Ever since the Republican convention, Scene's in-box has been overflowing with letters on Sarah Palin. In part it's a testament to the Obama campaign in getting grassroots supporters to bomb their hometown newspaper. But it also speaks to some alarming beliefs that lie not too far under the prospective VP's charming surface. Read on...
What? She's into banning books?
As mayor, Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker. According to Time, "news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor."
What year/century is this?
D M Robinson
When's she gonna start thinking about the war?
I would like to address what we have heard about Sarah Palin the new Republican vice presidential candidate. Palin recently said that the war in Iraq is "God's task." She's even admitted she hasn't thought about the war much, but just a year ago she was quoted saying, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."
How can Palin let the words "country first" come out of her mouth when she has a son who is on his way to Iraq but hasn't really focused on the war? I am sure I can speak for many other moms that, yes, we have our daily jobs to do, but we are also focused on what's going on with our sons and daughters who fight for our freedom and safety daily. At some point during the day, the night, or week we pause to focus on a prayer for all of our soldiers that are fighting for our country every day. Sarah Palin not focusing much on the war is not good enough for vice president, and that is certainly not "country first!"
Furthermore, Palin decided she wanted to ban certain books from the library and when the librarian did not go along with her plan, Palin threatned to fire her. Palin is not the kind of person we want running our country, in fear that every time something does not go her way she will take offense with violent behavior. The American people do not want this kind of behavior nowhere near that red button in the White House!
As a native Nashvillian, we need our city to know the truths about John McCain and Sarah Palin. It is important to our country to know exactly the kind of politics they are promoting. We definitely do not need Sarah Palin's corruption in the White House.
Palin's place is back at home
It is said that a woman's place is in the house -- House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House. But when one is the mother of five children, one having gone astray and one with special needs, her place is in the home. Some can have a dual life, but the high pressure of the VP demands all one's time.
Sarah sees life from the position of a 'beauty contest.' And even her family sees the surface level of her politics. Mayor of Wasilli and governor of a state smaller than my hometown is a shallow label for experience. How the Republicans can consistently manipulate the minds of ordinary Americans by appealing to their lesser nature is cause for concern.
John McCain is a hard core conservative and Sarah is a hard core conservative--and a less effective mother. I tremble to think of her in such high office. Shallow, spiteful of tongue, and a show girl is what Sarah is. Don't let them fool us again. And John,mplease go home and retire!
Palin needs a lesson in remedial science
Anyone who isn't aware we live on an electromagnetic ball on which we have been digging holes in and burning for decades isn't very oriented to "reality" in my book. If not by now, it should be obvious to all that our atmosphere, which requires a certain amount of magnetics "generated by the Earth" to maintain itself, is beginning to weaken.
Tell me, Sarah, what is the likely response of these magnetics if we continue to dig materials from the "earth's engine" from deep under the surface and burn it? Answer: Weakened magnetics, resulting in increased sun penetration on the surface which OBVIOUSLY will cause the earth to heat up.
Hey, Sarah, do you know "historically" how many gallons of oil have been pumped from the ground and burned in one way or another? How about coal?
If our new vice president doesn't understand that man has done this and the earth is suffering because of the fear and greed of a few, god help us all.
J.R. West II
Palin needs a fact-checker
These past several days I listened to the speakers at the RNC. I found what I saw and heard extremely un-American, especially Sarah Palin. I have read many glowing articles about Ms. Palin in the TN newspapers and I think it is a great disservice to not inform your voters of the truth. Below is a list of just some of her lies:
1. Palin recently said the war in Iraq is God's task (aren't we fighting the crazy idealists and suicide bombers that die in the name of God?)
2.Palin wants to teach creationism in schools.
3. Palin stated about global warming, "I'm not one who would attribute it to being man-made."
4. Palin is extremely anti-choice -- even in the event of rape or incest (but if you vote for her because of that, remember McCain is pro-choice)
5. She opposes comprehensive sex-ed. As mayor, she voted against funding teen-preganacy programs.
6. As mayor, she tried to ban books from the library.
7. As governor she cut funding for special needs programs by more that 60% for FYs 2007, 2008, 2009.
8. She did support the bridge to nowhere. She said repeatedly that Alsaska should take advantage of earmarks. She specifically hired a lawyer as mayor to go to Washington to secure earmarks. Since she has been Gov. Alaska has requested and received more earmark money per person than any other state.
