I am, according to my wife, somewhat of an independent. While I’m a registered Democrat I was not sold on Obama for a very, very long time. During the Presidential campaign I decided to wait until I understood who would be selected for the VP slots. Over the last two weeks this has happened and it’s galvanized my choice.
Before I go on, I am not going to address any of the personal issues that have been swarming around Sarah Palin. To be honest, I find that they don’t matter and are none of my business. I do, however, wish to highlight an article I read today that convinces me that Sarah Palin is the worst possible choice for VP. Possibly ever.
An article in Time shows how Sarah Palin has attempted to impose her beliefs on her fellow citizens on far ranging topics from banning books to controlling how alcohol is served. This woman isn’t conservative, she’s controlling. When a mayor asks how she can go about banning books, she is simply saying she hates freedom. The more I learn about her, the more I realize that she does not want citizens to be able to read or act in a way they desire. She wants us to be drones that drink her particular brand of Kool-Aid.
Beyond this, Sarah Palin has no experience. If her experience as mayor of a small town qualifies her to be the Vice President of the United States of America then my experience as Vice President of my Homeowner’s Association equally qualifies me. I balanced a budget, raised funds creatively, undertook projects that helped repair infrastructure, managed departments, etc. That being said, this woman has no business being one step away from the Presidency. I could see if you want to drop her into a cabinet post because you find her smart or dynamic. Let her run a department, be a senior adviser, etc. At least George W. Bush was governor of Texas.
While Barack Obama might not be the most experienced politician, his judgement is obviously superior as he picked Joe Biden, one of the most qualified people in Washington D.C. to be on his ticket. It is time that the media stop focusing on her family and start focusing on the hard issues. By focusing on her family, they’re allowing the Republicans to make a very emotional plea for support. These types of messages bypass the war, economic issues, energy policy, etc. and make it about personalities. It’s key that the Obama campaign starts hammering away on issues and that the media, for once, broadcasts hard news instead of fluff.
Sarah Palin may be a nice woman with a sweet family but her stance on almost everything is wrong for America. While she won’t be President if elected, John McCain’s inability to follow through on centrist policy that might disagree with the far right and his inability to outline coherent, logical policy alternatives to the Obama campaign have helped me make up my mind as to where my vote will go.