The life of a Canadian living in California and practicing law at Adams Fietz. Missing Alaska almost more than I can bear, I am building a timber frame house in California to take home to Alaska in the summer of 2018. Timber framing, Family, the Outdoors and how America is quickly going downhill are all frequent topics.
So, of all the things I've read about Governor Palin being the VP pick for McCain, I haven't heard any criticism for 1. effectively leaving the state without an executive branch and 2. leaving her family. The easy one first. She is now off running for Vie President. Lt. Governor Parnell is doing his thing in regards to Congress. So who the hell is running the Executive Branch of the State of Alaska? Fine by me actually: less government is always better. Now let me be "politically incorrect". Governor Palin is a brand new mom to a special needs baby with Downs Syndrome. She already had an important and busy job. So why accept this nomination? She is being touted as pro-life and 'pro-family'. Is she really like so many other people who are 'pro-life'...once the baby is out, well too bad? I doubt that. I'm sure she is a loving mother. But this responsibility she is taking on is more than full time. Campaigning aside, Governor Palin has a lot to learn about the world. A lot. I'm sure that every single second of her day is spoken for. Who is going to care for her children, and especially Trig? Her husband Todd, presumably. Fair enough. But what if she wins? Are her kids going to be toted from bunker to bunker? Are her kids really going to get time with her? I'm not saying that women with kids can't have jobs outside the house. I am saying that running a pro-family candidate with a special needs baby at home who needs his mom seems like a contradiction to me. Being 'pro-family' means more than telling people that you can't have an abortion. Being pro-family means sacrifice. Every parent knows exactly what I mean. Well good luck Sarah. Oh hell. I don't mean that. I don't know you personally but the last thing this country needs is a President with zero foreign policy experience. And Wasilla is the most mismanaged (and subsequently ugly) town in all of Alaska. I hope you don't bring that mindset to the White House. The whole country will be a strip mall. Alaska is a great place. Why not stick to making it even better and be here for your kids? If you want to live in Washington DC so bad, why not resign? That is my opinion.
P.S. Check out this backstrap! It took 3 of us 2 days to cut up this moose!
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