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It is true. Candidate Sarah Palin is the most interesting thing to come along in politics, since the VP’s friend’s face stumbled into many small pellets. She has accomplished a variety of things: high school basketball star, Miss Alaska, sports commentator, five children, one grandchild on the way, and Governor of Alaska. I get the impression (speculating) that she and her blue-collar husband share “the pants” in the family. She has shown both determination and fortitude; she swims with some of the most rugged men, Alaskans (114 unmarried men to every 100 women). But I have to ask, is she on the wrong ladder? The EGOP (Evangelical Grand Ole Party) use her belief system to scare and enforce moral behavior in children and adults, men and women, everyone but themselves.
A woman’s place, the 19th century, interpretation of the biblical belief that she follows says, “…suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” (1 Timothy 2:12-15.) And about children, the belief system she follows says, “If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son…Bring him to the elders of his city…And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die…” (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)
I suppose she doesn’t speak for herself, because she doesn’t believe in doing so; or perhaps the EGOP and McCain do not condone it, as a woman, it is not her place, or is it that she might embarrass them? Or, is it a political strategy to keep discussing detritus over substance? Come on Palin, be a maverick. Be authentic. This is the United States of America, the home of the free and the brave; raise your voice, your honest voice. We all need to hear you; it’s our right and your responsibility. We are not stupid; we are human beings, “sinners all,” and still forgiven.
Either way, in choosing Palin, McCain has revealed his contempt for the American people. He chose someone who is inadequately qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. You have to do more than just “not blink” or that light coming at you could be an oncoming train.
Foreign policy and diplomacy require a minimal awareness of a country’s entire history and culture, and at least, an understanding of your lack of knowledge. McCain practices this, but his choice makes me question his ability to persevere. I don’t expect Palin to know it all, but she does not appear to be humble enough to recognize her deficiency. She could have said, “Charles, I am ready. I have a lot to learn, but I am a fast learner.” Instead, she chose not to blink. “I am ready.” Admitting one’s ignorance or errors, and overcoming them increases credibility, and demonstrates bravery and wisdom. Is she so arrogant to think that all she needs is a stare, a gun, and a prayer?
The strategy is clear and cynical. Mimic the opponent’s strategy then blame the opponent with the “Big Lie.” The American big lie is a 50’s advertising technique used on television. Tell a lie so big, so unbelievable and easily verifiable, that it couldn’t be a lie.
Hitler wrote of this in Mein Kampf, but his Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels, expanded it from his opinion of the English. “Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.” 3
The OSS, Office of Strategic Services later to become the CIA, described it in the following way when describing Hitler’s personality. “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.” 4
The “Big Lie” goes back to the beginnings of western democracy. In the Republic, Plato describes a society of philosopher kings who rule for the common good, enlightenment, and not monetary advantage. The noble lie is rooted in sophistry, the art of persuasion through rhetoric. Sophists believed that persuasion could answer all questions of beliefs, virtue, and truth in spite of the facts, and would use specious arguments as proof. In the Republic, the children of citizens with wealth and power, the elite rulers would be able to maintain their status resulting in an orderly society, not a free and open democracy, or the mob.
The 2-party system rakes the muck, so they don’t have to express their plans for the country. The McCain/Palin lid says, “Sorry honor, but that kettle is immoral and anti-feminist (anti-child, anti-change, anti-democracy, anti-patriotic, liberal, terrorist, communist, evil, Satan, a pig with lipstick, yada, yada, yada).”
Don’t analyze or criticize McCain’s policy or Palin, she’s the potential leader of democracy in the free world; she’s a woman and if you do, you must be a misogynist. After 14-years of EGOP administration’s “Contract with America,” is it more important to compare Palin to a breed of dog (a pit-bull) and a predatory fish, or is it more important that a woman only earns 80 cents on the dollar and can’t be trusted to make decisions about her own body? Is the economy so strong and righteous that it can replace all of America’s values? Is the world such a safe place that all we need to do is see our neighbors with an unblinking eye and not worry about or attempt to understand their history or culture? I wonder what others in the world think of a world leader in the 21st century age of information that doesn’t know who they are or anything about their culture? Is contempt for us all the new McCain/Palin Doctrine?
