Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain's VP Choice: Gov Palin of Alaska - A Mother of Five and a Competent Leader

Gov. Palin and her family before the birth of her 5th child, whom she was encouraged to abort because of Down's Syndrome. Her and her husband accepted their special child.

Obama and Biden probably fell asleep having sweet dreams after that performance last night at the Democratic National Convention, only to wake up to a nightmare this morning. The news networks aren't talking about the flashy performance that took place last night, but today's breaking news.

You've probably heard by now that McCain's choice for Vice President is Governor Sarah Palin (R - Alaska).


Like many, I had no idea who this woman was, but it didn't take me long to learn some very encouraging things. Of interest to many of us in Catholic and Christian blogging circles, is that she is strongly pro-life and in the area of bioethics. From Lifesite:

As many as 80 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome become victims of abortion, but Palin didn't let her child become a statistic. Palin, who has deeply-felt pro-life views, gave birth to her fifth child and the baby was diagnosed with the condition.

On the way home, I heard most callers overjoyed to hear this woman was chosen. Not necessarily because of her pro-life position, but because of her competency. A small number voiced concern at her, "lack of experience".

There is a difference between being a senator and being governor of a state. In her case, she was a mayor before she was a governor, which means she has executive experience at two levels. That means, she actually has experience in the executive branch, where Obama does not. The ability to manage a state is certainly a qualification for running a country.

Let me ask this: If then Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, at 46 years of age, was experienced enough to be elected president, then why would anyone question the competency of a 44 year old Governor from Alaska to serve as Vice President, or to even succeed McCain in the event of death?

I have no problems with this woman running the country, and I actually feel better about her being Commander-in-Chief than Obama. She at least is Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard in Alaska, which means she has experience. Her oldest son enlisted with the army on the 6th Anniversary of 9-11, last year, and will be deploying to Iraq soon, so you can't say she doesn't have a stake in the whole issue with having loved ones away at war.

There is also something else I was impressed with: This woman has taken on corruption within the Republican party... head on. There is corruption within every party, don't kid yourself, but she stood up against it. There are probably not a few politicians on either side of the aisle nervous about her potential to make it into office. If you want a politician to go after wasteful spending, she's already done it.

She took on Big Oil in Alaska. Yep, she's for drilling, but not on "big oil's" terms.

Overall, I think this is a very smart, and strategic choice for McCain. Consider that Obama could have picked a woman in Hillary Clinton, but he didn't. This has some former Hillary Clinton supporters taking a closer look at the McCain-Palin ticket. Instead, Obama chose Biden, introducing him as a Catholic. Why? Perhaps to parade a Catholic out there in an effort to get us to accept culture of death politicians.

This has to have the pant-suit feminists spinning. Imagine the possibility that a woman may very well ascend to to the No. 2 position in the country and it won't be a culture of death feminist, but an ordinary "hockey-mom". I'll go so far as to say, we could be looking at the first female president of the United States somewhere down the road.

As a female myself, I have to say it is very refreshing to see a woman candidate of good character, that is not pro-choice, and who is pro-family and is not confused about the meaning of marriage.

And, she is fully competent for the job, moreso than a few other women who have been in the political arena.

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