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An Alaskan talks about Sarah PALIN
Dear classmates -
As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin,
Senator McCain's choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you
about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her.
The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil
fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles. She is a life time member of the
NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in
Alaska, particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state
dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes,
dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska's failing school
system.We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all
of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than
Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think
this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about
the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to
informative web sites.
She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain
campaign has the nerve to say she has "green" policies. The only thing green
about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported
drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal
plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost
anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of
Alaska and destroy its environment.
Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small
red neck town outside Anchorage. The average maximum education level of parents
of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go
to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual
contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what
I'm talking about. These people don't have a concept of the world around them or
of the serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don't care. So long as
they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive
their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they're
happy. I wish I were exaggerating.
Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired
an individual in law enforcement here because she didn't like how he treated one
of her relatives during a divorce. The man's performance and ability weren't
considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under
investigation. While the issue isn't close to the scandal of Ted Steven's
corruption, it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky clean" and causes me to think
there ay be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care.
When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it
weren't so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics
(admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing
of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems - you
name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the
world truly frightens me.
In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US,
Sarah Palin is uniquely Unqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a
young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to
step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as
inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap
shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. When McCain
introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and
Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Pal in, you are no Hillary Clinton.
To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she did not
get the nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute.
If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the
Democratic Party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support
now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided,
don't let the choice of Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows
how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative,
I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor
choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain's judgment. While the
political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious
issue is the fact that the VP is, literally, a heartbeat away from the
presidency. Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice
president, let alone president.
I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high. I thought
it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know
something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in
Alaska on a daily basis.