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Women against Sarah Palin

Updated on June 10, 2009

Women Against Sarah Palin for Vice President

With all of the publicity about Sarah Palin and the polls stating that Middle Class American women are Pro Sarah Palin, I say read on. I am that demographic and I am definitely NOT for Sarah Palin for Vice President.

I am a steadfast Independent. For me this is not about Republican vs Democrat. This is about policy.

Let me be clear that my opinion is just that. My opinion. The naysayers should have the same voice as those who believe in Sarah Palin. This lens is for the opposing opinion. I believe there is a lot of good in Sarah Palin. It is not my intention to question her on a personal level. It is her policies that I take issue with. Nothing else.

This lens was prompted by a letter I received this week. 40 letters went out and prompted over 100,000 women to respond in a weeks time.

You can read the letter and see the link to the blog below.

For all of us NOT enamored with Sarah Palin, this lens is for you.

The impetus for this lens - This is the letter I received by e-mail

Friends, compatriots, fellow-lamenters,

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex education, birth control, the pro-choice platform, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she wanted to ban books and attempted to fire the librarian who stood against her), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears. To say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second-most-powerful person on the planet.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and altogether devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we've so demonstrably benefited from.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.

Therefore, we invite you to reply here with a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in this country, do not support this candidate as second-in-command for our nation.

Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of residence.

We will post your responses on a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin," which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please send us your reply at your earliest convenience. The greater the volume of responses we receive, the stronger our message will be.

Thank you for your time and action.

VIVA!

Sincerely,

Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston

New York, NY

womensaynopalin@gmail.com

*:photofrom

Over 170,000 have spoken

This blog is being updated regularly. Visit often.

This lens is not about changing anyone's mind about their choice of candidate in this election. It is simply about presenting the voices of those who do not support Sarah Palin.

Hey, I'm a Libra....it's all about the balance!

Sarah Palin Never Again

Sarah Palin Never Again
Sarah Palin Never Again

Women Against Sarah Palin made the ABC news blog

You can read their report and comments from the women that created the blog at this link.

There is a short excerpt from the blog below. Clink on the link to read the entire post.

Some Sarah Palin facts from another blog

* McCain campaign spokesman Ed O'Callaghan said that Palin is "unlikely to cooperate" with the [Troopergate] investigation...When the investigation was announced less than two months ago, Palin said she welcomed it and promised her full cooperation. See The Washington Post

* Under Sarah Palin, Wasilla made rape victims pay for their own rape kits, according to former Alaskan governor, Tony Knowles. "Eight years ago, complaints about charging rape victims for medical exams in Wasilla prompted the Alaska Legislature to pass a bill -- signed into law by Knowles -- that banned the practice statewide."

* Sarah Palin has stated that we should "perhaps" go to war with Russia in an NBC interview with Charles Gibson.

GIBSON: And under the NATO treaty, wouldn't we then have to go to war if Russia went into Georgia?

PALIN: 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.

* A day before she was announced as the Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wrote a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urging him to veto a bill that would impose a clean-air fee on cargo containers moving through Oakland and other California ports. Reported in the Mercury News

* According to a 2006 article in the Anchorage Daily News, Sarah Palin said she thinks creationism should be taught alongside evolution in the state's public classrooms.

* An informal adviser who has counseled Gov. Sarah Palin on ethics issues urged her in July to apologize for her handling of the dismissal of the state's public safety commissioner and warned that the matter could snowball into a bigger scandal. Wall Street Journal.

Palin didn't listen.

* While claiming to be a "reformer" Palin billed the state of Alaska $17,059 for "per diem" travel expenses for 312 nights she spent at her home in Wasilla. Here's the Washington Post article. According to the Washington Post, the last guy who did that in Alaska resigned because of the scandal.

* Palin was not a very good mayor, according to one Wasilla resident. "Far from being a fiscal conservative, Palin left Wasilla in debt, was intolerant of "divergent opinions" and "has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help." Read the story in the Anchorage Daily News.

* 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." According to the Associated Press, Palin sought $197 million in so-called "earmarks" for Alaska in 2009. In the previous budget year, she asked for earmarks worth $256 million.

Quote from a Fox News story: THE FACTS: Palin did abandon plans to build the nearly $400 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport. But she made her decision after the project had become an embarrassment to the state

* 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'. Here Palin is addressing the party >.

* Palin favors drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

* Palin questioned the science behind predictions of sea ice loss linked to global warming. Speaking about climate change, she said, "I'm not one though who would attribute it to being manmade."

* In 2008, the state of Alaska under Palin's guidance sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne in an attempt to reverse his decision to list polar bears as a threatened species.

* Palin opposed a state initiative that would have banned metal mines from discharging pollution into salmon streams.

