Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Which candidate does a person vote for when they are avidly pro-choice, but conservative in every other respect? Recently, Republicans for Choice (yes, they do exist) issued a commentary on their opinions of Sarah Palin. I respect the fact that they will not officially endorse Palin because of her anti-choice views, but I was highly irritated by the other claims made in their commentary. First of all, they start off with this:
"But let me make clear this is not an endorsement of Palin as a candidate—but a vote of support for what she represents for all women."
What exactly does she represent for all women? Not allowing them control over their bodies? Charging rape victims $1,200 for their rape kits? Infamously ignoring an epidemic of sex crimes in her state while Governor?
Then, they play the sexism card with these statements: "Obama's charges against her as inexperienced are just silly at best and misogynist at worst....we are incensed by the petty and misogyny of the small-minded statement the Obama campaign released totally dissing her background!"
I am so overwhelmingly sick of people crying "sexism" and "misogyny" when Democrats merely question Palin's experience. That is NOT being sexist! That's being an informed voter! Why is it okay for Republicans to buy a Sarah Palin doll that's dressed in a school girl outfit and wear "Hottest VP Ever" pins at the convention, but God forbid Democrats question her qualifications?! I can't use enough exclamation points to express how angry this makes me.
Furthermore: "The Democrats stood by while the media and others, including extreme elements in our own party, trashed Hillary Clinton and did not speak up to defend her."
I'm not sure what they're basing that statement on, but this Democrat most definitely didn't "stand by" while the media trashed Clinton. But the Republicans? Well they certainly did.
And, of course, it wouldn't be a party unless someone implied that Palin is a feminist: "Did we mention she is a feminist for life?"
I refuse, refuse, REFUSE to label a woman who opposes choice and let rape victims pay for their own fucking rape kits a feminist. No way, no how.