Just a little while ago, I received an e-mail from a very close friend who, despite tacking to the left over the past few years, still maintains the common sense so lacking among her own left-leaning comrades. Because of her clear thinking, the content and especially the source of the forwarded message took me by surprise.
The message concerns the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by Arizona Sen. and presumptive GOP nominee John McCain. Personally, as I wrote shortly after Palin’s selection was publicized on Friday, I think it was an excellent pick. Apparently, however, my wonderful but liberal friend seems to think I can be swayed. To avoid the backlash of the rest of the people on her contacts list, and so I can provide some insight to all of you regarding the machinations of the radical left, I decided to address it here. And, brace yourselves, here it is:
Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday was John McCain’s 72nd birthday. If elected, he’d be the oldest president ever inaugurated. And after months of slamming Barack Obama for “inexperience,” here’s who John McCain has chosen to be one heartbeat away from the presidency: a right-wing religious conservative with no foreign policy experience, who until recently was mayor of a town of 9,000 people.
Who is Sarah Palin? Here’s some basic background:
- 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.
This is information the American people need to see. Please take a moment to forward this email to your friends and family.
We also asked Alaska MoveOn members what the rest of us should know about their governor. The response was striking. Here’s a sample:
She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. —Rose M., Fairbanks, AK
She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. —Christine B., Denali Park, AK
As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement. Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be. —Karen L., Anchorage, AK
Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the V.P. position. —Sherry C., Anchorage, AK
She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. —Marina L., Juneau, AK
I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position. —Jennifer M., Anchorage, AK
So Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She’s a global warming denier who shares John McCain’s commitment to Big Oil. And she’s dramatically inexperienced.
In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he’s made a very dangerous decision for our country. In the next few days, many Americans will be wondering what McCain’s vice-presidential choice means. Please pass this information along to your friends and family.
Lovely, isn’t it?
The “one heartbeat away from the presidency” argument was actually the first reaction to McCain’s pick by the Obama/Biden camp, which released a statement reading: “Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain’s commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush’s failed economic policies — that’s not the change we need, it’s just more of the same.” Only hours later did Obama describe the initial reaction as the byproduct of a campaign staff on “hairtrigger” alert, and released a more respectful, deferential statement deeming her selection as an “encouraging sign that old barriers are falling in our politics.”
First reactions, I generally find, are the true expression of feelings. In politics on a national scale, Barack Obama should learn to think first and then speak, or have a serious conversation with the political handler which failed to do so on his behalf.
In the meantime, let’s approach MoveOn.org’s arguments one by one, as the organization which dismissed Gen. David Petraeus as “General Betray Us” seems to parrot the talking points of Obama and his campaign.
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.
Sarah Palin–excuse me … GOVERNOR Sarah Palin–has spent more than a dozen years in elected office. A dozen years ago, Barack Obama was busy being tapped for the position of board chair for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a $140 educational initiative run by former Weather Underground operative and current unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers.
After serving on the Wasilla, AK city council, Palin served as the mayor of the town. While Wasilla, AK is indeed a small town of only about 9,000 residents, it should be noted that neither Barack Obama nor Joe Biden–nor John McCain, for that matter–have ever run so much as a Starbucks.
For the past two years, Palin has served as governor of the largest state in the United States of America and, due to its geographic position, has been closer to the former Soviet Union than Obama ever has been. Furthermore, she has served as commander of the Alaska National Guard–a unique unit due to the proximity to Russia–and, because of her state’s vast, largely untapped oil and natural gas resources, is acutely aware of the geopolitics of energy, an issue at the core of most of America’s foreign policy concerns.
So, for review, while Barack Obama has indeed been a member of the U.S. Senate for three-plus years now, he has spent the last two years campaigning for the presidency. Palin has spent the last two years running the largest state in the nation, commanding a uniquely positioned military unit, and learning more about oil, natural gas and the global energy market as a whole than any other legislator or executive in the same time frame. As the GOP’s vice presidential candidate, she brings more practical experience by far than the democrats’ presidential nominee.
