So my email box is full of opinions about Palin's speech last night. (See what I'm calling the BBC Palin Page here.) She's no doubt a disarming choice for vice president. Palin did her best with a speech some Democrats are calling mean spirited, attacking Obama and promoting her own mayoral experience and her experience since 2006 of being a governor, and many Republicans are hailing as salvation.
You know what? I'm not comfortable with either Obama's or Palin's lack of experience. Palin has no experience in Congress which, let's face it, is pivotal for knowing how to get things done if she has to take over the Presidency. And Obama's experience in Congress , in my opinion, was very brief, although better than none. As for Palin's arguments about her own experience, they fell flat for me. No points there, especially her digs at what Obama has done in his life that she hasn't done. You know. That social justice work she poked fun at, her argument seeming to be well what kind of experience is that? Not like being mayor. I thought that was a blatant slap in the face to people of the inner city and, unfortunately, a preview of the shortcomings of a candidate who is unschooled even in the most basic skills of representing a diverse country.
Yeah, diversity. Oh that.
And then there's the disability issues. Palin told mothers of special needs kids that they will have a friend and advocate in the White House if she's elected. And if she's elected , that's a good thing since McCain has, at present, no disability platform. He's openly against the Community Choice Act, which would allow disabled folks to live in the community. [See article and video link here.] I can't vote for any candidate who would willingly put my butt in a nursing home.
The reality of politics for people with disabilities is that we have to get empowered and read up on candidates' disability platforms. Because if candidates don't have one even before they're elected, then golly gee whilikers what's the chance of them having one after they're elected?
I applaud Palin for speaking up for kids with disabilities and their families. But I didn't hear one word about not institutionalizing people with disabilities, including those special needs kids, once they're grown ups. So is she going to prod McCain into having a disability platform of sorts or not? Is she going to care about those same special needs kids when they grow up and face institutionalization when family can no longer care for them?
Or is she going to be unable to do anything about the issue because she's only a vice presidential candidate?