Joe Biden – talk about experience! You think Obama can’t do the job when it comes to foreign affairs? How about a vice president who has 35 years of experience, is a long-time member and current chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and has worked on resolutions concerning the Yugoslav wars and Iraq war? Plus, this roman catholic white senator of Delaware (the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Delaware history, btw) should calm down those who think Obama is too liberal. Or too black. Or still fear he’s a muslim even though he goes to church every sunday. Biden has served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues related to drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties, and led creation of the Violent Crime Control, Law Enforcement Act and Violence Against Women Act. Plus, he has a heart-warming personal story. He lost his first wife and 1-year-old daughter in a car accident. Since then he’s been taking the commute, knowing every conductor by first name, and doesn’t work on December 18th. He seems like a steady, middle-ish democrat with a good law background and I think that makes for a good balance between them. He is down-to-earth, like it should be.
Sarah Palin – argh, where to start. There are just too many things wrong with this woman. First of all, she’s a woman. That is the only reason the Reps picked her. As if having a vagina would be enough reason for every woman to change camp. Even though she is the ideological opposite of, say, Hilary. And yet, she will be the one going down in history as first female VP. Get this, GOP: feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. And Sarah Palin is the exact opposite way to go for that. She enrages me so much that, in fact, I’ll let Gloria Steinem explain instead what Palin stands for:
Palin’s value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women’s wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves “abstinence-only” programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers’ millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn’t spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.
To explain the “control of women’s wombs”: Palin wants to illegalize abortion. Even in the case of rape or incest, no exceptions. Every woman who would want to abort would become a criminal. Palin promotes abstinence – which we all know works just like a charm – and yet her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant (proof?). She says Bristol made the decision, with the family, to keep the baby. Well it’s nice to know someone had a choice. Palin also decided to cut finances for a shelter that welcomes young mothers with their children. So the idea is: girl, you better keep that baby, or you’re going to jail. But don’t ask for help if you can’t take of it, that’s your problem.
She’s a long-time member of the NRA and kills her own food (well duh, she lives in Alaska). In her home town, as a mayor, she wanted to censor the library, she charged rape victims for using “rape kits” (evidence collection kits) and supported the “bridge to nowhere”, which would have cost almost 400 million dollars. Running the little town of Wasilla (7.000 people) is the only experience she has. She has only been governor (of ALASKA) since 2006. She has called herself as “pro-life as any candidate can be” and, of course, supports capital punishment (contradictory? what?). Palin strongly supports an individual’s right to bear arms, including handguns. She opposes same-sex marriage and supported a constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples. Palin supports the Bush Administration’s policies in Iraq, but has opposed federal listing of the polar bear as an endangered species. DO YOU SEE WHERE I’M GOING HERE?!
Sorry this got so long, it’s just that I could go on and on and on about that lipstick-wearing bulldog. She rubs me the wrong way. DO NOT VOTE REPUBLICAN IN 2008.