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As an Alaskan, I know how she is

As an Alaskan, I urge you to vote against McCain/Palin in the upcoming election. Vice presidents matter; they become presidents and influence policy.

If you do not want World War III, do not let a hotheaded poser with no understanding of world affairs to negotiate with hostile nations. Palin’s cavalier attitude when describing what she would do with countries like Russia or Iran is scary. Seeing a stretch of Russia’s far north from afar does not mean that Palin can deal with foreign conflicts.

As a vice president, Palin will work closely with McCain to improve the economy. The economy is not McCain’s strong suit and Palin likes to throw money around like it grows on trees.

Contrary to what she says now, Palin supported both “bridges to nowhere.” When Palin became the mayor of Wasilla, the city had no debt. It DOES now.

Palin pretends to be an expert on the nation’s energy needs. She has done nothing significant to reduce Alaska’s dependence on oil during her years as governor.

She lacks vision, expertise, and the foresight to solve the energy crisis facing the U.S. I believe in God, but do not want a person who is arrogant enough to claim that they know exactly what God says governing my country. Palin assumes that she hears God telling her to send young boys to Iraq.

Let her stay in Alaska, shoot moose, build pipelines, and raise children; leave governing the country to someone who has a chance of saving the economy even if they don’t have great legs.

-Mariya Lovishchuk

October 8, 2008

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ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “As an Alaskan, I know how she is”

  1. Rob Nel says:

    John McCain is a 72 year old man with recurrent melanoma,
    hyperlipidemia, degenerative joint disease, and recurrent difficulty
    with certain efforts at recall. These are the limited facts the
    American people have had access to. Over 1000 pages of medical
    records were shown to selected journalists for 3 hours with less than
    48 hours of notice. The only medically trained journalist was Sanjey
    Gupta, MD from CNN. This is the extent to which the American people
    have been informed.

    While I am certainly sensitive to the confidential nature of medical
    records given the anxiety expressed by many of my patients regarding
    the risk of lost coverage or lost jobs in this current health economic
    climate, there are certain exceptions for disclosure regarding public
    safety. As John McCain knows, a pilots records are comprehensively
    available for review by a certifying agency (the FAA, I believe) to
    insure the fitness of the pilot and the safety of passengers and the
    public at-large. In the election of the President of the United
    States of America, that certifying body is the American electorate.

    A recurrence of metastatic malignant melanoma would essentially
    destroy John McCain’s capacity as the Chief Executive and the American
    People have yet to receive a full accounting of the facts regarding
    his actuarial risk. If he has had regional metastasis, his risk could
    be 30% or greater for distant metastasis to the brain, bone, and
    lung. As you all know, melanoma is one of the most insidious,
    pernicious, and aggressive malignancies our patients must deal with
    and that we attempt somewhat pathetically to control with interferon,
    interleukins, and dismally active and terribly toxic chemotherapeutic
    regimens. In addition, we lack the simple data to sensibly evaluate
    his cardiovascular risk as we would any septuagenerian in our exam
    rooms.

    John McCain should be held accountable by the american people and its
    agents, the free press, to release without restriction the entirety of
    his medical records. Any hesitation to do so would clearly imply that
    there are significant medical concerns about his ability to fulfill
    the duties of the President.

    Sincerely,

    Michael D. Fratkin, MD
    Internal Medicine
    Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Eureka, California

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