Sarah Palin E-mail

The following is the text of an e-mail that I received last night @ 8:44 PM, EDT.  This was prior to the speech/address made by the Republican Vice President nominee, Sarah Palin.  I wrote to one of the original recipients (one of the “classmates”) to find out if I could specifically attribute the originating source.  Due to the fact that this secondary person has already received “vitriolic emails from people whom I don’t know at all”, as a result of her forwarding this, it has been determined that only the writer’s first name and last initial should be used.   —   Your Uncle Rave 

“This is from a Bryn Mawr college friend.  read it, weep, and pass it on to
anyone — from Pat

Dear classmates –

As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain’s choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her.

The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles. She is a life time member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska‘s failing school system. We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites.

She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has “green” policies. The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost anything else that will
unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of
and destroy
its environment.

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage. The average maximum education level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade.  Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put Palin in office in the first place. I know what I’m talking about.  These people don’t have a concept of the world around them or of the
serious issues facing the
. Furthermore, they don’t care. So long as they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they’re happy. I wish I were exaggerating.

Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal.  She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn’t like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man’s performance and ability weren’t considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn’t
close to the scandal of Ted Steven’s corruption, it shows that Palin isn’t “squeaky clean” and causes me to think there may be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn’t care.

When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren’t so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems – you name it. The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me.

In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try
to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.

To those of you who, like me, supported Hillary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don’t think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin. To those of you who are independent or undecided, don’t let the choice of Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified
McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain’s judgment. While the political posturing inherent in the choice of Palin is obvious, the more serious issue is the fact that the VP is, literally,
a heartbeat away from the presidency. Sarah Palin is totally and unequivocally unqualified to be vice president, let alone president.

I know this is a lengthy and emotional email, but the stakes are high.  I thought it might help for all of you, regardless of political affiliation, to know something about Palin from someone who has to live with her administration in Alaska on a daily basis.

Here’s some basic background from
    * She was elected Alaska‘s governor a little over a year and a half ago. Her previous office was mayor of Wasilla, a small town outside  Anchorage.1
    * Palin is strongly anti-choice, opposing abortion even in the case of  rape or incest.2
    * She supported right-wing extremist Pat Buchanan for president in  2000. 3
    * Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools.4
    * She’s doesn’t think humans are the cause of climate change.5
    * She’s solidly in line with John McCain’s “Big Oil first” energy policy. She’s pushed hard for more oil drilling and says renewables won’t be ready for years. She also sued the Bush administration for listing polar bears as an endangered species ­she was worried it would interfere with more oil drilling in Alaska.6

Here’s a sample of Alaskan’s responses:

She is really just a mayor from a small town outside Anchorage who has been a governor for only 1.5 years, and has ZERO national and international experience. I shudder to think that she could be the person taking that 3AM call on the White House hotline, and the one who could potentially be charged with leading the US in the volatile international scene that exists today. ­Rose M., Fairbanks, AK

She is VERY, VERY conservative, and far from perfect. She’s a hunter and fisherwoman, but votes against the environment again and again. She ran on ethics reform, but is currently under investigation for several charges involving hiring and firing of state officials. She has NO experience beyond Alaska. ­Christine B., Denali Park, AK

As an Alaskan and a feminist, I am beyond words at this announcement.  Palin is not a feminist, and she is not the reformer she claims to be.  ­Karen L., Anchorage, AK

Alaskans, collectively, are just as stunned as the rest of the nation. She is doing well running our State, but is totally inexperienced on the national level, and very much unequipped to run the nation, if it came to that. She is as far right as one can get, which has already been communicated on the news. In our office of thirty employees (dems, republicans, and nonpartisans), not one person feels she is ready for the
V.P. position.­ Sherry C., Anchorage, AK

She’s vehemently anti-choice and doesn’t care about protecting our natural resources, even though she has worked as a fisherman. McCain chose her to pick up the Hillary voters, but Palin is no Hillary. ­Marina L., Juneau, AK

I think she’s far too inexperienced to be in this position. I’m all for a woman in the White House, but not one who hasn’t done anything to deserve it. There are far many other women who have worked their way up and have much more experience that would have been better choices. This is a patronizing decision on John McCain’s part- and insulting to females everywhere that he would assume he’ll get our vote by putting “A Woman” in that position.­ Jennifer M.,
Anchorage, AK

Feel free to send this on to anyone you’d like!!  Lecke”


I’ll be posting my personal thoughts on John McCain’s selection very soon.   YUR

16 Responses to “Sarah Palin E-mail”

  1. 1 mary V. September 6, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Christine Z,
    You sound like an elitist belly-aching drama queen!

