<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: What's wrong with Sarah Palin?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

What's wrong with Sarah Palin?

The main thing that's wrong with Sarah Palin is that there doesn't seem to be anything right with her. But we'll let John McCain worry about that. Meanwhile, here's a sampler of the ever-growing list of what exactly is wrong with Sarah Palin.

1. She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.

2. She is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

3. She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in 2000.

4. She thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.

5. She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.

6. She supports McCain's "Big Oil first" energy policy.

7. McCain met Sarah Palin once at a meeting; then they spoke a second time, last Sunday, when he called her about being vice-president; and then he offered her the position.

8. Her appearance on a morning "shock jock" radio show earlier this year was described by the Anchorage Daily News as "plain and simple one of the most unprofessional, childish and inexcusable performances I've ever seen from a politician."

9. Palin supports gunning down wolves from airplanes.

10. She took an unnecessary risk with the health of her own child.

11. She supports failed abstinence-only programs.

12. She is under investigation for allegedly abusing her power as governor to help her sister in a messy divorce.

13. She lied about her plans for the "Bridge to Nowhere."

14. She has big money ties to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who has been indicted for political corruption.

15. She exploits her son's Iraq service for political gain.

16. During her time as mayor, Palin drove a town deep into debt.

17. She tried to ban books from her local library.

18. She slashed funding for teen moms (ironic, isn't it?).

19. She thinks the war in Iraq is "a task that is from God."

20. She failed at running a car wash.

Stay tuned for more...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't overlook her membership in the Alaska Independence Party, a nice little group that wants to secede from the Union. The founder of the group is a total wack job.

1:10 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: Yeah, why do we keep getting candidates from states that want to secede from the union? If they don't like America, they should leave!

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it funny that you smear her for her supposed support of Pat Buchanan (she supported Steve Forbes, who cares). The point is that Pat Buchanan has done more to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning than any of you libs. If you must spout hysterical half-truths, please at least give credit where it's due. By the way, you're right on that she sucks as a pick.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: So we should approve of Pat Buchanan because he got one thing right?

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You left out that - in spite of her supposed "family values" stance - she had a sexual affair with her husband's business partner, thereby causing the immediate dissolution of the partnership.

Also, her son Track (the military trophy kid) was involved in a school bus vandalism prank that cost the Wasilla school district thousands in repairs and lost school days.

Same kid was charged with statutory rape (sex with a 14 year-old girl at a party).

BTW, Palin used her position to bury both crimes - the second one (RAPE) by shuffling the kid off into the military.

She's known to be relentlessly vindictive and as dirty as they come - Nixon-era politics are second nature to this scary, scary witch. In the unlikely-but-frightening scenario where she would somehow assume power (for example, McCain dies while in office) we could almost certainly expect global nuclear war as she forced her religious fanatic agenda on the world.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: Wow, if all of that is true (and not just speculation, conjecture, exaggeration, or fabrication conjured up by the National Enquirer), things are about to get very, very interesting.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, it's all true. Wasilla is a small community, and even though you can hide juvenile crimes by getting the records sealed, all the locals know each other and the circumstances of the Palin family's past.

Todd Palin was in a high school class numbering around 200 kids - they all know each other and they all know who Sarah had an affair with. They all know what each others' kids get caught doing, so they all know about Track's crimes.

Did I forget to mention that Todd Palin's own mother HATES Sarah, and is currently under a gag order to prevent her from spilling more dirty laundry?

9:27 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: I hadn't seen or heard these allegations anywhere else (except for those that appeared in the Enquirer), so I'd be very interested in knowing your sources.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sources are the injured parties themselves. When someone has the power to completely bury the record of a family member's illegal and/or immoral activities, someone else ends up pretty disgruntled. And when you know the wronged parties personally you get all the dirt.

Sarah Palin has the potential to be the most dangerous thing this country could ever experience - a hypocritical religious zealot with a very real chance to get her finger on "the button".

3:51 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: I would like to post an exclusive blog entry based on your comments. Are you willing to go on record (i.e., citing your name and state), or would that be too risky?

By the way, I hear that Alaskans just received their annual $2,000-per-person oil credits, over a month early (they usually arrive in late November or December), and that they received an additional $1,200 bonus this year. Can you verify this, and do you know (1) why the payments came early and (2) why they included the bonus?

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is wrong with this blog -- a lack of facts! Let's get this right:

3. She supported Pat Buchanan for president.

No, she supported Steve Forbes. I don't care either way, but get your facts straight before you put them in print. That is YOUR responsibility.

