrespective of candidates' ideologies, it is our position that sexist smears, comments and accusations cannot be tolerated, at any time or any place. To continue to allow this kind of thing to perpetuate is to keep all people enslaved. As Hillary [Clinton] says, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights."

We were met at the skybox most graciously by two lovely RNC officials and were immediately struck by the contrast between the two conventions. Just having come from Denver, we had experienced and witnessed a great deal of unpleasantness--delegate intimidation, aggressive Obamabots, hostile and arrogant DNC officials were the rule rather than the exception, and at times the only friends we felt present were the Denver police, the foreign press and the residents, all of whom were terrific.

On the other hand, the officials and attendees here in St. Paul have been nothing but open, welcoming and enthusiastic about our presence. Regardless of whether one agrees with Sarah Palin's policies, one has to respect her right to voice them without fear of her family or herself being maligned.

The utter disrespect and sexism that has emerged, once again, toward a woman running for office in the United States is unacceptable.

When Joe Biden lost a wife and child in a car crash years ago, no one suggested to him that he quit his job to stay home and take care of his children; no one has suggested that he is a poor parent because his daughter was arrested for obstructing justice--in fact, no one even REPORTED the incident, which occurred years ago, until NOW!

And so it goes. It will not stop until we MAKE it stop. Call us what you will--we will not stop until equality is a reality, not just something Democrats feel they can apply only to themselves or those of whom they approve.

Equality is for EVERYone...all races, religions, creeds, genders, and yes...even political parties. Even Republicans have the right to be free from sexist, personal assaults upon themselves and their families. If one is maligned, we are all vulnerable.

The author of the above piece, Marnie Delano of the Hudson Valley, New York, is a member of the NoBama Mission Leadership Group dedicated to the election of John McCain and Sarah Palin. I'm also a member of that group.

steve maloney

ambridge, pa

Here's the link to Marnie's blog. It's worth visiting:

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