Friday, October 24, 2008

McCain Disses New York City As Elitist, Daily Show Visits Wasilla Alaska In Search of Small Town Values

You Tube Video of McCain/Palin discussing Elitism with Brian Williams

During John McCain and Sarah Palin's joint interview with NBC's Brian Williams, one of the Republican party candidates demonstrated great disdain for urban America, particularly our home here in New York City. Surprisingly, this time it was not Governor Sarah Palin, but Senator Maverick, John McCain.

Ben Smith of Politic0 has the transcript of this exchange:
WILLIAMS: Who is a member of the elite?

PALIN: Oh, I guess just people who think that they're better than anyone else. And-- John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American. Hard-working, middle-class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting put back on the right track. And winning these wars. And America's starting to reach her potential. And that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks that they are-- I guess-- better than anyone else, that's-- that's my definition of elitism.

WILLIAMS: So it's not education? It's not income-based? It's--

PALIN: Anyone who thinks that they're better than someone else.

WILLIAMS: --a state of mind? It's not geography?

PALIN: 'Course not.

WILLIAMS: Senator?

MCCAIN: I-- I know where a lot of 'em live. (LAUGH)

WILLIAMS: Where's that?

MCCAIN: Well, in our nation's capital and New York City. I've seen it. I've lived there. I know the town. I know-- I know what a lot of these elitists are. The ones that she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I'll be very frank with you. Who think that they can dictate what they believe to America rather than let Americans decide for themselves.
I am sick and tired of hearing that living in New York City or any urban area somehow makes you less Pro American than those who live in the so-called heartland. or that small town values are superior to big city values. I agree with Craigslist founder and customer service representative Craig Newmark when he writes:
From my personal experience, I can tell you that pretty much all Americans have a common set of values, mostly derived from the same shared value. It's the notion that you should treat other people like you want to be treated. If you feel that, you feel that people should treat others fairly. We should all compete on a level playing field, and play by the same rule; that's how to get ahead.

Beyond that, people generally feel that once they've provided for themselves, they should give someone else a break. That's the basis for all philanthropy.

Sure, people make other decisions about values for lots of other reasons. However, our shared values unite us; we have more in common than that which separates us.
Jason Jones of Jon Stewart's Daily show visits Sarah Palin's hometown of Wasilla Alaska to find out how small town values differ from those in the big city and asks Sarah Palin's successor as Wasilla's Mayor to describe an average day.

Jon Stewart's Daily Show on Wasilla Alsaka


Anonymous said...

NYC is OK when you want to dress up a trailer trash queen with $150K of heeep togs though! Was the lipstick for Giuliani thrown in as a freebie ?

John McCreepy's definition of "elitist" = anyone living in the only two American cities attacked on 9-11.

He actually said that. People from DC and NYC are his definition of elitists. He didn't mention ANY other part of America.

That is disgusting! He is targeting EXACTLY the same people the terrorists did, and attempting to label THEM as less "American" than his chosen few (and getting fewer all the time).

McCain should get down on his knees on national television and beg forgiveness from every man woman and child in D.C. and NYC, especially our friends and neighbors who lost a loved one on 9-11.

So - when those jetliners hit the WTC in NYC - they didn't actually bomb the REAL Amerikkka!

Call the troops all home, false alarm...

Cindy McC**t wore $313,100 worth of clothing and accessories at the RNC convention on ONE occasion. He owns seven homes, wears $800 loafers, spends thousand a month on a makeup artist and he uses the word elitist with a straight face? Wow !!!

Obama has my vote since forever, but, if you are still undecided, try this:
Top Arguments For A McCain Presidency

mushr00m said...

Sure, NYC has plenty of elitists. It's the richest city in the world. But it has plenty of working class people. Lots. But McCain wouldn't know that because the only New Yorkers he associates with are the rich and powerful. Asshole.

Anonymous said...

And, to continue my post on the top above:

Barack Obama in Richmond, VA: "There are no 'real' parts of the country and 'fake' parts of the country":

.."There are no real or fake parts of this country. We are not separated by the pro-America and anti-America parts of this nation – we all love this country, no matter where we live or where we come from.
... There are patriots who supported this war in Iraq and patriots who opposed it; patriots who believe in Democratic policies and those who believe in Republican policies. The men and women from Virginia and all across America who serve on our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America – they have served the United States of America....

..We have always been at our best when we've had leadership that called us to look past our differences and come together as one nation, as one people; leadership that rallied this entire country to a common purpose – to a higher purpose. And I am running for President of the United States of America because that is the country we need to be right now..."

Barack in Richmond, VA, Oct 22, 2008: "We All Love This Country"