I am still in a state of shock over McCain's pick for a running mate. On the Internet there is a site (http://www.inews3.com/landing.php) where you can put in your own name for President and a propaganda video will appear announcing you or anyone you choose, as a candidate for president of the USA. Using Sarah Palin name is as apropos as any Jane/John Schmo. Holy cow, haven't we had enough of the PETER PRINCIPAL ("In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.") in the oval office? Goes to show what McCain
really cares about... AND IT AIN'T "WE THE PEOPLE"! thinkingblue
August 29th 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
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.,
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,
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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