Does being a hockey mom and PTA member really qualify someone to be vice president?
Sarah Palin bragged that she was a hockey mom and PTA member. Doesn't being a heart beat away from the presidency entail a little more expreience. Gee, my mom was in the PTA so I guess she is also qualified to be vice president.
- 1 decade agoFavourite answer
I wouldn't feel comfortable having one who lacks education be leader of the free world, potentially.
We need to remember that Alaska has a combined population of 660,000, which is about equal to the City of Fresno, California.
Alaska on its worst day, doesn't even come close to having the problems of the rest of states, let alone, the rest of the world. Being versed in Alaska's problems does not make one qualified to address worldly problems... let alone a person who did not qualify for higher education and could only attend a tier 3 college... AND didn't even major in any of the majors relevant to government.
Palin's Cinderella story was made possible by the fact that she resides in Alaska, a state where the bell curve is low. Let's face it - not many Harvard graduates reside in Alaska. She didn't have much competition. Who did she run against? Her cousin Billy Bob Joe and the night manager at the local Walmart?
Let's be real. I want the best of the best to be president and she doesn't cut it. She lacks education and experience.
On the other hand, Obama attended Columbia University, a tier 1 school, majoring in political science, then went on to Harvard where he was elected president of the law review. After becoming a lawyer, he served as Director and as a member of the board to many, many important organizations.
He also taught CONSTITUTIONAL LAW for 12 years at University of Chicago Law School, yet another top tier school.
His tenure in certain organizations and his education/teaching experience alone make him more qualified than she.
Without further education, she has hit her ceiling while Obama has only begun. Obama, at the very least, possesses a solid foundation on which to build. Even as a U.S. Senator of Illinois, Chicago alone has a population of 2.8 million with complexities beyond the capabilities of Palin.. and troubles that Palin would find unfathomable... Palin, who has made it by the seat of her pants and political stunts, (whistleblowing, luck, and unworthy opponents) would need to go back to school before even thinking about tackling the world's problems. She has no substantial education in history, law, nor international law to speak of. How could she possibly be qualified to make any negotiations with other countries when she has no knowledge of foreign affairs or international laws?
Could she ever author a bill as most up and coming lawmakers do? NO! Could she even read through proposed laws adequately without law experience? NOOO!! If she could, then WE could and there wuld be no need for lawyers..... participation in Alaskan government is as significant in the world as Greenland - not at all... instead of furthering her education relevant to any public office, she was too busy with beauty pageants and fishing.
Sure, it's possible that the regional manager of Burger King could make the best CEO Google has ever had (and pigs could fly) but do you think the thousands of stockholders at Google would make that bet with their millions of dollars?
Of course not. Would you? Thousands of lives are at stake with this war. Do you want to bet on someone who lacks even the most basic and fundamental knowledge about her own country to decide OUR future? The stakes are high-- we cannot gamble on a two-bit, LUCKY, politician who never had to make a decision more important than what kind of snow boots to wear that day. (or whether a bridge to the airport should be built) PLEASE!!
Like I said, this is a high stakes game -- I'm not comparing apples to oranges. The analogy fits. Palin runs a state whose everyday troubles don't match the rest of the country... she has never seen REAL trouble that the mainland faces day to day. She never had real competition. She never would have made it past the school board if she were competing on the mainland.
Even though I am well educated in my field, I am not well versed in all things government and neither is Palin. I would never be so irresponsible and vain to run for an office of which I am not qualified nor do I ever apply for any position of responsibility fr which I am not qualified. How reckless of Palin. She makes me angry because she knows she is not qualified while the future of the world hangs in the balance, especially now. (insert melodramatic music here)
Sorry.... I wouldn't want her to be in a position to affect the rest of my life. There was plenty of other qualified candidates. She was only picked as a publicity stunt and to satisfy the Evangelical Christians where McCain felt he lacked.
- 1 decade ago
There are ONLY 2 criteria to "qualify" a person to run for Vice President: you must be born in the US and you must be over the age of 35. You may be wondering if she has enough EXPERIENCE as a leader to command the entire nation. Maybe you can't appreciate the organizational skills it takes to run your kids around town to hockey games. Or how about how much diplomacy it takes to get along with EVERYone on the PTA while still figuring out a way to help the school and kids? So, yeah, your Mom IS qualified to be Vice President. What's her name...I'll look for her in 2012!
