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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin's RNC speech 

The following is the text of a letter I just sent off to my local paper.
September 4, 2008

To the Editor;

As I write this letter, it is the day after Sarah Palin delivered her carefully crafted acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention (RNC). As a lifelong democrat, I have to admit the speech was well written, well delivered and impressive for its use of rhetoric. It was like watching a female version of Orson Wells in “Citizen Kane.” What the speech lacked in substance it made up for in flash. Where it was deficient in honesty, it excelled in divisiveness. Where another unknown candidate might have used the opportunity to introduce America to who she is, Sarah Palin made the bold decision to use the opportunity to let the RNC choose her words for her; even though some of those words - such as her claim to have opposed the bridge-to-nowhere program - were bald-faced lies.

So, since we didn’t get the opportunity to truly learn who Sarah Palin is, I thought I’d write to fill in those gaps. Sarah Palin began her governance career as the mayor of an Alaska town with fewer than half the residents of Steubenville. She then became governor of the 47th most populated state in the union two years ago where she serves as commander-in-chief of Alaska’s 4000 National Guardsman and has had zero interaction with them the entire time.

Palin also didn’t get the opportunity to tell us what she would do if the 72 year old McCain should become incapacitated and she had to step in as president. Some of Palin’s personal political objectives center on our education system and include teaching creationism in school, shifting to abstinence only education (which worked so well in her own family she wants the rest of us to have the same opportunities,) and banning books she personally finds objectionable. She would also do her best to stack the Supreme Court with justices who share her vision of overturning Roe v. Wade even in instances of rape and incest.

As for her promises for change, Palin called the war in Iraq “God’s task,” and she is on the record as having said, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq." Moreover, she doesn’t believe that humans contribute to global warming, and her inauguration as governor was sponsored by British Petroleum.

So now you know the real Sarah Palin. Having recently asked, “What is it exactly that the VP does every day,” Sarah Palin wants us to elect her to that very job. Maybe we should. After all, she reads a mean teleprompter. What could be more important than that?

What do you think? Too subtle?

UPDATE: The letter ran on Sunday. Somehow it got edited and my term "bald-faced" was changed to "bold-faced." Bold-face is a type style or font characteristic. I used the right term in my version.

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