email from Wasilla

Sarah Palin is perhaps the most dangerous person to run for Vice President ever. She is an ultra-conservative, Pentecostal right wing candidate who would wipe out rights for many Americans if given the power to do so. Her stands on women’s and LGBT issues is chilling. Although I don’t think people vote for a candidate because of the Vice President, I think it is notable in this election. John McCain is a 72 year old man who has survived cancer 4 times. What are the odds that he will complete even his first term if elected?

I came across this news article while surfing the net tonight. It is an email sent to the press by a fellow resident of Wasilla, Alaska where Sarah Palin was mayor. She is very articulate in outlining here relationship to Sarah Palin. Read the email, and I think that you will definitely know more about the candidate. As the author admits, she is no friend of Palin, and it is obvious that no love is lost between the two. Below is a summary of her facts that she included at the end of her email. Judge the value of this for yourself. Is this the person you want a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

Claim vs. Fact

  • “Hockey mom”: True for a few years
  • “PTA mom”: True years ago when her first-born was in elementary school, not since
  • “NRA supporter”: Absolutely true
  • Social conservative: mixed. Opposes gay marriage, but vetoed a bill that would have denied benefits to employees in same-sex relationships (said she did this because it was unconsitutional).
  • Pro-creationism: Mixed. Supports it, but did nothing as governor to promote it.
  • “Pro-life”: Mixed. Knowingly gave birth to a Down’s syndrome baby but declined to call a special legislative session on some pro-life legislation.
  • “Experienced”: Some high schools have more students than Wasilla has residents. Many cities have more residents than the state of Alaska. No legislative experience other than City Council. Little hands-on supervisory or managerial experience; needed help of a city administrator to run town of about 5,000.
  • Political maverick: Not at all.
  • Gutsy: Absolutely!
  • Open and transparent: ??? Good at keeping secrets. Not good at explaining actions.
  • Has a developed philosophy of public policy: No.
  • “A Greenie”: No. Turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots. Is pro-drilling off-shore and in ANWR.
  • Fiscal conservative: Not by my definition!
  • Pro-infrastructure: No. Promoted a sports complex and park in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system. Built streets to early 20th century standards.
  • Pro-tax relief: Lowered taxes for businesses, increased tax burden on residents
  • Pro-small government: No. Oversaw greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla’s history.
  • Pro-labor/pro-union: No. Just because her husband works union doesn’t make her pro-labor. I have seen nothing to support any claim that she is pro-labor/pro-union.
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