I for one am tired of shallow divisive politics as usual. I am fed up with both parties. Change may not be achievable in the current 2-party system. America needs workable/achievable solutions, not schoolyard name-calling and moral hypocrisy. Morals are strictly an individual/personal choice not a matter of law.
If McCain/Palin expects me to listen anymore and accept their credibility, then they should stop drilling on a platform to nowhere. Where’s the substance?
And now, how about a little satire/humor, so come on and sing along with me.
Come and listen to a story ‘bout a gal name Sarah
Poor ole governor barely kept her family errors
‘Till in ‘er plane, she was shootin’ up some moose
When over the bridge come a crude blowin’ loose
(Oil that is, GOP, the other pork barrel.)
Well the first thing ya’ knowed old Govs.’ a feminist
Kinfolk said Cuda move away to the Beltway blessed
Said Washington is the place you oughta be
So ebay the plane and move to Observatory
(D.C. that is, baptizer pools, revenuer health care)
It’s time to say yahoo-yippee to Palin and her kin
They would like to thank folks for kindly chipping in
Y’all invited back again to pay them taxes for her friends
To have a stinking pile, four more years without an end
(EGOP Oilbillies, that’s what they call ’em now,
Rich folks, y’all “go fuck yourself” shoppin’, ya hear?)
1.opinion – (\ə-ˈpin-yən\) noun, Source, 1a : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter 1b: approval, esteem 2a: belief stronger than impression and less strong than positive knowledge b: a generally held view3: a formal expression of judgment or advice by an expert b: the formal expression (as by a judge, court, or referee) of the legal reasons and principles upon which a legal decision is based. 2. satire – (\ˈsa-ˌtī(-ə)r\) Function: noun, Source 1: a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn 2: trenchant wit, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice. Or, from the Devil’s Dictionary, 1911, Ambrose Bierce ( June 24, 1842 – 1914?) 1. satire – n. An obsolete kind of literary composition in which the vices and follies of the author’s enemies were expounded with imperfect tenderness. In this country satire never had more than a sickly and uncertain existence, for the soul of it is wit, wherein we are dolefully deficient, the humor that we mistake for it, like all humor, being tolerant and sympathetic. Moreover, although Americans are “endowed by their Creator” with abundant vice and folly, it is not generally known that these are reprehensible qualities, wherefore the satirist is popularly regarded as a soul-spirited knave, and his ever victim’s outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent. 3. Joseph Goebbels, 12 January 1941. Die Zeit ohne Beispiel. Munich: Zentralverlag der NSDAP. 1941, pp. 364-369 [original German: Das ist natürlich für die Betroffenen mehr als peinlich. Man soll im allgemeinen seine Führungsgeheimnisse nicht verraten, zumal man nicht weiß, ob und wann man sie noch einmal gut gebrauchen kann. Das hauptsächlichste englische Führungsgeheimnis ist nun nicht so sehr in einer besonders hervorstechenden Intelligenz als vielmehr in einer manchmal geradezu penetrant wirkenden dummdreisten Dickfelligkeit zu finden. Die Engländer gehen nach dem Prinzip vor, wenn du lügst, dann lüge gründlich, und vor allem bleibe bei dem, was du gelogen hast! Sie bleiben also bei ihren Schwindeleien, selbst auf die Gefahr hin, sich damit lächerlich zu machen.] 4. A Psychological Analysis of Adolph Hitler. His Life and Legend by Walter C. Langer. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Washington, D.C. With the collaboration of Prof. Henry A. Murr, Harvard Psychological Clinic, Dr. Ernst Kris, New School for Social Research, Dr. Bertram D. Lawin, New York Psychoanalytic Institute. p. 219 (Nizkor) Hitler as His Associates Know Him (OSS report, p.51)
The Republic, Plato, Book 2, Sections 414-7