*We women will decide this election — all the polls and demographics say so. This election is ours for the taking. The men who dominate in politics and the media are smart enough to know this. Why aren’t we?
Obama and his media conspirators understand the innate bias we women seem to have against each other and use it to their tactical advantage. Their current game plan is to manipulate us into believing that John McCain is erratic and lacks judgment for choosing a woman like Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate. As long as they report and portray Mrs. Palin as a lightweight, a dim-witted pretty face who is all about power and a right-wing nut to boot, they think we women won’t support her.
The argument goes something like this: if we have difficulty in our own lives raising a family and running a business or having a successful career, there is no way that Sarah Palin, with five kids, can be Vice-President. Right? Well, that is the message they are selling us and guess what? We’re buying it.
DO WE HATE SUCCESSFUL WOMEN?
Why are we so hard on each other but give men a pass? Why don’t we defend and champion each other as men do? Why can’t we disagree with each other and yet still be supportive? Sisterhood? I don’t think so. Our petty jealousies and envy get in our way.
Governor Sarah Palin has what we all want, doesn’t she? She is a beautiful woman with an important job who gets to make a positive difference in people’s lives — and she gets to do this and have a wonderful family and an attractive, supportive husband who is comfortable with his wife getting all of the attention. Sarah Palin has it all.
Yet, how do we women react? Have we risen up to support her? Are we proud of her? Do we hold her up as a role model? Of course not.
Senator McCain chose her because she is like him –an achiever, a reformer, a doer. McCain wants Palin at his side when he is defending our nation’s security and restoring our financial health. John McCain believes that a woman can do this job; why don’t we women believe it?
Is it funny or is it sad that Sarah Palin has more support among male voters than she does among female voters?
WHAT’S WRONG WITH SARAH?
What are the arguments against Governor Palin? Too inexperienced. Not smart enough. Really? Well, she is responsible for an $11 billion operating budget, a $1.7 billion capital budget and nearly 29,000 employees. Neither Barack Obama nor Joe Biden has ever managed any organization bigger than their Senate staffs.
How about the argument that she is not tough enough? Really? Governor Palin took on a three-term incumbent Mayor and defeated him – twice. In order to become the most popular Governor in the country she had to first take on and beat the incumbent Republican Good ol’ Boy Governor, and then she had to take on and defeat the Democratic Good ol’ Boy – a former two-term Governor.
She has a record of going up against her own party, taking on corruption, standing up to the oil companies and reforming government. She resigned as Chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission citing the “lack of ethics” of *fellow Republican *members. She then had “the balls” to actually file an ethics complaint against a fellow Commissioner who also happened to be Chairman of the Republican Party. He eventually resigned and paid a $12,000 fine. She also joined with a Democrat in filing a complaint against the Republican Attorney General. He too resigned.
She took on the corrupt good old boy network and won. She is changing the way Alaska does business. She championed bipartisan ethics reform. She cut taxes, doubled the state’s revenues in one year (without a sales or income tax) and she signed a bill authorizing a pipeline to transport natural gas from the North Slope of Alaska to the continental United States.
Sarah Palin did all of this while maintaining the highest approval rating of any governor in the country. But all we hear from the establishment media is that she is unintelligent, naïve, and a pushover. Not true. Sarah Palin is the real deal.
Barack Obama hasn’t taken on anyone in his own party, hasn’t stood and fought against corruption, hasn’t had the strength and determination to stand up to corporate or labor interests. He has never had to run a city or a state. He has neither cut taxes, nor has he ever been accountable for the use of taxes, and he has never negotiated billion dollar deals to provide energy sources to the country. Sarah has done all of this, and she has done it well.
Ladies, Sarah Palin is us. She is the very embodiment of what we always said women could be, if given the chance. In every possible way, Sarah Palin has earned our support.
IF NO PALIN THEN NO OBAMA
Any woman who argues that she cannot vote for the McCain–Palin ticket because Palin is not qualified to be #2, cannot with a straight face then vote for Barack Obama as #1, a man whose experience pales in comparison to the Governor’s.
So, if you are making that argument, women, please ask yourself why.
Sarah Palin is an agent of real change. Don’t we want someone like her to have the ear of the President? Isn’t it someone like her who can make a difference in health care, education, and the economy?
If the answer is no, then what is it that we have against her?
IS IT REALLY ABOUT ABORTION?
Is it that she has religious convictions and opposes abortion? Seriously women, is that it? Abortion? Are we such simple-minded, single-issue voters? Is that more important than finally breaking the glass ceiling once and for all?
Can we not agree to disagree on that issue and applaud her for everything else or will we always excoriate any woman who follows her own convictions on that issue as opposed to our convictions?
IS IT ABOUT THE CLOTHES AND THE HAIR?
Seriously? You know if she didn’t look good we women would be talking about that. Hillary Clinton spent lots of money on her hair and clothing too. Why? Because we judge each other’s hair and clothing – it’s what we do. We are hard on each other. We criticize either way – a woman can look too good or too bad. No woman can win.
THE DOUBLE STANDARD: WHY ARE WE HARDER ON EACH OTHER THAN WE ARE ON MEN?
