Claim one: Sarah Palin supported a bounty program that would give citizens $150 per wolf killed.
This website http://www.defenders.org/newsroom/press_releases_folder/2007/03_27_2007_judge_asked_to_shut_down_wolf_bounty_program.php put out an article on March 27, 2007, explaining their disagreements with Sarah Palin over bounty hunting. As it was published over a year before her selection as vice president, and as it concurs with similar information sent out by US News and World Report, this is probably true.
Another claim is that Sarah spent $400,000 that could have been spent on something more useful to educate people about aerial wolf hunting. This is again, true. This site gives a fairly balanced view on why. The money was intended to boost moose and caribou numbers. The dead wolf toll is no where near enough to drive the animals to extinction, and the state only wants enough wolves killed to help the caribou. As a general rule, Alaskan voters approve of killing wolves, so that caribou don’t become extinct.
Did Sarah Palin have an affair? Well, maybe. But the McCain team is denying it (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/johnmccain/2680018/Sarah-Palin-affair-rumours-are-false-says-John-McCains-team.html), and there is, as of yet, no conclusive evidence to say that she did. If she did, the ticket is shot, and we’ll all be happily socialist ever-after…unless maybe Sarah’s son dies in Iraq. That might help.
This site http://www.grizzlybay.org/SarahPalinInfoPage.htm explains all the other ‘evils’ of Sarah Palin. Because of the requests from numerous readers that my posts be shorter, I’ll let you guys research those on your own.
—UPDATE— September 16-22, 2008
There is still no new info on Sarah Palin’s alleged affair, but as the story didn’t break when originally planed, I’m inclined to mistrust it.
The Sarah Palin/Oprah story (which says that Oprah refused to have Palin on the show) is gaining credibility. Whatever you may have heard, here’s the real situation. Oprah decided to endorse Obama. Because of this, she doesn’t want any other candidates on the show. Here’s what Oprah said on the subject, “There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show. At the beginning of this Presidential campaign when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over.” So yes, Oprah is taking sides: she’s endorsing Obama. But she has admitted this, and there really isn’t any story here. These websites give other views on the subject, but the same facts. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,417523,00.html http://drudgereport.com/flash3os.htm
Now, as for that list on Grizzly Bay…
Here’s my point by point analysis.
1) She is opposed to abortion even in cases of rape and incest (even if victims are children)
This is true. Palin openly acknowledges this, and the However, she is in favor of abortion to save the life of the mother (“”I am pro-life,” Palin wrote in response to a 2006 questionnaire from the conservative Eagle Forum. “With the exception of a doctor’s determination that the mother’s life would end if the pregnancy continued. I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an ending an innocent’s life.””– http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/02/opinion/main4408972.shtml?source=related_story).
2) She offered a bounty of $150 for each left front leg of freshly killed wolves
As I explained earlier in this post, she did indeed do that, but she was trying to save the caribou.
3) She is presently under investigation in Alaska for abuse of power.
Again yes, but keep in mind that she’s innocent until proven guilty.
4) She strongly supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
She does. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You can hear her defend her views here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3jnbiHAMuY starting at 4:19. The bottom line is that she feels the polar bears, the main reason for concerns about drilling in the refuge, are very much a healthy species in her state. If you don’t want to take her word for it this website http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2008/s2326116.htm shows different sides of the polar bear argument, but the fact that polar bears are currently doing well isn’t disputed.
5) She promotes aerial hunting of wolves and bears even though Alaskans voted twice to ban the practice
I’ve discussed that earlier, but to add, Alaskans did ban the practice twice, in 1996 and 2000. Over 50% of Alaskans are currently against aerial hunting. http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/507088.html gives good additional information.
6) She used $400,000 of state money to fund a propaganda campaign in support of aerial hunting
Again, already discussed.
7) She is a champion for big oil and her campaign slogan has become “Drill, baby, drill!”
As far as I know, that’s a Republican slogan not unique to Palin, and if often chanted at Repulican rallies.
8) She believes creationism should be taught in public schools
According to this articale from AP http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gV5jvU52RD3WBflzbmSu5l6zwOqAD92V3VQG0 Palin does believe that Creationism should be taught in schools, but is not interested in forcing it on the nation. (My fellow atheists, feel free to resume breathing)
9) She believes man-made global warming is a farce
This is true. In her defense, she is joined by 32,000 of the world’s “leading” scientists (http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2008/05/17/32-000-deniers.aspx), but whatever…
10) She is opposed to listing the polar bear as an endangered species because it might limit oil exploitation
Again, included in my other responses, but yes, and she has her reasons, including the fact that the polar bear population has doubled in the last 40 years.
11) While mayor of Wasilla she tried to fire the city librarian because the librarian refused to censor books
ABC news has some insights on this one 😉 , http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5766173&page=1, including a statement from the librarian in question, who said “she can’t recall any effort by Palin to ban specific books from the town library”-ABC.
12) She supports the Alaskan Independence Party which seeks independence from the United States (VIDEO)
While Palin has shown a limited, made-for-votes, support for the group, she was never a member. Her husband was, and the organization claimed she was for a while, but later withdrew the claim. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/us/politics/04party.html?ref=politics
13) As mayor of Wasilla, she made rape victims pay for their own forensic evidence kits
Palin didn’t, Wasilla did. Though as http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/21/palin.rape.exams/?iref=hpmostpop says, it was unlikely that she was unaware of the issue.
14) She obtained her first passport just last year (2007)
Nope, she actually got her first passport in 2006, and has visited over 3 (4) countires. http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/09/03/palin_not_well_traveled_outside_us/
I hope this gives my readers a balanced view of what Palin’s really done, and I’d also like you all to note that I’ve used reliable, mainstream sources, unlike the people at Grizzly.
A final note on Palin: A lot of us hate her. She’s anti-choice in extreme cases, and overly conservative on social issues. That doesn’t mean we should all vote for a populist, socialist, man who doesn’t have a firm grip on reality. =D