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30 August 2008 @ 04:37 pm
Mccain's dangerous choice (MoveOn)  
i do the majority of my blogging and posting links over on facebook, you should friend me over there. as i have said various places and to various people, i was feeling rather burnt out and apathetic about politics lately. probably because of the obama/hillary who was going to get the nomination. i felt like i just couldn't read anymore, but it was everywhere there was just no escaping it. it was hard to take a break from it because i really did feel like i needed to know as much as i could about those canidates, this election is so important.

so after a while i just went "bleh". anyone that knows me knows that i am the first to say that i am much too radical a liberal to support any political canidate. no one will take the stance that i feel is right as far as marriage equality, for fear of alienating the majority of people in america who either oppose us or want some "separate but equal" bullshit where we get some of the rights but don't call it marriage. i affiliate with not particular political party. i define myself as "liberal" and that is about as far as i will go. i'm definitely not a democrat. for a long time i was admittedly a two issue voter. choice and marriage equality were my only concerns. while it's true i would vote for a canidate who would uphold roe v wade even if they didn't support marriage equality, i didn't always like it. with the last election though i felt that my own personal politics were less important than getting bush out of the white house. too bad we didn't succeed.

lately though, my thoughts have shifted. i've been thinking a lot about the economy, about the huge divisions of class in america. as more and more people struggle to make ends meet i began seeing that things like marriage equality are a luxury when you can barely afford to put food on the table. so on the aniversary of dr. martin luther king's "i have a dream" speech i wrote a piece that you can read over at facebook where i posed a question to mr. obama as he had just won the democratic party's nomination. how can any elected official truly represent us if they don't understand us? certainly the gap between us and obama is smaller than us and mccain, one of the richest politicians in a sea of rich politicians. how can you understand what poor americans are going through if you haven't lived it? can you empathize enough with hunger to represent the hungry? have you made the difficult decisions about life and health and family that so many americans make every day that they don't even think about it anymore? do you understand that basic things can become luxuries when your focus has to be survival? things have got to change.

truthfully, i don't know that any politician can understand what the majority of americans are dealing with right now because it just doesn't touch them in the way that it does us. living here in jackson i see the huge gap between rich & poor every day. there is no discernable middle class in jackson. while i don't agree with everything that MS democratic nominee for senate erik r fleming says and believes, i do like his "main street" stance on the economy and how he wants to focus on getting MS back on track. we need to focus on getting this country back on track. i do believe that necessities become luxuries when your focus is survival. things that i used to take forgranted i no longer do. even though i make more money now than i ever have before i struggle because just in the last few years the economy has changed so much.

anyway, what started out as a brief introduction to the email i received from MoveOn about Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin has turned into a bit more of a blog post than i intended. I have never felt more firmly that Mccain and the republican party are out of touch with the majority of americans. this choice of vp is short-sighted. it flies in the face of mccain's contention that obama is not experienced enough to run this country; and it also highlights that the mccain camp know very little about the women that supported hillary. if they believe for a second that anyone that supported hillary did so just because she is a woman, they are mistaken. sarah palin is no hillary clinton. ha, that is the understatement of the year. sarah palin is anti-woman, anti-environment, anti-diversity, inexperienced, naive, and frankly what seemed at first to be a brilliant move on the mccain side i think will ultimately be a huge blow to them. their ignorance is not the only reason that they will lose, i only hope that america is not so racist as many people i've talked to fear, but here in the south i have heard people say that they will not vote for obama because of his race and that is sickening, saddening, and frightning.

at times i feel like my thoughts and emotions on this might be a bit dramatic, but then i remember that nothing i care about is taken with less intensity than this. i am dramatic, intense, high strung and infinitely passionate when it comes to anything that i care about; and i can't for a second believe that the future of the country where i live should not make me as passionate and dramatic as it does :)

i'm me afterall.


Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday was 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.


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. She has no foreign policy experience.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

* How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7

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


1. "Sarah Palin," Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008

2. "McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate," NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008

3. "Sarah Palin, Buchananite," The Nation, August 29, 2008

4. "'Creation science' enters the race," Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006

5. "Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science," Huffington Post, August 29, 2008

6. "McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy," Sierra Club, August 29, 2008

"Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past," League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008

"Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor," The Times of London, May 23, 2008

7 "McCain met Palin once before yesterday," MSNBC, August 29, 2008

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