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Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain picks Palin---Gov Sarah Palin on the Issues

Gov. Sarah Palin, Running Mate for Senator John McCain

Presidential nominee John McCain has picked Governor Sarah Palin to be his Vice Presidential running mate. While at this point I an neither a fan of Obama or McCain (but more so of the conservative values of McCain) I am excited about this political scene.

In a stunning and shocking move, John McCain simultaneously snuffed out the hype of Barack Obama being a black presidential candidate, and has silenced the common critics of the Republican party. John McCain did what Obama would not, have a women in the second highest office of the land.

Sarah Palin has a son in the military who will be deploying to Iraq in September, silencing those who say that if the politicians want a war to send their own children. Her son has decided to serve his country in this war. In addition to that Sarah Palin is a reformer. She authored and instituted many ethics reforms in her state and helped to end corruption in politics in Alaska. She gained a lot of support by publicly exposing ethics violations of fellow Republicans in Alaska. She ousted previous incumbents in a few seats and in 2007 she had a stunning approval rating in the 90th percentile. She also won her seat as governor despite that fact that she had little support from the Republican leadership and was outspent by the Democratic incumbent, she is truly a woman of the people.

Sarah Palin sounds great but where does she stand on the issues?

Sarah Palin believes in the free market, which is not only good for business owners but for American consumers. American's should have the right to buy from whom they choose and American business have the right to do business with which ever corporation they choose. Palin says that:
A free market system allows all parties to compete, which ensures the best and most competitive project emerges, and ensures a fair, democratic process
not to mention the cost effectiveness of this approach.

Sarah Palin is also a hunter and gun advocate. She is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and our Consitutional rights. She is a lifetime member of the NRA and she says this about guns and hunting
“I am a lifetime member of the NRA, I support our Constitutional right to bear arms and am a proponent of gun safety programs for Alaska's youth….I have always strongly supported the personal use of fish and game by Alaskans. I grew up hunting and fishing in Alaska, and I am proud to raise my children with this same uniquely Alaskan heritage. … Anti-hunting groups who oppose hunting and fishing rights will be the winners if we allow them to pit us against ourselves….As an Alaskan with strong beliefs on this issue, I am confident in my ability to build consensus among diverse user groups and reconcile the many competing interests in a manner.”


Sarah Palin also believes in utilizing the pipeline in Alaska and opening it up in order to help to end our dependence on foreign oil. Combine this with John McCain's want of alternative energies and we have a winning combination for energy independence in America.

In addition to these things Sarah Palin is an opponent of Big Oil companies and lobbyists and supports small business and stimulating business growth, saying this
As Mayor and CEO of the booming city of Wasilla, my team invited investment and encouraged business growth by eliminating small business inventory taxes, eliminated personal property taxes, reduced real property tax mill levies every year I was in office, reduced fees, and built the infrastructure our businesses needed to grow and prosper.”


Palin is a fiscal conservative, something we strongly need in this country right now. When she became Governor of Alaska she cut 237 million dollars from needless construction projects in the state.

On Health Care Sarah Palin states that
“I support flexibility in government regulations that allow competition in health care that is needed, and is proven to be good for the consumer, which will drive down health care costs and reduce the need for government subsidies. I also support patients in their rightful demands to have access to full medical billing information.”


Perhaps the two biggest issues that she is criticized for by both sides (surprisingly enough) are her stances on Abortion and Gay Marriage Rights.

Sarah Palin is pro-life, and not only believes in those values but lives those values. Her son, who is now four months old, was born with down syndrome. Sarah and her husband were made aware of this fact before he was born and had the option to abort the child but chose instead to keep him. Sarah Palin truly practices what she preaches. The choice of having a child or not comes long before the conception of the child, not the months leading up to the birth.

Sarah Palin is also personally against gay marriage in accord with her own personal belief system. However she has gay and lesbian friends and is very concerned with the issues of discrimination against the gay and lesbian community. One of her first vetoes while in office was to use her veto power to block legislation that would deny same sex couples benefits from the state. In essence her veto allowed access to to State of Alaska benefits to same sex couples. Despite her own personal views she complied with a State Supreme Court ruling on the issue and made sure this law went into effect with her veto, after checking with the State Attorney General on the constitutionality. This is truly a woman we want in office, a woman who despite her personal beliefs will do what the Constitution says and not what she believes. A woman who checks with the people who know the law before she acts on the law.

Sarah Palin is truly a woman who has the interests of the people at heart while securing the rights and freedoms granted to people under the Constitution.

If Palin herself were running for President she would have my vote, but to vote for McCain is going to take some persuading (and never fear Obama certainly does not have my vote). This is turning out to be quite an interesting election season.

And as a side note I like the new campaign slogan on the McCain/Palin website "Country First: Reform-Prosperity-Peace". It is certainly better than simply Hoping for Change with Obama.



Anthony

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