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A Strong Woman is Running for President


I am so proud that we have such a strong woman likely to be the next president of the United States.  It is sad to say, but I don’t think everyone is proud.

In fact, I think there are many that feel threatened by such a strong woman. The day Hillary Clinton became First Lady, and began working on establishing health insurance for all, was just too much for the Good Old Boys (GOP) and conservative Democrats to handle.

We need to look past the Republicans’ effort who are trying everything and anything to keep this wonderful strong woman from becoming president. They have been trying, in vain, to discredit Hillary Clinton for years. We cannot let them get away with it.

 

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When you have the opportunity to make a choice


Today, I was listening to a radio talk show when a woman dialed in with a comment. She was sobbing to the point where she could hardly speak, but felt compelled to recount her plight. The show host was patient and gentle, helping the woman tell her story and I found myself listening with sadness and empathy as this terrible story unfolded.

After attending her Evangelical church, as she did regularly, she told us about one horrifying evening that changed her life forever. After church one evening, she had become a victim of rape. To make a terrorizing experience even worse, she became pregnant from this rape. This woman is a pro-life evangelical and she was faced with the most excruciating choice ever to face a woman. The pain was so great, that she had seriously considered suicide, but she had a choice, without which two lives may have been lost.

Yes, she had a choice, and Sarah Palin had a choice to keep her special needs child. Both of these woman are pro-life, and yet, they both made different choices. Our talk show caller terminated the pregnancy because, as she told us while deep in tears, it was the only choice that enabled her to go on living.

Sarah Palin believes that this woman should have been considered a criminal, and yet, she was the victim. When Gov. Palin has her chance to build a supreme court, and she will, she will pick judges that will reverse Roe V. Wade, even in cases of rape or incest.

The idea of criminalizing our talk show caller makes me feel profoundly angry and fear the future of this country. No one can claim to understand how this woman felt and no one should have the right to dictate what this woman must do.

We are all pro-life, and there is no such thing as a pro-abortion movement. All we are asking for in this great free country is the freedom to make the most difficult and personal choice a woman might ever have to make.

Sarah Palin is too extreme for this country. She might make a great leader of a secular nation, but not of this free nation.

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Letter from Moveon.org says it all!


MoveOn.org

This post is directly from an email I received from MoveOn.org. This letter makes things very clear and I would like my visitors to see it as well.

Donate to MoveOn.org here.

Dear MoveOn member,

Today is John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.

Huh?

Who is Sarah Palin? 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.1
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
  • She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
  • 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.6

This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.

We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here’s a sample:

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 beyond Alaska.  -Christine B., Denali Park, AK

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, AK

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

So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And she’s dramatically inexperienced.

In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he’s made a very dangerous decision for our country.

In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.

Thanks for all you do.

-Ilyse, Noah, Justin, Karin and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Sarah Palin,” Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin

2. “McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,” NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
http://www.naral.org/elections/election-pr/pr08292008_palin.html

3. “Sarah Palin, Buchananite,” The Nation, August 29, 2008
http://www.thenation.com/blogs/jstreet/350730/sarah_palin_buchananite

4. “‘Creation science’ enters the race,” Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
http://dwb.adn.com/news/politics/elections/story/8347904p-8243554c.html

5. “Palin buys climate denial PR spin – ignores science,” Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-grandia/palin-buys-climate-denial_b_122428.html

6. “McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,” Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
http://yubanet.com/opinions/Sierra-Club-McCain-VP-Pick-Completes-Shift-to-Bush-Energy-Policy.php

“Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,” League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
http://www.lcv.org/newsroom/press-releases/choice-of-palin-promises-failed-energy-policies-of-the-past.html

“Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,” The Times of London, May 23, 2008
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3987891.ece

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Sarah Palin, a Republican’s Pawn


I am starting to feel really bad for Sarah Palin. It is becoming more and more clear that she is being used by the republican party to appease the Evangelicals, and a transparent attempt to get the women voters. Hillary Clinton supporters have already heckled her, and she has only appeared twice!

We should be outraged that McCain would select a person who has not been vetted and is totally, completely and clearly not ready to be the most powerful leader in the world dealing with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Vladimir Putin,Kim Jong-il, the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, the list goes on.

Can you imagine Sarah dealing with these leaders effectively, without risk? Would that make you feel safe?  It is almost like she is being set up like a stooge so McCain can win over the women’s and Evangelical vote. Barack Obama is right, McCain just doesn’t get it!

And with her modest four year college degree in journalism, how can she be expected to make decisions regarding the supreme court.  As next in line for the presidency, she will need to be ready to “defend the constitution of the United States.”  I wonder if she has even read the entire document! She has certainly never had any reason to study it. Barack Obama is a constitutional scholar and knows that document inside and out.

The republican’s talking points include this notion that Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama because she is a governor with executive experience. They even have the audacity to say that Barack has no foreign policy experience. Who are they kidding?

Barack Obama is not only brilliant, but his excellent skills of connecting to and inspiring people, as witnessed throughout his campaign, has been put to the test. He traveled extensively and established very successful relationships overseas. He has been dealing with national and international issues as a U.S. Senator, while Sarah Palin has admitted that she is not even interested in Iraq, even though her son is getting ready to serve there!

To say that Palin is more experienced than Obama is a blatantly false talking point put out by the Rebulican Party.  She has not even completed a full term as the governor of a state with a population of only 700 thousand (compare to Illinois: 13 Million, California: 37 Million). She is still in training for her current office as Governor!

Can you imagine if McCain won the election, than had a heart attack on inauguration day from the excitement?  That would indeed be a sad day because we will have lost a good public servant and war hero, but it would be a frightful day for the American People.

And to Sarah Palin, I am so sorry that you have been used.  You deserve better.

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Sarah Palin. Who she is and who she is NOT!


Sarah Palin. I suspected it would be a woman. Meg Whitman, I thought, but this is the mystery choice of the election.  McCain met her once in person, and once over the phone. Apparently, the third time was the charm because I highly doubt that she was even vetted.

This is what I know so far:

Just this month, she is being investigated by a bi-partisan committee for allegations of abuse of power in case involving the firing of her former brother-in-law.

McCain has said the the most important quality of a running mate is the ability to become commander-in-chief at a moments notice.

Gov. Palin, who has said herself that she is “not really interested in Iraq,” has no foreign policy experience whatsoever. With a 72 year old cancer survivor as our president, and such a complicated world, can we really take that chance?

Palin has served only 2 years as Governor and before that, she was council woman and mayor in a small town.

She has a modest 4 year bachelors degree in journalism with a minor in politics.

She is currently under investigation by an independent investigator hired by the state legislature for abuse of power.  To put it simply, her sister went through a divorce (with a difficult custody battle) from a state trouper named Mike Wooten, so Palin allegedly fired his boss because he did not fire Wooton. This investigation has commenced this month, and a deposition is pending in August, 2008.

Last year, Palin disagreed with the Board of Agriculture and Conservation controlled Creamery Board who wanted to shut down a state funded dairy company, so she fired the entire board and replaced them with members that agreed with her.  The Matanuska Maid Dairy went out of business anyway and the state could not even sell off their assets to pay of its debts.

She is adamantly pro-life with no exceptions and advocates that creationism should be taught in schools.

This choice has made quite a sparkle, but hot fire burns out quickly.  Soon, the news will spread that she has no history of any kind in national, international and foreign policy issue.  I wouldn’t trust her to be a heartbeat away from our commander-in-chief and there are very few that would.

Choosing a vice president is the first important decision a candidate must make.  If this is McCain’s first judgement call as president, he stepped out of the gate and into the mud.

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