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  • 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
  • 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
  • Palin wants to teach creationism in public schools. She hasn’t made clear whether she thinks evolution is a fact.4
  • *Okay, here is a point that I can at least somewhat agree with. While I don’t believe that creationism should be taught exclusively in the public school system, I do believe that it should be presented as an option amongst other theories of how our existence came to be.*

  • 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
  • Palin has close ties to Big Oil. Her inauguration was even sponsored by BP. 6
  • Palin is extremely anti-choice. She doesn’t even support abortion in the case of rape or incest. 7
  • *again, another point. I consider myself pro-life. however, I also realize that this is a very easy position for me to hold, as I have never had to deal with an unwanted pregnancy. I am still unsure as to how I feel about abortion in the case of incest or rape. I do, however, agree with Barack Obama’s statement that if we don’t want women to have abortions, then we had better be prepared to help mothers take care of unplanned children, or be prepared to take care of them ourselves. a policy shift *needs* to occur.*

  • Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She’s said she will only support abstinence-only approaches. 8
  • 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
  • She DID support the Bridge to Nowhere (before she opposed it). Palin claimed that she said “thanks, but no thanks” to the infamous Bridge to Nowhere. But in 2006, Palin supported the project repeatedly, saying that Alaska should take advantage of earmarks “while our congressional delegation is in a strong position to assist.” 10
  • Don’t worry, this won’t turn into a political blog. but the absolute absurdity of the republican party at this point promted me to write something. I think we all [definitely myself included] need to become better informed, seek out balanced media coverage about the candidates, and familiarize ourselves with them and the issues VERY soon. this isn’t a task that can wait until the late evening on November 3rd- this is no small exam we’re cramming for.


    1. “Palin: Iraq war ‘a task that is from God’,” Associated Press, September 3, 2008

    2. “Palin wasn’t ‘really focused much’ on the Iraq war,” ThinkProgress, August 30, 2008

    3. “The Sarah Palin Digest,” ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008

    4. “McCain and Palin differ on issues,” Associated Press, September 3, 2008

    5. Ibid

    6. The Sarah Palin Digest,” ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008

    7. Ibid

    8. Ibid.

    9. “Mayor Palin: A Rough Record,” Time, September 2, 2008

    10. The Sarah Palin Digest,” ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008