In recent years, I have become quite apolitical and cynical. I have felt that there was not much difference between the two major parties and had resorted to supporting third-party candidates for president. Now, after being introduced to Sarah Palin, I realize that the stakes are much too high to squander my vote in a protest.
I generally think it good for politicians to believe in God. However, Ms. Palin states that we are doing God’s task in the Iraq war. That scares the heaven out of me. I get nervous when leaders claim that they are doing God’s will, especially when they are using that to justify a war that was promoted using lies and manipulated intelligence. And if an American such as myself dislikes that talk, consider the response of Arabs, who do not view the crusades as distant history.
Palin’s views are not conservative; they are extremist. While most rational Americans would agree that abortions are an undesirable thing, they would certainly allow some provisions for cases of rape or incest. Ms. Palin would not. She is also a staunch advocate of abstinence-only sex education, even though she should be able to see that is ineffective. And her education policies would take us back several hundred years when she makes creationism required study.
I have watched in dismay for eight years as the Constitution has been eroded by the Bush administration. I have seen how corporate interests have guided policy. The prospects of the continuing decline of this great nation by the oligarchy that run the Republican Party convinced me that I must vote for Obama and Biden.
— Richard Mills