What has Sarah Palin said that makes you think she would force her personal views on you?
You're kidding, right? Anyone who has such radical views and is about to enter the race on a presidential ticket, scares the sh*it out of me. Do you honestly think that she won't pursue her agenda should she ever enter the White House?
You Republicans have an awful lot of trust in God to believe your candidates, whereas us Democrats have to rely strictly on reality.
Well there's two ways to look at it Jane. I don't see her views as radical. From my perspective they are rather mainstream since millions and millions of Americans share them. I do see some who share all of your views as extremely radical and yes, dangerous. That does not include you personally, but I would be uncomfortable with nut cases sharing Sarah Palin's views--she has in no way demonstrated that she herself is a nut case--getting into power and I would be uncomfortable with nut cases sharing your views getting into power.
Did Sarah Palin attempt to outlaw abortion in Wasilla as mayor? No she did not. Did Sarah palin attempt to outlaw abortion in Alaska as governor? No she did not. Has she suggested that she will attempt to have abortion outlawed in the USA if she is president or vice president? No she has not. All she has done is express her personal views. Every principle in the Constitution, in equal rights, in free speech, and fair play allows her to express her personal opinions.
And therein is the difference. Again, I don't want anybody sharing my personal views or your personal views FORCING those views on me. To demand that candidate be acceptable only if they share YOUR views is extremely radical.
And I don't want people sharing your views to damn me or those who share my views simply because I hold a different point of view than you do.
Our Constitution specifies that there will be no religious test for anyone seeking high office. I'm sure had all these other issues become issues when our Founding Fathers were forging our Constitution, they would have expanded that statement a bit to include some of this other stuff.
The important thing is to listen to what politicians actually pledge to do, and whether those things are compatible with the Oath of Office that they take:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.
That simple oath is powerful and says a lot re what a President is charged to do and also allowed to do.
If every candidate for high office had to agree with everybody on what he or she was allowed to believe or what convictions s/he could hold, nobody would ever be eligible for high office anywhere.