A word about Palin

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This is soooo last week but I’ve got to say it. WTF was McCain thinking with his V.P. Pick? I don’t understand it at all. I really don’t. I keep thinking that it has to be a joke, but it clearly isn’t.

Aside from the complete bizarre-ness of it, it is wrong and insulting on so many levels. Like I said, I don’t know why he did it (I don’t watch television and haven’t been keeping up with the talking heads) but if he did it to sweep in the Hilary supporters he’s very mistaken. Choosing Palin shows that he is absolutely clueless on women’s issues. People support Hilary because she has the experience and the intelligence to be president, not for the sole reason that she is a woman. As a woman and a feminist I am really insulted by this! Does he think that women are so stupid that we would blindly vote for someone just because she is a woman? Does he think that we don’t look at whether or not that woman is right for the job? Hillary would have been right for the job. Palin is not.

I read this post over at 10,000 Monkeys and it pretty much sums up my feelings on this matter very eloquently (and thanks to Dianne for pointing me to this blog!).

There are many other reasons to just be completely boggled over this choice. But I will give you one that is relevant to me as a librarian. Here is an excerpt from the article, “Mayor Palin: A Rough Record” in Time Magazine:

Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving “full support” to the mayor.

This New York Times article says that Palin actually did fire the librarian:

The librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, pledged to “resist all efforts at censorship,” Ms. Kilkenny recalled. Ms. Palin fired Ms. Emmons shortly after taking office but changed course after residents made a strong show of support.

This is very disconcerting. Censorship should not be tolerated in this country and for McCain to pick somebody who has actively pursued it is very alarming.

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5 thoughts on “A word about Palin

  1. This whole repub convention has been like a saturday night live skit. By that I mean it seems like satire. It is alarming that is actually real though. Your comments regarding how they are treating women are right on target Moni! This whole presidential election is just starting and already the repubs have taken it to a whole new level of how to insult the American people. I am flabbergasted by their arrogance and ignorance. (Well not really, nothing surprises me anymore)
    Just my thoughts…but I’m not looking at a teleprompter and I don’t have a bug in my ear to give them to me.

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  2. The whole McInsane campaign is a effing joke.
    A joke that last night made my blood boil.

    It is so sickening.
    I tried to listen without bias, but when the insults & lies started to fly, I had to turn it off.

    My blood is still boiling. If they win, I think it is time to move to Canada. For reals. It would porve just how rigged the elections in the US are.

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  3. I sooooooooo agree with you, Palin annoyes me for so many different reasons! And I agree with Pippi, a move to Canada is in order if they should win the election!

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  4. I’m Swiss, I live in Switzerland I shouldn’t feel concerned about the whole issue but U.S. foreign politics (and the economy, e.g. bank crisis, etc.) do have an effect on the rest of the world and I’m not alone around here to be puzzled at the positive polls for the Republicans. Well I’m still not over the amazing fact that Bush had stayed in office for a second period and this is just more of the same now, I just don’t get it. This censorship issue is an excellent example of the wrong mind set while “imposing” what they call democracy on places like Iraq and thereby creating a humanitarian situation for the civilian population in view of security issues that is simply disastrous. Close to 100,000 Iraqi civilians have lost their lives as a result of the invasion and today, 9/11, would be a good day to remember that fact too. I could go on and on about this and I do hope that people like you Moni will be able to vote the Republicans off. It will be difficult enough and certainly a very long term process to change things around and I admire anyone strong enough to take the task on.

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