Palin Is Not Ready For Prime Time – Send Her Back To Wasilla

Mayor Sarah Palin's Sarah Palin Needs To Go Back To Wasilla City Hall

Mayor Sarah Palin's Wasilla City Hall

Sarah Palin’s sordid affairs as Governor keep erupting like salmon jumping out of the Alaska waters.  Each day she tells another lie about why she fired the Public Safety Commissioner.  Her latest explanation is  because  he went on an authorized  trip to Washington, DC to try get a grant to reduce rapes in Alaska.  You see, Sarah’s state has the highest percentage of rapes of all the fifty states.  Lying  Lady Sarah said he didn’t have her permission to travel, yet the documentation shows that her staff authorized the trip. 

By the way,  this is the second time that a rape-related event has come up regarding Lady Sarah.  The first of long standing was when she was Mayor of teeny weeny Wasilla.  She implemented a policy that required RAPE VICTIMS to pay for their own forensic rape kits.  The kits cost about $1,500, and were billed to the victim’s insurance. 

If we are to believe her about the chief’s firing, she opposed his insubordination for a trip to get a grant for an AN ANTI-RAPE program!  It reminds me of what a woman in St. Louis said about being raped years ago in St. Louis.   When the police arrived, the cops got angry that she had “wasted” their time by calling them.   She said one cop told her, “Don’t you know that women don’t get raped.  They ask for it because they tease the men.  I’ll bet you were teasing a man and when he went too far, you got mad and called us.”

Could Sordid Sarah be “one of those” who believes rape victims are sultry temptresses?

You will (not) believe this about Sarah:  She cut a deal with the Vice Presidential debate officials.    She WILL NOT answer follow-up questions at the debate.  Have you ever heard of anything like this?  Simple Sarah wants to be Vice President, and President when or if the situation presents itself.  She wants to lead the largest, mos technologically able nation with the largest proportion of highly educated people in the world.  Yet, she doesn’t intend to answer or clarify any questions at the debate that go beyond giving her canned, memorized response.  

You see, Sarah Palin wants to give a short speech for each question she’s asked.  The moderator can’t come back and ask her to clarify what she said.  Senator Joe Biden can’t engage in any back-and-forth with her.  All Sarah will know how to do is  give her buzz words in each answer.  That’s all her tutors can prep her to say because she must have proven a most dumb pupil.  Why do I say this?  Because if she had the background and the quickness of intellect, she would get up to speed.  The fact that she cannot fathom taking follow-up questions means she’s dumber than Dan Quayle, and remember folks, he was DUMB.  

 She can’t learn what she doesn’t have the context for knowing.  She can’t answer follow up quesions because her handlers think she will reveal how stupid, ignorant,  which would have required her to be a lot smarter, more involved for a much longer time at a higher level.  Remember now, she was mayor in that little town of Wasilla a couple of years ago. 

Read what she said to friendly, right wing pundit Sean Hannity when he interviewed her on Fox News. 

On foreign policy issues:

  • “Retreat is defeat in Iraq.”   
  • “What we have got to commit to also, especially when we talk to Russia — no Cold War. We have got to know that our mind-set needs to be opportunity for pressure and diplomacy and sanctions if need be as we keep our eye on a country like Russia.” 

Domestic policy and issues:

 On what’s behind the Wall Street meltdown? 

  • “the corruption on Wall Street,” with no explanation of what corruption she was referring to.

Should the government bail out Fannie Mae and AIG?

  •   “Well, you know, first, Fannie and Freddie, different because quasi-government agencies there where government had to step in because the adverse impacts all across our nation, especially with homeowners, is just too impacting. We had to step in there. I do not like the idea, though, of taxpayers being used to bail out these corporations. Today, with AIG, important call there, though, because of the construction bonds and the insurance carrier duties of AIG. But, first and foremost, taxpayers cannot be looked to as the bailout, as the solution to the problems on Wall Street.”

My Lord, the woman can’t even talk!  “…because the adverse impacts … is just too impacting” 

There are no handlers in the world who can get this woman ready for a debate for the vice president of the United States.  She needs to go back to her house in Wasilla and contimue commuting to her office in Anchorage as she straightens out her family.  She left a lot of problems back there to go on the road with McCain because he saw her as his best ticket to winning.  She is not ready and she won’t be ready.  The learning curve is too high for this office.  She could fool the people in Alaska where she isn’t even doing a good job there despite her 74% approval rating.  All of the recent investigations show she has too many ethical issues to be called an honest broker. 

There is nothing worse than an unethical, dumb “leader” who doesn’t know what she doesn’t know but, nevertheless, wants to be your President!

