Sep 3, 2008
Because all the cool kids are doing it.
There have been lots of delicious rumors going around about Sarah and Bristol Palin and which one is the mother of young Trig (what an awesomely awful name). I'm not going to re-hash it all here, but I will give you this link which outlines the rumors of the alleged concealment about as well as one could hope for. I can't tell you whether or not there is any validity to these rumors, but the wide-eyed space monkey in me is praying for it to be true. Not because I am a Liberal and/or Democrat (guilty on both counts), but because it would be the most awesome-ist story to hit the national political arena since it was rumored that President James Buchanan (1857-1861) may have been gay. It would just make me so happy to find out that she pretended to be pregnant so that her 16/17 year-old daughter wouldn't embarrass her. That's gold, Jerry!
No. This entry from Daily Kos is the kind of thing that bothers me more than conspiracy theories regarding her 4 month-old son. Sure, a lot of people don't know that the Pledge of Allegiance originally didn't contain the phrase "under God" in its language, and a lot of folks don't know when it was written. I have no problem with Average Joe/Joan claiming ignorance on those points. But for a woman who was running for the Governorship of Alaska (I'm assuming that is when she answered the questionnaire) to say that she doesn't mind the inclusion of the phrase because "...If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me.", I gotta call foul. This has been a hot-button topic for a few years now and anyone in the political arena should know the FACTS about the issue. Certainly before they speak about it*.
*I don't want to pigeon-hole everyone on the religious right here. I've done that before and I've been wrong. I have an aunt who is staunchly conservative and most of that comes from her religious views, so I will use her as an example. I've argued with her about the "under God" phrase in the Pledge. Her views are similar to Ms. Palin's views. Except that she refuses to believe me when I point out the facts. I don't know Palin, so I don't know what she thinks now about the issue. But my aunt firmly believes that the founding fathers of this nation intended our nation to be a Christian nation and she backed it up by bringing up the "under God" issue and the fact that we, as a nation, take the oath on the bible. Including the Presidential Oath. I calmly point out that the Pledge, as written, doesn't include the phrase and that there is nothing, NOTHING that specifically states that the Presidential Oath needs to be done on a bible. Doesn't matter. She brushes aside those FACTS as if they didn't matter. Her mind is made up on the issue. We are a Christian country. I wonder if Palin is as stubborn.
Listen, everyone makes mistakes (see Bristol Palin), but you can't be indignant and self-righteous about an issue when you don't know what the fuck you are talking about. Makes you sound like an fucking idiot (see George W. Bush).
And, I disagree with just about everything that comes out of Sarah Palin's pie-hole. For those of you who aren't aware of her political opinions, here is a sampling of her greatest hits**:
Abortion: She is pro-life. Staunchly so.
Capital Punishment: She supports it in some cases.
Sex Education: She supports a policy of abstinence-only education in schools.
Creationism: She wants it taught in our public schools.
Same Sex Marriage: She opposes it.
Gun Control: Don't even get me started. She's a gun nut.
Global Warming: She doesn't believe that we (humans) have had any hand in it.
**I'm not referencing any source material, it's too exhausting. This information can be found in just about any article you read on Sarah Palin. Go ahead and have fun. - Earl
I've got no problem with her position on any of that stuff. I really don't. I think she's wrong, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. What I have a problem with is that she comes across as a fucking idiot when she speaks out of ignorance on a silly little topic like the Pledge of Allegiance, and it makes you wonder how suited she is to discuss any of the really important issues. Eh?
And this could be our next Vice President. And a heartbeat from the big boy seat.
Random Wiki: "The Banality of Evil is a phrase coined in 1963 by Hannah Arendt in her work Eichmann in Jerusalem. It describes the thesis that the great evils in history generally, and the Holocaust in particular, were not executed by fanatics or sociopaths but rather by ordinary people who accepted the premises of their state and therefore participated with the view that their actions were normal." I copied all that directly from Wiki, by the way. Wow! Talk about a topical Random Wiki! I'm just sayin'.