*Friends, compatriots, fellow-lamenters,
We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have
felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the
Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe
That this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that
it is a dangerous farce in the part of a pandering and rudderless
Presidential candidate that has a real possibility of becoming
Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of
what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record
could lead to for ourselves and for our present or future
To date, she is against sex education, birth control, the pro-
Choice platform, environmental protection, alternative energy development,
freedom of speech (as mayor she wanted to ban books and
attempted to fire the librarian who stood against her), gun control, the
separation of church and state, and polar bears. To say nothing
of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second-most-powerful
person on the planet.
We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a
woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant
teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together
devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views
are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our
mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and
that we've so demonstrably benefited from.
First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She
does not demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women.
It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican
ticket could win over women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.
Therefore, we invite you to reply here with
a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living
in this country, do not support this candidate as second-in-command
for our nation.
Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and
place of residence.
We will post your responses on a blog called "Women
Against Sarah Palin," which we intend to publicize as widely as
possible. Please send us your reply at your earliest
convenience.The greater the volume of responses we receive, the
stronger our message will be.
Thank you for your time and action.
Quinn Latimer and Lyra Kilston
New York, NY