Very true. Her value of the lives of those most defenseless among us is in stark contrast to the values of Barack Obama, who was caught on tape arguing against a companion bill to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, a measure which would provide potentially life-saving medical attention to a baby born alive after a botched abortion.
For a copy of Obama’s floor speech, look to your right. For an audio tape, click HERE.
She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.
Not much needed here, as these two arguments are meant to drum up a little fear and subsequent support from a left-leaning ideological base. I certainly do not agree with Pat Buchanan all of the time, but I do believe that the so-called Separation of Church and State has constantly been misinterpreted by people on the left and right — the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution says nothing about prayers in school, about the Ten Commandments in the courtyard of a federal building, or about a mezzuzah on the door to a mayor or congressman’s office; it merely states that Congress shall not establish a national religion and, like the rest of the Constitution, serves as yet another way that our founding fathers attempted to guarantee that their fledgling nation never oppressed its people as they had themselves been oppressed so many years before.
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.
Well, neither do I. Neither do hundreds of scientists silenced by Al Gore and his failure and refusal to engage in a debate on global warming. Global warming–or “climate change,” as it is now known because we are in a cooling phase–is part of a naturally occurring cycle on planet Earth, and is just a 21st century facade for the socialist ideology which has defined the political left’s message for decades. Time and time again, the so-called remedies promoted by environmental activists are proving to be more harmful than helpful, and without careful consideration and debate, we stand to dive head-first into a myriad of unintended consequences. Nobody wants to be the pediatrician which, in good faith, saves the life of an ailing six-year-old Adolf Hitler.
As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has had to deal with Eskimo tribes, with polar bear populations, with oil companies and with environmental groups. She advocates drilling in ANWR, and considers it a nativist issue. She knows that drilling ANWR would pose no environmental threat, would create anywhere between 250,000 and 750,000 new jobs, and would jump-start America toward energy independence. All the while, Palin has maintained more than an 80 percent approval rating in Alaska.
Furthermore, renewables will NOT be ready for years, and even the hint of America actually moving to access its own natural resources–such as earlier this summer when President Bush lifted the ban on offshore oil drilling–has had a positive effect on the price of oil worldwide.
As for her legal action against the Bush Administration (isn’t that evidence that she doesn’t stand to be four more years of Bush?), Palin filed suit because polar bears should not be on the endangered species list. Polar bear numbers have been on the rise, and have almost tripled, since the 1970s. A January 2008 report from the U.S. Senate confirmed this, and debunked extinction fears. Palin, like many, sees through the endangered species listing as another way the environmental socialists can hinder profitable business, and rightly so.
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.
So, it’s safe to assume, then, that McCain didn’t have anyone looking into her reputation, her background, and her potential on his behalf? Barack Obama chose Joe Biden who, in 2005 said that he’d “be honored to run with or against John McCain” and just a few months ago told George Stephanopoulos that Obama was not ready, that “[t]he presidency is not something that lends itself to on-the-job training.”
All this being said, the democrats are running a man with little foreign policy experience and zero executive experience for president. The republicans have added, as potential vice president, a woman with geopolitical experience and executive experience. By all definitions, Sarah Palin does indeed want for experience, but so does Barack Obama — yet she’s on the ticket as number two, and he’s on the ticket as number one. To engage in such an argument so easily turned around–experience–the American political left shows that it is on its heels following this pick by John McCain.
Sarah Palin is from Alaska, not Washington, DC. She is a hockey mom who fell into big state government and has embraced it, not a privileged law student who was elected to the U.S. Senate and immediately set his sights on the White House. She carries with her a reputation for toughness, for reform, and for governance based in conservative principles, not a past replete with associations with corruption and terrorism and aspirations to revive socialism in the West.
And, bottom line — she’s seeking the vice presidency.