Froborr d'Wiggy (froborr) wrote,
Froborr d'Wiggy

So... Palin.

UPDATE (via mullenkamp): According to ABC,
Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject herself to any tough questions from reporters "until the point in time when she'll be treated with respect and deference."
Deference? DEFERENCE? Who the hell does she think she is? This is America! "Deference" is for kings. Elected leaders get hammered by questions both fair and unfair. As mullenkamp said, why should Palin get something no other VP or presidential candidate has ever gotten? And I mean ever -- you should see some of the stories newspapers ran about Jefferson when he ran.

Last week's Palin post continues below...

I've been waiting a few days on the Palin thing to see what we find out about her.

It is not a pretty picture.

Speaking of pretty, I've seen several comments on her appearance. I don't get it. I thought the people who think Obama is good-looking were weird (seriously, dude, Ross Perot wants his ears back), but Palin? Really? With that giant plastic smile surrounded by saggy plastic face and coated in way too much makeup? I suppose she's slightly ahead of Ann Coulter on the supposedly-good-looking-Republicans front, but when you compare her to Elizabeth Kucinich or (since Mrs. Kucinich is more than ten years Palin's junior) Ariana Huffington? Seriously, Republicans, if these half-melted, overly made-up Barbie dolls are what pass for good-looking in your neck of the woods, no wonder you hate sex so much!

Still, what matters is what's inside, not outside. And what's inside Palin is hate, hypocrisy, and abuse of power.

First of all, let's talk about her religion. A candidate's religion is usually not fair game, but when it preaches specific views on political questions, it makes itself fair game. For example, it was perfectly fair to question Edwards on the discrepancy between his church's teachings on abortion and his stated political stance (a question which he answered admirably during the YouTube primary debates, by the by).

Palin has belonged to three churches in her life. All three are dominionist churches with strong ties to the Assemblies of God, a metachurch organization identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. All three churches preach Kingdom Now theology (also known as Joel's Army) which teaches that believers have the right and obligation to physically impose Christian "dominion" on non-believers during "the end times". All three churches also preach that the end times are now. In short, all three churches she has belonged to in her life preach against the separation of church and state and in favor of the establishment of a totalitarian theocracy.

Palin is in favor of abstinence-only sex education despite overwhelming statistical evidence that it is less effective at reducing teen pregnancy and STD rates than comprehensive sex-ed. She is in favor of teaching creationism -- not just the ID Trojan horse, but actual, young Earth, biblically literal creationism -- in science classes. She attempted to ban books from the Wasilla Public Library when she was mayor (which, in case you're wondering, was only six years ago), and tried to fire the librarian when she balked.

Palin belongs to a supposedly feminist organization, the Feminists for Life, that opposes abortion in all cases, including rape, incest, and when the mother's life is endangered. They also teach that the ideal occupation for a woman (ANY woman) is as a stay-at-home wife and mother. In short, they're as anti-feminist as it comes. And this is the woman who's talking about "breaking the glass ceiling"? Talk about hypocrisy.

She is, of course, also against gay marriage and civil unions, and called the war in Iraq "God's work".

So there you have the new Republican wunderkind: a bog-standard hypocritical, authoritarian right-wing bigot, distinguishable from the likes of Dobson only by her age and possession of boobs. In every way that matters, she is nothing more than yet another Christofascist posing as a conservative.</lj>
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