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Look beyond the one-liners and you won't like what you see
Sarah Palin did a bang up job mocking Barack Obama with derisive one-liners, feeding the hungry Republican base with a no-nonsense attack worthy of Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter. She proved she could fire up the converted with her spunky misrepresentations and falsehoods and still project the image of a normal "hockey mom." What she didn't do is delve into the specifics of policy issues. There is a good reason why.
Sarah Palin favors an outright ban on abortion and opposes it even in the case of rape and incest. She believes creationism should be taught in public schools but not sex education. She is iffy on the whole 'evolution' thing. She is very friendly with Big Oil and doesn't believe humans contribute to global warming. She recently called the war in Iraq "God's task." Hardly a protector of the First Amendment, she tried to ban some books from the library while mayor of a small town. Contrary to her reputation as a reformer and at odds with the views of her running mate, she's a big believer in earmarks getting millions of dollars from them during her stint as mayor.
She didn't mention any of that in her speech. Instead she made fun of Obama and offered up stock generalities and the usual party platitudes. It is ironic that she and others dismiss Obama as so much lofty air and no substance. Contrast the very specific laundry list of policies Obama detailed in his acceptance speech with the mean spirited and empty rhetoric she spewed forth with such aplomb. Her words were written by George Bush's speech writer. Looks like he finally found someone who could really deliver them.
Finally we can choose a decent black man
I just don't think they get it! We are in debt by President Bush and he gives $1 billion to Georgia, not in the South, but the one in Russia. Let's spend as much money before we leave as possible.
Palin suggests that Republicans have been patriotic in good and bad times. Oh, so they were happy about the lynching and the mistreatment of the minorities that have worked hard to make this country what it is today. No wonder there was only a handful of black delegates at the convention. Where was the rest of America? Is it still only a white America?
What about the foreclosure rates, jobs leaving this country, unemployment, more people without healthcare and our young people dying in a war that does not seem to see an end? When will they get it?
As a black citizen of this country, I am finally excited about the fact that America has considered a black man as worthy to sit in the seat that so many white men have sat, even if they were not always good or right. America, wake up! This is a very critical election and we need to vote for change and not a repeat performance of George Bush.
Too much weird conservatism for me
As a fervent Obama supporter, I found myself captivated by Sarah Palin's speech at the Republican National Convention. She is charismatic, and charming. She is young, energetic, and smart. I had to quickly reassure myself that she was preaching to the choir, and that John McCain's decision to choose her as second in command for our country, should he be elected, was a move to hold on to the far right faction of the party.
It's scary enough to see such a physically frail individual as McCain trying to convince us that he is the man to lead our nation for the next four years. Scarier still is the idea that, God forbid, if he were unable to fulfill his duty as president, Palin would find herself in the Oval Office. Allegedly, she will only support abstinence programs for sex-ed in schools. I'm sorry, but that didn't do her daughter any favors.She has tried to ban books from the library. She is another big oil proponent, even to the detriment of the beauty of her own state. And she doesn't believe that human activity plays a role in global warming.
I can't imagine her presiding over the Senate, let alone taking the oath as President. The agenda that she will support in Washington scares me. We don't need another four years of Republican policy and politics that encroach on civil rights, environmental progress, and common sense. I wish better for Alaska, too.
I don't want to lose my right to choose
As a Republican, Sarah Palin fits right in. Just like most she tends to stretch the truth a bit about what she has actually accomplished as governor of Alaska and former mayor of a small town. This, unfortunately, is common in politics. But I as a woman, I do not want to see a woman's right to choose taken away by her support and efforts in an overturning of Roe vs Wade. And anybody that does not support sex education in our schools, in this day and time, is living with their head under a BIG rock. Maybe some sex education might have prevented the teen pregnancy in her own family.
The same old drill, drill, drill
Last week we were formally introduced to the new GOP lacky, Governor Palin of Alaska. Although her speech was quickly re-tooled for a woman, it included the tired old liberal bashing we've become accustomed to ala Rove. I was a bit excited about the prospect of a fresh, new voice. How sad to me that the voice neglected to include any positive change that the GOP may choose to champion after the Bush-Cheney debacle.
Drill, drill, drill (to continue breaking Exxon record quarters I guess?) seems to be the one thing they've latched on to with zeal - aside from their Obama bashing. Good luck hunting that dog this election.
Do we really want this woman?
Do we really want a vice-president who hates America so much she joins a secessionist party, and then, while governor, tells them to "keep up the good work"?
Do we really want a vice-president who says terrorist attacks on Jews are God's punishment?
Do we really want a vice-president who says the unnecessary Iraq war is "God's work"?
Do we really want a vice-president who lied to us about her record the first time we met her, and has done it every chance since?
Do we really want a vice-president who puts her state before her country, and Big Oil before her state?
Do we really want a vice-president To Nowhere just a heartbeat away from the Oval Office?