I would like to give Sarah Palin a huge thank you. She brilliantly demonstrated what the Democrats took great pains to reiterate during their convention—that a vote for McCain would [mean] more of the same. With her mean-spirited lies and her complete lack of substance, she proved herself a worthy inheritor of the Bush/Cheney mantle. Heck, her speech was even written by Bush’s speechwriter.
Palin also deserves kudos for highlighting an important aspect of the election that I, for one, was not terribly aware of. Shocked by her extreme right-wing zealotry, I was prompted to actually read the 2008 Republican Party Platform, where I found Palin’s views echoed. This little gem stood out at once: “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”
Whoa. And yet, these same people support carte blanche the right to bear arms and to use said arms against any and all perceived threats. So according to the Republicans, it’s okay to shoot and kill intruders, or Iraqis, or suspected terrorists, or pretty much anyone in police custody. But if a pregnant woman were to shoot herself in the uterus—even if she were impregnated against her will; even if it was the only way she could save her own life—then she’d be charged with murder.
This doesn’t sound like the Republicans believe in the right to life as much as they believe in the right to control women.
If you are at all inclined to vote Republican this year, please check their facts, read their platform and see for yourself if you really want what they have to offer.
— Barbara Taggart