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Give Sarah a Fair Chance

I'm ticked off!

In general, I try to refrain from commenting about politics. I'm very passionate about my beliefs, and usually it's healthier for me to keep quiet than to enter a conversation that I know will end in a major argument. But sometimes I feel like I have to take a stand!

This presidential election is a historic one. Regardless of who takes office, the outcome will be discussed, debated and argued for many years to come.  Already it is generating a great deal of lively discourse. But the recent announcement of Sara Palin as McCain's choice for VP has taken the discussion to a whole new level.

I agree that McCain's choice is controversial, to say the least. And I expected to hear and read many different viewpoints regarding Palin's political background and experience. What I didn't expect to read about was men and women around the country questioning her family values.

I have spent the last three hours reading discussion forums, blog posts and different articles—all of them attacking Palin's values as a mother. It seems that the pregnancy of her teenage daughter has taken over all of today's news.

Wake up America!  

How is it that we women, who like to think we can do it all, are the first to crucify someone who has five kids while governing a state and running for high office? Aren't we being just a bit hypocritical here?  

Palin has successfully juggled her career, family and children for many years, and still looks like she has not lost any marbles. Yet, now she poses a threat to the United States because she is a mother of five and soon to be a grandmother? Come on!

Would we react the same way if our VP candidate was a man who recently had a baby and a pregnant daughter? Or would we simply announce that fact on the evening news and quickly move on to the more important issues at hand?

You can be a republican or a democrat. You can be pro choice or pro life.  And you can vote for whomever you think is best for the job. But please, let's get off this outdated double standard for women in politics. And let's stay focused on the important issues, which are not Sara's five kids with their disabilities, triumph or downfalls.

All the best,

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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Amen Yana Amen!!! What I find so ridiculous is that most of the people bashing her are Women! Do we not remember that it wasn’t that long ago that we were fighting TOGETHER as women just for the right to vote? To coin an oldie but a goodie: WE‘VE COME A LONG WAY BABY!!!
      I only have one teenager at home and a husband. I work 40 hours a week and then do some volunteer work. There are days when I feel like I’m ready to jump out of my skin, I couldn’t imagine having 5 kids and a full time job!!! I give her props all the way around. Do these people read the news or know the statistics on teen pregnancy in our country??? How about teen abortions?? I give her extra kudos for having a relationship with her daughter that allows her the freedom to tell her mom instead of being afraid of what she will do. A good relationship with your kids says a whole lot more about your character then anything they have dug up on her!!!



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      Silklaser wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Yes, I’m a woman, and I am also a mother.  I am a woman that wants to keep the rights that we have had to fight for.  I don’t want some one in a political position making religious decisions that could change my freedom.  

      I believe my job as a parent is to give my child wings to fly from the nest.  If kids were allowed to be properly educated at home as well as in schools about sex and ,if necessary, allowed the use of contraception, many of these “unwanted” births would not happen.  I have a teenage daughter.  I have a very open relationship with her where we have discussed sexual situations.  I tell her that she has her whole life to deal with boys/men and that this is not the appropriate time.  If the teachings are there at an early time, maybe the pregnancies would decrease.  Do you really think by not discussing sex the kids aren’t going to have sex or know about it?  If we have more faith in our kids and give them the tools to make educated decisions, are we not doing our job in protecting them?

      Are you actually telling me that the only reason you have sex is for reproductive purposes only?  If that is the case, remain abstinent and adopt.  There seem to be plenty of kids forced into having a baby that put them up for adoption.

      Removing birth control and sexual education could be viewed as child neglect The same neglect as sending over untrained, young adults without proper equipment and supplies to fight a war over oil. What is the difference when it's an abortion that kills a fetus or a bullet that kills a soldier.  Both are avoidable.



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      Cheryl Phillips wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • In the past few days I’ve had little time to really catch up on the whole Palin situation. It’s a given that she’s gone to be torn apart and scrutinized. Bottom line is she’s the candidate he chose and nothing’s going to change—-so we have to appreciate the possiblities that she will be a part of the team running our country SOON!! I don’t know enough at this point to make a really solid comment, but as a Mom of 5 who has faced different types of challenges, I applaud her for even being able to keep a professional life while being a Mom at the same time. So, she’s got a pregnant teenaged daughter. I’m sure if she had a splinter in her finger, we’d hear about it.

