Friday, August 29, 2008

Palin Not Just a Gimmik, But a Scary Choice.

In the few hours since we have been introduced to Sarah Palin. We have learned a few things.


Up until 2 years ago she was mayor of a town of 6700 in Alaska. She was a former Commercial fisherman. She has been in politics all of 8 years. That is if you remove the time she was unemployed due to failed bids for mayor and governor. She is pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-social programs. She has only been on the job for a year and a half and she is under investigation for using her position to get revenge on her sisters ex-husband.


This will be a big issue so I will go into a little more detail. She is under investigation for using her position to try to get her ex brother-in-law fired. When it failed she fired the Commissioner of Public Safety who refused her. She saw him fit to be director of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, but wanted somebody more agreeable int the Public Safety position.


A friend asked me if it was abuse of power to use your position to remove somebody from authority who doesn't deserve to be there. My answer was, “yes”. We have suffered 8 years of people circumventing and warping the system. They all claim it is for the good of the people. It even makes them more dangerous. We must have faith that the system works or we must work to change it. We don't know the story behind this divorce. We all know that divorces often get messy and accusations fly. I can tell you in a small secluded town such as that one, every domestic dispute has sides and everybody in town is on one or the other. We know that whatever his offense it only warranted a 10 day suspension that the union got reduced to a 5 day. We know that training and equipping a St. Trooper cost tens of thousands of dollars. Getting rid of one should not be taken lightly.


Most importantly we know that people in her office, a state office called down the chain to get a Trooper fired over a domestic dispute. We know it is irregular enough to still be under investigation. These are not things that a governors office aught to be taking part in on a daily basis. I could see if the local media had done a story about this guy getting away with repeated offenses, wasting state time, or committing fraud. No such story can be found.


The pick of a 1 year governor from a state that is distant and unrelated to the problems and needs of the mainland, already under investigation by her own legislature, just because she is a female shows just how out of touch the republican party is with the problems that face this nation. I was not opposed to the Clinton's because of their name or any shallow issue like she was a woman. I disliked Billary because they had a reputation of fraud and unsavory relations.


Palin seems to be a young version cut from the same mold. At 72 we truly have to consider what happens if McCain up and croaks. His body suffered badly during captivity. He has had bouts with cancer even this past year. There are equally angry democrats out there. Would you trust your national security, worlds largest economy, and all the problems that come with a presidency to the mayor of a town of 6,700 people in Alaska? We have seen the power a VP could wield over the past 8 years. Can we expect some one who was fishing for a few season ago to understand the power of the VP position? She may very well be the first person to accept and then have to turn down the VP selection.



Palin replied: “As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? - Sarah Palin.


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