The decision of who to vote for was rather difficult for me at the beginning of this race. I was tired of the leadership that we had experienced from the republican president we have had for the last eight years, which made me want to lean toward the democratic nominee, yet I also had a great deal of respect for Senator John McCain. However, in the last few months that respect was destroyed by the Senator himself, but the final nail in his coffin, for me at least, was his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate. “Why?” you might ask, “She will just be the vice president, not the leader of the country.” I have a two-fold answer. One, look at Dick Cheney (who more than lives up to his name–too bad we didn’t have outcries against it, as the conservatives have harped upon the moniker ‘Hussein’; we might have avoided a great deal of truama)–and tell me that the choice of vice president doesn’t matter. Second, she might very well end up being our president. The vice president is the first runner up, after all.
I absolutely hate the term used in conjunction with criticism towards Vice Presidential hopeful, Sarah Palin, “One heartbeat away from the presidency”. However, no matter how much I hate the phrase, it is true. If McCain is elected to president, both his age and his health make it reasonably likely that the office of president will fall to the hands of the much talked about governor of Alaska. As such, she is, and rightfully so, subject to a great deal of scrutiny. My own observations have led me to believe that she is unqualified, unbelievable, and unacceptable. Why? Let’s examine these assertations.
Why Sarah Palin is Unqualified, Unbelievable, and Unacceptable
1. She has no idea of the job duties of Vice President of the United States. Not only did she have to ask “What does the Vice President do,” when first chosen to be McCain’s running mate, she still hasn’t gotten it right. She seems to believe that the Vice President ‘runs the senate, getting in there with the senators and making policy changes’, when, in fact The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided. In other words, it’s a figurehead position–a last ditch tie-breaker role, if you will.
Gov Palin needs to re-read or perhaps read for the first time the Constitution. While the Vice President presides over the Senate, he or she is not in charge of it. Article 1 says The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no vote, unless they be equally divided.
The Senate is part of a co-equal branch of the federal government. –Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
2. McCain’s campaign claims that being Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska more than qualifies Palin to be Vice President of one of the most predominant leaders of the free world. How on earth did they come to that conclusion? Running a state with a population lower than almost any other state in the country suddenly qualifies you to help run this large nation? If so, running my household qualifies me to be the CEO of Microsoft. Mr. Gates: Call me. We’ll talk.
And what about her mayoral role of good ole’ Wasilla? Let’s take a look at her mayoral duties there, as outlined by the current mayor of Wasilla, Dianne Keller.
Watch the full interview on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Interview appears in second segment of show.
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So Sarah Palin believes that being mayor of Wasilla is “kind of like being a community organizer” of Chicago, population 2,800,000+, compared to Wasilla, population 9700+ (and that actually makes it the fourth largest town in Alaska, believe it or not), “except that you have actual responsibilites”. Sure, Sarah. Weighty responsibilities like making sure the coffee is hot for the Monday morning staff meeting, and choosing a good pen to sign checks with on Thursday. Give me a break.
3. Sarah Palin lies. I know what you’re thinking–all politicians lie. I pretty much agree with you. However, Palin’s lies are obvious, numerous, and, to put it bluntly, stupid.
“I stood up to the special interests, and the lobbyists.” –Sarah Palin
In actuality, Governor Palin hired a Washington lobbyist while she was mayor of Wasilla. In fact, she was the first Wasilla mayor to do so.
“I championed reform to end earmark spending in congress” –Sarah Palin
While governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has demanded over $400,000,000 in earmark spending from Congress.
“I told the congress, ‘thanks but no thanks'” –Sarah Palin, regarding the Alaska ‘Bridge to Nowhere’
She supported the Bridge to Nowhere, until it was clear that it was hurting her approval rating, and, far from telling congress, ‘no thanks’, Palin took the earmark money. She just spent it on other things, instead.
4. Sarah Palin presumably thinks rape victims should pay for their own rape kits–or at least, it doesn’t bother her enough to do anything about it. Yes, you read that right. She thinks it’s okay to take taxpayer money to fund useless bridges, and Alaska only projects, but draws the line at providing the necessary tools to bring rapists to justice, shunting the cost to the victim, instead–in a state with one of the highest percentages of rape crimes in the country.
And while there is no proof that Palin instituted this policy personally, the very fact that she let it go on unchecked is proof enough to me that her irresponsibility while in a lower office would simply transfer itself to a larger scale irresponsibility if Vice President of this nation. What else would she let slip through the cracks?
5. Sarah Palin is out of touch with the much touted ‘Joe the Plumber’. Do you think that your typical Joe the Plumber has enough funds to squander them on a $150,000 dollar wardrobe for himself and his family? Sarah Palin probably doesn’t, either, but she is not above squandering campaign money, given to her in good faith by contributors to help senator McCain’s campaign, at Macy’s and Sax 5th Avenue, at a time when many Americans are having trouble keeping their homes and putting food on the table. Way to show concern for the little guy suffering during troubled economic times, Sarah.
6. Sarah Palin squandered taxpayer money to pay for unnecessary trips for herself and her family (later doctoring the expense reports when she realized that she would be caught, to put it bluntly, stealing from the taxpayer), as well as to pay herself travel expenses on nights that she actually stayed at home. What a mavericky reformer she is!
7. Sarah Palin hypocritically harps on the alleged Obama connection to radical Will Ayers, all the while ignoring her own ties to a group that wants to disassociate itself from America completely–the Alaskan Independence Party. This is a group whose founder has advocated violent resistance to U.S. officials, and can only be described as radical, themselves.
Would you like to hear a little of the views of the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, Joe Vogler, a party that Sarah has pandered to, and a party that her husband was a member of? Check this out:
And yet, she wants us to worry about Obama sitting on an education board with a man who committed whatever it is she’s accusing him of committing when Obama was eight years old? Sure, Sarah, your smoke and mirrors has us all fooled.
And that’s just a limited gist of why Ms. Palin has destroyed any chance of me voting for the McCain ticket. Her ignorance, her hypocrisy, her dishonesty, her unacceptable behavior, her inexperience, her irresponsibility–all of these things and more have made a mockery of this election. Do the research, do the math, and do the right thing–get out there and vote to make sure that America is not saddled with this travesty of a Vice Presidential candidate.
“We believe that the best of America is not all in Washington, D.C. … We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.” –Sarah Palin
“As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?” –Sarah Palin
“[T]hey’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.” –Sarah Palin
“I told the Congress, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’ on that Bridge to Nowhere.” –Sarah Palin
“I’m the mayor, I can do whatever I want until the courts tell me I can’t.'” –Sarah Palin
“I’m very, very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing … any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that.” –Sarah Palin, after an Alaska legislative report found she had broken the state’s ethics law and abused her power in the Troopergate scandal.