- CarlisleGirlLv 61 decade ago
Technically, she is qualified. The things that bother me are two:
1. Her politics and conservative positions all around.
2. The fact that she has a 5-month old disabled child. I just cannot fathom the fact that she would be willing to pull her attention away from this Down Syndrome baby to be VP. I am so turned off by that very concept that I cannot imagine how any mother could accept her decision. She is young enough that maybe she could run later, but she just had this baby. I just don't get it -- DS kids need extra attention.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
@ Jason M, shouldn't you be saying that Palin also has more executive experience that McCain? He's never been governor either
By the way, 2 years of governor in a small state like Alaska is not that much experience not to mention being mayor of a small town
I can't believe Republicans have the nerve to talk about Obama's inexperience and boast Palin's experience
Neither of them have that much experience. Obama has very little legislative experience while Palin has very little executive experience.
If McCain wanted someone with a lot of executive experience,he could've picked Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney. Instead,he chose an inexperienced woman to get the female votes.He's using her to win an election,and it's funny because he accuses Obama of doing the same thing. It's insulting to women that McCain thinks that he can just get female votes based on the gender of his VP.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
Being a housewife, a hockey mom, and a PTA member qualifies Gov Palin to understands the concerns of the working class and middle class Americans. Being a city council member, a mayor, chair of the state ethics committee, and governor qualifies her for the VP. Hey, Obama's pitching to be pres with way fewer qualifications. Why can't the repub VP be more qualified than the dem candidate?
- ~Annette~Lv 51 decade ago
If thats the case, I could be VP, im in the PTA.
That woman is being used...Palin is being used by McCain, whether she realizes it or not, which i doubt she does. He thinks her position will make the women of America vote for HIM.
So it must suck to be Palin, being used.
She is not qualified, McCain just thinks she is Hot, and thinks that all the women in america, will just love her! HA.....what a joke.
Scary to think, If mccain is elected, that she will be our president, if he dies, and his health is not good...and we all know that she is not ready to be president.
Just vote Obama! Take the safe road.
- hunderlachLv 44 years ago
She become never "mayor of a state." Do I scent lack of expertise and bias out of your rant? are you able to assert "governor" or are you on the comparable wavelength because of the fact the dummies who left out her success as governor until now interior the campaign to smear her? She has effectively controlled to create economic accountability and tax alleviation for her state - you will possibly desire to have neglected that. She have been given rouges out of place of work that have been undermining the human beings of the state -- you neglected that too. She has greater authentic experience in working government place of work and projects and has greater initiative and greater checklist of her initiative than "no teach Obama." OH, by skill of how, Joe Biden is a frightening prospect for President if Obama become ever assassinated do not you think of? the guy can not open his mouth with out uttering gaffe after gaffe, and he never is conscious whilst to close up! looks unusual that whilst everybody is attacking Sarah that Biden is somewhat rather left disregarded. She is greater qualified than the two of them to be President or vp, and McCain is so a procedures above Obama in expertise and experience in government and what he has contributed over his years of experience that Obama isn't worth to polish John's shoes! Get a grip on fact in the past you spout your nonsense!
- 1 decade ago
"... and plays the flute." I am willing to bet that McPain (no, NOT a typo) heard that and said "YES !!!" Hoping, of course, since he cheated on his 1st wife with $indy, that maybe --just maybe-- Palin plays the "skin-flute" !!!
Nice list, aber but what about psoriasis, sciatica, fallen arches, bunions and a hernia?
oh ... John: HOW MANY houses do you own, Mr. Straight Talk, regular Guy, Average Joe hypocritical snobby ill-tempered bad-mouthed PAC-loving liar.Source(s): --independent voter, hungry for change--
- Anonymous1 decade ago
forgetting ALL her other experience, i'm glad to have someone who is very close to ordinary life most of us live. isn't that an issue for most of us? that our government servants are too far and too long removed from the regular joe?
i'm sorry, no matter which way anyone tries to slice it, the pick of Mrs. Palin satisfies the entire spectrum on qualified candidacy.
- MindyMLv 51 decade ago
McCain must be out of his mind?!? What is he thinking.... being a hockey mom and a PTA Member are now the new qualifications for being Commander in Chief... and leader of the armed forces and leader of the free world. Gov. of Alaska?!? What's in Alaska?!? Moose?! haha -- It makes no sense whatsoever!! haha