4. She thinks creationism should be taught in schools.

Uh, no again, she thinks it should be "discussed" if a student brings it up, but not taught as part of the cirriculum. I'm not sure what is wrong with an honest discussion, but the left seems to fear it. Simply discuss the facts and theories and so be it.

5. She doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.

Neither do hundreds of other scientists, and just this week there has been a study released that sunspots may have a direct effect on climate change. The simple answer is that NOBODY knows for sure, and there is no overwhelming, compelling evidence. It ain't like the law of gravity. In my mind saying humans are the cause of climate change ranks up there with the creationists. It hasn't been proven or disproven, so you can't make the claim it is fact.

12. She tried to ban books from her local library.

No again, she never made any attempt to ban any book. She asked a question about what a librarian would do if a request came in to ban a book. She didn't make such a request herself, and anything beyond this is simply speculation. Was she planning on banning books, and this why she asked the question? I don't know. Did she want to know if the librarian had the nerve to stand up to someone if such a request was made? I don't know. Nobody knows, but we do know she never made the request herself.

19. She thinks the war in Iraq is a task from God.

Off the mark again. She said to pray that our leaders are sending US soldiers out on a task that is from God. In other words, pray that we are doing God's will. Who would pray that we are working against God's will? She was speaking with the same sentiment Abraham Lincoln was using when he uttered this quote: "it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the LORD'S side." Does that make the Civil War a "holy war"?

A post says she was a member of the Alaska Independence Party.

Again, not true. She has been a registered Republican since the early 1980s, and there is no record of her being a member of AIP.

I don't mind disagreeing with her politics, but at least get the facts right! Whatever happened to HONEST disagreement?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: I stand by all of my original assertions, which are drawn from the links provided (click on the highlighted text in each item). Your "facts" apparently came from different sources than mine...what are they? And how can you be sure they are more accurate (or "honest") than mine?

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She still has more experience than Obama. I find it quite odd that the liberals love to bash Palin and her experience, yet Obama got elected having virtually none. But that's typical - dodge the issue and point the finger.

Further, Obama was in office as a senator (as he ran uncontested in Illinois), got elected, and serving less than 150 days in office, decided to run for President. In that time, 50% of his votes were "present" meaning he did not commit to a yea or nay vote.

Now we have a president with virtually no experience who cannot make a decision.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: Hello again! Thank you for your perseverance in helping me see the light (which, by the way, is looking much brighter now than it was on Monday).

You're absolutely right that Sarah Palin has more experience than Barack Obama...being governor of Alaska, a state with about as many residents as the city of Portland, Oregon. Are you saying that you really believe Palin had enough experience to be vice president--let alone president? At least Obama has the brain, the heart, the spirit, the focus, and the potential to perform the job adequately.

Which is why you might be right that Obama has trouble making decisions...because he wants to be sure he makes the right decisions--not just shoot from the hip like other politicians.

As to dodging the issue and pointing the finger, you might want to check and be sure you're not confusing your political parties. Palin and McCain dodged more issues and pointed more fingers than anyone in this campaign.

I know you're disappointed by what you perceive as a huge loss, but I'd be willing to bet that in four years you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much better off both you and this country are. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Sarah Palin said...

great site!

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Anonymous: Yeah, why do we keep getting candidates from states that want to secede from the union? If they don't like America, they should leave!"

If they dont like America they shouls leave? isnt that the point of an indepenence party?

5:40 AM  
Blogger Editor at Large said...

Anonymous: By golly, you're right! (Assuming, of course, that you meant "don't," "should," "Isn't," and "independence.")

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, I don't like Sarah Palin either. In fact she scares me, but some of these items are irrelevant and/or based very tenuously on factual evidence.

She exploits her sons military service? How does she do that? By talking about it in her speeches? That's hardly exploitation.

And speaking of her son, what do his actions have to do with her ability to be a political leader? Even if he did rape somebody, so what? I mean you might as well state that Jaramiah Wrights ridiculous views are a direct reflection on Barack Obama's ability to lead. Neither assertion is valid.

Who cares that she failed at running a car wash. Until you can demonstrate that running a car wash is anything like running a state or country, that's irrelevant.

Stating that somebody should leave America if they don't like its policies is missing the point of what being in America is all about, namely the freedom to disagree without being persecuted. Disagreement is often healthy (at least two a point) and it should be encouraged, not meant with anger and threats of banishment. Freedom is a two way street. Either let other people have their opinions too or maybe it's time for YOU to think about going somewhere else.

10:43 AM  

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