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October 10, 2008

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Rochelle De Forrest

I moved to Wasilla in 1975 and lived there from first grade through high school graduation, in 1986. We were a one high school town, and as such, everyone knew everyone. It’s a small town, with the benefits and drawbacks that includes. If you’d like to see the teeming metropolis (I kid) that Wasilla is today, click here. Of course not everyone in even a small town believes the same things.

From Moveon.org, here’s a list of Sarah Palin’s stand on several issues, with my comments on the other way of looking at things.

* Palin recently said that the war in Iraq is “God’s task.” She’s even admitted she hasn’t thought about the war much-just last year she was quoted saying, “I’ve been so focused on state government, I haven’t really focused much on the war in Iraq.” 1, 2
* Many Wasillans, and former Wasillans, believe that “War is not healthy for children and other living things.” Many of us, even though we are very busy, are paying attention to the war in Iraq and are actively involved in promoting Peace. We know that this has been a war that has failed. Many of us believe in an end to all political violence, and seek actively to create a world of understanding and one in which “God” and “War” are finally and forever dissociated from each other in the lexicon of humanity. We read extensively about current events. Oh and we watch The Daily Show too.

* Palin has actively sought the support of the fringe Alaska Independence Party. Six months ago, Palin told members of the group-who advocate for a vote on secession from the union-to “keep up the good work” and “wished the party luck on what she called its ‘inspiring convention.’” 3
* Many Wasillans and former Wasillans feel it is ironic that someone who is married to a person in favor of Alaskan secession from the USA is hoping to become the Vice President of the USA.

* Palin wants to teach creationism in public schools. She hasn’t made clear whether she thinks evolution is a fact.4
* Many Wasillans and former Wasillans have degrees from accredited Universities, and know that evolution is a fact. Douglas Futuyma writes in his Evolutionary Biology book “The statement that organisms have descended with modifications from common ancestors–the historical reality of evolution–is not a theory. It is a fact, as fully as the fact of the earth’s revolution about the sun.” In fact, they even taught us this at Wasilla High.

* Palin doesn’t believe that humans contribute to global warming. Speaking about climate change, she said, “I’m not one though who would attribute it to being manmade.” 5
* Many Wasillans and former Wasillans have seen the film An Inconvenient Truth, and are using canvas bags and driving a Prius. Additionally, we know from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that “this era of global warming is unlikely to be entirely natural in origin and the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence of the global climate.” Many of us know the consequences of, and are actively trying to reduce the effects of Global Warming.

* Palin has close ties to Big Oil. (And supports oil drilling in the ANWR and OCS) Her inauguration was even sponsored by BP. 6
* Many Wasillans and former Wasillans know that human beings have a responsibility to be good stewards of the planet - after all, its the only one we’ve got. While oil is currently a needed commodity, we know that the future of energy lies in renewable resources and not in more drilling of oil, and especially not in the fragile Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Defenders of Wildlife says, “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in the United States, encompasses 19 million acres and provides habitat to a diverse array of wildlife including millions of migratory birds, caribou, three species of bears (polar, grizzly and black bears), wolves, Dall sheep, muskoxen, arctic and red foxes, wolverines, plus many more. The nearby continental shelf provides the coastal waters with a rich nutrient base, which in turn supports a variety of marine mammals including the endangered bowhead whale.” Sarah supports the aerial shooting of wolves and opposes placing polar bears and beluga whales on the list of endangered species, despite “overwhelming scientific evidence that such listings are warranted.” Learn more about why it’s so important to protect Alaska’s environment.

* Palin is extremely anti-choice. She doesn’t even support abortion in the case of rape or incest. 7
* Many Wasillans and former Wasillans believe strongly in making good and informed choices about becoming parents, and use birth control. We also believe that women have full and soverign control over their fertility and pregnancy. We are involved with Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Most major feminist organizations support pro-choice positions. As a woman, I respect other women enough to allow them to make these decisions, and I would hope that Sarah Palin, a woman like the rest of us who benefited from the Women’s Movement, would give other women that respect too.

* Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She’s said she will only support abstinence-only approaches. 8
* Many Wasillans, and former Wasillans, are the beneficiaries of sex education and remained thankfully un-pregnant, even after all those Saturday nights learning about love in the back seat. Many of us believe that sex is a normal, healthy activity, and want the children and teenagers of our society to learn about it in an age-appropriate way, enabling them to make healthy choices. Many of us know that sex-education in schools is a good thing.

