Column: Picking Sarah Palin was a risky, political move

September 12, 2008

Source: The Maneater
The Republican National Convention is over and John McCain and Sarah Palin are our Republican nominees for this presidential showdown. I was very disappointed with the convention, but then again, I’m a Democrat. The only positive thing was Cindy McCain. Personally, I love that woman and admire her international charity work. Otherwise, the convention was insulting and full of hypocrisy.

Throughout the entire convention, the Republicans praised their nominee, ignored fellow Republican President George Bush and mocked the Democrats. They also complained about the problems in America but did not offer any real solutions or an agenda for the next four years.

In her acceptance speech, Palin said, “Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons without delay … Al-Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … Government is too big … Congress spends too much … Taxes are too high.”

She used these scare tactics to smite Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, but the question I have for Palin is: Who has been in charge for the last eight years?

The biggest insult to injury was Palin’s criticism of Obama’s early start as a community organizer. Palin chastised, “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.” I find this incredibly insulting because I believe we are all community organizers.

My responsibility as a community organizer is to fight political apathy and to register people to vote, regardless of political choice, on our campus. Palin forgets that Obama worked for more people and had more responsibility as a community organizer in the south side of Chicago than she did in her small town of Wasilla, Alaska.

Community organizers are the backbone of this country. They keep kids off the streets and neighborhoods clean. Palin might want to choose her words carefully before she insults the millions of hard-working community organizers in this country.

Palin has been the hot topic of all the media outlets and for good reasons. Although she might seem to be the radical choice that saved the McCain campaign, in reality all she did was unify the unwary conservative base – she has not reached out to the moderate and undecided voters. In fact, a lot of the stories on Palin are about her hypocrisy. Republicans accuse the media of liberal bias, but they really are just reporting on undeniable facts. Choosing Palin as the nominee for vice president was a risky, political move and it will backfire.

For my campaign to fight political apathy, I want to know what my fellow Tigers think of this political race. Do you approve or disapprove of Sarah Palin? Write a letter or guest column to The Maneater or e-mail me at Your opinion matters to me.

This presidential race will be the most pivotal, historic and important race of our lifetimes. I hope that you find the time to become informed and get involved, regardless of your political persuasion.

On a non-politics-related note, I also hope you support the Tigers in what will be the most pivotal, historic and important football season in our lifetimes! Go Mizzou!

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