Why do we expect perfection from Sarah Palin but not from the male candidates? Is a woman not allowed to make mistakes? The male candidates certainly have made numerous mistakes of their own and we aren’t nearly as critical of them. If Palin’s imprudent statements disqualify her and we can’t look beyond them to see all that she has accomplished, then we must be as hard on, say, the Democratic male Vice-Presidential candidate, Sarah’s opponent, Joe Biden.
Biden has made more then his share of stupid, wrong, or just plain dishonest statements in the past month. He thought that JOBS was a three-letter word; that Roosevelt was on television talking about the 1929 stock market crash (in reality, it was Hoover who was President, and no one was on TV in 1929!); he said McCain’s health care proposal will cost people money (The non-partisan Tax Foundation says the proposal is deficit neutral over 10 years); and that more money was spent in Iraq in 3 weeks than was spent in 7 years in Afghanistan (He was off by 2000% — it’s one year in Iraq to 5 in Afghanistan).
The men in the media ignore all of Joe Biden’s mistakes, gaffes and lies and just talk about Sarah Palin’s, hoping that we women will be fooled.
Perhaps the boys in the media let these “misstatements” slide when it comes to Joe Biden because they know that is what he does – he fabricates the truth. Do you even know that Biden was forced out of the 1988 race for President because he got caught and admitted to plagiarizing other’s speeches and fabricating the truth on numerous occasions?
How is it that we don’t care about Mr. Biden’s casual manipulation of the truth, but can’t possibly consider the female Sarah Palin because she had the audacity to not disclose her magazine preferences to Katie Couric? Think about the double standard. Why do we continue to be harder on our own kind than on men?
The crime isn’t that these men who dominate the media and politics try to pull the wool over our eyes – the crime is that we let them. My question is why?
DON’T WE WANT ONE OF US AT THE TOP?
Why are we women giving Obama, the man, a pass on experience, while arguing that the woman who actually has more experience is not qualified to be the second in command?
For goodness sake, the man went to the U.S. Senate in 2005 and immediately started running for President. He has served less than half a term in that body, where he has, thus far, been the leader of nothing. Obama’s greatest accomplishment has been his own remarkable self-advancement. He has not achieved half of what Governor Palin has for Americans and not a fraction of what Senator McCain has; yet he is the one we are going to entrust with the safety of our country, our children, and our financial health? Why? Because he sounds good? Because he promises change? Please.
He may promise change and say he is a champion of women’s rights, yet he failed in his first test to prove himself – he chose the character flawed Joe Biden as his running mate rather than Hillary Clinton, the woman who received 18 million votes in the primary.
ARE WE GOING TO FALL FOR THE MANIPULATION YET AGAIN?
In 1984 Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman to run on a national ticket as her party’s nominee for Vice-President. Her pick was heralded as exciting and historic. She was a maverick choice; she would electrify the Democratic base. There was talk that she would overshadow Mondale; volunteers flocked to the campaign because of her.
And then the criticism came – we chewed her up and spit her out.
Detractors challenged her experience. They said that the only reason she was picked was because she was a woman – no one would pick a man who was only a three-term congressman and an assistant district attorney. Then criticism of her family’s finances began. Next, speculation that she was hurting Mondale more then helping him.
The result? Fewer women voted for the Mondale-Ferraro ticket than voted for the Carter-Mondale ticket four years earlier. 24 years later, not much has changed. Well, at least not for women. (Obama has *even less *experience than that three term Congresswoman and less experience than Sarah Palin, but for some reason, that’s not an issue.)
And then, of course, there was Hillary. What happened to her? Women, democrats and independents especially, were fired up about her. She was experienced, she was tough and she was a fighter. She was even an Ivy Leaguer – an elitist intellectual but one who could still talk to and understand the common people. It was her time, wasn’t it?
But did Democrat and independent women support her? No, we did not, at least not enough of us. Instead, we let an inexperienced, smooth talking man and his media conspirators manipulate us into voting against her. Was this result clearly sexist? Yes. But who is the guilty party in this sexist disenfranchisement of women? Isn’t it us? Isn’t it really our own choice to not trust a woman?
Ferraro, Clinton, Palin. Each and every time we’ve had the opportunity to break the glass ceiling, it has been women not men who have said no. At least we have been equal opportunity non-supporters of both Democrat and Republican women.
Whatever happened to “I am woman hear me roar”?
As long as we continue with the same attitude, behavior and choices we will forever fail to break that elusive glass ceiling and achieve true equality and respect. Twice now we have been manipulated into voting against qualified women candidates. We can’t afford to let it happen a third time.
African-Americans are proud of their candidates: Jessie Jackson, Barack Obama. 95% of blacks are going to vote for Obama, though they can’t all agree with everything he says.
Why shouldn’t we women do the same? Until we exert our power in a cohesive fashion we won’t have the control or influence that we need to make a real difference.
LET’S RISE UP AND CLAIM OUR POWER, SET ASIDE OUR DIFFERENCES AND VOTE AS A BLOCK FOR THE MOST QUALIFIED TEAM
We still have time to make a difference, to stand up to the smooth talker and his media conspirators and say no more.
We can cast our vote for McCain-Palin and elect a leader of the free world that we know will protect us from the terrorists and dictators who are out to destroy us, won’t raise our taxes or redistribute our wealth and who chose as his partner, one of us.
Women of America, we hold all of the cards right now, and on November 4th, our voice will be heard. What are we going to say?