September 2nd, 2008
|girl_luv2talk||07:00 pm - don't vote for Sarah Palin|
Here's some basic background on her, culled around the Internet:
From the Human Rights Campaign:
"Sarah Palin not only supported the 1998 Alaska constitutional amendment banning marriage equality but, in her less than two years as Governor, even expressed the extreme position of supporting stripping away domestic partner benefits for state workers. When you can't even support giving our community the rights to health insurance and pension benefits, it's a frightening window into where she stands on equality."
*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.
*Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.
*She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.
*Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
*She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.
*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.
*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.
From the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund on Palin's "scant two years as governor"
*husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum)
*lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling
*pushed for more drilling off of Alaska's coasts
*sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science.
As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration.
*approved a $400,000 state-funded campaign to defeat the ballot initiative that would have banned aerial hunting (where hunters are allowed to slaughter wolves from helicopters)
From U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
*The Vice President is a heartbeat away from becoming President, so to choose someone with not one hour's worth of experience on national issues is a dangerous choice.
*If John McCain thought that choosing Sarah Palin would attract Hillary Clinton voters, he is badly mistaken.The only similarity between her and Hillary Clinton is that they are both women. On the issues, they could not be further apart. Senator McCain had so many other options if he wanted to put a woman on his ticket, such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison or Senator Olympia Snowe -- they would have been an appropriate choice compared to this dangerous choice.
*In addition, Sarah Palin is under investigation by the Alaska state legislature which makes this more incomprehensible