Sunday, September 21, 2008

All I Can Say is.. WOW

During this political time in the USA, emotions run high and, in some cases, logic and understanding go by the wayside. Everyone has a viewpoint and many feel theirs is the only one.

My viewpoints are my own but I do appreciate those with a wonderful way of expressing themselves with words. Therefore I'm borrowing from My Tangled Life and an essay by Eve Ensler regarding Gov. Palin of Alaska, the Republican candidate for Vice President:

by Eve Ensler

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares. I dreamt last night that she was a member of a club where they rode snowmobiles and wore the claws of drowned and starved polar bears around their necks. I have a particular thing for Polar Bears. Maybe it's their snowy whiteness or their bigness or the fact that they live in the arctic or that I have never seen one in person or touched one. Maybe it is the fact that they live so comfortably on ice.

Whatever it is, I need the polar bears. I don't like raging at women. I am a Feminist and have spent my life trying to build community, help empower women and stop violence against them. It is hard to write about Sarah Palin. This is why the Sarah Palin choice was all the more insidious and cynical. The people who made this choice count on the goodness and solidarity of Feminists.

But everything Sarah Palin believes in and practices is antithetical to Feminism which for me is part of one story -- connected to saving the earth, ending racism, empowering women, giving young girls options, opening our minds, deepening tolerance, and ending violence and war.

I believe that the McCain/Palin ticket is one of the most dangerous choices of my lifetime, and should this country chose those candidates the fall-out may be so great, the destruction so vast in so many areas that America may never recover. But what is equally disturbing is the impact that duo would have on the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this is not a joke. In my lifetime I have seen the clownish, the inept, the bizarre be elected to the presidency with regularity.

Sarah Palin does not believe in evolution. I take this as a metaphor. In her world and the world of Fundamentalists nothing changes or gets better or evolves. She does not believe in global warming. The melting of the arctic, the storms that are destroying our cities, the pollution and rise of cancers, are all part of God's plan. She is fighting to take the polar bears off the endangered species list. The earth, in Palin's view, is here to be taken and plundered. The wolves and the bears are here to be shot and plundered. The oil is here to be taken and plundered. Iraq is here to be taken and plundered. As she said herself of the Iraqi war, "It was a task from God."

Sarah Palin does not believe in abortion. She does not believe women who are raped and incested and ripped open against their will should have a right to determine whether they have their rapist's baby or not. She does not believe in sex education or birth control. She has stated that she will do everything in her power to overturn Roe v Wade.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. She has tried to ban books from the library, has a tendency to dispense with people who think independently. She cannot tolerate an environment of ambiguity and difference. This is a woman who could and might very well be the next president of the United States. She would govern one of the most diverse populations on the earth.

Sarah believes in guns. She has her own custom Austrian hunting rifle. She has been known to kill 40 caribou at a clip. She has shot hundreds of wolves from the air. Sarah believes in God. That is of course her right, her private right. But when God and Guns come together in the public sector, when war is declared in God's name, when the rights of women are denied in his name, that is the end of separation of church and state and the undoing of everything America has ever tried to be.

I write to my sisters. I write because I believe we hold this election in our hands. This vote is a vote that will determine the future not just of the U.S., but of the planet. It will determine whether we create policies to save the earth or make it forever uninhabitable for humans. It will determine whether we move towards dialog and diplomacy in the world or whether we escalate violence through invasion, undermining and attack. It will determine whether we go for oil, strip mining, coal burning or invest our money in alternatives that will free us from dependency and destruction. It will determine if money gets spent on education and healthcare or whether we build more and more methods of killing. It will determine whether America is a free open tolerant society or a closed place of fear, fundamentalism and aggression.

If the Polar Bears don't move you to go and do everything in your power to get Obama elected then consider the chant that filled the hall after Palin spoke at the RNC, "Drill Drill Drill." I think of teeth when I think of drills. I think of rape. I think of destruction. I think of domination. I think of military exercises that force mindless repetition, emptying the brain of analysis, doubt, ambiguity or dissent. I think of pain. Do we want a future of drilling? More holes in the ozone, in the floor of the sea, more holes in our thinking, in the trust between nations and peoples, more holes in the fabric of this precious thing we call life?

I do not believe 100% in all Ms. Ensler has written but I do admire her way of stating her views. She makes you think - and thinking is a very good thing to do.

To those who are eligible to vote in the US Presidental election: please think and research and make an intelligent choice when you go to vote in November. Please do not allow others to make your choice for you.

3 comments:

lv2knit said...

a) I believe in evolution, b) I believe that global warming is real and caused primarily by human activity, and c) I believe that polar bears are in danger of extinction because of b). I do not agree with Ms Ensler's assertion that McCain/Palin will wreak the havoc she describes: I think Bush/Cheney have already done so. They would simply put more nails into the coffin.

FugueStateKnits said...

OHMYGOSHGAIL!!!!
Another "small world" remark - Eve Ensler was two years ahead of me at Middlebury College, LOL! I am so proud we came from the same alma mater. And I think that Sarah Palin is the most frightening thing to enter an election since Spiro T. Agnew (talk about another 1/2 degree of separation, LOL!)
Joan

Stitches and Purls said...

Right on, sister!

Furthermore, why does John McCain think that he, as a doddering Charlie Brown, and as ONE man, think he is so important and so brilliant and wise that he should suspend his campaign to "help" with the crisis. There are 99 other Senators. I think they can manage without him.

Personally, I think he's either scared to death to debate, OR he really doesn't want the Presidency, after all. OR, they figure they can avoid having Ugly Betty debate in a Vice Presidential debate.

What arrogance of this pair.

I agree with Knitman (www.colinknits.blogspot.com) in what he says on his blog and what he said to me directly: he fears for the entire world with that senile man and militant woman at the helm. And, we are doomed if that crazy woman becomes President.

I knew women like her when I was working, early on. She's the kind of woman who will viciously climb to the top on the backs of those who are unfortunate enough to support her.

If I were McCain, I'd be watching my back - for HER.