I know that many of you prefer to hear my tales of transitioning but I couldn’t ignore this. I did the fatal mistake of checking out CNN and got the shock of my life. If you thought that McCain was bad, he’s nothing compared to Palin and the many Republican supporters that seem to blindly believe in anything that they can blame on someone else. This nation is built on the belief of someone else is always at fault and we must always blame someone else. While I still need to read the details, ideally from multiple sources, as the factual nature of the departure of the Puritans from England I wonder how much of it wasn’t because they were chased out but rather because no one agreed with them and thus, they left England.
Eventually, they found a land where people were willing to give what they had with no question and with true honesty but rather than accept and be part of it, they used their religion to justify to attempt to control and slaughter them (genocide). As Zinn references in his book A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present (P.S.), the Puritans, based on the comments by John Winthrop, Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, took the belief that while the local aboriginals had a “natural right” to the land, they did not have a “legal right”. I have no doubts that “legal right” meant only white males. So thus began the nation of the “free” based on Psalms 2:8 (“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” — King James version, which was likely the version used at the time) and Romans 13:2 (“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” — King James version).
No where does it say “Go forth and commit genocide”.
No where does it say “Only the whiteth of men are of value to Me”.
This belief that only the rich, white have rights and no one else does is appalling. And the fact that it continues to this day is even worse. What I’m finding most problematic about Palin is that continues to fan FUD while totally ignoring the issues that matter. She continues to harp on a misbelief that Obama “pals” around with terrorist (apparently those that have done bad things in the past can never have redemption and learn from their mistakes). When McCain tried to get members of his own party to stop booing whenever he mentioned his opponent and be respectful, they booed him. I was amazed at this. I will credit McCain for trying to take the high road but Palin needs to be seriously admonished for continuing to push the low road.
Her recent “stump” in Philadelphia continues this with a rant about abortion and how Obama is an “extremist” when it comes to abortion views. Really? Because he supports the idea of a woman having the right to chose and to have healthy, medically supervised alternatives he’s an extremist? Weird. I’m quite sure he wasn’t the first and he’s certainly not the most extreme in their view (remember the doctor shootings in the 1990s?). I think her glass house is full of broken windows. You know, I had thought that McCain was a maverick and a right-wing nut until the real Palin began to show through. I do wonder, however, something that I saw elsewhere and I would love to ask her: If you knew the child that you were going to give birth would be gay, would you feel the same way about abortion? I wonder what she’d say if the child was transsexual and gay?