9. She said Sen. Obama has not done anything since he has been in office. In fact, he passed into law (with bipartisan support) the Lugar-Obama bill on nuclear non-proliferation (you know, to keep the terrorists from getting access to nuclear weapons) and a major ethics reform bill.
10. She said Obama voted present 130 times. True, but that was out of thousands of votes and over a dozen years. On the other hand, McCain did not even bother to show up for over half the votes in the Senate during the same period of time.
11. According to Obama's plan, he plans to develop a lot more energy than McCain.
12. Obama is only raising taxes on someone making more than $250,000 yr. Everyone else will get a tax break. In contrast, McCain will extend tax cuts to the wealthy. McCain has no plan to cut taxes for the poor and middle class.
There is so much more...please urge your readers to check out the facts for themselves at a not-for-profit and non-partisan factcheck.org. I am not saying that the Democrats have not on occasion made their own exaggerations--we should hold them accountable too. But for our first introduction to Sarah Palin to have said so many lies in under 45 minutes is very frightening. Maybe this is ok in Alaska, but not here.
You're scaring me: A letter to Sarah
I am writing this letter to ask you to please, please consider dropping out before demeaning the highest office in our land. After watching your speech, I was shocked to wake up this morning the raving reviews from NPR, AP, and virtually all media outlets. I expected sharp analysis of the substance of your speech. However, all I heard was meaningless praise and encouragement of your performance. It was as if it was a play and how you spoke mattered more that what you said.
Don't take this the wrong way -- do not believe the hype. You are not ready for the big time. In times when Russia is talking about the dawn of the "post-America world," this is not a game and we need real experienced leadership more than ever.
The resume you gave -- "average hockey mom", "small town mayor," governor of Alaska, and "pitbull with lipstick" does not give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. It is sounds great if you are applying for mayor of Smyrna, but not so great if your are deciding who to put in charge of the war in Iraq. In reality it is a laughable resume for a vice president.
With an open mind I was looking forward to you explaining what the job of a small town mayor involves. However, you never did explain except to say a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities." And then you went on to berate Obama and praise McCain. Well, I know I'm just a community little league coach and I have responsibilities, so I know our community organizers have them too. I am not sure why you would demean community organizers so.
No offense but we need nothing but the best and brightest on our ticket for America. We need nothing less than the smartest, highest educated, most diplomatic, sharpest, experienced people to deal with the sensitive issues we face here and abroad in Iraq, Iran, Russia, Darfur, Pakistan, Israel, and Afghanistan. Our troops abroad and citizens at home deserve nothing less. We should all agree that you, me, hockey moms, small town politicians, and regular average people do not fit the bill.
Besides your lack of credentials Sarah, you are out of touch with Americans and the world on issues. You demonstrated disregard for our energy and environmental concerns when you put oil and gas before clean, renewable energy. You do not believe humans contribute to global warming, even though credible science all over the world says it is true.
You showed lack of character when you lied saying Obama is "doing nothing at all" about energy and "is against producing it." First, who would be against producing energy? That is just ridiculous. Second, Obama and the Democrats have a strong energy plan with a sustainable future centered around renewable fuels. Your plan is focused on polluting, finite, fossil fuels.
America needs to lead the world in new technology and alternative energy, not follow down the same old dirty path of big oil. Focusing on renewable, alternative fuels will lessen our dependence on oil, thus lessening our dependence on foreign oil, and also bode well for healing our global relationships. It shows we respect others' concerns about energy and the environment. It shows a commitment to America and the world rather than big oil companies.
Your excitement as you promised more pipelines amidst the chanting of "Drill Baby Drill" does just the opposite. It keeps America dependent on oil and thus foreign oil and weakens us in the event of a crisis. It disillusions other countries who look to us to be progressive leaders in the energy crisis. And last but not least, it shows allegiance to the oil companies rather that Americans who are suffering with the highest gas prices ever while oil companies have the highest profits ever.
Another issue you are out of touch on Sarah is sex-ed. How can you oppose sex-ed and contraceptives in public schools, yet be such a staunch advocate for making abortions illegal, even for rape and incest victims? Isn't preventing pregnancy the best way to prevent abortion?
Listen Sarah. I'm sure you are a great hockey mom and PTA member. But you just do not have the vision, education, or credentials to be vice president of America today. Don't feel bad. Most people don't.
For the love of country, John McCain should have never picked you and that reflects on him. You should never have accepted and that reflects on you. Please, please drop out.