If you haven't seen this Blogspot already, check it out: Women Against Sarah Palin.
A friend of mine just wrote a great letter to this site (you can read it below) and I'm inspired to do the same. If you feel strongly that Sarah Palin is the wrong choice for vice president, is a distraction from the real issues, and doesn't represent your voice, please write a letter.
I also want to call attention to a D.C. blogger who recently decided to do something about the McCain-Palin mess: she volunteered at Obama's campaign office in Northern Virginia. If you want to get involved, head over to your nearest campaign office and give a few hours of your time. I'll be going over one day next week myself.
I really wish I were Sarah Palin. I wish I were that pretty and that poised as a public speaker. I wish that I had perfect hair and a perfect smile, and had the best skirt suit. I wish I looked good in a bikini, either after or even before pregnancy. I wish I could be 7 months pregnant and not show, instead of looking as big as a zeppelin, and feeling much worse. I wish I could take my daughter to work and have everyone happy to have her in the office.
I wish I could have taken my babies to work in a sling, like she did. But I had a job that was not child-friendly – flexible hours and a job I loved, but part time and no paid sick leave or paid holidays and no health insurance. That's the price I paid for "mommy time." I wish my career was more like hers. I wish that I could go back to work after having children, and within ten years go from a local, part-time volunteer "mommy job" to a high-paying position with an expense account and national prominence -- ambition is not such a bad thing. But it doesn't happen that way for most mothers on the job.
I'm like Sarah Palin – I like being a mommy and I think it has been a job that nobody else could do for my children. I have a four year old boy who said, "Mommy, I want a house with an upstairs and a downstairs, and a porch where I can keep my bike." I wish we could have a house, but I have to explain to him: over the last ten years, a few people got really, really rich, and the rest of us …. didn't. Now something really bad is happening on Wall Street, and banks are collapsing and the economy is doing frightening things, and I don't really understand how international investment funds work or why they are suddenly going bankrupt, but it means it is unlikely we will be able to get a mortgage for a house we can afford. I wish I were Sarah Palin and I understood how the international debt and financing markets work, and could figure out what went wrong over the last few years and fix it, so that my little boy could live in a house with a porch.
I have a five year old daughter. She wants to see a polar bear. I wish I were Sarah Palin, because then I'd be in a position to do something about it, to make sure there were polar bears around in ten years for my little girl to see. But I guess since she's already seen a wolf and moose and a polar bear, Sarah Palin's not worried about them, and whether there will be any left for my little girl when she grows up.
I'm like Sarah Palin, because I care about schools. I care about the schools in Connecticut, where I live, and in Utah and California and Washington, where my nephews and nieces live, and Brooklyn and Portland, where my friends live. I don't why the schools even half a mile apart in our small city can be so different, and I sure don't know why across the country, from small towns to big cities, schools are failing. But I figure I'm probably going to have to choose between living in a neighborhood that I can't afford that has good schools and one that I can afford that has awful schools and have to pay for private school instead (another reason we can't afford a house). And I wish I was Sarah Palin and understood how taxes and federal policies and large demographic patterns can create a school crisis across the country that is much larger than just in a small town in Alaska, and what we could do to save them for all the children (because mandatory testing certainly hasn't done it).
I'm like Sarah Palin, because I've been pregnant and I care about abortion. I think it's a sad thing, and I wish there were fewer. But I'm also like most Americans, and I care about children too, and I care about what would happen if the government told me I HAD to stay pregnant, no matter what. And I hate it when the anti-abortion protestors stand on the sidewalk in my neighborhood and harass me when I'm trying to walk my kids in the stroller, and show them pictures of bloody "dead babies," because they think they know what's right for everybody.
I wish I were Sarah Palin, and I could speak in front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters, and be on the front page of newspapers across the country looking great. But on second thought, I don't. Because sometimes it's more important to look your four-year-old little boy and five-year-old little girl in the eyes and say to them, No matter what, I will try to do the right thing for you, and sometimes it's more important to say things that are true and honest than to say the things that people will cheer for. I can't promise you that we will ever live in a house, but yes, honey, I will take you to see a polar bear. If there are any left.
Cherie Woodworth, Ph.D.
New Haven, Conn.
Reprinted here with permission.