My question is this: If Christine O'Donnell were not young and throwing out the cutes, would we be hearing so much about her?
Here we are in 2010, facing the same old crap coverage from the mainstream media. They obsess about certain candidates and then justify it by all the coverage being given. Hype-filled stenography. Blah.
Palin looks to me like the patriarchy in a skirt, a Helen of Troy. However, her skirts are not hiding the army that will deliver us from male dominance as much as to perpetuate it. She gets to do the dirty work of spouting vitriol while McCain gets to smile and make fake gestures about bi-partisanship. She's the court jester; calculated to distract us from noticing that the emperor himself, has no clothes. Palin hasn't triumphed over the good old boys. She's joined them. And now, she's being used to serve them by helping to create the illusion they actually care about what women care about. But be not fooled. This sorcerer's apprentice is no Hillary Clinton.
Here's Sarah, "Miss Congeniality," the "pit bull in lipstick" jumping in line ahead of Hillary, the "Queen of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits". In both women we see our collective shadow, but wearing different costumes. Hillary was undone by a lifetime of compromising her authentic idealism in order to play by the big boy's rules. If Sarah is Helen of Troy, Hillary is Joan of Arc. What got burned at the stake in Hillary is the truth of who she is; a true champion for human being that thought being tough was the only way to succeed. We knew she had mastery of the issues. What we wanted from Hillary was a glimpse of her heart. How sad for all of us she thought she had to wrap it in barbed wire. Hillary didn't get that she could be lovable, just as she is, even with her less than trim ankles and calves. We just wanted to see who she really is behind the costume.
So which of these two women represents the future of all women? Will we cast our votes for the starstruck "Geeze, I can't believe this is really happening to me?" part of ourselves? Will we vote for the part of ourselves that yearns for a short cut to nirvana or our fifteen minutes of fame? Will we vote for "I'm getting to my goal no matter what the cost is to my life and my family or who I have to step on to get there" voice in us?
The "Change We Can Believe In" mantra of Obama's is really about the undoing of the old patriarchal system and the unfolding of a new paradigm, based on mutual respect and partnership. This is the true expression of the principles of the Sacred Feminine. How stunning to watch the way She works.
Stunning indeed. And look at the right-wing patriarchs go after Obama. They obviously don't use the blatantly misogynistic attacks they used against Hillary (and some lefty boyos are using against Palin). But it's every bit as dark-hearted, every bit as hateful.
It's nice that Sarah Palin can machine-gun a moose and abuse power like the big boys (albeit on a smaller scale -- Alaska is only so big, you know). But who's the candidate that truly challenges the system?
This video I saw on Huffington Post. The video itself is something of a mess, with a bunch of jump-cut clips from various video sources, including from Palin's church. But kind of draws your interest ... like a train wreck.
Part of me doesn't really care what religion a politician is, but this stuff about seeking Armageddon is just a bit scary when you're talking about someone who may have her hand on the nuclear arsenal.
While Sarah Palin hides from and John McCain whines about the press -- which is really a way to show how "tough" you are -- Barack Obama walks in and sits down with anti-progressive Bill O'Reilly, who hardly could be considered a friendly personality.
Barack Obama has been in debates, town halls, interviews, small group meetings for 18 months now. You can't accuse him of hiding.
Come out of your shell, Sarah Palin! Let us see past the PR! What are you afraid of?
Ever since Sarah Palin was named as John McCain's VP nominee choice, I've been irritated about it. I've been trying to isolate why. The stream of consciousness was something like this:
Seriously? That's how you pronounce Palin?
And who is she?
Are you kidding me?
She did what?
What a right-wing nut job!
But this nomination has irritated me beyond just that she's a reborn again religious fundamentalist who is trying to ban books and fire staffers who disagree with her and force creationism into science classes and the usual power-happy Republican.
No, she won't answer questions. We're supposed to accept that 20 months as governor of Alaska makes her a foreign policy expert. We're supposed to accept that she's really deep and well informed on the issues -- or at least enough.
No, we're just supposed to like her. We're supposed to see her, admire her beauty.
But we're not supposed to ask her questions. How dare we ask questions!
Check out Sarah Palin, the Republican Patriarchy's girlfriend!
Now before you jump all over my case, consider that it's the Republicans who are doing this to their "tough cookie". And we're supposed to buy into it. We shouldn't pick on their hockey mom.
This is serious business. This is about choosing people to lead the most powerful nation, the people who will have their thumbs on "the button."
And the Republicans just toss this woman out onto the national stage and get upset when we ask all sorts of questions! Well, she hasn't been out there campaigning like Barack Obama was, or like Hillary Clinton was. She hasn't been on the national stage like any number of conservative women who the Republicans could have picked. She's unknown.
But we're supposed to just admire her, the "hockey mom."
Well, as we learn of her history, we will ask questions, and if she can't hack it, can't even answer questions about her own obscure track record, then how is she qualified to lead this nation?