06 September 2008

The Experience Lie!

The big lie tactic worked well for Adolph Hitler and politicians have used variations of it since.

Here's how it working now, in the media and the internet. The right-wing repeats over and over that John McCain has experience, and Barack Obama doesn't, until it becomes a given. People accept it as truth without question.

Now, by extension, the right-wing noise-machine and its coven of screeching monkeys are also extolling the experience of Wasilla Alaska's most infamous holy-roller over that of Barack Obama. Oh really, now!

We can dispatch that rather quickly, and my caution to you is this. When you hear them cite Obama's lack of experience, be equipped to confront the lie with the facts--they just hate that!

Below, for easy printing and memorization or reprint in letters to the editor, a cheat sheet of chronology of Palin's and Obama's experience.

McCain? Hell that one is simple. His accomplishment is longevity, not achievement. Deadwood, so to speak.

Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988.

In 1989 Obama was selected as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review based on his grades and a writing competition.

In 1990 Obama was elected President of the Law Review, editor-in-chief and supervising the law review's staff of 80 editors.

Obama graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991.

A summer Associate at the Chicago law firms of Sidley & Austin in 1989 and Hopkins & Sutter in 1990.

In 1991 was Awarded Fellowship at the University of Chicago Law School.

Published autobiography - Dreams from My Father in mid-1995.

From April to October 1992 Obama directed Illinois Project Vote, a voter registration drive with a staff of 10 and 700 volunteers that achieved its goal of registering 150,000 of 400,000 unregistered African Americans in the state.

Crain's Chicago Business names Obama to its 1993 list of "40 under Forty" powers to be.

Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years, as a Lecturer for four years (1992–1996), and as a Senior Lecturer for eight years (1996–2004).

In 1993 Obama joined Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, a 12-attorney law firm specializing in civil rights litigation and neighborhood economic development. An Associate for three years from 1993 to 1996, then Counsel from 1996 to 2004.

Obama was a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of Public Allies in 1992, non-profit organization dedicated to youth leadership development.

Obama served on the Board of Directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago, a philanthropic organization devoted to poverty relief and the promotion of social mobility, founded in 1941 which in 1985 had been the first foundation to fund Obama's DCP, from 1993–2002.

Obama served on the Board of Directors of The Joyce Foundation from 1994–2002, a charitable foundation based in Chicago with Assets of $986,172,775.00.

Obama served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995–2002, as founding President and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1995–1999. A public-private partnership founded in 1995 with a focus to improve school performance.

Obama served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the Lugenia Burns Hope Center.

Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996.

Obama reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, and again in 2002.

Unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000.

Obama announced his Campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003.

In January 2003, Obama became Chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee.

In the November 2004 general election, Obama received 70% of the vote, the largest victory margin for a statewide race in Illinois history.

Obama was sworn in as US senator from Illinois on January 4, 2005.

Obama held Assignments on the Senate Committees for Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans' Affairs through December 2006.

In January 2007, Obama took additional Assignments with Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Obama became Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs.

2008 - Obama is currently the Junior United States Senator from Illinois.


College #1 - Hawaii Pacific University a freshman during the fall of 1982.

College #2 - North Idaho College, a community college in Coeur d'Alene - A general studies major for two semesters, in spring 1983 and fall 1983.

College #3 - The University of Idaho from fall 1984 to spring 1985. ; majored in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast news.

In 1984, Palin won the Miss Wasilla Pageant, then finished Second in the Miss Alaska pageant.

College #4 – Attended Matanuska-Susitna College in Palmer, Alaska in fall 1985.

College #5 – University of Idaho; Spring 1986, Fall 1986 and Spring 1987.

In 1987 Sarah Graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism

In 1988, Sarah was a Sports Reporter for KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.

Palin served Two terms on the Wasilla, Alaska, city council from 1992 to 1996.

Palin served Two terms as Mayor of Wasilla from 1996 to 2002.

Unsuccessful campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Alaska in 2002.

Palin Appointed to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and Chaired the Commission from 2003 to 2004.

November 2006, Palin was elected the Governor of Alaska.