More Examples Of How Extreme Sarah Palin’s Views Are

Here’s yet one more example of how right wing extremist Sarah Palin is not ready for prime time. In a 2006 questionnaire Palin was asked the following question:

11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

SP: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.

As Andrew Sullivan points out, the phrase “Under God” was not added to the pledge until 1954. Another problem with her vision of the founding fathers reciting the pledge was that it was not even written until 1892.

Another question is of significance in light of today’s news that Sarah Palin’s seventeen year old daughter is pregnant. While this is a private matter for her family to handle, her overall attitudes towards teen pregnancy is a legitimate matter of public debate.

3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

The choice of Palin helps demonstrate that McCain is also a far right conservative, not a maverick or a moderate. First Read points out that McCain also supports abstinence-based education, citing this statement from a spokesperson from 2007:

“Sen. McCain believes the correct policy for educating young children on this subject is to promote abstinence as the only safe and responsible alternative. To do otherwise is to send a mixed signal to children that, on the one hand they should not be sexually active, but on the other here is the way to go about it. As any parent knows, ambiguity and equivocation leads to problems when it comes to teaching children right from wrong. Sen. McCain believes that there are many negative forces in today’s society that promote irresponsible and dangerous behavior to our children. The public education system should not join this chorus of moral equivocation and ambiguity.”

Abstinence-based education has repeatedly been shown to be ineffective and result in increased numbers of teen pregancies. Not only would the policies of John McCain and Sarah Palin increase the number of teen pregnancies, their policies would also keep the government involved in how such an event is handled. News reports quote McCain aides as saying, “Bristol Palin made the decision on her own to keep the baby.” That decision is her right to make, but John McCain and Sarah Palin should not use the power of government to make this decision for every other pregnant woman. This is a choice which every woman should be allowed to make for herself. Palin would oppose abortion even in the case of a seventeen year old girl who had been raped–an extreme view which even many conservatives reject.

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    Kristi Thomas says:

    I think that there are a few facts incorrect that Mr McCain and Ms Palin are stating.
    Bristol and Levi Johnson did not find out about the  pregnancy until August 29th, the day of Ms Palins announcement. At that time Levi mentioned aborton on his blog. Ms Palin found out on Aug 31 through a pregnancy test in a trash can. Just a little lie by McCain and Palin
    ref      http://levijohnston.com/Blog

  2. 2
    Mike says:

    Obviously the LeviJohnston blog is a fake.

  3. 3
    Andy says:

    Kristi…the website you cite for your info is a satire site.  Click on the button that says “Disclosure.”

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    Nancy says:

    Her daughter gets to choose, but the republican party candidates do not want to give others the right to choose.
    How would they like it if the other side insisted on an abortion or that she must give it up for adoption since obviously she would be unfit as a mother since she did not abstain from sex before marriage.

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