  2. 2 unclerave September 6, 2008 at 4:34 am

    I think you mean Chistine B., mary V. If she checks in – and why wouldn’t she – I’ll make sure she gets your message. YUR

  3. 3 frickfricker September 6, 2008 at 6:38 am

    What an ass you are!
    Tasering a 10 year old stepson is PROFESSIONAL?
    Threatening the life of the governors FATHER is PROFESSIONAL?

    He better be lucky he lives in the backwaters of hickville USA! If he threatened the life of my father and I was governor, he wouldn’t see anything but my bootheel in a sh&%hole cell for the rest of his LIFE here continental side!

    Better do your research before you rant, and tell your liberal teachers (or whoever bent your sh*% for brains into liberal ways) to do their homework before attacking an honorable citizen with lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 4 unclerave September 6, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Hey, Freckles!

    Sure, attack the messenger. Why not? I don’t really get why you seem to be going off on the word “PROFESSIONAL”. I couldn’t find it in the re-posted e-mail . . . anywhere. YOUR rant, though, is very reminiscent of G. Duh-bya’s lament that: “He tried to kill my dad.” At this point, is the allegation of Wooten threatening her father anything more than hearsay?

    Her involvement in the Wooten-Monegan abuse of power case is still under investigation. All that is certain is that Wooten was investigated by the head of the Alaskan State Troopers, and subsequently dealt with, two years BEFORE Palin took office. IF she and Todd tried to have the guy canned, well AFTER prior authorities had dealt with it, then there IS, at the very least, the specter of a “personal grudge”. Is this what YOU call “PROFESSIONAL”, fraggle rock?

    For all we know, her overriding desire to be governor of Alaska MAY have been just so she could exact her revenge. Since THAT didn’t work out so well maybe she figures by being Vice President maybe she could get the guy shipped out to Iraq or Afghanistan. (A little levity?)

    I don’t see anyone saying Wooten is a good guy, frick & frack! He sounds like a mentally unstable, macho prick . . . just from what I’m reading, mind you. BUT, that is probably THE furthest thing from the point, pal. YUR

  5. 5 GrandMaWen September 9, 2008 at 8:34 am

    What a bunch of hatefilled drivel..

    Go Palin!! GO Sarah….Go Sarah…Go Sarah…!!!

    The lower 48 will be so lucky to have her…finally someone with common sense and shows it.!!!!

    Lib’s want everything handed to them…boo hoo.

  6. 6 unclerave September 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I agree, GrandMa! That convention in St. Paul was nothing more than hate-filled drivel! Sad thing is . . . a lot of people bought into it.

  7. 7 ANNE September 13, 2008 at 2:13 am

    John McCain managed to insult our collective intelligence with his selection of a woman so obviously unqualified to be vice president, much less president.

    Her interview with C.G. shows how dangerously ignorant she is about national and international affairs. Even if she hasn’t traveled much, she could at least be knowledgeable about these things. I see in her the same hubris and lack of intellectual curiousity that I see in GW Bush. The only “change” she brings is that she is a woman. She espouses the same reactionary policies as both Bush and McCain.

    We need leaders who are thoughtful and deliberative–not ones with a John Wayne mentality who are inclined to involve us in yet another needless war that would cost so much in money and lives. During the last 8 years, our overall standard of living has declined–and 4 more years of the same would accelerate that process.

  8. 8 unclerave September 13, 2008 at 5:12 am


    You speak truth to power!

  9. 9 Jay September 16, 2008 at 8:16 am

    Ya’ll sound like a bunch of children fighting over a snickers bar. Grow up, get an education and register to vote. Sounds like most of you are from Colorado, not Alaska. Put your pasie away and grow up.

    Have a discussion on a human level. You don’t want us to build wind mills in Texas, so when they are built, you fight them being connected to the power grid. Makes a lot of sense to me. Clean power, but you don’t want the power lines to show over the prairie. You Communist’s can’t have it both ways. No nukes, no cleaner more energy efficent coal power plants, no hydrogen powered autos. Suggestion, go sit in the dark and think about growing up. Or better yet, go cut your power off and live like in the 1700’s. GROW UP!

  10. 10 unclerave September 17, 2008 at 3:53 am

    You sound like you’re very fond of colorful saws, and telling people what to do, Jay. If you’re talking about the original recipients of the e-mail, your uncle is betting that these alums from Bryn Mawr are plenty educated, and undoubtedly have LONG been registered voters.

    No idea what a “pasie” is.

    As to your second paragraph, I think you need to stop listening/watching Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Riley, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin and Michael Savage. Their dis-information is clearly causing you to lose precious brain cells.


  11. 11 Kate September 17, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Jay, learn something. Also, your “ya’ll” is actually spelled “y’all” because it is a contraction of “you” and “all”. Perhaps if we did live like it was the 1700s we wouldn’t have this problem called GLOBAL WARMING.

