Book Burning: Candidate Palin

          On my about page, I said I was a lightweight when it comes to politics, but I know the difference between the cow and the bull. One thing I learned from history is that ignorance, fascists, and totalitarian egomaniacs ban and burn books. In an open society that values liberty and ideas, bad ideas reveal themselves in the light of day and are swept into the dustbin of history.

“For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
John Fitzgerald KENNEDY,
Commander of torpedo boat PT-109, WWII and 35th President of the United States (1917-1963)

          The Republican Vice-presidential Candidate, Governor Sarah Palin, attempted to ban(burn) several books according to the minutes of the Wasilla Library Board, Wasilla, Alaska, while mayor there. The librarian said no, and Mayor Palin threatened her job. The town rallied in support of the librarian, and Palin backed off. Subsequently, the librarian resigned.

“Don’t join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.”
American general and 34th President of the United States (1890–1969)

          Puzzling, I wonder if Candidate Palin read even one of the following books? I wonder if Presidential Candidate John McCain spent six years in a Vietnam’s Hanoi Hilton to support book burning?

“Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.”
Heinrich HEINE
Almansor: A Tragedy, 1823
Used as inscription on memorial at Dachau concentration camp
German poet (1797-1856)

          The following is a list of books that book burners, right and left, would love to burn. Sarah Palin?

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by J ohn Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and ChristopherCollier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz vScary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

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7 Responses to Book Burning: Candidate Palin

  1. keithecho says:

    Sorry Robert, I don’t believe you. Perhaps the list is a re-hash, but the intent is clear. Perhaps you and Candidate Palin should keep looking for WMD’s in Iraq? I like McCain, but as a politician, the pandering to special interests continues. Sorry, I mean interests of the Evangelical Right and the Fox Network.

  2. This is one reason why the prospect of having this person elected as Vice President of the world’s remaining superpower is a disquieting one for all lovers of truth and liberty!

  3. ardice says:

    It was debunked at

  4. keithecho says:

    ardice, hum, so she didn’t pose a rhetorical question about banning books? “What If” What if we just intern Japanese citizens during WWII to protect them? What if there were no WMD’s?

    Logic tells me (Copi, Introduction to Logic, page 10) “propositions can be asserted in the form of ‘rhetorical questions’ which are used to make statements rather than ask questions, even if though they are interrogative in form.”

    I thought your original source was a journalist? They didn’t study Copi or logic in college? Hum, no filters at work at Fox News Network.

  5. david says:

    Maybe we should be burning “Brave New World”. The technocrats have been using it as a playbook for too long now.

  6. keithecho says:

    david, I don’t think burning is a good idea, but placing a book’s importance in it’s time is more ideal. The problem with futurism is it is not dynamic; extrapolation will only get you so far, and technology is only one of many, even invisible puzzle pieces, and only as important as it fits in the whole. Ahhdab and bulldada.

    But, I could sure use some of that soma now and again, oh wait, i am, FECK!

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