Below is an email I received this week asking for input to a blog that can be found at http://womenagainstsarahpalin.blogspot.com.
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 all together 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
*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:
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org > email@example.com 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.
Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston
New York, NY