Sarah Palin

Posted: 02/09/2008 in Uncategorized
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My Fellow Americans

My fellow Americans, come join our cause….. That’s how Sarah Palin ends her speech on the McCain/Palin site, as her introduction to the public on the campaign’s official website. I think she seems to have a presence that will pull a large portion of Democrat voters, particularly the female segment into the conservative arena. To date, most of the Democrat platform has consisted of a bunch of whiny liberal females griping about how unfair the male population has been towards the women of this country, and prohibited their advancement. Kept them from the proverbial glass ceiling if you will.

 

Sarah Palin seems to be a woman who said “screw the whining, I’m gonna get the job done.” Even though her political career has been short, she’s been wildly popular in the male dominated state of Alaska. According to Wikipedia, she won most of her races by a huge margin against the nearest competitor. In the 2006 Gubernatorial race she beat Democrat Tony Knowles 48% to is 40% of votes. In the Republican primaries for the slot she beat out John Brinkley 50% to his 29%. That’s a huge margin. In the 2002 primaries, she narrowly lost out to Loren Leman by a mere 2%, or 27% of votes to his 29%. The mayoral race in Wasilla, 1999, where she was an incumbent was a massacre, beating her opponent John Stein with 73% of votes to Stein’s 23%, proving her popularity.

So what do we know about her? In general, not a whole lot as she’s a newcomer to the National political circuit. But maybe that’s just what we need to turn a decaying country around and regain the power and glory we once commanded of the rest of the world. Personally, she hosts a lot of pluses that I can support. Her positions, in a nutshell (from Wikipedia)are;

Abortion – In 2002, while running for lieutenant governor, Palin called herself as “pro-life as any candidate can be.” She opposes abortion for rape and incest victims, supporting it only in cases where the mother’s life is in danger,and suggested that requiring parental consent for abortions be added to Alaska’s constitution. Palin is a member of Feminists for Life. A 2006 article in the Anchorage Daily News refers to Palin as supportive of contraception but does not go into detail on the subject.

ANWR drilling – Palin has strongly promoted oil and natural gas resource development in Alaska, including opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling.

Capital Punishment – Palin supports capital punishment for some crimes. She has stated that: “If the legislature passed a death penalty law, I would sign it. We have a right to know that someone who rapes and murders a child or kills an innocent person in a drive-by shooting will never be able to do that again.”

Creationism and Evolution – In a televised debate in 2006, Palin said she supported teaching both creationism and evolution in public schools. She clarified her position the next day, saying that if a debate of alternative views arose in class she would not prohibit its discussion. She added that she would not push the state Board of Education to add creation-based alternatives to the state’s required curriculum.

Global Warming – Palin does not believe that global warming is human-caused.

Guns – Palin, a long-time member of the National Rifle Association, strongly supports its interpretation of the Second Amendment as protecting individual rights to bear arms, including handguns. She also supports gun safety education for youth.

Marijuana – Palin opposes the re-legalization of marijuana in Alaska, stating concerns about the message re-legalization would send to her children. Palin has admitted smoking marijuana, which at the time was legal under Alaskan state law although illegal under US law.

Same-Sex Marriage – Palin opposes same-sex marriage and supported a non-binding referendum for a constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples. Palin has stated that she supported the 1998 constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Sex Education – Palin is a “firm supporter of abstinence-only education in schools” according to CNN in 2006. When running for governor in 2006, Palin wrote, “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support,” in response to a questionnaire by the Eagle Forum Alaska.

Terrorism and Iraq – Palin’s foreign policy positions were unclear at the time she was picked as McCain’s running mate. Shortly after she became governor in December 2006, the Alaska Business Monthly asked Palin for her views about troop escalations in Iraq. She replied “I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq. I heard on the news about the new deployments, and while I support our president, Condoleezza Rice and the administration, I want to know that we have an exit plan in place…”She has said she supports President Bush’s idea of stopping terrorism “by taking the fight to the terrorists”. Palin has also tied the war to the quest for new energy supplies, saying, “We are a nation at war and in many [ways] the reasons for war are fights over energy sources, which is nonsensical when you consider that domestically we have the supplies ready to go.”

Wildlife conservation – Palin opposed federal listing of the polar bear as an endangered species on the grounds that the “population has dramatically increased over 30 years as a result of conservation,” and supported a controversial predator-control program involving aerial hunting of wolves to increase moose populations for hunters.

I supported John McCain before, but this choice of running mates seals my vote for a republican as our next President of these United States.

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