Sarah needs to go back to the Wasilla City Hall for she is NOT READY for the White House.

Kopp hiring proved Palin’s fundamentalist street cred

Could it be that Sarah Palin’s appointment by John McCain is part of a larger Christian right deal made between John McCain and Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham?  The intrigue goes deeper because the writer suggests that when Palin fired Walter Monegan as her Public Safety Commissioner, she replaced him with a local police chief who is also a rising star with Alaska’s conservative religious community and friend of Franklin Graham.  It’s an interesting proposition. 

September 20, 2008

Anchorage Daily News

BY ALAN BORAASSSo far Gov. Palin’s handling of Alaska’s Troopergate has focused on why Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan was fired. An equally important question is why Chuck Kopp was hired to replace him. On June 30, 2008, David Brody of CBS News reported John McCain met in North Carolina with Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, director of the multimillion- dollar Samaritan’s Place faith-based charitable organization. McCain was courting the religious right who, at the time, were skeptical of his social conservatism and his Christian qualifications. After the meeting Graham issued a statement praising McCain’s “personal faith” and added, “We had an opportunity to pray … for God’s will to be done in this upcoming election.”

Subsequent events suggest that the price of support for McCain by the fundamentalist Christian leadership would be a vice presidential candidate of their liking. Gov. Palin was a logical choice for Franklin Graham, whose ties to Alaska include a palatial, by Bush Alaska standards, second home in Port Alsworth: a community that has often served as a retreat for Christian fundamentalist leaders.
But Gov. Palin did not promote a socially conservative agenda during her first two years as governor and some Alaska right-wing commentators called her an economic liberal. Send us a sign, national fundamentalist Christian leaders seemingly said, that proves your credentials. In firing Monegan and hiring Kopp, Palin would have gained a controversial measure of revenge in a family dispute and established her standing as a Christian conservative politician.
Kenai City Police Chief Chuck Kopp was a rising star in Alaska’s Christian conservative movement. He was a frequent speaker at local religious and patriotic gatherings. He was school board president of Cook Inlet Academy, the fundamentalist Christian high school in Soldotna his missionary-educator father founded. Kopp also was on the board of Port Alsworth’s Tanailan Bible Camp, also founded by his father.
Through Samaritan’s Place, Franklin Graham has been the chief benefactor of the Tanailan Bible Camp building and rebuilding a church and meeting hall and guest cabins. The evangelical scion of Alaska, Rev. Jerry Prevo of the Anchorage Baptist Temple, is on Samaritan Purse’s Board of Directors, so there’s a clear connection between Graham, Prevo and Kopp.
Kopp’s nomination quickly ran into trouble because of sexual harassment reprimands while Kenai police chief, but Palin’s willingness to appoint him to a high state position along with her anti-abortion, pro-creationist beliefs seems to have solidified her position as the one to ignite the base for McCain. Kevin Merida reported in the Washington Post that when Palin met with the Alaska delegation after her nomination during the recent Republican National Convention, Rev. Prevo, a member of the delegation, said Palin asked them to pray for her. Then Prevo handed the governor his cell phone; it was Franklin Graham calling to congratulate her.
Palin’s connection to what Jeff Sharlett has called “elite fundamentalism” is of interest now that she is an election and a heartbeat away from the presidency. Franklin Graham has been the keynote speaker for the Alaska Governor’s Prayer Breakfast the past two years. According to their Web site, the organizers believe, “God directs the affairs of Man and is the ultimate authority over human events.” The Alaska Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is connected to the National Prayer Breakfast sponsored by The Fellowship Foundation, also known as “The Family,” which espouses similar beliefs. The Family is headed by Doug Coe, one of the most influential evangelicals in Washington, D.C. Coe’s group tends to operate behind the scenes organizing small cells attended by the power elite, mostly Republicans. George Bush was saved in such a cell while in Texas.
Elite fundamentalists believe, according to Sharlett, not only in religious determinism but that they are personally chosen by God to be in positions of power. By claiming divine legitimacy of their political power, elite fundamentalists relegate the opposition to being the devil’s tool. They are making a frighteningly close return to the pre-enlightenment concept of rule by divine right, which our founding fathers rejected as anathema to democracy and established, instead, the separation of church and state lest decisions be made on the basis of good versus evil rather than wise versus unwise.

Whether or not Sarah Palin pandered to the Christian fundamentalist right on the back of a good man’s career and believes she was chosen by God only she can say. Likewise, only John McCain can say whether he sold his political soul and selected the least prepared vice presidential candidate in United States history for the sake of political gain. The electorate deserves some answers.

 Alan Boraas is a professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College.