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Among the Values patriots appearing on stage this past weekend to put voice to 2008 Values Voters concerns (not Jesus' concerns, but theirs) were Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Reagan, Phyllis Schlafly, Tom DeLay, Oliver North, and that great uniter, Lou Dobbs. Whenever I ponder Values, traditional or otherwise, I almost always think of the people on that list. Doesn't everybody? Newt Gingrich, Values incarnate, spoke to the crowd, as well as many other GOP brand names, like brand Romney.
Conspicuous by their absence, however, were John McCain and Sarah Palin. I understand why McCain did not make an appearance....I mean....Values Voters voiced their utter distaste for McCain one year ago. Perhaps a Values Voter could explain to this puzzled Reverend, however, why the source of Values Voters new-found excitement, Mrs. Palin, did not make an appearance at the Summit.
The reason given by Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, was that Sarah Palin had to be in Alaska to attend her son, Track's, shipment overseas to Iraq. However, the Anchorage Daily News says that Track Palin wasn't leaving on September 11.
Thursday's deployment ceremony was held on the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., but Private First Class Track Palin and his unit won't actually ship overseas until later this month, according to military officials. Link
Sarah Palin and John McCain certainly wouldn't exploit the commemoration of 9-11 with any undue stagecraft....so all this must simply be the ever-convenient 'conflict in scheduling' problem. I know for certain that Palin, Perkins and McCain wouldn't lie or try to mislead in any way. After all they represent the Values Voters of America.
Ken Blackwell devoted much of his speech at the Summit to school choice, which he compared to the struggle for racially integrated schools. He even went so far as to say that, "we must liberate these children from the 21st Century reservations and plantations" of the public school system." Link
Ken is still the same Values guy we in Ohio have come to know and reject. Blackwell never misses an opportunity to use Values racial words to describe his deepest held Value, privatizing public schools.
And speaking of Values...and racial words...please take the time to view the following video link. The video interview of these two glorious Values Voters is, without doubt, the summit, the highpoint, of the Values Voters Summit.
These two Values guys were havin' a little fun, that's all. Havin' a little fun is a Value that Values Voters embrace. Too bad these two Values guys were removed from the Summit after a couple of days because of Non-Values Voters' complaints. Complaints crystallized in the following comment at the linked site....
Yes. It’s offensive to ridicule Obama based on racist stereotypes that not too long ago contributed to the legal crimes of segregation and the heinous crimes of lynchings.
Franklin Tennessee is a racist hole that was a hotbed of Klan activity.
However this is only an extension of the more subliminal racism of the McCain Brittany-Paris ads–showing a black man with two blond women he’s never met, both women chiefly known for their sexuality rather than their achievements.
The chief and most central “Family Value” appears to be racism. Link
Too shrill? I can't make that call. Harold Ford Jr. might be able to make that call though, huh?
I'm sure that the 'Obama waffles' vendors were only demonstrating how Values Voters have a bit of harmless fun while celebrating their Values.