02 September 2008

Sarah Palin: Unfit mother and an unmitigated jerk!

OK, I’m going to clear something away right up front. I’m fixing to jump on Sarah Palin with both boots on. If you can’t handle that, don’t read this. OK?

First, let’s get the teenage pregnancy thing out of the way. There are few families in America that can’t lay claim to a bit of dysfunction from time-to-time. That’s not the problem. Ill-prepared, in-love, teenaged girls without the knowledge of and/or access to contraception is a cliché. In the best of families, etc, and, none of us have any right at all to second guess such a situation as to what was said, or not said to this kid. It happens, regardless! So, before anyone gets on their self-righteous, high-horse about that issue, just standby a minute will you?

But, there is a problem. It is cynical, disingenuous, and hypocritical for the McCain/Palin team to take the position that somehow or another, this is not an issue for discussion. Here’s why.

McCain and this child-having-a-child’s mother knew from the outset that the girl was pregnant. They knew that a 17-year old sporting a “baby-bump” would draw attention, but they went ahead and put the child out on the national platform with her family as part of a pretty picture of the “perfect” conservative Christian family. They had to know that this 17-year-old girl’s privacy, and, most precious and intimate secrets, would be become the stuff of international news and gossip—and they went ahead, black-hearted hypocrites that they are, and exposed this child to this. What could the mother have been thinking? Well, I suspect we know the answer to that one, don't we.

I don’t know about you, but, I would not have done that to one of my children, for any office.

Sarah Palin is not naive, very stupid sure, but not naive. She knew to what she was exposing her daughter, and I think that is reprehensible and disgusting. The kid deserved a whole lot better.

But having done the unthinkable, Palin is now posturing as the perfect supportive mom, “We’ll see her through this”. Well no kidding mom, isn’t that what moms are supposed to do, stand by their kids in times of difficulty? No props there kiddo, you’re just doing your job. So shut up already. You’re not at all remarkable. You are a genius at picking low-hanging fruit and then claiming to be a great harvester.

I guess even that doesn’t disqualify Palin from consideration as vice-president. Being a lousy mom, phony, and an unmitigated idiot doesn’t rise to that level. We’ve had our fair share of phonies, lousy parents, and idiots in the office in the past, she would be no exception.

But, here’s a laundry list of reasons why she is not worthy of the position:

She announced to her Pentecostal congregation that “our leaders are doing God’s work” by invading and occupying Iraq...or as she says it, “Eye-Rack”. I’m certain our Muslim allies in the region would be enthralled with that worldview.

Turns out that "troopergate" isn't the first time she has fired subordinates for not following through on illegal orders. When she was mayor of the tiny hamlet of Wasilla, she fired the police chief and Library Director for not supporting her in the 1996 election, and nearly faced recall in 1997 over the scandal. A court later ruled that the firing of the police chief was legal, not because the reasons were ethical, but because in Alaska a mayor does not need a reason to fire a police chief.

She lied about rejecting funding for the "bridge to nowhere" during her introduction in Dayton, in fact she lobbied extensively in favor of it and was bitterly opposed to the ending of the project.

And although she describes her husband as a "commercial fisherman", his actual employment is as a supervisor for oil giant BP. Todd Palin took a leave from that job in 2007 while Gov. Palin was negotiating a gas pipeline project involving BP, but returned 7 months later. He did not take any leave while his wife was a member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

As first gentleman of Alaska Todd Palin often sits in on cabinet meetings involving the oil industry.Meanwhile the Palin administration is claiming executive privilege to prevent emails sent to Todd Palin from being released that are related to the Gas Pipeline project.And then there is yet another public employee who was fired without official reason, but who had gotten on the bad side of Todd Palin for dating the soon to be ex-wife of a buddy of the first gentleman.

Oh ... and she doesn't know much about history:

Question: 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.

Hint, that phrase wasn't added to the pledge until sometime in the mid to late fifties! And sine the "founders" didn't include the "pledge" in the constitution, I think it's clear they no desire for such!

Maybe she learned her history from "creation history" experts.

And then there’s the $27-million in federal “earmark” projects money she glommed on to for her 6,000 population Alaskan village while mayor. Some reformer, huh?

Every day two new Palin scandals surface. I don't think it is possible there was any real vetting process in the McCain VP selection. Or maybe, it’s as I said earlier, John Kerry helped out his old buddy McCain and did the vetting for him. rotflmao

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