I am flabbergasted at the latest group sweeping Facebook, Intelligent Women Against Sarah Palin. The group, which has more than 11,000 members, describes itself as follows:
This is a group for all the women (and men) whom John McCain thought he could sway just because he picked a woman for VP.
Palin is against women's rights and is by far the least feminist candidate McCain could have picked. She has no foreign policy experience and has been proven to be a corrupt governor.
Palin has nothing to offer this country; especially this country's women.
Since I consider myself an intelligent woman, I'll take them on.
First, these "intelligent" members take issue with Gov. Palin's lack of foreign policy experience. Did Gov. of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, have any foreign policy experience before being elected President? Does their presumptive choice Sen. Obama have any? Not if you don't count his Greatest Hits Tour of Europe.
Second, they allege that she's proven to be a corrupt governor, though they fail to cite any evidence for such an accusation. She has unprecendented approval ratings which shows Alaskans are pretty happy with their lady governor. (Some say it's as high as 90s.) She put the jet her predecessor used on eBay, drives herself to work, and has the reputation of being a reformer for having blown the whistle on officials in her own party. She first blew the whistle on an oil and gas commissioner who later paid thousands in fines for an ethics violation. She then filed an ethics complaint against the attorney general who was also close to the Republican governor. Gov. Palin was again vindicated when the official later resigned. Corrupt is the last thing that comes to mind.
Third, Gov. Palin's speech at the convention gave us a hint of what she can offer this country. A mother of five, one with special needs, she governs a state that has enormous amounts of oil and other resources. Her independent, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-the-job-done attitude is just the kind of public official we need in D.C.
And finally, the issue of Gov. Palin's pro-life stance does not negate her feminist credentials. These are not mutually exclusive. The issues of when life begins, protecting the unborn, and a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy do not define a feminist. One's belief in a woman's equal rights does. I consider myself a feminist and I am pro-life. And I see Gov. Palin, a governor and VP nominee at the age of 44, as a quintessential feminist.
Isn't "having it all" what feminism was supposed to be all about?