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Oh, Sarah... by heidifay Oh, Sarah... by heidifay
Eve Ensler, the American playwright, performer, feminist and activist best known for "The Vagina Monologues", wrote the following about Sarah Palin. Drill, Drill, Drill

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 impactthat 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 obviously does not believe in sex education or birth control. I imagine her daughter was practicing abstinence and we know how many babies that makes.

Sarah Palin does not much believe in thinking. From what I gather 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 dialogue 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?


Eve Ensler September 5, 2008
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wolffar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
personaly, this is just epic. I'm a man, but I understand that women are equal.
many of the things sarah stands for are inethical and just plain blind following, she would start WW3 by nuking russia and the middle east, and make pollicies that would jepordize every thing america stands for, and would make our allies regect us, and she would cause so much dammadge in her actions it would eventualy cause the end of the human race.
no person should govern on religon, becuse a religon in power is corrupted beond all hope, and unless the religon is based on ethicality, and accepts those who dissagree with their veiw on god, (of which I can only think of 1 or 2) it will cause inethical judgement on individuals of other religons.
the republicans have, and are, making laws and judgements tht are very inethical and religously based.
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sonrouge Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Maybe it's because she sees herself as an individual, not part of some collective, with a right to make her own decisions.
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wolffar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
it's ok to be different, but when you decide to hurt others and the earth because of your need to be different, the individual sould be kept out of a position where they have the ability to do damage.
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Cat-of-the-Shadows Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
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As much as I dislike the current state of the feminist movement, I agree completely. Sarah Palin represents ideals that threaten both the human race and the planet itself. She doesn't seem too bright either. Seriously, "I can see Russia from my house!"? What the Hell?
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heidifay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008
:) I generally consider myself more of an "egalitarian" than a "feminist", so I think I know what you mean.
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CrazyIdea-Inc Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
God bless you. I am quoting you. I hope you don't mind.

You just made my night. I live in conserative county --- where people seem to be Sarah Palin and John McCain clones. They have the same ideals, the same general single-mindedness. I am thirteen years old and I am frightened of what my friends say. But knowing that there are people like you, who understand and see beyond what comes out of the mouths of politicians...God bless you. God bless you. :clap:
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heidifay Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
I just wanted to encourage you to stay strong in your beliefs. It is hard to be a rare democrat in a crowd of republicans.... :-) But YOU give me hope that the future is bright!
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bijoukaiba Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
....

Deep.

More people are starting to turn away from McShame and Failin, and I think this is another one (or a set) of those reasons why. McCain is old. He is nearly in the target range of ages for dementia and Alzheimer's. He has cancer that could metastatize to another part of his body. If he becomes incapacitated, that means Palin would be president, and then we would be even worse off. Good bye, evolution. Good-bye, abortions. Good bye, equality for gay people. Good bye, "separation of religion and politics". Good bye, hope and change. Good bye, America.
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wolffar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
and more or less, the end of the human race, life as we know it, and the earth itself.
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heidifay Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
Awesome! ! ! !
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