  12. 12 unclerave September 18, 2008 at 1:03 am

    It’s pretty much a waste of time trying to reason with people who “think” like this, Kate. They can’t comprehend the concept of “exeeding capacity”. The old growth, and rain, forests were designed to be the lungs of the world. MAYBE, just MAYBE, a healthy system of old growth and rain forests COULD process ALL the additional man-made CO2 we’ve put (and continue to put) out there, but we’ll never know, because we’re down to a tiny fraction of those forests. All one has to do is look at the correllation between the GROWTH of the (world) human population – and their/our consumption of fossil fuels – and the DEPLETION of these forests. (Again, caused by Man) It’s NOT a matter of “feelings”. It’s a simple matter of mathematics.

    If Jay was too lazy to spell “y’all” correctly, do you really think he’s going to take the time to DO THE MATH??? — YUR

  13. 13 Jeanie September 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Wow, I just don’t get it.

    *People are against bush and the war, but want McCain
    *People don’t care if McCain risks their Social Security
    in the Stock Market
    *People don’t care if the high ranked employess of most companies make hundreds of thousands of dollars, while the people that do the labor get minimum wage, Obama does care.
    *People don’t care that companies are moving overseas, and we are losing our jobs.
    *People don’t care that we have a country full of people without
    health insurance.
    *People hear McCain promise a lot of things, but no figures to
    back them up.
    *Hilary fought for years for healthcare, so I can see why people like her, but I just really don’t get what it is people like about Sarah Palin??? What is special about her??? It is mind blowing that people are going gaw gaw over someone as self serving as Palin??
    All evidence I see shows that she steps on anyone that opposes her,
    that she was only a hockey mom for like two years, and acts like it is her life long ambition. She doesnt even mention that she supported the bridge to nowhere until it was in her better interest not to (she wanted to use the money somewhere else). Everything McCain uses to praise Sarah Palin has been proven wrong, so why don’t people care???

    I just don’t get it. What issues do you thing McCain will improve?
    Social Security?
    What exactly does McCain propose to do to help any of these issues. I watch the news constantly, and still haven’t heard any specifics of how he plans to do anything??

    You know what I see, I see people who care only about one issue,
    or only care about race, or gender, or that are rich and don’t want to give an extra 3% on their taxes to help others, even tho they are ok giving to charity. The rich already have so many benefits already. They can buy a house in Las Vegas, and write off the cost to fly to Las Vegas on their taxes (I know someone that use to do this). They can advertise on the Super Bowl, and write it off on their taxes. They can fly first class and write it off on their taxes. So why cry over Obama’s 3% tax raise for the wealthy?

  14. 14 unclerave September 18, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    It DOES boggle the mind, Jeanie! Doesn’t it? I don’t believe it could be just one thing. It’s a few of the things you mentioned, both singularly and in various combinations. Despite the recent defection of Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild (talk about your elitists!) – not that she was really EVER in the Obama camp – I don’t (want to?) believe that disgruntled Hillarists are THAT big a factor. The REAL Hillary supporters – who ACTUALLY hold Hillary’s values – could NEVER justify jumping to the NO-CHOICE, retro-minded McCain/Palin camp. As a little aside, can the McCain/Palin camp afford Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild’s support? We all know how the jingoistic, fundamentalist, “right” detests ANYTHING French! ;~)

    Unfortunately, I think the two biggest factors, both singularly and in combination, of the McCain/Palin rank and file, are race and religion. I don’t want to call them the *silent majority*, but there is STILL a *large faction* out there who – some would deny this with their last-dying breath, while some still openly admit it – would not vote for a *Black* man, if their lives depended on it. There’s no point in staining any particular region, because they are virtually everywhere. The *religion* aspect, of course, is the ALLEGATION/perception/belief/FEAR that Barack *HUSSEIN* Obama is a . . . dun dun duuun MUSLIM!!! Ever since 9/11, it has become virtually acceptable by many – and almost fashionable to some – to *distrust* (least offensive word I could think of) anything even remotely Islamic. Muslims have been scapegoated to the Nth degree in this country, and one of the easiest things to do is to play on people’s fears. Forget the fact that it’s NOT even true, or that it shouldn’t matter. It’s still in many people’s hearts. Like the race issue, some will deny/downplay it, while others freely cite the “issue”.

    The McCain/Palin pairing/campaign is just so cynical, on so many levels. It’s disheartening, and it’s scary. We just have to do our best to: expose the hypocrisy, and to re-focus on the actual political and philosophical ISSUES. YUR

  15. 15 Jeanie September 19, 2008 at 11:10 am

    What really gets under my skin, is that McCain and Palin get
    away with not giving any specifics on how they propose to
    to do anything??

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