Goodbye (?) Sarah Palin...

You might not think it, but I actually have mixed feelings about Sarah Palin stepping down as Governor of Alaska.

A part of me says, "Good riddance." Anne Lamott was right in so many of her critiques (click for prior post). Palin's vice-presidential bid contributed to the dumbing down of American politics, and it really brought out the worst kinds of loyalties among die-hard Evangelical voters. I think the term "yellow dog" fits in somewhere. The reality is, she's probably not gone for good though. Likely, some calculated move to get her closer to a White House bid for '12.

What IS really problematic and conflicting for me is the unconscionably sexist treatment Palin received from the media, from pundits, from other politicians, and from much of the American population. Even many staunch, professed feminists stooped to low-brow sexist mud-slinging. Hillary Clinton has fought such onslaughts of misogyny for decades, and come through it (in my opinion) with grace, dignity, and a powerful presence in US and world politics. But if Hillary was "hot"... well, I guess it's just a whole different kind of misogyny. Either you're a cold, "manly" bitch, or you're a slut. Clinton or Palin, there's not enough R-E-S-P-E-C-T. And that's bullshit.

Whatever the reasons (I'm sure we'll get an earfull over the next few weeks and months) I am not sorry to see Palin go because I don't think she represents what's best in America. Even as a Democrat, I think Palin's departure is a good thing for Republicans, and will give them more room to head in a direction that is productive not only to Republicans, but to all Americans (something still needs to be done with their pundits...). If she comes back in full force on the national scene in the next few weeks, then all that is shot to hell, which I guess is good for Democrats, but not necessarily great for America.

I'm also not sorry to see her go after becoming yet-another "golden calf," another misguided messiah for conservative Christians who need to think beyond cultural domination and religious protectionism. It will be interesting to see what follows. I want to see Christianity evolve beyond partisan politics in my lifetime. I don't know how Christians can see the Gospel through such a nationalistic lens. More on that tomorrow...

9 comments:

Peter said...

Ugh.

As soon as I posted this, blogger flashed a big (huge!) Official Sarah Palin Political Action Committee ad: "DONATE NOW!"

I clicked to the website, which is clearly positioning her as a "national" figure.

So nevermind. She hasn't gone anywhere. We'll see a lot more.

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Benjamin Ady said...

Peter,

I almost entirely agree with you. I think Sarah got painted as being a lot dumber that she actually is. Which sucks.

You are more mature than I am. I was anticipating a Palin bid for the White House with a deeply sarcastic, cynical delight. You're right, it would be nice to have candidates from both parties whom I could really respect.

Peter said...

Ha, well-said Benjamin. No, deep down inside I think a Palin Whitehouse bid is the best thing that could happen to the dems. But yeah, there's a little (tiny) part of me that you might graciously call maturity, and it says we should ALL (both sides) be doing better than that.

Peter said...

Sorry to keep commenting on my own posts (tacky?) but the more I think about this the more ridiculous it seems:

Palin QUIT the job she was ELECTED for, to pursue her own [presidential] endeavors. What does that say about her? She says she's doing what's in the best interests of ALASKANS... by quitting. Hmmm... riiiight.

I mean, I GET that most politicians running for president do so AS politicians in other pre-existing roles. Obama. George W. Clinton. And so on... few of us have the luxury of being Ross Perot. But at least all of the aforementioned politicians PRETENDED to be committed to their ELECTED POSITIONS while running for the big one. Palin can rant all she wants that what she did was "the best thing for Alaskans" but that's narcissistic hogwash.

Geoff said...

Peter;

I offer this with love. Please read Psalm 109:17-18.

Your use of profanity diminishes us all and contributed nothing to the post you left. That profanity is creeping into Christianity's midst just further greys the line of "difference" between a secular life and a spiritual life in Christ.

If we are perceived as no different than unbelievers because we swear, divorce, abuse money and all the rest as they do, they will rightly ask the question, "Why should I consider Christianity? The only difference between you and me is Jesus. So, what? I can believe in Jesus and still be exactly what I am already? What's the point?"

The more "of the world" we behave, the less the world will see the difference Christ makes in our lives because they can't SEE it in our words, actions, behaviours and beliefs.

Think about it.

Peter said...

Geoff, thanks for the feedback. While I have no wish to offend, I would prefer to offend the religious, than those outside of the "Christian fold." The concept of profanity itself is completely culturally constructed.

I have found the idea of being "easily offended" far more offensive to the folks I come in contact with and it's inevitably impacted the way I respond, too. The world sees it as 'feigned innocence,' and ultimately, so do I. At least the world is telling the truth...

Existential Punk said...

Peter,

i agree with you and if people are easily offended, then i believe that is 'their own' issue!

i read somewhere recently that the commandment 'You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.' This actually meant, according to what i read 9can't remeber where!) meant that we are not to speak on behalf of G-D as if we are G-D!

i do not like when people put their fences upon me! Profanity is NOT a moral issue imho!

Keep up the great work of pushing and challenging us all, Peter!

Adele

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