Senator John McCain's choice for vice president couldn't
have been better. As an Alaskan Native, I view Sarah
Palin not as a politician, but as a regular person,
just like you or me.
I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, and I spent a lot of
my childhood growing up on the banks of the Kuskokwim
River in a little village called Kalskag. I am part
Athabascan Indian and Yup'ik Eskimo. I have spent my
whole life living in the mighty state of Alaska
Sarah Palin was born in Sandpoint, Idaho. Her hometown
now is Wasilla, Alaska, where she was the coach and
hockey team manager for Valley Youth Sports. She is
married to Todd Palin, a fellow Yup'ik Eskimo, and has
five children. She is an average Alaskan hockey mom
and proud of it.
A unique state
Palin is an avid hunter who supports the right to bear
arms. Let's face it, Alaskans love their guns. Many
people who live in Alaska, both Native and non-Native,
depend on subsistence for their main food supply. Not
only that, subsistence hunting is also an important
part of Alaska Native culture.
Since Palin was chosen by McCain there have been lots
of rumors in the press and online about Alaska and Wasilla.
People have said that Wasilla is your basic "redneck"
town, which is preposterous. That would be like generalizing
all of rural Alaska as redneck.
Contrary to many rumors, rural Alaskans are not racial
bigots. Many Alaskan towns are diverse in the types
of people that live there. If we were racist towards
either ethnic or white people we would be hating ourselves.
Palin's political stands are outstanding in my opinion.
She opposes abortion. She is a devout Christian, which
is a plus in my book. She supports capital punishment,
and I believe that is a principled position.
I am proud to say that Sarah Palin is my governor. She
has taken strong political stances, and she backs political
freedom and personal independence. I think that she
would do a heck of a job as vice president of the proud
nation of the United States of America.