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Posted: Saturday, October 4, 2008 6:19 pm | Updated: 10:16 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

In selecting Sarah Palin to be his running mate, John McCain has shattered the barriers that for too long have held too many people back.

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Ability no longer matters

In selecting Sarah Palin to be his running mate, John McCain has shattered the barriers that for too long have held too many people back. We no longer need to pursue the best and brightest and must stop discriminating in favor of those who are knowledgeable and accomplished in their fields. For instance:

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Empathy, not knowledge, judgment and skill, is now the criteria in which will choose doctors, dentists, electricians, engineers, lawyers, accountants and all other people we hire to do important jobs. Now, when you need open heart surgery, you need not bother yourself with finding an accomplished heart surgeon. A well-mannered veterinarian will do. After all, dogs and cats have hearts too.

Now, when an NFL team loses a quarterback to injury, it can expand its search for a replacement to anyone who played quarterback in high school. Don’t worry! Anyone can adjust to playing in the NFL. All they need is time and good coaching.

There is simply too much focus on wanting the best person for the job. McCain has aired a commercial informing us that it is “disrespectful” to comment about his running mate’s qualifications. We have spent the past 19 months asking such questions about the many candidates who were running for president. But, now we know that those questions are simply out of bounds. Good for you John McCain!

There are plenty of nice people who know little or nothing about what is needed to perform vital governmental jobs. All they need is a chance. Thank you, John McCain for standing up for them.

Given his selection for vice president, we now know the answer that several McCain cabinet and judicial nominees would give at their Senate confirmation hearings when some questions may challenge their qualifications for their appointed positions:

“Yes, but last night I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.”

Dan Barr

Paradise Valley

Biden forgets his history

Sen. Joe Biden was born on November 20, 1942. Was it a senior moment or something more serious that led him to blunder about Franklin D. Roosevelt talking about the stock market crash? Here is what Biden said:

“When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on television, and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said: ‘Here is what happened.’”

Are you kidding me? I was born on May 1, 1941, 19 months before Biden was born. Does he fail to remember that Herbert Hoover was the president when the stock market crashed? Television didn’t come into very limited use until 1952.

How can someone born in 1942 make such a serious blunder? FDR was dead many years before this. I have heard many jokes about the lack of intelligence of many members of the Congress and Senate. I find them often difficult to believe.

If I didn’t hear Biden make the statement that I quoted above, I would have doubted that someone his age could say something so stupid. Is Biden, the laughingstock around the world, fit to be vice president?

JOHN NICHOLS

SCOTTSDALE

McCain the clear winner

The recent debate between senators Barack Obama and John McCain has helped many voters make that important decision, for sure. It really was quite one-sided on very important issues — in favor of McCain. It is wonderful to feel just a little more confident that I have made the right decision. It has been a little scary up to the debate, but it really left no room for fear. May the American people consider the outcome of this debate carefully, for we are living in troubled times. My best advice is to study it out and pray about it, and then listen to the vibes of your heart.

You won’t make a mistake if you follow this plan.

Loreine Despain

Mesa

McCain unqualified

I believe most will agree that this national election is the most important to our country in recent history. It most certainly is for me, and I am 81 years old. I personally see this as a contest between the two men running for president, (although the vice presidential candidates do effect the way I see the country going.)

One of the presidential candidates has worked his way to a great education. The other candidate was put in a special high school in order to get a high school diploma.

He did poorly. Because of family influence, he was given an appointment to Annapolis ahead of much more deserving young men. He finished fifth from the bottom in his class and showed a minimum of leadership skills. Because of family influence, he got into the pilot training program ahead of more deserving young men. He did poorly, crashed one plane, and still graduated. He crashed two more planes (probably pilot error) and still got promoted ahead of others in his Annapolis class.

One of the candidates has been married and faithful to the same women since they first walked down the aisle, while the other admits to many affairs and divorced an ailing wife to marry another women. The winner of this election will have a chance to take America into the 21st century. I can only see our country leading the way if we elect the young man who worked for everything to get to where he is today.

LT. COL. LARRY J KLUTH

RETIRED, U.S. AIR FORCE

MESA

Miscast claims against Obama

I hesitate to lower myself to the level of Robert C. Barber Jr. by commenting on his Sept. 17 letter, “Obama wrongly implies racism.” However, in light of the fact that Barack Obama will fortunately not have access to Barber’s incipient lack of wisdom, I will assume the role in his defense.

How the “establishment Republicans” could possibly interpret Obama’s glowing role as the consummate community organizer into a ridiculous implication that John McCain and Sarah Palin “don’t care about the travails of inner city blacks” is just another desperate, warped attempt to save a sinking ship. “Community organizer” represents only one of many redeeming virtues in Obama’s arsenal and only one of the long list of real values to which he aspires, instrumental to the salvation of our country.

You can be sure that in Obama’s quest for America, he would make certain to avoid “the big boys,” a group one could assume constitutes the very nucleus of our present demise.

I am sorry Barber must resort to such deviant methods in attempting to poison the minds of his fellow Americans. Accusations of “hate,” name-calling (“spoiled brat”), and negative insinuations only further degrade the image of his political affiliation.

One must give Barber credit on one point: admitting that John McCain has faults, only emphasizes how irrelevant looks and frivolous incidentals should be when choosing our leaders.

CHAR MONAHAN

CHANDLER

McCain tossing his advantages

A month ago, I predicted that John McCain would win the election in a landslide (defined by me as anything greater than 10 percent of the popular vote). The reasons are simple: McCain has a resume that makes Barack Obama look like a political trainee and McCain also has a moderately conservative philosophy that makes Obama look like the leftist that he is. McCain can’t blow his resume advantage because that is history, but he seems to be blowing his philosophical advantage in his approach to the current crisis.

For McCain to genuflect to the “insufficient government regulation caused this crisis” arguments is to give up the Republican Party’s historical (unfortunately, not recent history) reliance on free markets. There is no one with an ounce of brains or integrity who believes this crisis was caused by “greedy businessmen” or insufficient government regulation.

The proposed firing of Chris Cox at SEC, the suspending of his campaign, the rushing back to Washington (as if our problems are solved there rather than created there, as Ronald Reagan reminded us), and his off-and-on decision to skip the debate are superficial actions that belie the actions which should be taken to solve this crisis.

I believe that McCain knows government is the problem and that it must be cut back.

Just like the Great Depression of the late 1920s, this financial crisis is purely the fault of government’s efforts to run the economy (and, more recently, most other aspects of our lives). As lifelong Republican activist I am hoping McCain will come back home to the principles of Barry Goldwater, the man he succeeded in the Senate.

I have stopped predicting a 10 percent victory, but maybe he can still make it in a squeaker.

Roy Miller

Phoenix

Obama not ready to lead

The presidential debate demonstrated two things; John McCain’s tremendous knowledge of how the world and our enemies work, and Barack Obama’s failure to grasp the importance of maintaining a strong military.

McCain won hands down on substance. As usual, Obama, the great orator, got an A+ in speaking ability without saying anything. His nebulous and circular answers told me that Obama is just not ready to lead America.

Erick W. Miller

Apache Junction

Remember who appoints judges

When we choose between John McCain and Barack Obama, some have urged that we consider the likelihood that our next president will nominate one or more Supreme Court justices. If McCain’s choice of a running mate is any indication of his ability to judge a person’s qualifications for a job, I agree.

CHARLES W. WIRKEN

MESA

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