Saturday, September 6, 2008

Palintolgy #2

An e mail came to me the other day.
It read:

I received this from a Republican friend:

As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some
information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain's choice for
VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about
her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her.

The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her
husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races
snow mobiles. She is a lifetime member of the NRA and has
worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of
wildlife in Alaska , particularly wolves and bears. She has
spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of
these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars
that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska 's
failing school system.We have the lowest rate of high
school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think
aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other
than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most
without teeth), could think this use of funds is
appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the
aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some
links to informative web sites.

She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil
fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has
"green" policies. The only thing green about
Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently
supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power
plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in
her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost
anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the
diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska , she was
mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.
The average maximum education level of parents of junior
high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade.

Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get
groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact
with the people who put Palin in office in the first place.
I know what I'm talking about.

These people don't have a concept of the world around
them or of the serious issues facing the US . Furthermore,
they don't care. So long as they can go out and hunt
their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive
their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the
wilderness, they're happy. I wish I were exaggerating.

Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political
corruption scandal.

She fired an individual in law enforcement here because
she didn't like how he treated one of her relatives
during a divorce. The man's performance and ability
weren't considered; it was a totally personal firing
and is currently under investigation. While the issue
isn't close to the scandal of Ted Steven's
corruption, it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky
clean" and causes me to think there may be more issues
that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care.

When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be
laughable if it weren't so serious. Sarah Palin knows
nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain),
or of international affairs, knows nothing of national
government, Social Security, unemployment, health care
systems - you name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of
foreign governments around the world truly frightens me.

In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in
shambles in theUS , Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to
be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should
something happen to him such that the vice president had to
step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world
to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah
Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try
to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. When McCain
introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare
herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you
are no Hillary Clinton.To those of you who, like me,
supported Hillary and were upset that she did not get the
nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a
worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of
what you think the media and the democratic party may have
done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is
Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent
or undecided, don't let the choice of Palin sway you in
favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain
is to be president. To those of you who are conservative,
Iguess you have no choice for president. But please try to
see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal
about McCain's judgment.

While the political posturing inherent in the choice of
Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that
the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be
vice president, let alone president.

I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the
stakes are high. I thought it might help for all of you,
regardless of political affiliation, to know something
about Palin from someone who has to live with her
administration in Alaska on a daily basis. Here's some
basic background:

She was elected Alaska 's governor a little over a
year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of
Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. Palin is strongly
anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or
incest. She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for
president in 2000. Palin thinks creationism should be taught
in public schools. She's doesn't think humans are
the cause of climate change. She's solidly in line with
John McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy.
She's pushed hard for more oil drilling and says
renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the
Bush administration for listing polar bears as an
endangered species—she was worried it would interfere
with more oil drilling in Alaska. Here's a sample of
Alaskan's responses:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside
Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and
has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder
to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call
on the White House hotline, and the one who could
potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile
international scene that exists today. —Rose M.,
Fairbanks , AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect.
She's a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the
environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but
is currently under investigation for several charges
involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO
experience beyondAlaska . —Christine B., Denali Park , Alaska

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement.
Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the
reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage , Alaska

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of
the nation. She is doing well running our state, but is
totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much
unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as
far right as one can get, which has already been
communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees
(dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels
she is ready for the V.P. position.—Sherry C., Anchorage
, AK
She's vehemently anti-choice and doesn't care
about protecting our natural resources, even though she has
worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the
Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L.,
Juneau , AK

I think she's far too inexperienced to be in this
position. I'm all for a woman in the White House, but
not one who hasn't done anything to deserve it. There
are far many other women who have worked their way up and
have much more experience that would have been better
choices. This is a patronizing decision on John
McCain's part- and insulting to females everywhere that
he would assume he'll get our vote by putting "A
Woman" in that position.—Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK

Please forward this to everyone you know!

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