Sunday, September 7, 2008
An open plea to America's women...
Well, things have evened out a bit. Both recalcitrant posters have returned, though a little worse for the wear, I suppose. Forums are not easy, that's for sure. The rest of my life is better, too. We humans are resilient.
I am going to continue with a non-word oriented Blog post, though I will get back to regular posting soon. However, something very important is on my mind. If I can connect with even one person, I will feel better.
Please, American women, don't vote for Sarah Palin just because she's a woman. I've seen some CNN interviews where women have said they were going to vote for her because they are hockey moms or soccer moms or women, too. That is insulting to our gender!
Remember one thing: John McCain is the oldest person to run for the presidency. The absolute oldest. He has a history of cancer. His vice president is quite likely to have to take office. Quite likely. His choice was much more important than Obama's.
Knowing this, you must look at Sarah Palin's views on the issues. Do you know her views? If you are a pro-environmental person or pro-animal person, you'd not want her. Here is an excellent article. If those are your views, go for it. If not, don't.
Did you know that Sarah Palin, who is anti-choice for women, believes that even if a 16 year-old were to be raped and become pregnant, she shouldn't have an abortion. That is incredible to me. I can understand if individuals make that decision for themselves, but why should people control what others should do? If that's your view, I can't understand it, but you should vote for McCain.
Did you know that Sarah Polin does not believe that all individuals in love should be able to marry? She does not think that homosexual couples should marry. As above, if individuals believe that for themselves, that's fine. But why should an individual control social decisions made about others? If that's your view, again go ahead and support this woman.
Don't you often hear that Republicans favor less government interference than Democrats? That obviously is no longer true.
What about the economy? What has Sarah Palin done for the Alaskan economy? Well, one thing she has done is to make sure every, single Alaskan receives a large rebate ...up to $13,000 for a family of four. Why? Because Alaskans have hit the jackpot because of the rising oil prices. Sarah Palin does not have any idea of the economic plight of the rest of the country. Here is what one Alaskan academic has to say: "Oliver Scott Goldsmith, head of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska. 'The state is awash in oil dollars, and the projection is that for the next few years we will have significant surpluses over and above current levels, in the billions of dollars.'" With that surplus, she has decided to give it away. If that's what you think should be done with oil surplusses in Alaska, you should support her. If you think that money should be saved for research on fuel, you shouldn't.
Then of course there's her family. I know, she thinks that should be off the table for discussions. Did any of you remember the hullaballoo by the conservative media about a very personal issue with Obama; that is, his religion? Yet that was on the table. I agree that Sarah's pregnant daughter shouldn't be discussed, though I also believed that Obama's minister or Clinton's affair shouldn't have been discussed. Conservatives seem to want to eat their cake and have it too. That's not possible.
I do believe that Sarah Palin has too much on her plate to adequately serve our country, either as VP or president. She has a 4-month-old special needs child, a 17-year-old pregnant child who is not yet married, and 3 other children. She is being investigated by the Alaskan legislature for abuse of her governor powers. This lady is a busy one. Could she handle the presidency if suddenly plunged into that role? What do you think? My husband doesn't think I'd feel the same way about a man, but I beg to differ. I did not think John Edwards had any business running for president when his wife was fighting breast cancer. Sometimes we must make a decision to serve our families above anything else. If you think Sarah Palin can handle the presidency, be my guest and vote for her.
Lastly, a comment about Sarah Palin and McCain saying the media has an Obama and liberal bias. First of all, Obama, previously (no longer!), had gotten more than his share of articles, I agree. However, studies showed that he also received more than his share of negative press. Who wins in that? Surely McCain. That drivel about the media is just that...drivel. And Sarah Palin doesn't think the media or Internet should involve her daughter? Well who put her in that situation? Was it the public? The media? McCain? No! It was Sarah Palin herself. She chose to say yes when asked to run for the Vice President. Barbara Brotman, from the Chicago Tribune, says it well.
All I ask is that you consider the issues and not Sarah Palin's gender.