Who is Sarah Palin, Really?

From our friends at MoveOn.org:

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.

Huh?

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.1
  • Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
  • She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000. 3
  • Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
  • She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
  • 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.6
  • 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.7

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.

Thanks for all you do. –Ilyse, Noah, Justin, Karin and the rest of the team

Sources:

  1. ‘Sarah Palin,’ Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin
  2. ‘McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate,’ NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17515&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=1
  3. ‘Sarah Palin, Buchananite,’ The Nation, August 29, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17736&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=2
  4. ”Creation science’ enters the race,’ Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17737&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=3
  5. ‘Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science,’ Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17517&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=4
  6. ‘McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy,’ Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17518&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=5

    ‘Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past,’ League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17519&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=6

    ‘Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor,’ The Times of London, May 23, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17520&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=7
  7. ‘McCain met Palin once before yesterday,’ MSNBC, August 29, 2008
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=21119&id=13661-9680438-pUyoTHx&t=8

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  • Brother X

    An Open Letter to Senator John McCain and the Republican National Committee:

    September 2, 2008

    Dear Senator McCain and Mike Duncan, Chairman, Republican National Committee:

    “Dear” is all you will get from me. By now you all should be in Minneapolis for your shindig that you call a “convention.”

    I am an African-American, and I cannot hold back my anger any longer. It is a documented fact that the Republican Party before and during the Civil War supported and benefited from slavery. As a matter of fact, the Republican Party was started for the express purpose of defending slavery and holding down black people.
    It is also a matter of record that the Ku Klux Klan was started by Republicans after the Civil War to terrorize and murder black and white Democrats in the South. Republicans hated the fact that many ex-slaves were serving in state and federal government. They also hated the fact that everyone of the ex-slaves were all members of the Democratic Party. All the white Democrats, before and after the Civil War, were sympathetic to the cause of abolition of slavery and of civil rights for blacks, therefore racist Republicans had no use for them.

    The Republicans historically have been bitter opponents of the following Democratic initiatives:

    • The 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865
    • The 1866 Civil Rights Act
    • The First Reconstruction Act of 1867
    • The 14th Amendment in 1868 that made all persons born in the U.S., including former slaves, U.S. citizens.
    • The 15th Amendment in 1870 that give every citizen the right to vote
    • The Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 which was to stop Republican Klansmen to terrorized white and black Democrats
    • The 1875 Civil Rights Act
    • The 1957 Civil Rights Act
    • The 1964 Civil Rights Act
    • The 1965 Voters Rights Act

    In every case, the white Republicans in the Senate, especially Senator Everett Dirksen, and in the House of Representatives fought passage of these laws in every turn as well as being compelled to give up their slaves after the Civil War. The Democratic leadership, especially Senator Robert Byrd who has always despised the Ku Klux Klan and who discouraged white Americans from joining that gang, fought very hard to have those laws passed. Democratic Senator Al Gore Sr., not only voted for the Civil Rights Act in 1964, but he, along side of Senator Byrd, fought a 74-day filibuster by Republicans to defeat the legislation. The Congressional Quarterly of June 26, 1964 recorded that, in the Senate, only 69% of Republicans (46 for, 21 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act as compared to 82% of Democrats (27 for, 6 against) the Civil Rights Act. In the House of Representatives, 61% of Republicans (152 for, 96 against) voted for the Civil Rights Act and. 80% of Democrats, (138 for, 34 against) voted for it.

    The Republicans have also opposed every Democratic anti-lynching bill to their shame. The Democrats have always been opposed to lynchings for decades.

    For these reason, we black people deserve an apology from the Republican Party for the following:

    • support of slavery, on record in their platforms
    • support of the Dred Scott decision
    • support of segregation and Jim Crow prejudice
    • opposition to anti-lynching laws
    • attempts to destroy black schools and colleges, and the burning of black churches
    • efforts to defeat the Reparation Bill of 1866
    • efforts to defeat every piece of Civil Rights legislation from 1863 to 1964
    • efforts to have the 1875 Civil Rights Act declared unconstitutional
    • support of the Ku Klux Klan, composed of entirely Republicans, and its vile and violent racist agenda:
    • Republican participation in the lynchings of thousands of blacks.

    History will also show the following:
    • Eugene “Bull” Conner (the poster boy of American racism) was a Republican.
    • The poll tax was a Republican institution.
    • Black codes and Jim Crow laws were instituted by Republicans.

    Africans Americans are even due reparations from the Republican Party since it supported and benefited from slavery as well as supporting KKK terror, racism, etc. The Civil Rights movement started because of the majority white racist Republican power structure in the South.

    My conclusion is that if this nation was left to the devices of the Republican Party, African Americans would not be anywhere near where we are today. As a matter of fact I would argue that we African Americans would not have any constitutional rights, be U.S. citizens or otherwise because we would still be slaves!

    The Democratic Party, of course, has had its problems racially here and there, unfortunately, but it does not have the consistent racist legacy for decades and decades, stretching back to the early 1800’s as the Republican Party has had. The Democratic Party, in general, has always been supportive of and open and honest with African Americans throughout its history.

    It is time for the Republican Party to come clean, tell the truth, and settle the debt.

    Sincerely,

    Brother X