Saturday, September 06, 2008

Getting to Know Sarah Palin - Quickly

Interesting article in the Los Angeles Times by Rosa Brooks (read her biography if you wonder what her credentials are and if she would be a reliable source of information).

Here's the gist of the article that should be played as an endless loop to drill baby drill something into the heads of true believers who would vote for John McCain no matter what his policies are or who he selected as a VP running mate -
Alaskan Independence Party (AIP) founder, Joe Vogler, told an interviewer in 1991: "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. ... And I won't be buried under their damn flag."

Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, was a registered AIP member from 1995 to 2002.

Video footage shows AIP Vice Chairman Dexter Clark describing Sarah Palin at the 2007 North American Secessionist Convention as an "AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town..."

The New York Times has corrected part of an earlier article where Lynette Clark, the AIP party’s chairwoman, stated that Ms. Palin was a registered member of the AIP. Ms. Clark now says she relied on information from another AIP member and cannot find a record of Sarah Palin being a registered member. Ms. Clark went on to say, "Ms. Palin attended the AIP 1994 and 2006 conventions and provided a video-taped address as governor to the 2008 convention."

Forcing voters to get to know the Republican VP candidate at this late date is a distraction when the discussion should be about Barack Obama and John McCain's policies. It is politically expedient for John McCain to keep people's minds off the last eight years and what has happened to the economy, taxes, education, national security, health care, social security, jobs, and energy.

We can't ignore Sarah Palin's political and personal points of view though. We can't afford to have someone a heartbeat away from being president, who when asked about teaching creationism alongside evolution in schools said, "Healthy debate is so important, and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both."


If we are going to revisit the Scopes Trial and discuss whether it's appropriate that the government dictate that creationism be taught in public schools, where would you draw the line - surely not at the Christion view of creation? We'd have to cover many Native American creation stories, Hindu, Buddhist...etc. etc. etc.

This whole discussion, including her position opposing a woman's right to choose even in cases involving incest or rape, would be irrelevent except for the fact that Sarah Palin has been thrust into a position where she could potentially have a great impact on our laws and the Supreme Court.

Who knows what else we may find out about Sarah Palin, either in the next 57 days or in the unfortunate event that she and John McCain are elected after it's too late?


There's the chilling report that mayor Sarah Palin asked the city's librarian a "rhetorical" question about banning books -
"In December 1996, Mary Ellen Emmons (the librarian) told her hometown newspaper, the Frontiersman, that Palin three times asked her -- starting before she was sworn in -- about possibly removing objectionable books from the library if the need arose."

"According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn't fully support her and had to go.Emmons had been city librarian for seven years and was well liked. After a wave of public support for her, Palin relented and let Emmons keep her job."
Source: Anchorage Daily News