      She’s “real life“...which is what many of us might just appreciate in a candidate. She is going to have opinions and support things we like and dislike. However, the bottom line is can she support the President in his role? I have to read more to figure that out, but I really don’t think he picked someone to stand by his side and look pretty—he’s got an attractive wife for that.  

      I have to get a good sleep tonite so I can read more about her and figure it out on my own instead of relying on the media—-they never really say what’s important. They will only magnifiy the negatives.

      Great topic, Yana!



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      Angela-la wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • As a conservative, I have to admit I was not psyched for this 08 election.  Wouldn’t the massive push for a  a “historical election” erase any GOP hope for a victory?  I often bite my tongue rather than face the wrath of my PC friends when they cheer for Obama.  (I do find it ironic that you cannot have a simple converstaion about his ideas without risking being branded as some negative idiot - where is the tolerance I hear about?!) With the announcement of Palin, I actually felt my heart surge with pride - this was a woman like so many I know and love - competent, strong, self-sacrificing.  I now have hope!

      BTW, it’s Sarah, with an H.



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      Pam Tobey wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I’m currently in St. Paul at the convention, surrounded by it all. My beef is not that a mother and soon-to-be-grandmother has a career with a family. My question of her choice boils down to the new child, 4 months old with Down Syndrome. While any infant needs a mother’s attention to grow and develop, this is a “special needs” child. The early months of development are very important and Trig needs everything he can get in attention and care to help him develop as optimally as possible, and will continue to need special attention for his development. My opinion is that she is being selfish at a time when she should be putting a baby first, and not a high-charged campaign. Being governor is different, and she can adjust her schedule there to fit her child rearing, as I’m sure she has done . But a presidential race? If she didn’t have Trig, I would agree with you. But I question her judgement on this one.



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      Sandy Ochoa-West wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Pamtobey, you know I never thought of that, good point. Our kids and family should always be our first priority over our jobs!1



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      Stephanie Rountree wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I don’t have any issues with Palin.  As with any presidential or vice-presidential candidate, they will be surrounded by expert advisers.  The elections, unfortunately, aren’t necessarily about the most qualified.

      As to whether she should to be taking care of her special needs child instead of running for VP, that’s her decision, not mine and, for me, doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not she can handle the VP position.



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      Gabby wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • First of all , I want to congratulate you Yana for bringing this hot topic to debate.  

      Frankly, I’m not politically inclined. But I do believe that in Sara-Palin’s current circumstances, she would do well to put her family first before politics. It would have been totally different in Hillary Clinton’s case as her daughter is now a matured adult.

      Sorry—but that’s my view.
      Gool



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      Lisa Hyman wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I agree that she should not be scrutinized for what is going on with her daughter (especially by women, and ESPECIALLY by MOTHERS).  Those of us with the ability to walk one *step*__ in someone else’s shoes know “There but for the grace of God go I.”  It can happen to any one of us, no matter what our family values are.

      That being said, I do have issues with McCain stating that they shouldn’t be discussing any candidate’s children, when he himself made fun of Chelsea Clinton by suggesting she was ugly and that Janet Reno was her “father.”  That was inappropriate and really unfair.  But I don’t feel that Palin’s daughter should carry the burden of those comments now with derogatory comments from the opposite side.  She’s still just a kid.

      I’m sure that Sara Palin is a lovely woman, and probably even a hoot to hang out with.  However, if something were to happen to McCain (which isn’t that much of an impossibility, considering his age and the fact that he’s had cancer several times-God bless him, not that I’m wishing anything bad on him), she would be our next President. I just don’t feel that she has enough experience to run this country...and if she’s anything like me, as a mom her kids come first.  As the President of the United States, that can’t be.  This country and the world deserve, NEED someone who can give their all.  Especially in times like these.



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      Lisa Hyman wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Jesus Girl, you make a very valid point about abortion, and I do agree with you.  Abortion is not a choice for me, nor is it one I would want my daughters to choose.  Partial birth abortion is atrocious, and should be illegal no matter what.

      But the hard truth is, we live in America, where there is freedom of religion.  Did you know that there are religions that do not consider a fetus a viable living human until it exits a woman’s body through birth?  There are also many people who are atheists, and do not believe in God—so who is to hold them accountable for their actions?  In America, we have to be fair to everyone, even people who believe differently than us.  That is what our country is based on—freedom.

