Sarah Palin, Wrong for Florida, Wrong for America
GOP VP Candidiate Sarah Palin
Who is Sarah Palin? Here's some basic background:
She was elected Alaska's governor a little over a year
half ago. Her previous office was mayor of
Wasilla, a small town outside Anchorage. She has no foreign policy experience.1
Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing
abortion even in the case of rape or incest.2
She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan over Al Gore and even George W. Bush for president. The same Pat Buchanan who called Hitler courageous and encouraged President Reagan to honor Nazi Stormtroopers who helped murder 6 million Jews. 3
Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change.5
She's solidly in line with John McCain's
"Big Oil first" energy policy. She's pushed hard for more oil
drilling and says renewables won't be ready for years. She also sued the Bush
administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species—she was
worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6
How closely did John McCain vet this choice? He met Sarah Palin once at a meeting. They spoke a second time, last Sunday,
when he called her about being vice-president. Then he offered her the position.7
John McCain likes to say actions speak louder than words.
John McCain says he's a friend of Israel but then why did he choose Sarah Palin to succeed him if he is unable to complete his term?
Governor Palin is a staunch anti-choice religious conservative. She's a global warming denier who shares John McCain's commitment to Big Oil. And she's dramatically inexperienced.
This is John McCain's message to you. What does his choice of Palin say about him?
In picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has made the religious right very happy. And he's made a very dangerous decision for our country.
What does this say about John McCain's judgment picking this person to be a heartbeat from the Presidency?
In a 1977 column, Buchanan said that despite Hitler's anti-Semitic and genocidal tendencies, he was "an individual of great courage...Hitler's success was not based on his extraordinary gifts alone. His genius was an intuitive sense of the mushiness, the character flaws, the weakness masquerading as morality that was in the hearts of the statesmen who stood in his path." (The Guardian, 1/14/92)
Writing of "group fantasies of martyrdom," Buchanan challenged the historical record that thousands of Jews were gassed to death by diesel exhaust at Treblinka: "Diesel engines do not emit enough carbon monoxide to kill anybody." (New Republic, 10/22/90) Buchanan's columns have run in the Liberty Lobby's Spotlight, the German-American National PAC newsletter and other publications that claim Nazi death camps are a Zionist concoction. 3
Buchanan was vehement in pushing President Reagan -- despite protests -- to visit Germany's Bitburg cemetery, where Nazi SS troops were buried. At a White House meeting, Buchanan reportedly reminded Jewish leaders that they were "Americans first" -- and repeatedly scrawled the phrase "Succumbing to the pressure of the Jews" in his notebook. Buchanan was credited with crafting Ronald Reagan's line that the SS troops buried at Bitburg were "victims just as surely as the victims in the concentration camps." (New York Times, 5/16/85; New Republic, 1/22/96)
Obama and the Palin Effect
Palin reinforces the overall message of the reactionary right, that social justice is liberal-radical, that minorities and immigrants, being different from “us” pure American types, can be ignored, that progressivism takes too much effort and globalism is a foreign threat. More
2006 Democratic Research Document on Sarah Palin Click Here
Governor Sarah Palin Does Not Qualify Under the Implicit Constitutional Standards, by John Dean...More
Statement from Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund
August 29, 2008
WASHINGTON-- Senator John McCain just announced his choice for running mate: Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska. To follow is a statement by Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund.
"Senator McCain's choice for a running mate is beyond belief. By choosing Sarah Palin, McCain has clearly made a decision to continue the Bush legacy of destructive environmental policies."
"Sarah Palin, whose husband works for BP (formerly British Petroleum), has repeatedly put special interests first when it comes to the environment. In her scant two years as governor, she has lobbied aggressively to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, pushed for more drilling off of Alaska's coasts, and put special interests above science. Ms. Palin has made it clear through her actions that she is unwilling to do even as much as the Bush administration to address the impacts of global warming. Her most recent effort has been to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove the polar bear from the endangered species list, putting Big Oil before sound science. As unbelievable as this may sound, this actually puts her to the right of the Bush administration."
"This is Senator McCain's first significant choice in building his executive team and it's a bad one. It has to raise serious doubts in the minds of voters about John McCain's commitment to conservation, to addressing the impacts of global warming and to ensuring our country ends its dependency on oil."
The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (http://www.defendersactionfund.org/) provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.
Statement of AFL-CIO President John Sweeney On the McCain-Palin Ticket
August 29, 2008
Last night, America's working families were breathtakingly inspired by Barack Obama's speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. Hours later, presumptive Republican nominee John McCain failed to repair his anti-worker record by announcing his running mate.
Although Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lacks the foreign policy expertise and national stature of Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, we have no reason to doubt she is a sincere public servant. But that does not change the danger for working families of a McCain presidency. McCain has shown again and again that he would bring America more of the same Bush policies that have driven working families out of jobs, out of health care, out of the middle class and into debt and foreclosure.
Plain and simply, working families cannot afford four more years of Bush-McCain politics.
Appearing today with McCain, Gov. Palin was quick to note her husband's membership in the United Steelworkers (USW). Ironically, she has joined the ticket of a staunch opponent of restoring the freedom of other working men and women to form unions and bargain for a better life. McCain was among the Republican senators who blocked a vote on the Employee Free Choice Act last year after the House approved the measure. Enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act is a critical step in rebuilding America's middle class.
The choice between the Obama-Biden and McCain-Palin tickets is clear for working women and men, who know from their day-to-day experiences and kitchen table choices that it is time for change-time to turn around America.
1. "Sarah Palin," Wikipedia, Accessed August 29, 2008
2. "McCain Selects Anti-Choice Sarah Palin as Running Mate," NARAL Pro-Choice America, August 29, 2008 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=17515&id=13661-5593492-w8uFTlx&t=1
3. "Sarah Palin, Buchananite," The Nation, August 29, 2008
4. "'Creation science' enters the race," Anchorage Daily News, October 27, 2006
5. "Palin buys climate denial PR spin—ignores science," Huffington Post, August 29, 2008
6. "McCain VP Pick Completes Shift to Bush Energy Policy," Sierra Club, August 29, 2008
"Choice of Palin Promises Failed Energy Policies of the Past," League of Conservation Voters, August 29, 2008
"Protecting polar bears gets in way of drilling for oil, says governor," The Times of London, May 23, 2008
"McCain met Palin once before yesterday," MSNBC, August 29, 2008