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Check out this blog: and read the call for response below.

Friends and compatriots,

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce—on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate—that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present and future daughters. To date, she is against a woman's right to choose, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she repeatedly brought up the question of banning books), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we've so demonstrably benefited from.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.

Therefore, we invite you to reply here with a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in this country, do not support this candidate as second-in-command for our nation.

Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of residence.

We will post your responses on a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin," which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please send us your reply at your earliest convenience-the greater the volume of responses we receive, the stronger our message will be.

Thank you for your time and action.



Quinn L. and Lyra K.
New York, NY

I sent in my (somewhat badly written) response:

Why I am not voting for Sarah Palin (or John McCain) - arrogance and double standards. Sarah Palin requests that the media and the world respect her and her teenage daughter's decision to have and raise her baby, but would have no qualms about taking that decision away from every other American mother and daughter. For me, this is the biggest issue. But it does not overshadow her lack of experience, her lack of respect for the American people (especially women), and her staunch conservative views on the environment, gun control, and health care issues.

I am scared by the possibility that this country would elect someone like Sarah Palin as the first woman Vice President. I do not want her to represent me to the rest of the world...nothing she stands for resonates with me.

Priya B.
Age 36
mother of 2 daughters, ages 8 and 4
North Hollywood, CA

If you agree, send yours in too. And if you want, post it - I'd love to read what issues are important to you.

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sammykate From: sammykate Date: September 16th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I sent mine. Not all that well written, and most of the concerns I mentioned are not even of a particularly political nature. hmmm...very interesting...
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 16th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)


"I said thanks, but no thanks to that woman to nowhere".
Sarah Palin has stated what she believes. Implied in her beliefs is the idea that she intends to force her beliefs upon all Americans from backgrounds, belief systems and contexts very different from hers. That seems fundamentally narrow minded, and does not accommodate the diversity that is the United States' greatest strength.

Having a child is a privilege and a right. In a world where children are supported by their parents, Sarah's ideology embodying a quasi social involvement is disturbingly disproportionate to who actually cares for the child and who actually lives out that child's life. Who is she to say that the technology and medical science available to us now is NOT part of God's plan - perhaps it is indeed.

And guns, Sarah says, are a part of sport, hunting and culture in Alaska. Is that God's plan, Sarah ? To kill other living beings for sport ? I mean, if killing embryos for scientific research to help humanity is not ok with you, I'm confused that it's ok to embody and sustain a culture of cruelty for the sake of enjoyment - for sport ?
Sarah, you say you've grown up with having guns around you, so you believe in the 2nd amendment rights to carry and use a gun. So if you grew up with corruption & excess spending (which you must have because it wasn't until you grew up and fought it that it has reduced in your state), does that mean that you would support the same "culture" for the sake of tradition ? That logic doesn't seem to hold its water.

Sarah, you're not just a great politician I disagree with. You're simply not ready. You know that you are not ready. Just like you would force upon others your specific beliefs, you would force upon others your private ambition. There's more at stake than you have ever known or experienced. Sarah, you are not ready.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: September 16th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just to make it clear ~ the above letter is not mine. Mine was not that well written (or probably even that well thought out.
sammykate From: sammykate Date: September 16th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is mine:

There are many reasons I will not vote for Sarah Palin, not the least of which are her relative inexperience and extremely conservative and blatantly Christian views. I, myself, am Christian, but I am a staunch believer in the value of the separation of Church and State.

Conservative politics aside, as a mother, I cannot imagine how a woman with a pregnant teenage daughter, an infant son who has Down's Syndrome and three other children believes that she can devote enough of her time and energy to either parenting her children or to the Vice Presidency of the United States to do either of those jobs well.

In order to back a candidate for the Vice Presidency, I have to believe wholeheartedly that, should the President become incapacitated, that person could step into his/her job and fulfill the duties required as President of the United States. I do not believe Sarah Palin is up to the challenge of running the country and, therefore, I cannot support her bid for the Vice Presidency.

Yes, I do believe a woman can be Vice President, or even President, for that matter. No, I do not believe Sarah Palin is the woman for the job.


Sam N.
Age 38
mother of 3 daughters, ages 10, 8 and 5.
xpapergirl From: xpapergirl Date: September 16th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

This is what I sent.

It all comes down to pretty much one thing for me. My kids. This woman is a attention seeking publicity hound. I might be a bit biased, and out of the loop, but I just CANNOT get past the sound bite of her actually NOT knowing the role of the VP.

I dont feel at all comfortable with the possibility of her running my country. I dont feel OK with her shoving her choices down my throat. I also have a HUGE HUGE issue with her stance on sex education/abstinence/etc...and now shes got a pregnant teenage daughter.

Being a teenage mom myself, I think this woman is whacked. 100% whacked. Sure they all say that the father is gonna marry the daughter...but seriously? SOOOO many teenage parents I know that married cause of an unexpected pregnancy, just DONT WORK OUT. I am proof of that. Youve GOT to let these girls know that there ARE other choices, than going into a marriage that so many grown adults arent ready for, much less a 17-18 year old kid.

You cant have it both ways, Sarah Palin. You cant expect us to respect YOUR daughters choices, when you want to take away MY daughters choices.

And of course...I have BIG issues and concerns with her commitment to the position. YES, I fully believe that there are women capable of running the country. And yes, I do think its time we find some. I just do NOT think Palin is ready, or capable. Family values are all fine and dandy to use in your speeches, but really, how much family values can you have when you arent at home with the infant who needs you?


Traci, age 32
Mom to Cheyanne-13, Bradley-7, and Aryn-6
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