Open letter to the American media:
Stop treating the Vice Presidency of the United States as if it were a joke. Stop letting the Republican party bully you into treating Sarah Palin as if she were a serious candidate. Stop your cowardly blandification of the truth.
Stop saying that Palin won by not losing. She did not. She lost, and she lost badly. Polls of independent voters prove it. You do not need to spin this in favor of the GOP just to avoid their incessant tantrums about media bias.
Stop saying that the GOP ticket passed a test. Indeed, it utterly failed to show that it is capable of anything but broken record repetition.
In short, grow a pair.
Open letter to all American girls and young women:
If you watched last night’s vice presidential debate, you may have come away with the impression that in order to be a successful and powerful woman in the United States, you do not have to be educated, articulate, or informed. Instead, all you have to strive for is prettiness and charm. (You betcha! *wink*)
This could not be further from the truth. If Sarah Palin becomes Vice President, she will be powerless. She will be an international laughingstock. No one who matters will take her seriously.
But you…YOU could be different. If you become Vice President—or even President—someday, you could be powerful and effective. You could change the world. You are BETTER than Sarah Palin, not because of the size of the town you live in or because of how many degrees you may earn. You are better than her because you are curious about the people around you. You want to understand how things work. You are a lifelong learner. You probably have Facebook and myspace friends from all over the world, and you recognize that in today’s high-speed age, every country in the world is our neighbor and every country’s prosperity is inextricably linked to our own.
Sarah Palin is a fad at best. At worst, she is the 4th quarter hail Mary of an angry, broken man so desperate for validation that he will destroy an entire country to get it.
Please look elsewhere for your role models. You deserve so much better.
Love and hope,