Friday, August 29, 2008

A Few Facts About Governor Palin



• She has been a lifetime member of the NRA (National Rifle Association).

• She supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (a position John McCain himself opposes).

• She has consistently voted against opposed a woman's right to choose (having served as a mayor and governor, she doesn't have a voting record). She said during her gubernatorial campaign that she is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

• From her own website: "I am pro-life and I believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman."

• She supports a non-binding referendum for a constitutional amendment to deny benefits to homosexual couples.

• She does not "attribute" global warming "to being man-made," ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence by asserting that climate models warning of the threat of melting polar sea ice are "unreliable." Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity has said of Palin: "She's either grossly misinformed or intentionally misleading, and both are unbecoming...Even the Bush administration can't deny the reality of global warming...The governor is aligning herself and the state of Alaska with the most discredited, fringe, extreme viewpoints by denying this."

• In May of this year, she threatened to sue over the Department of the Interior's listing of polar bears as an endangered species, fearing it would disrupt oil and gas development.

• Her husband, Todd Palin, is an oil production operator.

• On health care: "I support flexibility in government regulations that allow competition in health care that is needed."

• She is currently under investigation for her firing of a state official.

• During her gubernatorial campaign, she advocated the teaching of creationism as part of the science curriculum in public schools, along with evolution (she later clarified that she proposed having both discussed, but didn't favor the inclusion of creationism as a formal part of the curriculum).

I wish I could commend McCain for selecting a female running mate, but unfortunately it seems clear this is simply a shrewd strategic move to capture voters still feeling disenfranchised by Hillary Clinton's loss in the Democratic primaries. Unfortunately—at least for McCain and his campaign—the only thing Palin appears to have in common with Hillary Clinton is that they are both women.

I think Hillary framed the issue perfectly in her DNC address: if you supported her and continue to support her, were you in it just for Hillary Clinton, or were/are you in it for the values she represents and the policies she advocates? Because I seriously have a hard time understanding how any Hillary Clinton supporter could be a Sarah Palin supporter...

And for comparison's sake, here are a couple facts about Biden:
• He authored the monumental Violence Against Women Act.
• He has a consistent record of supporting reproductive rights and has been outspoken in his opposition to Supreme Court nominees that threaten to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Check out Michael Ian Black's thoughts on the matter.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're so right! Palin pales in comparison to Clinton but really, should there even be a comparison? It's so sad that so many Americans will cast their vote based on the candidates gender,race, religion or any other single issue of little importance. Voting based on policies and values just requires too much time to educate oneself and so many Americans are sheep. Mindless sheep at that.

megg said...

hello! ben! i thought you said you didn't want your blog to be political! i want to write about my experience last night seeing obama at invesco (and my bike ride home)!!! can i? can i? can i?

N. Brown said...

Also, consider this:

Palin has been the governor of Alaska for only 1 month longer than Barack Obama has been running for President.

Palin began her career as a public servant in 1999, when she was elected Mayor of her hometown of 8,000 people.

Palin won the governor's race with 115,000 votes.

The entire state of Alaska has only 670,000 people (fewer people than Detroit, Austin, San Francisco, Jacksonville).

Not that the size of one's constituency should determine one's leadership ability, but let's put this into perspective: Obama and Biden both have civic, state, federal and international experience. Palin has civic and, now, after 18 months as governor, executive experience at the state level. Setting aside policy for a moment, Palin is just too darned green for any federal office, let alone the vice presidency.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we shouldn't attach the word green to Palin.I think of better things when I hear it. You are right that she is totally inexperienced. Any criticism of her will be turned into an allegation of misogyny. What an insightful tactic.

Anonymous said...

She is an executive. How has she "consistently voted against a woman's right to choose?"

Thank you for clarifying.

BJK said...

Thank you. I made the correction.

Apologies for the inaccuracy...