      Sara Palin does not care if a 12 year old was brutally raped by her father and becomes pregnant.  Sara Palin does not care if the mother’s life is in jeopardy if she carries a child full-term, and has three other little ones at home.  So even though I am against abortion as a choice for me, at least I have that choice to make based on my beliefs!  And I refuse to judge any woman who has to make that choice...that is between her and God alone.  I have not walked a mile in her shoes, so how can I judge her?  Who am I to judge anyone...I’m not God.

      Are there people who use abortion as birth control?  Frighteningly, yes.  It’s appalling to think about.  But when it comes to rape or health, etc...then who is a politician to personally judge a woman’s situation unless they’ve lived it?  It is a religious issue, and doesn’t really belong in politics (“separation of church and state“).  Also...does Sara Palin believe that if we outlaw abortion, that no one will have one?  As long as there are women willing to undergo an abortion, and people willing to perform them, this will go on indefinitely, and illegally if need be.  Again, this belongs between the parties involved and God...the rest of us are not responsible for the the actions of the whole entire world (of course, we can and should always try to talk someone out of doing something harmful.  But we can’t do it for everyone—it’s impossible.  People ultimately have to be responsible for their own actions and their own consequences).

      As far as I can see, there are more pressing issues at hand right now, and to choose a candidate based solely on their stance on abortion is not making an educated choice.  We send our loved ones overseas two, three, four times knowing full well that many will come home in body bags.  I would like to think that the men and women of our military are worth at least as much as a fetus.  I believe a fetus is a human being worth having a life...but once that fetus grows up and joins the military, why is it’s life not as important anymore?

      And even more frightening is that Sara Palin does not believe that global warming is caused by humans.  With an attitude like that, abortion issues won’t even matter anymore...we’ll ALL be dead in a few decades!  She believes in God when it comes to abortions, but does not treasure the precious gift of Earth that He gave us.  I just don’t get it.



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      Ladybrett wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Yes I agree that the debate over weather or not she is a good mother should not be part of the debate but it will be as she is now running for VP of the USA.
      That said. Seriously, what has she done that makes her ready to help run the country? I think that is it more than wonderful that she is governor of a State. I know she was the head of the Alaska National Guard and I am sure there are other things that she has accomplished. BUT i do not believe that she is ready to help take this country to the next level. HMMM. I am interested in knowing more.
      I am interested in WHY McCain thought she was a good choice. I know she is pro family, anti choice, pro big oil.
      I wonder what her INTERNATIONAL experience is. I wonder what her NATIONAL experience is. she does not even have a voting record.
      I also know that she does believe in Global warming but does not at all believe that humans contribute to Global Warming.
      I really wonder how the rest of the world will respond to her as she goes around representing the interests of the USA.
      I just hope and pray that McCain is not voted for just because he has a woman on his ticket. It is about who is good for our country.
      Thanks for your thoughts everyone.  It is great to get us all to think about this very important topic.



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      Stephanie Rountree wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I just don't feel that she has enough experience to run this country

      That’s exactly why I made the comment above.  I honestly don’t think experience has a whole lot to do with being the candidate, judging by the past presidents we’ve had.  As long as they are good “thinkers” they have expert advisers to guide them.



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      Missylee1216 wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • I am very excited to learn more about Sarah Palin.  She brings an energy to the campaign, she is not afraid to stand up to the good ol‘e boys and fight for something she feels is wrong.  She is very articulate (her speech the other night was uplifting!).

      What amazes me is that the press is making out a huge deal about her daughter being pregnant.  Does this not happen in many peoples lifes?  How many men have not behaved morally sound and have been elected?  If this was a man’s daughter that got pregnant would it even be an issue?  

      Also, regarding her son with down syndrome:  many women care for children with special needs and still maintain high profile positions.  Just as she will have many advisors to aide in her inexperience, she will also surround herself with the best for her child.

      What I am happy to see is that women are taking notice, and asking very good questions. The most important thing is know your candidates and most of all-VOTE!  Doesn’t matter who your voting for-just the fact that you vote-too many women suffered to give us that right.



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      Lisa Hyman wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Jesus Girl, you make a very valid point about abortion, and I do agree with you.  Abortion is not a choice for me, nor is it one I would want my daughters to choose.  Partial birth abortion is atrocious, and should be illegal no matter what.

