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Friday, September 5, 2008

Who is Sarah Palin?

It has been a week since the nation and the world has heard and began to learn about the Republican Vice President candidate Sarah Palin. She first hit the national radar back in 2006 when the embattled Alaska Governor was Frank Murkowski was facing re-election. Even reports from her home state at the time state how little she was known in statewide politics. According to Kyle Hopkins of the Anchorage Daily News, “Incumbent Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski and two-term Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles have been in the public eye for years but some of their opponents, while popular, are still a mystery to many voters.”

On the race 2006 race Palin goes on to state in the candidate questionnaire, “Palin said she has smoked marijuana -- remember, it was legal under state law, she said, even if illegal under U.S. law -- but says she didn't like it and doesn't smoke it now.” [1]

It seems the more one looks into this candidate the more hypocrisy comes to the surface. With the issue of her family taken off the table, which I agree with, Palin has more than enough issue to impugn her to the general American electorate. It may be repeating some of the recent issue but just to summarize.

Palin is currently under investigation in the Alaska statehouse over the firing of Alaska’s Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan when he refused to fire her former brother-in-law concerning reports of a “nasty” custody battle with her sister. The facts concerning this involved alleged harassing threats from her former brother-in-law Mike Wooten and court orders for protection from him by Palin’s sister.

Palin has been linked to the secessionist party Alaska Independence Part [AIP]. During a recent convention held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Vice Chairman of the AIP Lester Martin, talked about how Governor Palin was a supporter of their cause and even attended a statewide event held in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. Whether she was an actually member of the party is still up for discovery but it is clear that both her and her husband attended a key meeting of the AIP in 1994 according to the AIP reports.

Why is this significant? The AIP has it as one of it points that Alaska was not properly permitted to join the United States and feel that the rightful status of Alaska is as a free and Independent nation. Their motto from their web site is “Alaska First, Alaska Always”, which doesn’t seem to follow well with Sen. John McCain’s campaign slogan of “America First.” They both cannot be first.[2]

Moving along to the next issue of Sarah Palin’s, Her former home church, Wasilla Assembly of God, was the place where Palin gave a speech where she was speaking to a class of recent “Master’s Commission” class. It seems the MC graduates are “sent out” in Alaska to convert others to their form of beliefs. Palin mention’s in her speech [3] to them concerning the Iraq War that we need to make sure that we are fighting for God’s cause and that we will only put our self in harms way following God’s plan. The entire speech is available on line as of this date to review. Palin feels that it is right to use the military members of this country to fight what she says is a war according to “God’s plan.”

To summarize, John McCain has selected a person that is under question of misusing her office, former marijuana smoker, supports those that want Alaska to be it’s own nation, believes that the war in Iraq is God’s plan, she is against same sex rights, is strongly opposed to abortion. She says she is pro-contraception but little more about what she means by that is found.

This article does leave out some of the positive aspects of Palin’s political career. Continued research is being done in that issue.

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