* Palin has close ties to Big Oil. Her inauguration was sponsored by BP.

* Palin is extremely anti-choice. She doesn't even support abortion in the case of rape or incest. "I am as pro-life as any candidate can be," Palin wrote on July 1, 2002, to the Alaska Right to Life board, according to the Anchorage Daily News

* Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She's said she will only support abstinence-only approaches.

* Palin supports the aerial shooting of wolves in Alaska -- despite ballot measures in the state in which voters twice since 1996 have voted to end the practice. (This according to the Wall Street Journal)

* 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."

* After she took office as mayor in November 1996, Palin asked for letters of resignation from six department heads based on allegations that they were still supporting the former mayor. She also fired Police Chief Irl Stambaugh, who unsuccessfully sued her for wrongful termination, according to court records.

In an address last June, the Republican vice presidential candidate also urged ministry students to pray for a plan to build a $30 billion natural gas pipeline in the state, calling it "God's will."

Read the Associated Press story.

Really, what kind of God does she worship? Not the one most of us do!

This woman is an anti-choice, anti-sex education, anti-environment, far Right religious fanatic. The only thing she has in common with Hillary Clinton is her anatomy.

The Polar Bears say NO!

The Polar Bears say NO!
The Polar Bears say NO!

A Change of Heart by Conservative Commentator Kathleen Parker

"One well-known conservative commentator, Kathleen Parker, urged Palin on Friday to withdraw from the race in the wake of her abysmal dealings with the media. Parker suggested Palin's performance on the national stage revealed a woman who was in over her head." (Quote from an article at The Canadian Press)

8 years is ENOUGH! We say, Women want change!

It is time for women across the US to move forward and speak out.

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Get Your Facts Straight Sarah

CNN has done a fact check on Sarah Palin's latest smear campaign of Barack Obama. Yet another inication that this woman needs to learn to do some of her own fact checking.

After the Debate

From time Magazine. A woman's perspective on why some women hate Sarah Palin.

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Not every woman in Alaska agrees!

Pics of Biggest Rally in AK history... anti-Palin

The email forward I received today: 9/16/2008

Subject: Feedback from the residents of Alaska

Psssst...pass it on!

[The] Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage. Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men. I had no idea what to expect.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It's probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally "a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots," and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received some nasty, harassing and threatening messages.

I felt a bit apprehensive. I'd been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies. Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it's a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren't sent by Eddie Burke, we'll be doing good. A real statement will have been made. I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing "socialist baby-killing maggot" haters.

It's a good thing I wasn't tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody's trunk. When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep! I could hardly find a place to park. I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn't honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn't happen here.

Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up. He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn't be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you've been doing the math… Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin's rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery. Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.

The biggest political rally in the history of the state- AGAINST Sarah Palin

The biggest political rally in the history of the state- AGAINST Sarah Palin
The biggest political rally in the history of the state- AGAINST Sarah Palin

Not all Alaska women support Sarah Palin

Not all Alaska women support Sarah Palin
Not all Alaska women support Sarah Palin

The Real Wonder Woman on Sarah Palin

From Phillymag.com

Excerpts from: Phillymag.com an interview with Lynda Carter. Click the link to read the complete story.

In an interview this morning about her three-week run at an Atlantic City casino, I offhandedly asked "Wonder Woman" Lynda Carter how she felt about the media calling VP candidate Sarah Palin the "new Wonder Woman." I wasn't expecting her no-holds-barred response:

"Don't get me started. She's the anti-Wonder Woman. She's judgmental and dictatorial, telling people how they've got to live their lives. And a superior religious self-righteousness … that's just not what Wonder Woman is about. Hillary Clinton is a lot more like Wonder Woman than Mrs. Palin. She did it all, didn't she?.....

.....No one has the right to dictate, particularly in this country, to force your own personal views upon the populace - religious views. I think that is suppressive, oppressive, and anti-American. We are the loyal opposition. That's the whole point of this country: freedom of speech, personal rights, personal freedom. Nor would Wonder Woman be the person to tell people how to live their lives. Worry about your own life! Worry about your own family! Don't be telling me what I want to do with mine......

......People need to speak up. Doesn't mean that I'm godless. Doesn't mean that I am a murderer. What I hate is this demonization of everybody but one position. You're un-American because you're against the war. It's such bullshit......"

We all need to take some time to laugh

And for a little balance

Because I believe we ALL have the right to speak our mind and voice our opinions as we are guaranteed by citizenship in the U.S., I am including links to other lenses about Sarah Palin.

I believe that all decisions should be informed decisions.

Thanks for stopping by..

In the end, I ask everyone to respect that we all deserve our voice.

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      Mrmakingusmile LM 6 years ago

      Awesome Lens. Thank you for making me smile.

