Sunday, November 02, 2008

Sarah Palin is not my role model

This post has been brewing in me since the last presidential debate, over two weeks ago.

I have a lot of opinions about this election; as I said in an earlier post I'm far more in to this election than I ever have been in to one before. I look forward every day to reading the latest political stories. I "fact check" when ever possible.

I get very passionate over some of the issues that are out there right now. And I get down right disgusted at the crap I see the Republicans throwing out there trying to make stick. This passion and disgust makes it harder for me to write sometimes.

I don't want to just spout emotions on here (you all know I do that plenty on other topics), but I'm really not in to writing a term paper either. So, up to now I've stayed pretty quiet, other than making it clear that I'm a huge supporter of Barack Obama.

Well, with two days before the election I really need to say a few things about Sarah Palin. And yes, this might get a little emotional. I did do a little research before I started to write this, because I don't want to make any claims that aren't true.

On October 15th's presidential debate McCain said that Sarah Palin was a role model for women. I just about choked when I heard him say that. My reaction was "are you fucking kidding me?".

Now, I respect strong women. I always have. I hope that people see me as a strong woman. I'm good at my job. I really LIKE what I do and I believe in it. I think I'm a better woman and mother because of my job. I also think I'm a pretty damn good mother when it comes down to it. And one of my biggest strength is that I will always chose my family first!

I think Sarah Palin is a strong woman. I respect that she has beliefs and she stands up for them.

I DO NOT however, agree with her beliefs. And if I don't agree with her beliefs, how can she be a role model for me?

And this bit about her now being an advocate for special needs families because she has a special needs child? I just don't get it. Her son is what, six, seven months old now? She can't possibly have a clue what it's like to raise a child with special needs yet. I just don't think that's a good enough reason to vote for McCain because his VP candidate has a child with Down Syndrome. And I'm not even going to get in to how I wonder what kind of mother she can be to a special needs child with this job she is seeking? And on another family note, just how is she going to be there for her 17 year old daughter at a time in her life when she is going to most need her?

And damnit, how dare she think she can tell me what I'm allowed to do with my body?

So yeah, Sarah Palin is not my role model. Not by a long shot.


  1. No kidding. She's pretty anti-woman, if you listen to her (which I know you have.).

  2. Well said.

    Well said indeed.

    I just wish I could voice my opinion with a ballot this week. Damn my Canadian status. I think this is the first time I have ever wished to be a Yank.

    Good luck to you on Tuesday.

  3. I totally agree with everything you wrote. She is definitely not my role model either. I don't really have anything against her personally, but politically I do not see how she is a good choice for our country. Great post!

  4. She is rather like the antithesis of what I would think of a role model. Not the whole woman as gov, that part is pretty cool, but just about everything else. ARGH! McCain could have chosen 20 women who would have done better.

  5. She's not my role model, either. And I think you are being far too nice.

  6. To give the minority opinion - she is my role model. She's been able to do it all. And the fact that she's been attacked by liberal feminists because she doesn't have the "appropriate" views is disappointing. I've spent my entire adult life around professional women who think you can't be educated and intelligent if you don't have the correct liberal viewpoints. That's sad.