How do I even begin to sum up the past weeks since Hillary left the race. It was a painful end to the campaign for me and even though I totally embrace Barack Obama as my candidate, I have found it difficult to come to this goal. I’ve used it in the past as my place to rant, my place to spew my own biases and political takes on everything. But it has been a wild and crazy ride between the Democratic National Convention until today.
How do I describe the intense hope I felt during the DNC? How do I even begin to discuss with you all the emotions I had? It’s not as though I can bring it down to a bumper sticker slogan or one of the many signs my friends sent me from the convention. It’s so much more than that.
It’s a mixture of hope and desperation from the DNC. It’s intense fear and anger over the events of the Republican National Convention – the riots and the tear gas, the attacks on the media, and of course Sarah Palin.
I tried to blow it off for a long time. While I figured out how I felt about it. As a candidate, as someone who could be President, she is horrible. I doubt we agree with much at all around policy. But I think something deeper has been eating at me. It’s the whole feminist thing. How can I tear down another woman? What does that make me?
But the more I have learned about Sarah Palin, the more I grow concerned that she could one day sit in the White House. Her policies in Alaska scare me. When she was mayor of Wasilla, she made rape victims pay for their crime kits. At the time, it was against the law to do so, costing roughly $400 to as much as $1000. What? That can’t be right I thought. She’s a woman. But it is true.
Then, I learned of some of her extreme positions. She believes creation should be taught alongside evolution in public schools. She has made some terrible decisions in her home state, including trying to take the polar bear off the endangered species list in order to drill for oil. This is a position even the Bush Administration does not share with her.
Worst of all, she has extreme positions on abortion (a huge sticking point for me). She opposes access to abortion even in the case of rape and incest.
So how does this woman carry the banner of feminism? I have absolutely no idea.
But I think the thing that bothers me the most, is that after all of our hard work as progressive women. After watching Geraldine Ferraro and Hillary Clinton make their way through the ranks of the Democratic Party, it could very well be the Republicans who get to take credit for bringing a woman to the White House. This is a party where women barely made up a quarter of the RNC delegate, and who rarely place women of Congress in positions of power. And if they do bring a women to the White House, wha kind of woman will that be?
Sarah Palin is not my candidate. Barack Obama is my candidate.
Barack Obama is Pro-choice, Pro-Woman, Pro-Family, Pro-Civil Liberties, Pro-Environment, Pro-Universal Health Care, Pro-taking back our country from Wall Street. And I can’t wait to vote for him on November 4.