Sarah Palin, Experience, and Video from Colorado for Equal Rights

Here's one of my favorite recent quotes: “I'm still having trouble expressing the depth of my anger about McCain's choice of a running mate.” Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

You can see here the full fundraising letter from Planned Parenthood, and some interesting comments.

If you believe what I believe about Planned Parenthood (see my blogs I've posted), you simply could not ask for a more powerful endorsement of Sarah Palin than that the president of Planned Parenthood is deeply angry about the possibility that she could be our vice president! Read more about Sarah Palin's prolife position.

Is she experienced enough to be Vice President? Well, there are different kinds of experience, and they aren't limited to political prominence in big cities.

For instance, many politicians have decades of experience in denying the rights of unborn children to live. They are long experienced in ignoring and even endorsing the shedding of innocent blood. Sarah Palin has not had that kind of experience. Last spring she gave birth to a child she knew had Down Syndrome, a child who according to the statistics, 80% of the American public, and presumably at least 80% of politicians, would have killed by abortion.

Her experience was to give the child life. That kind of experience means a lot to me.

That experience, especially as compared to the experience of using one's power to facilitate the shedding of innocent blood, is one I value far more than a longer history of making speeches and casting votes and meeting dignitaries at dinner tables.

Now, the limits of the experience of being a small town mayor, then governor of Alaska could be a factor in my decision if she were running against candidates who were comparable in their moral viewpoints concerning babies. But she's not.

True, character isn't everything. Willingness to sacrifice for the weak and powerless isn't everything. But I'll take it any day over decades of political experience. Political experience doesn't trump basic human morality. It is moral to defend the right of children to live. It is immoral not to.

Today's video, right on subject, is from Colorado for Equal Rights, which is sponsoring a ballot initiative for Colorado’s 2008 election. This proposed constitutional amendment will define a person in Colorado as a human being from the moment of fertilization, the moment when life begins. (See my article on when life begins according to science and another on when life begins according to Scripture.)

"The people of Colorado have spoken, the Secretary of State's Office has certified our signatures, and our equal rights amendment will be on November's ballot," stated Kristi Burton, initiative sponsor. "All humans should be protected by love and by law, and this amendment is a historic effort to ensure equal rights for every person."

By the way, Kristi (who you'll see in the video) was just 19 when she began sponsoring this initiative. If she keeps it up—even if she hasn't been a mayor, governor, senator or community organizer (which, I guess, she already is)—by the time she's 35 she may get my vote for president.

Kristi, I've never met you, never corresponded, but I want to thank you. I don't know what political party, if any, you're part of.

And I really don't care.

What I know is that you are honoring God and loving children by speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves. You are defending the rights of the poor and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).

And for that, not age or political experience or knowing the names of U.N. ambassadors, I cast my vote for you, and those like you.

Colorado Personhood Amendment from Personhood USA on Vimeo.

(You can also see the video online at

Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries