From the 2008 Republican Platform, if you support the Republican Party or vote for McCain, you support their goals and opinions, such as:

  1. It’s OK for foreign countries to kill gay people: “Our country continues to accept refugees from troubled lands all over the world. In some cases, these are people who stood with America in dangerous times, and they have first call on our hospitality.We oppose, however, the granting of refugee status on the basis of lifestyle
  2. Continued sex discrimination  the armed forces: “We support the advancement of women in the military and their exemption from ground combat units.”
  3. Continue witch hunts rooting out gay people from the military: “To protect our servicemen and women and ensure that America’s Armed Forces remain the best in the world, we affirm the timelessness of those values, the benefits of traditional military culture, and the incompatibility of homosexuality with military service.”
  4. Replacing the UN with a partisan alliance: “The United States participates in various international organizations which can, at times, serve the cause of peace and prosperity, but those organizations must never serve as a substitute for principled American leadership. Nor should our participation in them prevent our joining with other democracies to protect our vital national interests.”
  5. Prevent the UN from funding women’s empowerment programs: “Because the UN has no mandate to promote radical social engineering, any effort to address global social problems must respect the fundamental institutions of marriage and family.”
  6. Prevent the UN from funding abortions in countries where it is legal: “We assert the rights of families in all international programs and will not fund organizations involved in abortion.”
  7. Dismantle the UN Women’s and Children’s rights conventions: “We reject any treaty or agreement that would violate those values. That includes the UN convention on women’s rights, signed in the last months of the Carter Administration, and the UN convention on the rights of the child.”
  8. American war criminals cannot be tried for war crimes: “To shield the members of our Armed Forces and others in service to America from ideological prosecutions, the Republican Party does not accept the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Americans.”
  9. Anti-union, pro-exporting jobs to foreign countries: “We support approval of a free trade agreement with Colombia, currently blocked by Capitol Hill Democrats and their union boss supporters.”
  10. More of the same in Iraq: “The momentum of change in the Middle East has been in the right direction.”
  11. Pure fantasy about Iraq: “A stable, democratic Iraqi nation is within reach.”
  12. A permanent military presence in Iraq: “As the people of Iraq assume their rightful place in the ranks of free and open societies, we offer them a continuing partnership.”
  13. A call to overthrown the government of Iran: “We express our respect for the people of Iran who seek peace and aspire to freedom. Their current regime, aggressive and repressive, is unworthy of them.”
  14. Supporting possible U.S. military invasion of Iran: “… we support tighter sanctions against Iran and the companies investing in its energy sector. At the same time, the U.S. must retain all options in dealing with a situation that gravely threatens our security, our interests, and the safety of our friends.”
  15. Call to cut human services while ramping up war spending: “We call for a one-year pause in non-defense, non-veterans discretionary spending to force a critical, cost-benefit review of all current programs.”
  16. Attack on Habeas Corpus: “We .. deplore the Court’s arbitrary extension of Americans’ habeas corpus rights to enemy combatants held (on American military bases).”
  17. Attack on a woman’s right to choose: “We lament that judges have denied the people their right to set abortion policies in the states and are undermining traditional marriage laws from coast to coast.”
  18. Attack on same-sex marriage: “We lament that judges have denied the people their right to set abortion policies in the states and are undermining traditional marriage laws from coast to coast.”
  19. Tax cuts to companies – not poor people: “We support a major reduction in the corporate tax rate …”
  20. No taxes on trust fund babies and old money: “The current limits on tax free savings accounts should be removed.
  21. Removing ability to remove tax-exempt status from groups that discriminate on the basis of such things as race ans sex. “Because of the vital role of religious and fraternal benevolent societies in fostering charity and patriotism, they should not be subject to taxation.”
  22. No universal health care: “Our plan to return control of health care to patients and providers will benefit small business employers and employees alike.”
  23. Remove benefits for full-time employees and eliminate overtime pay for hourly employees: “We need a fresh approach to work schedules, removing outdated distinctions between full time and part time, clock-punching and overtime.”
  24. Eliminate the ability of deduction of union dues from paychecks: “We advocate paycheck protection laws to guard the integrity of the political process and the security of workers’ earnings.”
