September 11, 2008
The Palin choice-7: Her background and positions on issues
(For previous posts in this series, see here.)
What do we really know about Sarah Palin, apart from her family life? Here is a synopsis of some of her views.
- Palin doesn't believe global warming is man-made.
- Palin is the candidate of a powerful far right-wing cabal; her nomination seals their support for the little-wanted McCain.
- Palin staunchly opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.
- Palin supports failed abstinence-only sex education programs.
- Palin is under investigation for allegedly abusing her power as governor to help her sister in a messy divorce.
- Palin has big money ties to Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, who has been indicted for political corruption.
- During her time as mayor, Palin drove the town of Wasilla deep into debt.
The Progressive Review has more on Palin's views.
Palin also supports, against all scientific advice, allowing the public to kill wolves by shooting them from planes.
She also believes that we should teach creationism in schools, in addition to evolution.
Since Obama's pastor became a campaign issue, it is instructive to see what her pastors' views are and that can be seen here. She was baptized in the Assembly of God church in Wasilla that is Pentecostal and whose parishioners believes in speaking in tongues and whipping themselves into incoherent frenzies.
Although she speaks as someone who looks out for taxpayers, she got the state to pay her thousand of dollars in per diems for staying in her own home. In fact, Palin seems quite comfortable stating things that are flat-out contradicted by facts.
Her record as Mayor of Wasilla and her attempt to ban books from the public library and fire the librarian when she refused to go along can be seen here.
Her husband and her own past flirtations with the Alaskan Independence Party (whose founder has said "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government" and "I won't be buried under their damn flag,") can be seen here and here.
Palin and her husband also had some failed business ventures.
Given all these negatives, Glenn Greenwald describes how Palin's supporters are trying to shut down criticism of her.
Palin herself has been shameless in her repeated lies about being a stalwart opponent of federal pork earmarks, especially the infamous 'bridge to nowhere', using the same words each time. She first supported it, then opposed it only after Congress cut off funds to build it, and yet still kept the money and used it for other projects.
In actual fact, under her governorship Alaska requested the highest per capita earmarks of any state. She is in fact just the kind of person that John McCain says he detests and thinks is ruining the country.
Steve Benen summarizes why Palin is wrong for the job and what this choice says about McCain.
What should be clear to anyone paying attention is that the McCain/Palin ticket is cynically hoping that people will overlook the facts and vote on the basis of bogus slogans and non-issues.
POST SCRIPT: Leave Sarah Palin alone!
Since Sarah Palin's policies and history cannot bear close scrutiny, the McCain campaign has gone into full victim mode, whining about how mean people are to her, and trying to pressure the media to treat her gently. A famous defender of another beleaguered woman has resurfaced to rescue her. (language advisory)