I don’t claim to be able to speak to this with any authority or political intelligence, but just a few thoughts I can’t get over.
First, everyone is excited about Palin. Some are excited, as in, really excited, and proud, to have Palin on the Republican ticket. It is a decision they are praising and fully supporting. While everyone else is excited to have something else to knock on. She gives so much feed for the fodder, its hard to leave it alone. Even in my little section of the world, she’s big news. If McCain was trying to stay in the headlines, he achieved his goal. For better or worse, everyone is certainly excited about his choice of Palin.
Another note on keeping up with politics from overseas. I gather most of my information from reading, namely online articles. I search through online papers, headlines and blogs. And the free paper in Hong Kong (The Standard) reprints day old articles from mainline Western papers. So when Obama and McCain announced their running mates, one of the first things I asked was, “And how do you pronounce that?” Being removed from the world of TV, I miss out on the correct pronunciation of names, as I’m now reading with the Asian inflection and sounds of vowels. Which I just find funny.
Okay, to the meat of the Palin issue. Here are the things that I just cannot get past. I am not critisizing her as woman, and I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to choose between being home with family and being as involved in politics as she is. But seriously, this woman has SO much going on at home, just in her immediate family alone. A son about to go off to war. A daughter expecting. A new born baby with special needs. And she wants to uproot and move to D.C.? I really wonder how much consideration has gone into how this will effect her children? Does she really think that they can handle the pressure of being in the lime-light all the time? Is it really fair to Bristol to be named in press releases in this sensitive time in her life? How someone who claims to be a devoted mother can willing put her family into that kind of environment is beyond me. Granted, I make that statement as a single woman with no children, but it just seems really harsh to be dragging your young children into all of this. And as much as I don’t want to sound like I’m a stay-at-home advocate (because really, you do what you need to do as a mother), but her family needs a mother, and if she takes office, can she really expect to be as involved in her family as they need her to be??
I cannot handle her stance on the environment. The “Drill Baby Drill” movement makes me want to throw up. How can anyone, Palin, McCain, or any other professing Christian, honestly think they are honoring God by DRILLING and destroying God’s creation? Why aren’t protecting animals (one of God’s first commands to Adam) a higher priority? So for Palin to just disregard the plight of the polar bears because she doesn’t believe its really happening, despite physical evidence, is so angering.
Anyone who says that God has called us into this war has not only lost my vote (not they had it in the first place) but also completely lost my respect. We have enough trouble in this world without adding more war to the mix. I cannot support a presidency that supports war as the answer. I just cannot. I have seen first hand the horror of war torn lands, the devastating effects of wars that force people off their lands and into the ungracious arms of another land as migrants. For Palin to even suggest that God supports war is to say that God has stripped his own people of their rights to land, safety, peace, sustainable government, the ability to grow or access their own food, and the ability to keep families together. The effects of war moves far beyond the casualty count. It is seen in the mining companies that come in, the bulldozers that destroy homes, the presidents that force people out of their own country, denied education rights and blockages of fresh water and access to food. Please tell me how this can be God’s good plan??
Palin needs to watch what she says. While I haven’t been watching the conventions, and I can’t speak to the background graphics (though I’ve heard the blue screen is nothing short of torture), I’ve read a few quotes from Palin that make me gasp. One was the comment on “reversing the waters and healing the planet.” As if healing the planet was a one man job, or something to take lightly. It makes me a little scared that she’s not more concerned about healing the planet (environmentally or economically) herself. And the comment about reversing the waters, in light of the high season of hurricanes and devastation they leave behind, just seems heartless. As well as the pitbull comment. With the controversy in California surrounding the rights to even own a pitbull, and the apparent recent tragic case of a young girl in Alaska who was killed by a pitbull, makes this comment as well seem insensitive.
So, those are my thoughts, for what they are worth. I’m fascinated by this woman, and all the news that is coming out about her. I can’t figure out yet if McCain really knew what he was getting himself into.
Also, I’m addicted to this blog as of late.