Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Canadian's view of McCain-Palin

A Canadian's view of McCain-Palin

Burton Cummings' "American Woman" would have contained sound judgment had he modeled her after Sarah Palin.

Speaking of judgment, McCain has said some correct things, but they are invalidated by his choice of Palin as
running mate - i.e. potential US president, the "most powerful person in the world". Other than being an act of incredibly abysmal judgment, which shakes McCain's general credibility to the core, it is the single worst act of political irresponsibility in this elect ion by far, and makes one wonder what future acts of abysmal judgment he would be capable of.

Let's start with the most important issue of our time - no, NOT "the economy, stupid", upon which the entire nation, no, the entire world, seems to be focused, but the environment, people!

In the course of campaigning McCain has said, commendably,
"We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not one of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures ... Today I'd like to focus on just one [challenge].. Among environmental dangers it is surely the most serious of all, whether we call it ‘climate change' or ‘global warming', in the end we're all left with the same set of facts. The facts of global warming demand our urgent attention, especially in Washington. Good stewardship, prudence, and simple commonsense demand that we act to meet the challenge, and act quickly... We know that greenhouse gasses are heavily implicated as a cause of climate change.. And we know that among all greenhouse gasses, the worst by far is the carbon-dioxide that results from fossil-fuel combustion... We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great ... Some may say that global warming is a hoax, but what if global warming is real, and we do nothing?"

I couldn't have put it better myself, even in my own book ( " Homo Sapiens! SAVE YOUR EARTH " - But these are just words. The act, to the contrary, is that he chose someone whose view on global warming would make even
George W. Bush look like a "maverick", who further openly shrugs off all human responsibility, especially that of her own generation , with wanton disregard for all future generations. Such an irresponsible person in the White House would make the USA the most irresponsible nation in the world . What this means in detail I dread to contemplate.

Palin's medieval views on the world is only the tip of her iceberg of ignorance, an iceberg deadlier than the one that sank the Titanic were she also the captain of our destiny. She is a creationist who wants the biblical creation story taught as fact in the science class room, and yearns for a biblical Armageddon. She openly proclaims war (specifically the
Iraq War) as an act of God. She stands a staunch " prolifers", even in cases of incest and/or rape and/or severe fetal deformity, yet she supports the death penalty. She loves weapons, and the "recreational" killing of animals. She opposes protecting the polar bear because it would impede polar bear trophy hunting and drilling in polar bear habitat, and advocates drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge. She is under investigation for personal excesses, private use of public funds and abuse of power. She has, as Bill Maher measures, "a small mind". That McCain would risk putting such a person in global power is inconceivable beforehand, and incomprehensible afterward. I could only call it criminally insane.

To make Palin the Commander-in-Chief of the US military machine ( about $650 billion per year out of the $ 1.3 trillion global annual arms expenditure, or about 50%) is like letting a child play with loaded guns. Even more frightening is to let the child play with fire - and that is to put Palin in charge of the US energy program. She would drive global warming into runaway global heating while continuing to denying it and her own responsibility in it. McCain might be secretly regretting his Palin choice and is now just "riding the tiger" (can't get off), but whether he wins or loses it is too late, because he has let the genie out of the bottle, and she is already talking about 2012.

As a Canadian I am concerned about a McCain/Palin victory because with someone who says that to invade another country is God's will, there is very little room for reason as to why she should not invade Canada for "God's resources".

Anthony Marr, founder and president
Heal Our Planet Earth ( HOPE)
604- 222- 1169