“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought or processed. Or repair anything sold, bought or processed, y’know? As a career I don’t want to do that.“
-John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything
If only the GOP thought so. It was clear to me the Rovian Machine had voice coached, put George W Bush’s words in her mouth, slicked her up and popped out the Republican Dream Barbie. Reagan in pumps. Victim of the press. Sexy, sassy barracuda. Pit bull with lipstick. At the tail end of her speech, the Republican Party had processed and sold Palinistas and Palinbots at a rate that would impress a Chinese Mattel Factory. Palinistats are the soldiers. Palinbots are the blind faithful. The snarky attacks on Obama are not hers. She has supported Obama’s energy plan. It was as though a Chatty-Cathy sound box had been installed and Karl Rove was pulling the string. The media talking points flying right and right, and most of them wrong. “Reaganesque.” “Chief Executive Officer of Alaska.” “Hockey Mom.””Sexism, Sexism, Sexism.” Living in a state near Russia gives you foreign policy? So living near a hospital must give you surgical skills.
Knowing her policy record here in Alaska, I won’t vote for her. Supreme Court decisions will be made by the next administration. McCain is on record saying he would appoint justices like John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Alaska can’t afford judges like Roberts and Alito. Look at the recent decision made in favor of Exxon over destroyed fisheries and damaged fishermen in Alaska. A woman’s right to choose. A rape victim’s right to choose. An incest survivor’s right to choose. I consider “vaginal control” a benefit of Kaegel exercises, not the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Until you legislate a parent to love and care for a child, you can’t legislate forced parenthood.
I’ve been within arms reach of a brown bear. Wrecked a boat in the cold waters of Alaska. Got married once. All the adrenaline and fear from those experiences must have saved up and dumped at once when I witnessed the selling and buying of a processed Sarah Palin. I have speculated on the political process. I’ve wondered who really pulls the strings, waves the wand, orchestrates the media. Every four years we hold our nose, vote, and pretend like they are counting. Whatever was organic to democracy has been homogenized, hybrid, seeded and packaged in a fashion that rivals Monsanto.
I am convinced there is still power in citizenry. I’m sure Hunter S. Thompson would laugh at my naivety, but I’m still here, and he’s not. I carry five little rocks and the Constitution in my hand bag. My Pop reminded me David only needed one stone to take out Goliath.