For me, the past few days have been filled with emo talks, some actual grad school work, and continuing discussion of how much Sarah Palin sucks. I’m beginning to truly loathe the woman, and the fact that she is the only thing anyone is talking about is making me crazy. The editorials are really no longer necessary; everyone with half a brain knows that she is an awful, awful, awful VP choice. Still, I found an anti-Palin site that is worthwhile. It’s called Women Against Sarah Palin (EVERYTIME I try to type her name I type Sarah Plain first. Ha.) and it’s a collection of intelligent and articulate thoughts from women across the country who do not support Palin. Here’s their byline:
On Wednesday, September 3, we sent out an email to 40 friends and colleagues asking them to respond to Sarah Palin’s candidacy as Vice President of the United States. They forwarded the letter to their friends across America. To date, we have received more than 70,000 responses from women of all ages and backgrounds. Below are their voices.
Impressive, right? Here are some of the most provocative responses:
One fine Friday in June 1952, the woman living in the apartment next door to ours left her 2-year-old daughter with a babysitter to have an (illegal, of course) abortion. She came home later that afternoon weak and pale. She developed an infection and did not survive the weekend. I have never forgotten it. Nor has her daughter. Sarah Palin, NO NO NO.
– Marilyn F., 60, Fairfax, VA
I am a lifelong Alaskan. I have been opposed to Palin since she first emerged as a political force in Alaska. I don’t believe her, I don’t trust her and it would be devastating for the entire country to suffer the harm she has already inflicted on Wasilla and Alaska. I’m terrified how our country values how one plays to the media rather than true intelligence and values.
– Mary S., AK
This evening I was out at a restaurant having dinner. Two gentlemen who work on Wall Street sat next to me and started a conversation. They cracked several jokes in reference to Sarah Palin and hunting moose. I questioned them on their meaning of these jokes. Basically, they are both McCain supporters and their main concerns are taxes and staying in Iraq for the oil (no matter that many men and women are losing their limbs, brains and lives over it). They think Sarah Palin is a joke and as one stated “yeah, the women are just eating her up – ha, ha”. I raised the question of “what if McCain dies,” and one of them answered, “that would be scary”. So there is the disrespect – that even men in the Republican party think she’s a joke and just a means to gaining the women’s vote. It’s obvious that she is not qualified and is just a pawn for McCain to win some votes.
– Kathleen D., 48, New York, NY
Take a look at the site, and submit your own response. It feels good to channel your anger into a productive grassroots cause.
Also, take a look at this site, which was online in 2007, well before Palin was selected as McCain’s VP. (Thanks to reader Karly for the tip!)
[Posted by Mallory]