      But the hard truth is, we live in America, where there is freedom of religion.  Did you know that there are religions that do not consider a fetus a viable living human until it exits a woman’s body through birth?  There are also many people who are atheists, and do not believe in God—so who is to hold them accountable for their actions?  In America, we have to be fair to everyone, even people who believe differently than us.  That is what our country is based on—freedom.

      Sara Palin does not care if a 12 year old was brutally raped by her father and becomes pregnant.  Sara Palin does not care if the mother’s life is in jeopardy if she carries a child full-term, and has three other little ones at home.  So even though I am against abortion as a choice for me, at least I have that choice to make based on my beliefs!  And I refuse to judge any woman who has to make that choice...that is between her and God alone.  I have not walked a mile in her shoes, so how can I judge her?  Who am I to judge anyone...I’m not God.

      Are there people who use abortion as birth control?  Frighteningly, yes.  It’s appalling to think about.  But when it comes to rape or health, etc...then who is a politician to personally judge a woman’s situation unless they’ve lived it?  It is a religious issue, and doesn’t really belong in politics (“separation of church and state“).  Also...does Sara Palin believe that if we outlaw abortion, that no one will have one?  As long as there are women willing to undergo an abortion, and people willing to perform them, this will go on indefinitely, and illegally if need be.  Again, this belongs between the parties involved and God...the rest of us are not responsible for the the actions of the whole entire world (of course, we can and should always try to talk someone out of doing something harmful.  But we can’t do it for everyone—it’s impossible.  People ultimately have to be responsible for their own actions and their own consequences).

      As far as I can see, there are more pressing issues at hand right now, and to choose a candidate based solely on their stance on abortion is not making an educated choice.  We send our loved ones overseas two, three, four times knowing full well that many will come home in body bags.  I would like to think that the men and women of our military are worth at least as much as a fetus.  I believe a fetus is a human being worth having a life...but once that fetus grows up and joins the military, why is it’s life not as important anymore?

      And even more frightening is that Sara Palin does not believe that global warming is caused by humans.  With an attitude like that, abortion issues won’t even matter anymore...we’ll ALL be dead in a few decades!  She believes in God when it comes to abortions, but does not treasure the precious gift of Earth that He gave us.  I just don’t get it.



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      Talkytina wrote Sep 2, 2008
    • Yana,

      I too want to congratulate you in bringing up this topic for debate.  We are obviously all women here.  As you stated it doesn’t matter what political party we may or may not  belong to but every single mother in this country should make their voice heard in how they view this Vice President as far as her credentials are concerned.

      Unfortunately, once you enter politics, whether you like it or not, your life is no longer a private matter.  Sara Palin has or should have enough sense to know that she opened herself up to all the comments and criticisms once she accepted the VP slot.  I don’t necessarily agree with that but it is what it is.  The problem that I have is the insinuation by anyone that women are so gullible and stupid that we would all quickly vote for the McCain/Palin camp just because he put a woman on the ticket.

      We are in a crisis in this country and if we as a people don’t take the time to truly consider who we will vote for and why we are voting for this person, we will find that the next four or eight years may push us back into the caves that we fought so hard to break out of, less than a century ago.

      As far as her daughter’s pregnancy is concerned, the truth is it is a private matter but then again so is the right of a woman to have an abortion of she so chooses.



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      Michele Weltz wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • Referring to the comment about Sarah Palin being against abortion no matter the circumstances... I do believe I heard something about that over the weekend; that she actually aknowledges that there are circumstances where abortion may be an acceptable solution. If I am wrong in this, I apologize, but I’m pretty sure I heard some people talking about that on FOX News.
      I also have to say that I don’t think this uproar would be happening if Mr. Palin was running for VP. Why? Because his wife would be at home being the mother that “we all” think she should be. (sarcasm) I am not sure what my views are of women being in such high positions in our gov’t but I am willing to ride this ride with McCain & Palin to find out. I think she has proven herself with the state of Alaska and I think God has opened a door here and she must walk through it. Her family is strong and supportive and I pray that this country will see her for who she is and fall in love with her as I’m sure the people of Alaska have and that come this November she will be our new VP elect.



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      Dana Hall wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • It is  hypocritical for WOMEN, who have fought for equality and women’s rights to bash this woman! I applaud her for the courage to make such a decision. Judging her the way the bloggers and media have has gone WAY beyond reason. I heard today that they have gotten hold of her SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER! They are trying to destroy this woman! As women, we should support her. This would never have happened to a man!



