But enough about Bristol--she can't be blamed that her mother didn't teach her about the birds and the bees...
We all know McCain's support of a total ban on abortion, don't we? It makes me wonder why the conservative base was so lackluster about McCain to begin with--aren't the issues of same-sex marriage and abortion the bread-and-butter of their whole political existence? (God forbid they make poverty, hunger, and the millions of people without health care--you know--things that make life just a little bit better?--a central theme... That may almost be like treating your neighbor as yourself!) Years ago we had a post in which we showed McCain for the silly positions he has taken on abortion, babies, and women's rights. But at least back then he was like:
That was in 2006. Did you know as little before that as 2000, he said on Meet the Press the following?:
[...] McCain said "Umm, err, I haven't read the law... My stance has been for 20 years I'm pro-life except in cases of rape, incest, and the health of the mother."
Not to accuse McCain of flip-flopping, but...
Mr. Russert: “A Constitutional Amendment to ban all abortions?”
McCain: “Yes Sir”
Mr. Russert: “But, Senator, women across the country would say, prior to Roe v. Wade, hundreds of thousands of women a year went to the back alleys to have abortions.”
McCain: “I understand that.”
Mr. Russert: “Many died.”
McCain: “I understand that.”
So in 2000, when he was trying to energize his "base," he was all for women dying (how exactly is it "saving babies" to kill off all the mothers?) just because they made personal choices about their individual lives (freedoms I thought that were guaranteed--was there an amendment I didn't hear about concerning that?) and the Republican-driven ideal of "small government" is instead meant to mean "Small when it comes to spending money, large when it comes to intrusion of personal lives and decisions, especially in bedroom matters."
And then to top it all off, McCain slaps on as an after-thought an even more radical right wingnut, Sarah Palin (or as my friend Billie on MySpace put it, "Sarah who? Governor of where? So much for the "experience" platform McCain was running..."), who as recently as 2006 stated:
Tough love much? At least Sarah doesn't want to kill all the mothers, however, saying in the same article that she would "[g]ranting exceptions only if the mother's life was in danger." Aww, how sweet. Sarah has a soft spot, just not for mothers who give birth to their rapists' and their own parents' children....
[...] she would not support an abortion for her own daughter even if she had been raped.
More about the wingnuts who would love to ruin (Oops! I meant "run"...) our country?
- Palin recently said that the war in Iraq is "God's task." She's even admitted she hasn't thought about the war much—just last year she was quoted saying, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq." (Source. And we were worried about the Mulsims...)
- Palin wants to teach creationism in public schools. She hasn't made clear whether she thinks evolution is a fact. (Source. And people wonder why we lag behind other nations--perhaps because we want to lie to our children about reality?)
- Palin has close ties to Big Oil. Her inauguration was even sponsored in part by BP, and VECO wasn't shy about handing her some checks to run either... (Source and Source.)
- Palin opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She's said she will only support abstinence-only approaches. (Source. That worked out SO well for Bristol, didn't it?)
- Palin Believes It Is ‘God’s Will’ To Build A Natural Gas Pipeline. Speaking to the Wasilla Assembly of God church in June, Palin said, “I think God’s will has to be done in unifying people and companies to get that gas line built, so pray for that,” referring to a $30 billion national gas pipeline project. (Source. God must be a stock holder...)
- As mayor, Palin tried to ban books from the library. Palin asked the library how she might go about banning books because some had inappropriate language in them—shocking the librarian, Mary Ellen Baker. According to Time, "news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor." (Source. She must have missed all those parts of the bible about smiting and the glee god took from doing all the smiting... On behalf of the Hebrews, of course--all other humans were as expendable as those mothers who don't want to be a life-support system instead of a human with individual liberties and rights... [General source, among others...])