* As mayor, Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them-shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker. According to Time, “news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.” 9
* Book banning, Really??!? As a former English Teacher, I can’t possibly imagine what Sarah could be thinking. Maybe she needs to get out more. Maybe she should read some of these books. I know I don’t want to live in a government that believes in banning books. If a book is being challenged or banned in your community, the ALA can help you do something about it.

So, I’d like the world to know that while Sarah is from our hometown, and she is from a very nice family, she doesn’t speak for all of us.

Visitor

BRAVO!

Thank you so much for exposing Sarah Palin as the anti-woman candidate that she is.

Sincerely.

Dennis

Great, well-made video. Thank you for your grass roots campaign, and all your hard work.

Ramira

Wow, that piano is really distracting. Srsly. My partner in the other room could only hear that noise and had to come ask if I was practicing scales (and if I was, could I stop).

BG

So scary.

Vern

Let go of your fear and you will see a true regular person, authentic, a mother of five, a great career woman, a pioneer who loves humanity - someone with the interests of everyday folks at the top of her list in a way that no politician ever has in this country.

Social liberals see through these scare tactics and hate mongering, because at the heart of all is not a particular stance on "an issue" but your view of people: http://libertariansforpalin.blogspot.com/2008/09/libertarians-top-ten-case-for-palin.html

Those who, like Palin, approach their own life and indeed all of mankind with a sheer joy and genuineness that cannot be diminished are to be celebrated for believing in US. Those who see humanity as pitiful wretches hell bent on world destruction think such a person must be an unthinking rube, some demented Pollyana that never grew up.

But one day, you may grow up. Those who love and trust their fellow man will be waiting for you with open arms. But until that day, good luck searching.

Sarah Palin in 2012!

CBR

Thanks for clearly revealing the truth about SP and her ties to the church. She must have been chosen by carl rove.

CJ

It is so strange how Palin has divided people, you either love her or you hate her there seems to be no middle ground which is unfortunate. I and three of my four children are undeclared fence-sitters, life long Alaskans and would ask the Wasilla Project producers, how long have you lived in Wasilla? Alaska? So much of what you have been talking about is old news, back before she even ran for governor, can you explain Palin's popularity here in Alaska and now nationally?
Thank you, very informative.
CJ

ddemo

Please, Please, take her back, Wasilla. I beg of you! She is an embarrassment to any Christian with a conscience. She has sadly exposed, but even worse deliberately ENCOURAGED such a pathetic, backwards view of America for all the world to see. How dare this very intellectually challenged woman come out of nowhere and shrill to OUR (NOT HER) country, that some of the counties of each state are more American than others, the 'real America'? The hubris and stupidity literally makes me ill. She and John McCain can take credit for taking this country back to McCarthyism and a Klan mentality. Congratulations, both of you. Sleep well...

It's clear that McCain has made a decision to sell his soul and any shred of honor he may have possessed, to win his last election. Palin, on the other hand, is terrifying to many Americans because there is no question that she actually believes the damaging rhetoric and untruths that she mechanically spews, over and over again, even when proven false. She sees politics as being personal and seen through the "liberal mainstream media". What she is not capable of understanding is that we HEAR what she is saying, and encouraging her supporters to act on, verbatim, on the stump.. only herself with no filter. She is her own worst enemy.

I cannot fathom how anyone with a modicum of intelligence, cannot see through this utter foolishness, and desperate attempt to rule OUR country through words of divisiveness, hate and fear.
For Palin to think that God is guiding her and on her side is an insult to many of us that believe in a healing, loving God. She and her core party do not represent all of America, and we are embarrassed to have her speak for us.

I would be honored to have a woman in the white house, but not just any woman, and most importantly, not THIS woman. We are tired of cringing when our leaders open their mouths, 8 years is quite enough. So please Wasilla, since you are so happy with her as a good woman, and as a "real American"...TAKE HER BACK.

Tara

I haven't seen any discussion of the vanity of this woman, surely anyone with a brain knows that is a terrible trait--was it necessary to spend $28,000 for a traveling makeup artist, for example? Take a look at the gobs of makeup on her face, the exaggerated drawn on lip line, and the huge lines of eyeliner around her eyes. How fake and phoney can you get, it makes me sick! She is a disgusting embarrassment to America and a depraved testimony to the disrespect that Republicans hold for the common masses.

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