  25. Land owners get to veto the EPA: “Government at all levels should cooperate with land owners’ efforts to protect fragile environments and endangered species.”
  26. Millions of uninsured families is OK: “Radical restructuring of health care would be as unwiseand as unethical – as unneeded medical surgery.”
  27. Ban on stem cell research: “We call for a ban on human cloning, the creation of human embryos for research purposes.”
  28. Allowing doctors and nurses to deny services to gay people: “The health care profession can be both a profession and a calling. All who are engaged in the healing arts – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others – must be free to obey their conscience while performing their professional duties.”
  29. Break teachers unions: “.. principals must have the authority to select and assign teachers without regard to collective bargaining agreements.”
  30. Spend taxes on church schools: “We support choice in education for all families, especially those with children trapped in dangerous and failing schools, whether through charter schools, vouchers, faith-based or other non-public schools, or the option of learning at home.”
  31. Anti-sex education and family planning education: “We support abstinence education and oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for abortion and contraception.”
  32. Tax money to faith-based programs that discriminate on basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. : “Decentralized decision-making in the place of official controls empowers individuals and groups to tackle social problems in partnership with government. Bureaucracy is no longer a credible approach to helping those in need. This is especially true in light of alternatives such as faith-based organizations, which tend to have a greater degree of success than others in dealing with problems such as substance abuse and domestic violence. To accomplish their missions, those groups must be able to rely upon people who share their faith; their hiring must not be subjected to government regulation and mandates.”
  33. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity is not immoral: “We consider discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, creed, disability or national origin to be immoral…”
  34. Weaken the First Amendment so that flag burning in political protest would be illegal: “By whatever legislative method is most feasible, Old Glory should be given legal protection against desecration.”
  35. A constitutional Amendment to regulate how women use their uteruses: “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”
  36. Overturn decisions granting gay rights : “We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values ….”
  37. Ban on same sex marriage and domestic partnerships: “… we call for a constitutional amendment that fully protects marriage as a union of a man and a woman, so that judges cannot make other arrangements equivalent to it.”
  38. Prevent same-sex marriages performed in one state from being recognized in other states: “A Republican Congress enacted the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states not to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states. To safeguard that victory, a Republican House of Representatives passed legislation withdrawing jurisdiction 1 over DOMA from the federal courts.”
  39. Government support to anti-gay organizations: “We support the First Amendment right of freedom of association on the part of the Boy Scouts of America and other service organizations whose values are under assault, and we call upon the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to reverse its policy of blacklisting religious groups which decline to arrange adoptions by same-sex couples.”

… and it ain’t all good.

Here’s what Sarah Palin’s colleagues are saying in reaction to her surprise appointment to the VP slot on John McCain’s ticket with little-to-no background check on her credentials.

Alaska State Senate President Lyda Green (Republican):

… said she thought it was a joke when someone called her at 6 a.m. to give her the news.

“She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Green, a Republican from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”

Alaska House Speaker John Harris (Republican):

… a Republican from Valdez, was astonished at the news. He didn’t want to get into the issue of her qualifications.

“She’s old enough,” Harris said. “She’s a U.S. citizen.”

Former Alaska House Speaker Gail Phillips (Republican):

“I said … ‘This can’t be happening, because his advance team didn’t come to Alaska to check her out,” Phillips said.

… and she said nobody had heard anything about McCain’s people doing research on his prospective running mate.

“We’re not a very big state. People I talk to would have heard something.”

Source: Anchorage Daily News

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Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin laughs as cancer survivor Senator Lyda Green of the Alaska State Senate is called a “bitch” and a “cancer” on “The Bob and Mark Show”, a radio show on KWHL in Alaska.

Even worse, she went back on the same show with John McCain after this whole fiasco when her VP nom was announced: