John McCain and Sarah Palin want you to believe that they support women's issues.
However, as the campaign continues, no one can seriously believe that this GOP team really cares at all about the concerns of American women. The nomination of Sarah Palin as VP just shows that McCain wanted a running mate with a vagina, not someone who supported women.
For starters, let's look at their social beliefs. Anti-choice. Anti-contraception. Anti-sexual education. Anti-teen mothers.
Not painting a very pretty picture here.
What's especially interesting to me is that McCain and Palin place virtually all the blame for teenage pregnancy on the mothers, while Palin's own daughter falls within that group. Presumably not thinking that her daughter would ever need such assistance, Palin slashed funding for teenage mothers during her brief time as governor.
In another fun "let's blame the women" moment in Palin's "executive experience" - Palin had a direct role in forcing Wasilla rape victims to pay for their own post-assualt medical exams. From that lovely news, I suppose it's not much of a logical leap to assume that Palin believes they brought it on themselves.
McCain seems to have picked Sarah Palin in a bid for angry Hillary supporters. Considering the paucity of experience on her resume, there was no other reason to pick her over other socially conservative candidates.
However, it's clear that Palin lacks the socially liberal views that attracted supporters to Hillary. McCain's nomination of Palin is a cheap and uneducated bid for socially liberal voters, and what's worse, this political move leaves American women in danger.
Some Americans vote on fiscal issues, but to me, that issue is effectively made moot by the fact that whoever wins, the president and Congress are going to have to work together to raise taxes AND decrease social programs to stop the hemorrhaging national debt. Plus, anyone who was voting for Republicans on fiscal conservatism doesn't really have that excuse anymore, considering the heavy spending done by Bush, Palin, and the pre-2007 Republican Congress.
Social issues are the key to this election, and in the realm of sensible, realistic, and sympathetic social values, Obama has McCain beat by a long shot for the above reasons and more. (Truly, though, McCain's frequent flip-flopping on key issues makes it difficult to pin down what he really believes. Chances are, his beliefs support his interests, not yours.)
For your uteruses, for your minds, for your children - vote Obama/Biden in November.
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