Our governor needs to quit talking about being a mom and get on the real issues. She is running for VP, not Princess of Wales. It's been one week since my mother roused me out of a peaceful slumber to look at the news, and all I have heard about is Sarah being a mother and Bristol being about to be a mother. ENOUGH ALREADY. I have met the governor and I honest to God like her and lean right, but let the kids stay home from now until election day, Guv. You have to stand on your own now. Princess Diana said, "I knew what my job was; it was to go out and meet the people and love them," but this isn't what you are up for! McCain already has a wife, but you are allowing the press to put you almost into a wife-like role. It is time to start speaking to reporters and answering the hard questions. We have the general election in just 7.5 weeks (4 November 2008.)
Sarah Palin's lack of military knowledge is something that I don't believe. Alaska lives next door to an unstable country, Russia, which has nuclear warheads. I've lived near military bases in the past (and watched TopGun!) and have heard about (but never confirmed) that the pilots of both countries push boundaries in each direction. You'd suspect it even if you'd not heard of it-- and what I heard was from other kids the way they tell ghost stories. Wouldn't the governor of Alaska need to have a "highly-unlikely-need-but-just-in-case-plan" if they invaded? Surely with Alaska depending on the military economically (they have two huge bases in Anchorage and when Congress has shut a few down, entire communities have been hurt bad) she understands their importance. When military bases close, Alaskans worry. When troops deploy, businesses in the areas close to the base get hit hard.
North Korea is one sortie away from us. THAT has scared me for a while, nothing like the Beloved Father wanting to take over our oil fields or thinking that the US would have a rough time defending us.
Alaska exports fish and barley to Asia. Does the governor know about this? Surely she must have had some experience in dealing with these nations, and this needs to be discussed and highlighted.
I really want to know what she knows about the Constitution and how she will bring us back to what the Founding fathers intended.
I hope that very soon Sarah quits speaking of family as her only speaking point. She certainly has a job lined up with James Dobson if the VP doesn't work out and she doesn't make a second term as governor. For now, I need to know other things, I'm sick of hearing what she has done and I want to know what she is going to do and how what she has done and what she knows will make her the natural choice for this. I don't want to hear about Obama from her or John McCain.
This is all I have for now. For further reading I highly suggest that you read What Do I Know and Progressive Alaska. Both of these guys are professors at UAA-- I think What do I Know is retired, and they are wise. They do lean very left, but you have to read the other point of view and consider what they are saying even if you don't agree with them. If you can't challenge your ideas, then you are not growing and you are intellectually dead.