Vagina Politics (more on Palin)
Ok, let me start out by saying I’m a registered Independent. I don’t follow party lines, I vote on policies and history. I heart Obama. He’s inspiring, real and I agree with him on issues that are important to me.
So now I’ve had a chance to really delve into her history and get a feel for who she is. I’m not overly impressed. I view this as a huge mistake. I think she was largely chosen because of her vagina. McCain is trying to get the female vote. Well, bringing this vagina in isn’t going to do it for most. Most of the women that I’ve discussed this with view it as an insult. Like women of the country see boobs and align their choices accordingly. Like we’re all very stupid and real issues don’t matter to us. I’ll fully admit that are women out there that will vote for her just because she’s a woman. It’s a hard concept for me to understand. I don’t understand why a self purported feminist would be ok with being a vaginapiece. You’d think she’d have more self worth.
I’ll address it on two levels. Political – which is what I would base my vote on. And personal, which I don’t necessarily let effect my voting, but admittedly effects how I view the candidate on a personal level. If that makes any sense!
So first, the political level!
Some shady politics. She fired a commissioner for not firing her ex brother in law. As her campaign was run on a ethics reform platform, this stinks! In this scandal, she’s also being accused of looking in personnel files she had no business in. She currently being investigated for “abuse of power”.
Her pro-life stance. I’m fine with her being pro-life. But, she opposes it in cases of rape and incest. Which sickens me.
She’s opposed to a long term presence in Iraq, which I agree with, but it goes directly against McCain.
You can’t find anything on her foreign relations experience, or even her stance.
She’s not pro gay rights (big issue for me).
She voted against making Polar Bears an endangered species, because that would interfere with her drilling (that is to be piped right through the Canadian wilderness).
She only (yes, only – I got ripped for that one) has a Bachelors degree – and that’s in journalism. Not enough.
On a personal level, the fact that she was in labor (her water broke) and she stayed to give a speech in Texas (her son was a month early) makes me view her as irresponsible. Her son was born with Down Syndrome, and there could have been complications with his birth, especially being early. She went back to work after just three days, which also makes me very sad. I don’t agree with your comittment to the country superceding your committment to your family. I’m not saying that women shouldn’t be able to do both, but it doesn’t feel like a healthy balance.
For some reason, the fact that she posed for Vogue and is a former beauty pageant contestant rubs me wrong. I’m not even sure WHY this bothers me. It’s admittedly very silly. But, at least I’m being honest.
She’s inexperienced. She’s been in office 1.5 years. And while she has the only executive political experience, it’s not enough. I hear more about her PTA experience than anything else.
I am finding it amusing how people are excusing all of this. It happens on both sides though. Now I’m hearing that her lack of experience doesn’t matter, as she’s the VP. I’m sorry but there is a real chance she could have to step up in the next 4 years.
So largely, I’m happy that she’s McCains pick. Gives us Obama supporters a leg up (not that we needed it).