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      Carrie Clark wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • I think we all have a little more time to make a decision one way or the other on all of the candidates. I do have reservations about the Governor’s decision to move forward in light of having a pregnant teen daughter, and son with special needs. I think her family needs her more right now than the country. It was her choice, so we move forward no matter what we think.  I also think that it is absurd to think that I would vote for a women because she is a women, or vote for a man because we share the same race. My plan is to cast my vote for the persons I believe have the best plan/strategy to deal with the pressing issues that face all citizens. The past 8 years have been very interesting to say the least. I wish the Palin’s the very best in their personal life, however I think we should treat all of the candidates equally on the issues.

       I am looking forward to the debates.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • Amen, Yana and abolutely, Dana! I generally refrain from politics and quite frankly can’t wait until all this is over and a new president, whoever it winds up being, is in office. But, I do agree that she’s being treated more harshly because of her gender. It’s just downright nasty.



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      Amy L. Harden wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • I have to agree with those here that are seeing the fact that there is a double standard being used here in the case of Sarah Palin.  Did anyone question Senator Biden many years ago when he continued with career after losing his wife and daughter in a car accident AND his son’s were still healing from the accident and the grief of losing their family members?  NO...At the Democratic Convention he was made in to a hero for continuing on...taking his senatorial oath and working for his country, while raising his boy’s alone.  

      Why can’t Sarah Palin be a hero for all women AND men?  Her family is a picture of the American Family with all their idiosyncrasies, difficulties and maybe dysfunction.

        

      I am writing this while I am waiting for her to speak at the GOP Convention...I am willing to give her chance...hear what she has to say...what she has to offer.  

      This is a historical campaign season...we must be present in it...what I see in Sarah Palin, more than what I saw in Hillary Clinton...is a woman that is more like me...a woman who is striving to not only be a wife and mother...but a woman of excellence, significance and grace...she would be a woman that I would happily put in the AWE-A Woman of Elegance Hall of Fame....even if the McCain/Palin ticket doesn’t win.



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      Rachael Sudul wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • First and foremost I need to say that I am a registered Independent. I have voted for both Democrat and Republican nominees and have been pleased and disappointed with both. I am hugely disappointed with the Bush administration and I voted for him the first time and not the second.

      With that being said...

      I have just finished watching Sarah’s speech at the RNC... I would hang out with her after a hockey game any day... but I am not convinced that she is right for the job. I really like who she is, but trying to see her as President (she would be a breath away from that office) I don’t see the Savvy I believe is necessary to relate with foreign leaders, especially those whose customs degrade women.

      I wanted to hear more of what she is about and who she is, rather than what is wrong with Obama... I want to hear what the Republican Party is going to do different than what has been going on for the past 8 years.  

      I wholeheartedly disagree with her on women’s health rights, overturning Roe V Wade etc and the fact that the congress has done nothing (it is basically split evenly so it’s hands are tied when it comes to voting along party lines) but I respect her passion and fight.

      This will be a very interesting campaign and I look forward to watching all the players... the first debate for the VP’s I believe will be October 2nd... I need to set my Tivo for that!!



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      Talkytina wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • Your being an Independent is probably going to be the new majority party in the near future after listening to Sarah Palin’s speech.  I watched her entire acceptance speech and I am stunned by the media’s comments stating that she is a threat in anyway to the Democratic Party.  All she did was repeat the same rhetorics about John McCain’s POW days and talk about how America is ready to change to a new direction.  Isn’t it her party that put the country in the state that it is.

      And the attacks - she attached Obama and Joe Biden from every angle but what is she prepare to do in order to do things differently than what her party have been doing for the last eight years.  And her stand on abortion and women’s health issues.  What solutions does she have for circumstances that are both unhealthy and even dangerous to both mother and fetus.  

      I may be alone here but the only thing that I understand about her from her speech is that she was a hockey mom and that she stood up against the good old boys of her state.  That a possible future president it doth not make.

      With that said, I do think she’s likeable and that she probably does a good job running her state.



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      Rachael Sudul wrote Sep 3, 2008
    • Hi Khrys!
      I agree with what you are saying and it is a dichotomy for the ultra conservative constituents to support a woman leaving her special needs baby to be the VP... normally more conservative groups prefer the woman be with the kids at least in the beginning. I’m glad to see her make a dent in that thinking and presenting the alternative. I just wonder... will he have the kids at home in Alaska since he has his own career there? Or will he become a stay-at-home Dad in Washington to take over the everyday stuff we can all relate to?

