This has really gone too far.
This is why women need to be empowered globally regardless of whatever backward local customs demand.

The bloggers and pundits who were speculating madly about the sex lives of Sarah Palin’s children should be ashamed of themselves. And I for one think that there should be a moratorium on the photo of that poor young lady holding her baby brother in every story about her pregnancy. There was no need to print the name of the young man involved for that would have become known in due course anyway. Unfortunately for Sarah Palin’s 17 year old daughter, her mom decided to go ahead and run for national office, thereby ensuring the inevitable disclosure. The past decades have seen an erosion of privacy that has only hastened as technology put cameras everywhere, including our phones, as well as the ability to easily and quickly share those images globally. Gone are the days when people running for prominent public office can hide embarassing family secrets as easily as was once done. This does not excuse the wretchedly tasteless speculations of the blogosphere but such is the nature of the combination of free expression with the technology for mass communication that excessive tastelessness will thrive. Consider what delicate courtesies would have been expressed if it had been Chelsea Clinton who concieved at 17.

Antichoice advocates are cheering that Palin and her family ‘walk the talk’ on abortion, and that’s fair. But that means that they are willing to use Palin’s family for political gain, just as cynically as anyone else. For example, I think that while there’s no need to discuss the specifics of Palin’s family, this is an excellent opportunity to start a conversation on the effectiveness of ‘Abstinence Only’ education. There’s loads of evidence that it’s not very effective at all and one would hope that those who are singing Palin’s praises would reconsider what they have been arguing regarding sex education in America. Sarah Palin’s granddaughter will have excellent medical care, nurturing, education, and opportunity. While I feel for her teenaged mother being forced into the public eye at a moment in her life I’m certain she would rather be private, I suspect the other 17 year old mothers to be across the nation would be tempted to switch places with her to ensure that their children would be born into such a situation. Most 17 year old mothers have an unthinkably difficult life compounded by the scorn that is heaped upon them. Politicians such as Sarah Palin make laws that further limit the choices and opportunities of 17 year old mothers, justifying themselves by insisting that they know what is best, when the truth is that they merely believe they know what is best. Politicians make it difficult to completely ignore candidate’s families when they proclaim their family values are better than everyone elses or when they want to pass laws forbidding other people from forming families.

What is most perplexing, however, is Sarah Palin’s association with the Alaskan Independence Party. While the party is careful to not call outright for secession in it’s offical documents, it is abundantly clear that secession is one of the ultimate goals of the leaders of this party. This can be deduced by that statement of it’s founder, Joel Vogel, when he said, “I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.”  On this page you can see Palin’s greeting to the AIP earlier this year, as well as videos from that conference where the Vice Chairman talks Palin up and then talks about how important it is for it’s members to ‘infiltrate’ the other two parties to work toward Alaska’s independence. I’ll include links to these videos below as well. The party claims Sarah Palin as a member, though the McCain campaign disputes it and has records showing Palin a registered Republican since 1984. Here in Illinois we traditionally frown upon the notion of secession. These videos are far more relevant to Palin’s fitness than any of the tawdry gossip about her family. You can skip the videos and read the full transcripts here. Here’s an excerpt of a speech by the AIP’s Vice Chairman to that convention praising Governor Palin, followed by the portion in which he calls for the ‘infiltration’ of the other two political parties.
‘Our current governor, we mentioned at the last conference, the one we were hoping would get elected, Sarah Palin, did get elected.  There’s a joke, she’s a pretty good looking gal, there’s a joke goes around we’re the coldest state with the hottest governor.   And there was a lot of talk about her moving up.  She was an AIP member before she got the job as a mayor of a small town – that was a non-partisan job.  But you get along to go along – she eventually joined the Republican Party, where she had all kinds of problems with their ethics, and well, I won’t go into that.   She also had about an 80% approval rating, and is pretty well sympathetic to her former membership.’

 ‘And any one of your organizations should be using that same tactic.  You should infiltrate – I know the Christian Exodus(?) is in favor of it, the Free State movement  is in favor of it – I don’t think they even care which party it is.  Whichever party in that area you can get something done, get into that political party, even though it does have its problems.  Right now that is one of the only avenues.  And you get a few people on a city council or a ??? you can have some effect’ 

This sounds like a grizzled nutjob raving to a bunch of other nutjobs in a hotel conference room, which if you watch the videos you will see that is pretty much what it is. However, the governor of the state bothered to send a warm videotaped greeting to these nutjobs. These nutjobs claim that the Palins were active in their nutjobbery.

I do not oppose Sarah Palin because she is a woman, a mother, or soon to be a grandmother. I disagree with many of her political views but as she is a Republican I do not find this surprising, nor does it form the basis of my objection to her nomination, which is moot as well since I am a registered Democrat who has already decided for Obama and Biden. I object because I do not believe that a half-term governor is the most qualified person to replace the President at short notice. I object because John McCain said that he was going to make that consideration the basis of his choice for VP. I believe that Sarah Palin is a token candidate and that the Executive Branch is too critical to our nation for tokenism to determine who holds office. I felt that way about nepotism as well, but you didn’t listen then and see where that’s gotten us. Sarah Palin, who less than two years ago was the mayor of a town of less than ten thousand people is now the Vice Presidential running mate to a 72 year old man who has had cancer four times. I object.

3 Responses to “Palintology”

  1. Good points Winston. However, I would ask that you do not refer to the anti-choice advocates as “Pro Life” advocates. It is an illusory moniker that they have given themselves that is derogatory and condescending to intelligent and thoughtful grownups. “Pro” would suggest an active stance FOR something, but they merely seek to ban a procedure. “Life” is a term they’ve designated to a zygote or fetus based on their own religious beliefs rather then science.
    Thank you for listening. I’ll hop off the soapbox now! : D

  2. Done and done! I absolutely agree with you and generally use that term when referring to those folks. I just had a headache last night…

  3. And actually, I just posted this on that subject a month or so ago so I certainly should have known better!

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