Monday, September 01, 2008

I'm a Palinista

The news of John McCain's selection of Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate came as a surprise to everyone.

Not long after McCain had sewed up the nomination I stumbled across her name somewhere in one of the many political blogs I peruse every day. And after reading a little bit about her, I thought that she would be a great choice for the "maverick" Senator from Arizona to add to his team. But I dismissed the idea as a real longshot. When the news came last Friday, I could barely contain my excitement.

Governor Palin has taken the nation by storm with her short but successful history of cleaning up corruption in her home state. With her NRA membership, her PTA,"hockey mom" everydayness, her Downs Syndrome new-born, her "choice" to walk the walk regarding her "pro-life" stance, and her good looks, she is the talk of the nation.

Sarah "Barracuda" Louise Heath Palin played high school basketball. Her team won the Alaska small school championship in 1982. She served as a leader in her high school's Fellowship of Christian Atheletes (FCA) chapter. Beneath her picture in her highschool yearbook are these words: "He is the Light and in the Light there is Life." She represented her home town of Wasilla Alaska in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant and came in second. She owns a float plane. She fishes and she hunts. Moose stew is her favorite food. She rides snowmobiles. In 1988 she worked as a "sportscaster" for KTUU-TV in Anchorage.

Her husband Todd, part Yup’ik Eskimo, is a registered Independent and a member of the United Steelworkers Union. Together, they run a commercial fishing business.

Their son is soon deploying to Iraq.

She is a Christian. She and her family hold membership at The Church on the Rock in their home town of Wasilla, and attend Juneau Christian Center when working at the state capital.

Palin's very well delivered introductory speech in Dayton, Ohio on Friday morning made it clear that she is a force to be reckoned with. She has shaken things up quite a bit in her home state and enjoys an 80% approval rating as governor. She is clearly a strong conservative, although she is fiercely independent. She opposes federal "earmarks" and has stood up to "big oil."

From what I've read, Palin is the most knowledgable of all the candidates on both major party tickets when it comes to the oil industry. She has conducted meetings with Canadian leaders, and oversees the Alaskan National Guard which is our first line of defense against the Russians who are a mere fifty miles across the Bering Strait.

Today Ms. Palin disclosed that her seventeen year old daughter Bristol is pregnant. Bristol and the baby's father, known only as "Levi," plan to marry soon. Bristol made her own "choice" to see the pregnancy through.

What I like so much about this family is that they are as real as they come. True, red-blooded American pioneers, living life with gusto, unafraid to stand up for what they believe, yet flawed like all of us. Just plain real.

In fact, I am so excited about this unexpected development that I sent the McCain campaign $25.00. I would never have done that without her on the ticket. In fact, I have never done it for any presidential candidate until now.

Palin has already been assaulted by the left wing media, and no doubt will continue to be. Left wingers are trying desperately to a find of photo of Sarah Palin in a bikini. (I put that last line in there just to draw more hits to my blog. Sorry suckers. Although it is true.)

I'm a Palinista. You go Sarah! And Lord, keep them all safe. Amen.

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