McCain pulled an end run around the Democratic ticket when he announced Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential co-runner! The thing that really irritated the Dems on this one is that it completely took the wind out of their sails, especially when it was announced in the midst of the Democratic National. Now that’s good politics!
For those of us who’ve been a little standoffish about McCain, but didn’t see what other choice we had [Sorry, Obama looked good in the beginning, but the more I get to know him the less I like him.], Palin is a breath of fresh air!
The following are Sarah Palin’s responses to the 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire sent to all candidates for Alaskan Governor in that year. By all accounts, she’s pro-life, pro-parental rights [and pro-home-schooling], pro-abstinence sex education, pro-religious and pro-morality. As her detractors have pointed out, she’s almost certainly a Creationist as well. [Oh, the horror! Only atheists and darwinists should ever hold a public office! Right, choir?] A liberal’s nightmare by any other name. If she doesn’t waffle from her previously stated positions for the sake of political expediancy [and there's no indication that she would], she would definitely have gained my vote. For comparison, my comments follow her responses:
1. Complete the sentence by checking the applicable phrases (you can check more than one).
Abortion should be:
Banned throughout entire pregnancy.
Legal to save the life of the mother.
Legal in case of rape and incest.
Legal if the baby is handicapped.
Legal if the baby has a genetic defect.
Legal in the first trimester.
Legal in the second trimester.
Legal in the third trimester.
Palin: I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor’s determination that the mother’s life would end if the pregnancy continued. I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an innocent’s life.
Sirius: I couldn’t agree more! The rape and incest exclusions are smoke and mirrors. Most rape victims do not get pregnant, by medical necessity. Yet even if this is the case, why does the baby have to die for crimes he or she did not commit? Abortion makes two victims — only the second victim dies by the victimized mother’s own hand! Perhaps it’s fairer to say that abortion makes two criminals of one tragedy: the sexual perpetrator and the subsequent murderess. Since I was conceived of an alleged rape, you reeeeeeeally can’t convince me otherwise, so don’t bother!
2. Will you support the right of parents to opt out their children from curricula, books, classes, or surveys, which parents consider privacy-invading or offensive to their religion or conscience?
Palin: Yes. Parents should have the ultimate control over what their children are taught.
Sirius: Amen. We homeschool our children because we know them better than anyone and we know what’s best for them. Homeschoolers do much better statistically on educational tests than public school counterparts. I mean, c’mon, let’s face it. The words “public,” “state[-run]” or “government” in front of any other service or institution usually denote its generic, bargain basement or over-all poor quality. [Think: restrooms, hospitals, universities or the USAmerican welfare program in general...] Yet, be it homeschooling, private education or even public schools, the parent should have the ultimate authority over how their child is educated.
3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?
Palin: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.
Sirius: Some folks will point to the irony that, yes, Palin’s daughter is pregnant, but they should learn to get the two-by-four out of their own eye before they get the splinter out of hers. Since the government has instituted explicit sex education and started handing out condoms, teen preganancy rates have gone UP not down. Compare this to the good ol’ days, when parents told their kids to abstain until marriage.
4. Will you support efforts to raise or lower the mandatory age of education? Why or why not?
Palin: No, again, parents know better than government what is best for their children.
Sirius: The guys who want to lower the mandatory age of education just want the chance to indoctrinate your children sooner. No reputable social study of early childhood development seriously suggests that young children should be taken away from their parents sooner than later.
5. Will you support an effort to expand hate-crime laws?
Palin: No, as I believe all heinous crime is based on hate.
Sirius: Yup. Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus summed up the entirety of Mosaic Law on two laws: Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself. Hate is the root of all heinous crime.
6a. Do you support the expansion of gambling in Alaska?
Palin: No, in so many cases, gambling has shown ill effects on families and as Governor I would not propose expansion legislation.
6b Would you sign any bills that expand gaming in our state?
Sirius: Gambling is a problem here in West Virginia. The other guys only care about the money. Nevermind families torn apart by gambling addictions or even the temptation it affords the citizens of an economically-repressed state who feel they have nothing to lose — until they do! This says nothing of the other vices typically attracted to the gambling scene: namely, prostitution and organized crime. Soundslike she genuinely wants a real solution for her state’s economic problems, not a quick fix with serious side effects.
7. Do you support statewide restrictions on the use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private owner to another?
Sirius: No comment, other than I’m a fan of limited government.
8. Do you support parental choice in the spending of state educational dollars?
Palin: Within Alaska law, I support parents deciding what is the best education venue for their child.
Sirius: I’m not a fan of “welfare education,” as I sometimes term it. I’m a fan of capitalism and free enterprise. I think parents should be able to use the money ear-marked for their child’s educational expenses, money usually given to public schools, to fund private education or home-schooling curricula. Free enterprise [in a word, competition] would put an end to USAmerica’s educational malaise. Parents could support those schools which had better results and give those schools which did not produce their well-deserved funeral.
9. Do you support legislation requiring labor unions to obtain permission from their members before using dues for political purposes?
Palin: Yes, unions represent their workers and as such, should be accountable to them
Sirius: I hope union officials back here in West Virginia are reading this. Unions do not exist for their own sake, for the sake of their officials or even for the “mutual benefit of management and labor” [whatever that means], but for the sake of the betterment of their members.
10. Do you support the Alaska Supreme Court’s ruling that spousal benefits for state employees should be given to same-sex couples? Why or why not?
Palin: No, I believe spousal benefits are reserved for married citizens as defined in our constitution.
Sirius: The USAmerican government has the right to recognise marriage and to legally defend the rights of married couples [including divorce issues, et cetera], but God instituted marriage and they need to stay out of it. God has defined marriage as a sacred union between one man and one woman. I would like to see a Constitutional ammendment to protect that definition, but only because these judges are circumventing the USAmerican democratic process, making new laws by judicial [abuse] fiat. If they’d honor the democratic process, the definition of marriage would be protected by the will and consensus of its citizenry. Until we can limit these liberal judges’ abilities to make such law by circumventing Congress, such measures as a Constitutional ammendment may be necessary to protect marriage from liberal ideologues who KNOW they don’t have the will or concensus of the American people backing them on thbis one!
11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?
Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.
Sirius: Oops! The “under God” phrase wasn’t added to the pledge until 1954 and the pledge itself can’t really be credited to the Founding Fathers, per se. But I agree with the over-all sentiment that the Founding fathers had no problem including a Creator God in our major documents and ideologies, so neither should we suddenly condemn God speech in association with the government’s sphere of influence or institutions and services funded by the government.
12. In relationship to families, what are your top three priorities if elected governor?
Palin: 1. Creating an atmosphere where parents feel welcome to choose the venues of education for their children.
2. Preserving the definition of “marriage” as defined in our constitution.
3. Cracking down on the things that harm family life: gangs, drug use, and infringement of our liberties including attacks on our 2nd Amendment rights.
Sirius: Well spoken.