Sarah Palin scares the hell out of me, and for good reasons.
She believes the war in Iraq is "God's task." She has actively sought the support of the fringe Alaska Independence Party. She wants to teach creationism in schools. She doesn't believe that humans contribute to global warming. Her inauguration was sponsored by Big Oil BP. She is extremely anti-choice. She opposes comprehensive sex-ed in public schools. She only supports abstinence-only approaches. She wants to ban books from libraries. This is just the beginning of a long list, that's getting longer every day.
What concerns me the most however, is what took place on the stage of the Republican National Convention this week. I am referring to this:
The message Sarah Palin sent out to the world, that it's ok to keep on populating our planet, is just plain wrong. In the name of God, and 'family values,' she is ignoring science, and the warnings from world security experts.
From a recent speech, by Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency - as reported by Andrew Revkin, on DotEarth:
Today, there are about 6.7 billion people sharing our planet. By midcentury, the best estimates point to a world population of more than 9 billion. Most of that growth will occur in countries least able to sustain it, a situation that will likely fuel instability and extremism, both in those areas and beyond.
Granted, we the United States, probably have the resources to afford more children. But that's besides the point. As someone who is only a heartbeat away from becoming the next President of the United States, Sarah Palin bears the enormous responsibility of setting the tone for a new world order. Glorifying unwanted teenage pregnancy as she just did, shows her lack of awareness of the global issues that are threatening us.
Sarah, I am imploring you. Please set aside your personal beliefs, and look at the facts. And choose to inspire women all over the world to get an education, and contraception. And when all else fails, to get an abortion, is they so desire. Bristol, and Willow, and Piper will thank you for it.