      One correction I would like to make, with all due respect, is that she was never a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, her husband was a registered member back in the mid-nineties. They are a pretty extreme party and I honestly don’t know what her feelings are about this group or any of the real issues since all she did tonight was talk about being a hockey-mom and Obama. I was VERY surprised that she didn’t talk about being pro-life.

      Here’s the link to the Alaskan Independence Party if anyone wants to take a look...
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      Again, I would love to hear more of what the Republicans offer for the future rather than how awful the opposition is.


      Justincase_girl, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Talkytina wrote Sep 4, 2008
    • You said it.  The position of Vice President of the United States of America is not a “normal” job interview.  For those women who comment on her ability to juggle her life and this position have the right to do so because Washington DC is dealing with the world and not the state of Alaska.  

      I am a single mother, like most mothers today who juggle to balance family life and career but if worst came to worst and I couldn’t cope, I can easily change my work schedule or look for a more flexible job.  That is not the case with the VP of this country.  I wish I would hear someone in the Media bring that up for all to hear.  It’s just not the same thing.



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      Talkytina wrote Sep 4, 2008
    • I am sorry that you experienced such horror in your life but I’m glad to see that you found a way to survive and go on with your life.

      You are quite the trooper.



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      L. Denise Jackson wrote Sep 4, 2008
    • After reading several posts, I will say this.  Anytime you have someone that you are responsible for in a professional arenas (and personal too), one thing has to be kept in mind.  You automatically have accepted and taken on the reputation of those you oversee, manage, etc.  If that is something a person can live with, work with, deal with, and of course, accept, that is great.

      The choice was risky, well yes.  There were other Presidents that were risy too but they held their own and accepted their responsibility, whether it turned good or bad.  

      In choicing my own staff and deputy, I look at this...can that person run my department with the same character and demand the same quality as I would and can I sleep at night while they are on the job.  

      True indeed anyone can be given a chance, however, you sometimes have to look at the bigger and picture and what is at stake.  This is not fantasy football but a lot of people’s livelihoods that are placed in 1 person’s hands.

      Of course we all took chances to get to where we are today.  Yana too a chance creating this site.  We all took a chance to “see if it was worth it” and we may have thought about our decision thoroughly before moving on.  

      The question for everyone is, do you trust her to lead this country?  No stay in the background.  She can and will act in the President’s place and could possibly be the President if something happens, God forbid.  Do we trust that?



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      Cheryl Phillips wrote Sep 4, 2008
    • It is going to take me awhile to catch up with all the postings here. It’s amazing the power that political conversations have. I’m not one to get in the midst of political debates, but we have to keep in mind here that this isn’t a war...this is a place to come and share our opinions. We can do that graciously, I think? I was taught to play nice in the sandbox when I was little and I still try to do that.

      It’s hard not to be opinionated when it comes to these issues...but what is the big issues here? We live in a country where we are allowed to express our opinions and in some countries women don’t have a voice for anything. We are fortunate...but that doesn’t make it fair to bash other people’s opinions and name calling isn’t really necessary.

      Let’s share our opinions and give each other a little food for thought...but keep the food on the table. No throwing....



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      Gabby wrote Sep 4, 2008
    • I absolutely agree what this lady “justincase” said—[quote below]:

      “I wanted to hear more of what she is about and who she is, rather than what is wrong with Obama... I want to hear what the Republican Party is going to do different than what has been going on for the past 8 years.”  

      O yes, I too was diasappointed in not hearing what she and her party intended to do, their strategies and their plans. Instead she spent more time elaborating on her opponents’ weaknesses.

       I do admire her debonair, her guts, her focus and her attitude. But I am not sure if these are enough, especially in view of the fact that she is engulfed with problems within the family.  

      Would she truly be able to do justice to both—her family and Vice-Presidency?



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      Ladybrett wrote Sep 4, 2008
    • Right on Left coaster.
      Let’s get back to the issues, can and/or SHOULD she be the VP. It HAS NOTHING to do with her gender. It has to do with her skills. I think she has accomplished a ton and I respect that. It is about her skill set.
      How do you think she will do out there in the WORLD representing this country. The current leaders of this country have put us in a bad situation with most of the world leaders.
      Let’s get the facts.  We are talking about our present and future.



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