No, I'm not running for the presidency. By "my Vice President", I mean the person I believe is working for my interests; someone I could be proud of, and in turn would inspire me to get off my butt and help fix the mess we're in.
She's not a candidate for being "my Vice President" because I don't believe she is at liberty to view all of the facts and then, thinking for herself, do what the evidence says must be done. More specifically, if she were in charge of finding solutions to my concerns, there would be three entities in line ahead of me:
1) God (for lack of a less ambiguous description). I don't actually believe Sarah Palin knows what God wants, even if she is intent on taking everything in the Bible literally. All words are open to interpretation, and words written centuries ago and translated several times increase the confusion many, many times. But I think she would agree that the Bible tells us nature is here for us to rule over and improve upon, and if anywhere in the Bible we are directed to look at nature for examples of systems that work, I'm inclined to think she will assume we are in the final days anyway, so to hell with nature. "Be fruitful and multiply" is also one of the clearest passages in the Bible, and I think that's about the last thing humanity needs to be doing right now.
2) Mr. Palin. The Bible directs women to submit to their husbands. This is pretty ambiguous, as the word "submit" can mean any number of things. Still, of the fundamentalists I've known, the man says how things are going to be and the woman submits to that will. I do not know what Mr. Palin thinks or wants his wife to do as Vice President, and I'm pretty sure he will be kept in the background at least until the election is over, so I won't get to find out. I have no problem with having a woman as Vice President or President, but I do insist on a person who knows her rights and responsibilities as an adult.
3) The Republican Party line / Carl Rove. If there is one thing the Republicans are exceedingly good at, it's speaking with one voice, and those who are best at sticking to the script are the loyal voters who were enengized - in a very calculated way - by adding Sarah Palin to the ticket. For all this talk of change, she is pro-war, anti-choice, pro-oil, anti-Ullah, and so on.
If I were still a Republican, and needed to explain away the single-mindedness of the Republican mantra, I know just what to say. "Republicans are all agreed on all things because they can see the facts. They have the truth on their side, so as long as they all speak the truth, they will all be agreed." This does not work for me now that I'm standing outside the little tent that is the Republican party. It is not true that Iraq had a hand in the attacks on 9-11. It is not true that Sarah Palin opposed the "bridge to nowhere". It is not true that George Bush Jr. honorably served his country while John Kerry was off being a coward. It is not true that Oliver North is an American hero, or anything but a traitor. It is not true that they are the party of fiscal responsibility. It is not true that the Republican party will - if only we elect John McCain president - have a change of heart, and start looking out for the little guy. It is not true that the Republican party believes in free markets; if they did they wouldn't give out no-bid contracts, and they wouldn't distort the market by giving tax breaks to an industry that is already enjoying record profits.
Yes, I was once an apologist for the Republicans. Back when Ronald Reagan was first elected, I - even though I had voted for Anderson - preached Reagan's trickle-down, every-man-for-himself idealogy. Then they sent missiles - many tons of missiles - to a country they had been telling me was our enemy. It took me a while, but I started to see more lies and more lies and now as a matter of conservative and patriotic principle I will always vote against anyone they run for office. And that's the truth.
One of my fellow conservatives expressing his dismay during the Ouray, Colorado Fourth of July parade.