With all the buzz going around these days about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, it comes as no surprise that opinions vary. The Right would have you believe that this unknown is a Saint above all reproach and criticism. Her qualifications are apparently the fact that she's "a mom" and has "executive experience" (the latest Republican talking point). Here's what Sauda Voice reader Rebecca B. had to say about Gov. Palin:
"She has next to no experience in government. When asked about national security background or knowledge regarding foreign affairs, the best Ms. McCain could come up with was “she lives right by Russia.”
She has only traveled outside the country twice in her life. She belonged (as did her husband “Mr. First Dude”) to a 3rd party which among other things supports allowing Alaska to secede from the United States and feels the only thing wrong with the John Birch Society was it was too liberal!
She tried to have a local librarian fired for not banning books. (She) used her political office to try to have fired and smear a state trooper who is in a custody battle with her sister. (She) is being investigated for this and is worried enough about the outcome to have recently “lawyered up.”
(She) currently has pretty messy family issues; recently gave birth to a son with Downs Syndrome and has a 17 year old daughter who is pregnant. Ironically, she has fought sex education in the schools and (the) availability of contraception for minors.
(She) believes that for 9 months a woman has no right to control what is happening to her own body and is basically nothing more than a baby container. She does not believe in a woman’s right to choose to end a pregnancy, even if she has been raped.
(She) does not believe human pollution has anything to do with global warming (even Bush has had to back down on this one). (She) is so in bed with big oil that she is willing to watch as the polar bear and beluga whales become extinct, rather than slow the possibility of drilling. She would open up one of the last great wildernesses on earth to exploitation by oil interests.
(She) laughs when hearing a fellow Republican woman being called a bitch in public (she and the woman had disagreed on several issues). I guess this does make her on par with McCain who thinks it is alright to call your wife a cunt in public.
(She) has an undergraduate degree in Journalism from a small obscure university.
She has been repeatedly described as stubborn with a vicious streak – even by family and friends (nickname is Sarah Barracuda).
(She) did fundraising and accepted money from the same sources as Sen. Ted Stevens.
(She) pushed for the “bridge to nowhere," then flipped when convenient to do so.
She has been named Sen. John McCain’s VP selection for the Republican ticket. Sen. McCain is 72 years old and has reoccurring cancer as part of his health history. One cannot help but question Mr. McCain’s judgment regarding her selection."
before blindly making statements or giving support)