Matt Damon is right. American voters should be very concerned about Sarah Palin’s views of the world because there is a pretty decent chance she will become president during a McCain first term and a very good probability that she will inherit the mantle if the Senator were to win a second term. The average life expectancy for a white American male (according to the Center for Disease Control) is 75.6 years
Some factors to include: McCain would be the oldest president, 72.5 years old in January when the swearing-in of the next president takes place. McCain’s father died from a sudden heart attack at age 70. McCain’s grandfather died unexpectedly from a sudden heart attack at age 61. He has survived four skin cancers (melanomas), including one in 2000 that was classified as Stage IIa. He is an ex-smoker which, factored in, reduces life expectancy by ten per cent.
We Californians live under the specter of when the “Big One” will strike. We know a serious 8.0 or above earthquake is inevitable in our lifetimes. Under a McCain-Palin administration, Americans will have to be constantly vigilant for the Palin Big One, a presidency which will likely make George W. look sophisticated and worldly in comparison.
Think about it. In her ABC interview in response to if under a NATO Treaty whether we would go to war with Russia over its border conflict with Georgia , Sarah said, “Perhaps so. I mean, that is the agreement when you are a NATO ally, is if another country is attacked, you’re going to be expected to be called upon and help.” Say what? If people were concerned about McCain being a war-monger, they should be in utter horror at the thought of President Palin who would further extend our over burdened military forces and risk war with a major power over a border conflict that has no strategic importance to the US.
Sarah Palin does not believe that Global Warming, the greatest threat to life as we know it, is man made. Although she backpedaled under questioning from Charles Gibson, Mrs. Palin should be held accountable for a belief that affirms Bush’s do nothing policies on climate change. Not believing that Global Warming is man made simply allows the oil and energy companies to continue to have their way with our tax dollars to enrich themselves at the expense of our children and grand children who will be left with a catastrophic mess. Sadly, Sarah Palin’s own unborn grandchild will have to help clean-up a chaotic, highly polluted world that his grandmother helped create. What type of moral parenting is that?
On the issue most important to Americans, the economy, Sarah Palin’s views are generally in line with Bush/McCain’s economic center piece-tax cuts for the very rich which will somehow create more wealth that will trickle down to the rest of us. Hasn’t history shown that economics based on the “Laffer” curve is laughable? Unfortunately, it seems that Palin, like McCain, believes in conservative urban mythology. Moreover, her support for the war (and more wars) without the means to pay for it, means that her administration will simply charge it and have future generations pay down the debt. This is yet another example of ethical irresponsibility to our children.
With all the attention paid to Michelle Obama, especially the questioning of her patriotism, it would be very wise to shed a little light on Todd Palin, Sarah’s “hunk” of a husband. But is the hunk more of a “hulk”? Does he have anger and emotional issues which have caused him to insert himself into Palin’s world view? His involvement with the ultra-radical Alaskan Independence Party that since the 1970s, has been pushing for a legal vote for Alaskans to decide whether or not residents of the 49th state can secede from the United States, should be closely scrutinized. And while McCain’s motto — as seen in a new TV ad — is “Country First,” the AIP’s motto is the exact opposite –”Alaska First — Alaska Always.” He was a registered AIP member for seven years through 2002 or about the time she started to run for political office. Shouldn’t we be asking Sarah Palin about her husband’s patriotism?
Finally, Mrs. Palin has been able to tap into America’s infatuation with its small town origins. The GOP has skillfully cloaked her in a “Mayberry USA” fantasy which evokes images of the hard working American Christian family. But just remember folks, with an administration from Mayberry, we will get Aunt Bea (Sarah) for President, Barney Fife for Defense Secretary, and Goober for Secretary of State.
On November 4th, say thanks but no thanks to John McCain and Sarah Palin.