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      Cheryl Kohan 8 years ago from Minnesota

      After the fact, of course, but I just wanted to say that these are my sentiments, exactly. *****

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Excellent lens! It's after the fact so we can be glad she didn't make it. She was certainly the biggest liability the Republicans had, in my opinion.

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      fotolady49 lm 8 years ago

      Since this is after the fact, I am relieved to be able to say, I'm glad she didn't become VP...great lens...brave lady! 5*

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      Lee Hansen 8 years ago from Vermont

      Totally a nut case. And I voted against her - I voted for President Obama. Brave lens - nice work.

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      Tina Fay really nailed her impression...LOL...amazing look a like!

      Thanks by the way for popping into my Pampered Chef Lens...I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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      Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

      You forgot to mention that she's also a nut case.

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      as much as i think palin isn't suited for honest political work, i am trying hard to be for something rather than against. :)

      so, i'm for rocketmoms!! :P

      and it's still a great lens.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      love this lens! I agree with you 100%. Ms. Palin is anti-woman. I'm neither Republican nor Democrat, just anti having someone with those views a heartbeat away from the presidency.5*

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I was never enamored with Palin, and to think McCain believed he could pull in women's votes just because he had a woman running was ludicrous! 5*s.

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      MrMarmalade 8 years ago

      As an Australian male, I disliked your young lady the first time i read about her or saw any TV.

      I wanted Barack Obama to win for two reasons.

      1. I thought and believed he might galvanize the World. He looks like he might kick start not only The USA but the Whole World.

      The other reason was If McCain was to win with her in second position, He would die within six months of heart strain, Leaving your lady as the President of the USA.

      I do not think the World could stand her with that kind of power.

      Great lens. Thank you. Have made you a top five. *****

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I can't believe McCain was so stupid to believe that women would vote for a woman just because she was a women - that women who were going to vote for Hillary would vote for him just because Palin was there. He must think we are idiots.

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      Zion 8 years ago

      Wow! This is a great info for all of us.

      I really like your lens! so I gave you 5*.. how about that?!...

      Please try to stop by my lens. I would really much appreciate if you could rate mine too!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Well, its interesting to hear that she isn't seen by all Alaskans the way the media presents it. They seem to have really protected her.

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      Danali 8 years ago

      Great lens! You cover almost all of the reasons I don't like her. 5* If you are interested I have my own lens on Animals against Palin. Check it out here http://www.squidoo.com/animalsagainstpalin

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      Delia 8 years ago

      although this is a well done lens, I feel it is a waste of energy to write negativly about someone you and I don't know...you can't believe everything the news puts out...at this time I'm still on the fence who to vote for, both have good and bad issues, and I certainly don't vote for a party...5*s

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      Awesome lens!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I would just like to say, "Ditto, to what Lynda Carter had to say. Wonder Woman, lives!"

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      TicketMan 8 years ago

      That letter you posted is full of distortions and half-truths. Don't believe everything that is written. Go to a good source like factcheck.org!!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Honestly, I have never felt in such a quandry as I do this Presidential election year! I like neither VP candidate -- and am not comfortable with Sarah Palin as the Republican choice. Thanks for presenting your side of the argument with this informative lens.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Honestly, I have never felt in such a quandry as I do this Presidential election year! I like neither VP candidate -- and am not comfortable with Sarah Palin as the Republican choice. Thanks for presenting your side of the argument with this informative lens.

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      bgreen lm 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for creating this important and timely lens! 5 stars to you & will pass this along in my network ;~)

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      WhippetTalk 9 years ago

      Finally! I'm glad to see a lens about this. I think Sarah Palin is a poor choice for VP! I can't believe anyone would think she has the knowledge and experience to be VP let alone President if something should happen to McCain. Thank you for this lens!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      Well, balanced lens 5* I like that you put both sides here.

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      LisaDH 9 years ago

      Well done, including the reminders to have civil disagreements. (But for the anti-Sarah crowd who want a laugh, check out JudyDunn's very funny Dick Cheney with Lipstick lens. I was laughing the whole way through!

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      nomccainnopalin 9 years ago

      Excellent page! Be sure to also check out http://nomccainnopalin.wordpress.com

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      WritingforYourW 9 years ago

      *cheers* I can't believe my mom is reconsidering her vote just because McCain picked a woman.

      Politics aside... creationism and guns? What century is this anyway???

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      Tammy Winand 9 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

      I am a woman and I am against Sarah Palin...and Republicans in general for that matter but let's not get into that... lol

      5*

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      JimH 9 years ago

      On the lighter side Sarah Palin Jokes

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      RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      You, and the others you have quoted, state this so well, Thank You!!!!

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      kristensup 9 years ago

      I love this.