The population in Alaska according to the US Census Bureau 2007 tally is 683,478. The population of Rhode Island is 1,057,832; have you heard of a man named Donald Carcieri? He's the governor of Rhode Island, and he's a republican. The only thing I know about him is that he's not a woman, which is less than I know about Sarah Palin thanks to recent news. Our governor in Maryland, Martin O'Malley, effectively governs 5,618,344 people, Alaska's population is just 12% of the population in MD, just 8% of the population in New York City. They didn't want Mayor Rudy Guliani, why would we want Palin? Just think, if McCain dies, which is about as likely as a rain storm in Seattle, a person who's had the experience of governing 600 thousand people, will now have the responsibility for governing 305 million!
Now let's talk about Palin's radical policies, she is fanatically anti-choice. Her 17 year old daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant. She will keep the baby and marry the father. Palin is noted as saying: "Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family." That's great Palin, a perfect example of why Roe v. Wade should be overturned right? What about all the girls out there who are getting pregnant at 17 and younger and don't have the luxury of a "soccer-mom". What about their children? What kind of life are they going to get, foster-care, group homes, projects, bad schools, poor nutrition, crime, poverty; gee every American must be as well off as you. Oh that's right, the cost of living in Alaska is about that of Arkansas, where you can buy a 5 bedroom house for $110,000.
Furthermore, what kind of life is your daughter going to have, a baby raising a baby, I'm 22 and I don't even want to babysit. Her life is over, anything she could have done as a single, young adult, won't happen. And why was your 17 year old not practicing safe-sex? Oh that's right, condoms are a form of abortion right? What the hell is wrong with you? Let me tell you all something, I believe that life is started at conception, but if I were 17, and got pregnant, best believe I would have an abortion. It would not be an easy decision and would most certainly be one that stayed with me the rest of my life. But at 17, I am in no shape to take care of a child. Now I would accept full responsibility for having unprotected sex with some guy (sorry had to gag for a min) but I would not further my irresponsible act by putting another life through something that's my fault. That's the reality of the situation, people try to make abortion so plain and simple but things aren't as black and white as they are in Alaska, or should I say dawn and dusk.
So what does Sarah Palin have to offer the US? Check out the population statistics in AK, http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/02000.html, it's about as demographically homogeneous as my old college, in Orange County. What could she possibly know about the hardships people in DC face, how about in New Orleans where people are still in FEMA trailers after 3 years? How about the south-side of Chicago?
What about Roe v. Wade, a bill she is so fanatically against? Roe v. Wade protected the right to privacy and was a major precedent in Lawrence v. Texas, the ruling banning sodomy laws on state books. If they rule that the government can have control over a woman's body, do you think they'll stop there? It will only be a matter of time before they're shutting down GLBT Alliance groups, and putting sodomy laws back on the books. Most of you think anti-miscegenation or anti-interracial marriage was taken off the books long ago, reality check, it was just passed in 1993. You think there's still not places where they try to bend the laws to criminalize interracial relationships? Have you been watching the news? You think it will stop there? Do you think that the Employee non-discrimination act will be passed with McCain's conservative Supreme court appointments? What about the Matthew Shepard act? Will we look at hate crimes now as simple assaults? Now this may sound like the same fear-mongering that the Republicans use but this is all logical conclusions drawn directly from the republican playbook.
Bottom line, I could run a town of 9,000; that doesn't mean I'm ready to run a country or for that matter understand all the dynamics of the great mixing bowl. We need a president who is for the people, all the people, and not just the ones you go to church with on Sunday.