Sarah Palin – a heart beat too near the White House

To say that Governor Palin was chosen to steal the Clinton vote from Obama, ignores that Palin is not what a Democrat is looking for. In terms of religion she is a part of dominionist groups that aggressively target teenagers in what is termed a “bait and switch” evangelism. Think of “Assemblies of God” and “Joel’s Army” as mental thugs on steroids with a marketing background – you may get the idea.

Further, she believes that god entrusted her down syndrome child to her. While I do not doubt the sincerity in which she and her husband love their child, I do find it offensive to suggest that a god honours mother’s to be with impaired and handicapped children. That belief does enter the public sphere – she is firmly against abortion to the point of supporting religious groups that give misinformation about the pill and putting restrictions and hurdles for abortion even in non-viable pregnancies.

It should by this stage come as no surprise that she supports creation science (the new buzzword for Intelligent Design that replaced creationism) in the teach the controversy. A member of the National Rifle Association, and business links with the oil industry, one definite redeeming feature is that she was a whistleblower on other Republicans for corruption. Though she herself faces controversy over sacking her brother-in-law.

Now, is John McCain really hoping that Clinton supporters see past these issues and vote for him because he has a female VP? I would suggest this is more about securing his Republican base – firming up support from the Religious wing (and the funds they control). Further, it may just be that female independent voters may be more swayed to McCain then they already were.

The Clintons by their support of Obama at the convention may have moved their supporters to get behind him. Watching C-Span (so much better than BBC Parliament) one delegate stated it was her vote not Hillary’s to vote as she pleased. Though if she really wants McCain rather than Obama, she would seem to belong to the wrong party.

The candidates for VP may only matter in a tight race – and this one will be. I stated that McCain’s choice for VP would be important simply because of his age and past medical history. The White House being controlled by Palin would be enough to have Jefferson rolling in his grave. A barrier being breached would be nothing to the wall of separation being torn down. America could be a heart beat away from anything with Sarah Palin.

Either way, McCain or Obama, a glass ceiling will have been smashed. But there is a big difference in the two men for the job. It matters this side of the pond because American leadership is crucial in the world and the resources it has. The divide between them is like the Atlantic Ocean. McCain’s choice is aimed at securing up the social conservative base and balancing the ticket with age and the female vote.

Whether this works; time will prove everything. In a tight race this may have been an all in move; to work Republicans need to suggest that Palin is more or equally experienced as Obama. That may be a tough spin when you consider the focus should be on McCain, with an already recognized firm hand ready should the President fall. Her youth and inexperience are highlighted by his age and experience. They are not candidates of equals in the way that Obama and Biden could be considered.

All I know is that I am more sure now of wanting Obama then ever. Republicans why did you let the Religious Wing grab the party? And any chance we can have the real McCain back?



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3 responses to “Sarah Palin – a heart beat too near the White House

  1. clancop

    The left comes out attacking her because she had the child, and now you are attacking her because she loves it? Weak man…

    Next, Palin might be one step away from the Presidency, but JUNIOR SENATOR Obama is actually applying for that job. Tell me this, what has he done for the state of Illinois in his 8 years in office? Nothing. What has Palin done in her two years as governor? Cleaning up the Republican Party, cut earmarks and pork barrel spending (even sold the private jets the former governor bought), tackled “Big Oil”, etc

    As Mike Huckabee said, she learned what she had to learn to be President in the first month as mayor, let alone the 7 years of executive experience she has under her belt. As Hillary said, Obama gave a nice speech… Who you really worried about?

  2. Whereas previously, a Down’s child could be born without the prior knowledge of the mother, going forward, a parent with a Down’s child will likely have made a conscious choice to have that child. As prenatal testing for trisomy 21 becomes ubiquitous, Down’s children (and eventually those with other genetic disorders) will increasingly become symbols of faith – a freak show meant to communicate the “family values” of their parents. The children will become public sacrifices made by their parents for their faith. They will be a symbol of religious reverence in the same way as the scarred backs of Catholics who flagellate themselves, or Buddhist monks who set themselves on fire, or Sunni Muslims who mutilate their girl’s genitals or Shiites who bloody their children’s heads with swords.

    Genuine moral virtues – such as integrity, honesty, and productivity are not useful as evidence of religious virtue. To the extent that their practical benefit is visible to everyone, they do not represent the special domain of religion. To demonstrate religious virtue, it is necessary to sacrifice authentic moral values in favor of “religious” values. The particular object of the sacrifice is not important – there is nothing particularly “biblical” about being prolife (the Christian bible just as easily supports the opposite position.) If Christian fundamentalists decided that cutting of one’s hand sufficed as proof of moral virtue, they would be wrong to do so, but not much more so than the numerous other ways that people find to be self-destructive.

    What is really vicious about fundamentalists in America is that the prey on the most vulnerable –poor pregnant young girls and women, those dying from painful terminal illnesses, the loved ones of brain-dead patients, — and children afflicted with terrible genetic illnesses. One can at least grasp the moral indifference with which a fundamentalist can force a single young mother to abandon her goals and dreams and condemn her and her child to poverty. But what can we say about a parent that chooses a life of suffering upon their child? If we are morally outraged by child rapists, how should we judge a parent who chooses a lifetime of suffering on their own child?

  3. clancop: no just attacking the notion that god entrusts down syndrome babies to parents as gifts. That view I find sickening, and not one that brings comfort to what is a challenging situation

    HeoricLife: food for thought. It is a shame that they would rather take a woman’s rights away then empower them to make a choice free from fear of social deprivation and lack of health care.

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