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.
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.