Long a supporter of women in politics, believing they are strong and nurturing, I hoped Sarah Palin would be that kind of woman—instead of the Karl Rove-inspired, snarly, divisive candidate who distorted her opponent’s record and policies and lied about her own. When the president and vice president of their own party don’t show up for their convention (damage control at its finest), you’d think that instead of catering to the lobbyists with whom Republicans surround their campaigns, they’d begin their “change” with a kinder, gentler convention. Instead, they promoted attack-dog antics on a country suffering from that very arrogance.
Clearly lacking substance, they separated themselves from their opponents with vindictiveness instead of ideas, putdowns instead of solutions. I guess its unreasonable to expect more from a senator who bailed out his friend, Mr. Keating, with $2 billion in taxpayers’ money and whose temper is the talk of Congress; or from a governor willing to use the power of her office to settle a personal grudge, or ask for millions of dollars for pet projects and say she didn’t. So many issues differentiate the two campaigns.
If McPalin wins, Roe v. Wade is done, and I believe we will have a draft. There’s food for thought for parents and grandparents. Since they consider abortion murder, what would be the punishment? The death penalty (not considered murder)? Life in prison? For the doctor? For the mother? What programs will help care for all those babies? Palin says she’ll advocate for special-needs babies, yet she cut Alaska’s special-needs funding 63 percent. With abstinence-only education (proven ineffective by Bristol Palin and others) and health care off the McPalin radar screen, again, who will help all those babies and treat all the STD and HIV cases filling doctor’s offices and hospitals
And how about the Supreme Court, stem-cell research, a privatized social security, the environment, more wars, alternative energy, the intent to ban books, taking taxpayer-funded per diem while at home, believing Iraq is God’s plan? And how about that Bridge to Nowhere? Palin kept the nearly $300 million anyway.
How easily Palin keeps secrets; how smoothly she lies. How sad that women are flocking to her and could help make her president someday. Sarah Barracuda, indeed. Country first, my ass. McCain’s choice and Palin’s remarks insulted Sen. Obama, who knows we all love America and has spelled out his solutions; Sen. Clinton, who is all about ideas and working across the aisle; community organizers, activists and volunteers in the trenches every day; pit bulls, who don’t even vote; and moms who don’t have money for their kids to play hockey or time to go fishing. What a lost opportunity to put red, white and blue together and heal the pain and hopelessness of the last eight years.
— Leni Sitnick