Saturday, August 30, 2008

Palin-tology

I'm not one of these people who feels like the presidency should be all about "experience." I mean, sure, politicians who have been in Washington for decades probably have a clearer idea about the day-to-day realities of the president's job, but that's hardly any kind of solid guarantee that they would handle these realities well. To my mind, it's far more important to elect a president you feel is capable of doing the job and who agrees, more or less, with your worldview than simply someone who has been around long enough to know about the intricacies in advance.

So I don't really care that Barack Obama has only been a Senator for a few years, or for that matter, that Sarah Palin was a mayor of a small Alaska town and has only spent 2 years as the state's governor. (It is kind of weird, when you think about it, that McCain has been running for President longer than Palin has been running Alaska. But still, the essential point remains.) If we were on the same page ideologically, and I felt like she seemed capable of representing me and this shared ideology within the federal government, I'd support her candidacy.

Unfortunately, she appears to be a complete nutbar.

From Think Progress:

In an interview released today by Newsmax, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) — Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) newly minted running mate — was asked for her “take on global warming and how is it affecting our country.” “A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location,” Palin said, adding, “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being man-made.”


This would be the worst possible time to elect someone that hates science. The worst. We've endured 8 years of George W. Bush, a man who thinks The Scientific Method means having sex with a labcoat on. Nominating a global warming denier, someone who disagrees with pretty much every single actual trained knowledgeable expert in the world on one of the most significant issues facing our planet, is pretty much what you'd expect from today's Republican Party. But that doesn't mean it can't scare the shit out of me regardless.

Then there's this:

According to an October 2006 profile in the Anchorage Daily News, Palin opposes stem cell research, physician-assisted suicide, and state health benefits for same-sex partners.

Zing! Seriously, I know Republicans hate gay people and anyone with Parkinsons. Fine. But are we still even fucking debating physician-assisted suicide? What is wrong with you people? One of the two major political parties in America still consistently argues in 2008 that your grandma should have to live through every last insufferable moment of death via bowel cancer? Cause that's the way God wants it?

Earlier this year, she told the newspaper that schools should not fear teaching creationism alongside evolution. "Teach both. You know, don't be afraid of information...Healthy debate is so important and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as a daughter of a science teacher."

Oh, well, she's the daughter of a science teacher...Never mind, then.

Is this election being held in 1508 and no one told me?

After reading these two articles, I would seriously rather vote for almost any other American citizen to be President. Mike Tyson. Heidi Montag. Mark David Chapman. (Hey, he has some interesting ideas...don't judge...)

And, let's not tiptoe around the issue, John McCain's second-in-command might have to take over at any moment. She's not a heartbeat away from the presidency; she's a stiff breeze away. I know she kind of looks like Tina Fey and is making the election itself more interesting, but this is serious stuff.

UPDATE:

Charming!



UPDATE #2:

The hits just keep on coming. Palin's take on Iraq:

A reporter for the Anchorage daily, Gregg Erickson, even did an online chat with the Washington Post, in which he revealed that Palin's approval rating in the state was not the much-touted 80%, but 65% and sinking -- and that among journalists who followed her it might be in the "teens." He added: "I have a hard time seeing how her qualifications stack up against the duties and responsibilities of being president.... I expect her to stick with simple truths. When asked about continued American troop presence in Iraq, she said she knows only one thing about that (I paraphrase): no one has attacked the American homeland since George Bush took the war to Iraq."

4 comments:

rednikki said...

OK, so the weird thing about that is that, for some reason, the video that popped up for me was a tour of the Stargate SG-1 set. Which was lovely, but not AT ALL the video you put in there.

It's the one at the end of Joe Mallozzi's post here:
http://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2008/08/29/august-29-2008-were-1-ducking-the-mix-honk-honk-and-a-video-tour-of-stage-5-part-1/

I mean, fun video and all...just odd.

Robert said...

This writer is a Nutbar"! Why he has a forum for spewing such teeny-bopper politics is beyond me!
Gov. Palin has MORE experience than that slick, oily Obama (who since he does not use his middle name of Hussain has been nicknamed "Fluffy" Obama because of his soft stance on everything -also, look up the word "Fluffy").

Lons said...

Robert, the myopic ignorance of your post is like sweet glorious music. Never change!

I assumed, at first, that you had not read the post, because you rebut pretty much the only argument I DID NOT make against Palin. (I said her experience didn't matter...it's her loony opinions that I dislike).

But you must have read the post because you brought up the "nutbar" line. So you are apparently just unable to glean the meaning from a blog post of a few paragraphs written at pretty much a middle-school reading level. Congrats on that.

Also, I know you probably don't think so, but you're a virulent racist. The "oily Obama" "Hussain" (spelled incorrectly) stuff kind of confirms it. Look into that, maybe.

Ray said...

I might be going out on a limb here...but Robert MIGHT be a Republican...