There have been times in my life where I find myself in eerie situations--the type of situation where I feel like I have been transported into an alternate dimension where people think and act strangely and contrary to all logic and reason. Yesterday, one of those moments occurred.
I was visiting a woman from church with two other church ladies. The woman’s husband came into the room and the discussion went south. Deep South. We ended up talking politics.
I heard the following statement, “Sarah Palin is great. She has a lot of things going for her. For instance, she is a member of the NRA.”
*cue the Twilight Zone theme music*
In what world is this considered an asset? Even though I think guns are evil and of the devil, and therefore the NRA is by association the organization of all evil, I will grant people some odd quirks—killing defenseless animals for fun to be one of them (within reason). However, I was appalled that this should be used as an example of an excellent quality, one to be emulated by the general public.
The conversation continued to move on similar lines—Why Sarah Palin is a great choice for Vice President. Unfortunately, I am rubbish at debate. While what they said made me feel physically ill, I could dredge up no counter points. So today, I spent way too much time trying to figure out why I dislike Sarah Palin so much. Here are the results of my search (with accredited sources to back up my statements). My main take-home message from this research? Sarah Palin is either really evil or really ignorant. In either case, neither are qualities I want in my Vice President. Especially as John McCain looks like he could keel over at any time.
She either doesn’t believe in global warming, or has a complete disregard for wildlife that will be negatively impacted (to the point of extinction) by global warming.
Here are a couple of statements written by Sarah Palin to the NY Times:
“This month, the secretary of the interior is expected to rule on whether polar bears should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. I strongly believe that adding them to the list is the wrong move at this time.
The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, has argued that global warming and the reduction of polar ice severely threatens the bears’ habitat and their existence. In fact, there is insufficient evidence that polar bears are in danger of becoming extinct within the foreseeable future — the trigger for protection under the Endangered Species Act.”
Yeah, and I am sure that all the federal scientists at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife were on crack when they wrote of all of their assessments. I personally love how Sarah thinks that she can change science just by suing the federal government.
One of my favorite lines:
“I strongly believe that adding them to the list is the wrong move at this time.”
I am sure she thinks it is a wrong move. She would enjoy plundering and pillaging their habitat in pursuit of oil and gas and then afterwards, as a second thought, add them to the endangered species list when it would be virtually impossible for them to recover due to habitat degradation.
Which brings me to the second point…
She is environmentally unfriendly.
She thinks it would be a grand idea to drill in the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. Not only would this do nothing for our dependency on foreign oil (it would supply the U.S. for only 200 days), it would severely harm the plant and wildlife in the refuge.
She would like to ban books.
O.k. I know that there has been some controversy regarding this. But the facts are:
a)She brought up the idea of banning some books at a civic council meeting. She mentioned that they were "somehow morally or socially objectionable to her."
b) She approached the town librarian about the possibility of banning some books. Sarah has tried to cover her butt by saying these conversations were "rhetorical," but I think we can safely say that she wouldn't be having these conversation if she weren't entertaining the thoughts.
c) She fired the librarian who pledged to "resist all efforts at censorship." as all good librarians would.
So sure, she didn’t actually ban books while Mayor, but she wanted to which means she wanted to infringe upon one of our constitutional rights—the freedom of speech. Does this not evoke memories of Nazi book burning?
She has limited experience.
Last night, one of the women brought up Palin’s experience and how it is comparable or greater than Obama’s.
Which just goes to show you that she hadn't looked into the issue at all. Or else she would have found that Palin
a) has no legislative experience other than city council;
b) was a mayor of a city with a population of a whopping 5,000 (which is less than the student body at some high schools);
c) wasn't actually doing of the day to day work as mayor--instead it was performed by an administrator; and
d) was governor of a state with 670,000 residents for less than two years.
She is favor for teaching Creationism in schools.
Granted, it isn’t likely that she would actually push the agenda but still…..the fact that she thinks it is a viable option is disturbing.
For all of those who are confused: faith and science are two very different, but not exclusionary things. Having faith does not exclude you from being a scientist, nor does believing in evolution mean that you do not believe in a divine creator as well.
Faith, in this case believing in a divine being that created the earth, should not be a subject at school. It should not be co-taught with evolution in a science class. First, this would be a slap in the face of our founding fathers who valued and fought for the separation of church and state. And second, faith, by definition, can also not be proved nor disproved by the scientific method which means that it has no place in a science class.
Evolution, on the other hand, is a theory that can be and has been proven via the scientific method so it is very much at home in the classroom.
I could go on but people have already stopped reading.
I beg you--don’t vote for Palin because she is a mom, married to a blue collar worker, a member of the NRA, or cute and personable. This isn’t a beauty or personality contest. The Vice President is heavily involved in the running of our country. Vote for her because you agree with her dictator-style of government, her short-sided economic decisions, or her right-wing, fundamentalist values.
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And for something light-hearted……