Friday, September 12, 2008

Why McCain & Palin Scare Me

What Sarah Palin revealed is that she has not been interested enough in world affairs to become minimally conversant with the issues. Many people in our great land might have difficulty defining the "Bush Doctrine" exactly. But not to recognize the name, as obviously was the case for Palin, indicates not a failure of last-minute cramming but a lack of attention to any foreign-policy discussion whatsoever in the last seven years.

James Fallows gets it right. That's what disturbs me about McCain's Palin pick. Not the personal drama, not the "Caribou Barbie" mystique, not any of the nonsense the GOP throws out as to "why the angry left hates her".

No, it's none of that. Rather, it's McCain's lack of judgment in choosing Palin that frightens me. It's their right-wing extremism that horrifies me. It's Palin's cluelessness on all things outside Alaska that scare me to death. It's their blatant dismissal of their own "Country First" slogan, as their actions show they'll put Republican politicking ahead of the best interest of this nation.

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way. That's why we can't throw in the towel now. I know the polls look depressing now, and it looks like the GOP may be getting away with murder. This is just more reason why we can't let them get away with it now. The stakes are too high, and we can't allow yet another bunch of "Me First, Screw All of You!" Republicans to destroy our republic.


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